It’s here. It’s really here. SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE releases tomorrow*. I’m such a bundle of emotions about this, but I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about a couple of things that surprised me about this long journey.
But before I start, let’s discuss something really important: a giveaway. Everyone who comments on this post and the rest of the Debs’ posts this week (so through Friday) will be entered into a draw for a signed and annotated copy of SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE. That’s right—there are secrets and behind the scenes stuff written right on the book. Because I don’t have enough to do this week. See how much I love you, loyal Deb Friends?
Okay, now, to the post:
I started writing stories a long, long time ago, but it wasn’t until about 9 years ago that I really thought about getting published and began to work towards that goal.
I really had no idea how the whole publishing thing worked. But I knew I needed to start with a book. So I started writing. And eventually, I ended up with a book that I thought could be published. Yeah, you know the story, right? I queried and yadda, yadda, yadda that first book (and a lot of its friends) lives under the bed. But I kept going. And going. And going…
But there are two BIG things I didn’t know when I started out, and these are what I want to talk about today.
- I had no idea how hard this would be. Really. It never entered my mind when I first started out, that I would be faced with a lot of failure. This was due to part naiveté and part stupid arrogance, but there you go. I didn’t have a clue that it would take me this long. And that’s a good thing, because I never would have continued if I’d known it would take me almost a decade and many, many books written. I don’t want to say that where I am at now erases all the heartache and tears I’ve shed over this journey, but hell, I did it. And I feel pretty darn good for having survived it with a published book at the end. I failed and failed and failed and then I succeeded, and at the end of the race, all that counts is that I crossed the line.
- I never realized how many amazing, talented and wonderfully gracious people I would meet along the way. Honestly? This is what kept me going when I started to realize #1. And this is what I really want to talk about today on the eve of my book release. Sure, my book comes out tomorrow and it’s a dream come true and all, and I should probably ask you to go buy it**, but I really want to talk about how this entire experience has shaped me and introduced me to a community of amazing people.
There have been so many people who have helped me along the way, so many that I tried to name a bunch in my book acknowledgements, but it was too long and had to edit it down to only a few names (which hurt and was actually harder and more painful than writing the book). But I want to say here publicly that so many editors and agents—even the ones who didn’t work with me directly, but were on Twitter or blogging, graciously dispensing advice—have helped shape me and my book. And to all my writer friends: the ones I met online or through conferences or local networking – a hearty thank you to you as well. You are often my inspiration to keep going, and I love that we can lean on each other and know what it’s like in this crazy business.
(Yes, Mom, I realize you were a huge supporter, too, but you had your week already)
So although I celebrate my book release tomorrow, I also will be celebrating YOU and all the fine people around me that I never would have met if I’d given up 9 years ago.
Please raise your glass with me and let’s celebrate together.
And darn it all –someone pass more tissues!
*it actually released here in Canada last week, but for our intents and purposes and those of my publisher, TOMORROW is the big day.
**Please buy my book.