Following my last post about what it takes to publish a book, here’s a real life example:
In 2014, I had a great idea for a book. It was about a Rabbit who is afraid of everything and then comes face to face with a gigantic bear. So I started writing it. A month in, I realized I didn’t know how to end the story. SoI decided to put the book away for a while.
I circled back to it a few months later and managed to finish it. Then I spent a few months editing it (though I don’t love the editing process!). I also sent it to a few of my critique partners to get their honest opinions. In total, I spent 11 months writing and editing the book.
When I finally had a polished version, I started to query editors. To my dismay, it was one rejection letter after the next.
After a while, I decided to give up seeking out editors and instead focus on finding an agent.
After spending months crafting the perfect query letter and researching every agent and their areas of specialty, I went to work. I queried agent after agent, with a different book. And then…again…it was a few years of more rejection letters.
But I knew it was part of the process and I never gave up.
In 2016, I finally got an agent! I was ecstatic! She started submitting my books to publishers. But my excitement was a bit deflated by the rejection letters that came in one after the other.
But, I kept believing.
Unfortunately, things were not going that well with that agent. I began to have my doubts. But I was too afraid to make a big move, for fear of once again being agentless and feeling “lost at sea.”
In 2017, I decided to take the plunge. I let the agent go. I was upset for a few weeks and felt lost, but then I picked myself up and went back to the drawing board.
Today, I have an amazing agent.
And, my beloved book No Bears Allowed has been picked up by the wonderful Blue Whale Press.
I am overwhelmed with joy!
Check out the sneak peek look at my favourite character, Rabbit.
Thank-you to Alayne Kay Christian for believing in my work and to the talented Tara Hannon Perkowski for illustrating the book.
The book will be released sometime in 2019, stay tuned for details.
I want to remind everyone out there, writer or otherwise:
Never give up on your dreams, but also, remember that sometimes beautiful things take time!
Love & light,
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