PATHS TO PUBLICATION
During one bus ride to work in the summer of 2009, I began brainstorming and came up with the idea of writing a story about a woman left alone on a space station in the middle of nowhere. Three months, several bus rides, and a stolen laptop later, the first novel titled Alone on the Edge was complete.
I could have stopped at that point and started peddling my work to potential agents and publishers, but I felt that I had more story to tell about my main character. I kept writing. Despite a grueling work schedule, I finished the draft for Alone in Paradise three months later.
Two books under my belt, and I still wasn’t done! I kept writing and got about 25,000 words into the third book titled Alone in the Crowd, when I decided that I should probably stop and see if I can get the first book published before continuing.
I shifted gears and began the search for an editor. Who knew that I would find one right around the corner from me? One of my coworkers proved to be a valuable resource as an editor and has saved me a LOT of headaches. I cannot thank her enough. But after Edge was edited, I continued on my quest for publication and sent query letters to countless literary agents and publishers. Several months passed, and I received letter after letter rejecting my work. I could not understand why, since I was figuring that my experience writing for Star Wars would be a sure thing in being accepted. They proved me wrong!
After being rejected or ignored by everyone to whom I submitted a letter, I decided to forego the middleman and self-publish. In February 2012, Edge was released through Amazon for the Kindle and in paperback, and later through Smashwords. And now, Paradise has been released through Amazon and Smashwords. As for Crowd, I am aiming for a March 2013 release.
GIVEAWAY: One lucky person who comments on this post before the end of September 2012 will receive a FREE ebook copy of Alone in Paradise – this is open internationally!
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