I don't know how many of you know this, but I've been at this writing thing for a long time. When I first started it was writing only adult romance about... seven years ago. It was a long road. I've done the super small press thing. The YAY...I-have-my-first-contract-only-to-have-the-publisher-fall-off-the-face-of-the-Earth thing. LOL.
I've written a book, queried it and got a million rejections. Wrote another book, queried, got a million rejections. Wash, rinse, repeat. It wasn't until the fourth novel I queried with agents that I got one. YAY! I was on my way, right? Wrong. She told me she loved my writing, but didn't think the book would sell (WHAT A BOY WANTS. The whole male POV is a tough sell and Sebastian wasn't likable thing). It went on submission and she was right. It didn't sell. Then she left agenting. I got my second agent, wrote MEASURING UP, it went on submission and it didn't sell either.
Things didn't work out with my second agent (though he was great. It just wasn't a fit) and I almost quit. It would have been sooo much easier than so much rejection. But instead I queried FREEING CARTER. No luck. Again... why was I doing this??? LOL. Because I loved it. I love it and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I love writing. I love giving happily ever afters and that's what I decided to keep doing.
I jumped into self-publishing. Every day I am thankful for that decision. Every. Day.
People have the chance to read my stories. I've met even more incredible friends. Readers touch my life on a daily basis and I can only hope to do the same for them... For you.
Now I have a sidebar full of books that I am proud of! Am repped by the FAB Jane Dystel. I have works in progress. I've sold a YA collaboration to Entangled Publishing as well as three adult books. So yes, this year is a little different. I have SO much to be thankful for. I'm honored that anyone reads my books. I'm thankful for each reader. Each reviewer. I'm thankful I have been able to tell these stories and can't wait to tell more. You guys are seriously awesome. I can't even put it into words, but I want you to know I'm thankful for you.
And to celebrate, I'm going to give away ONE copy of ANY of my print books (winner's choice). BTW... print of CHARADE should be available next week sometime. You can live in the US or not. I'll draw the winner Monday. Just leave a comment to tell me what you're thankful for and your email.
Have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!