LIFE: 11 Writing Questions

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1.) How many works in progress do you currently have?

Currently I have The Art of Falling completed and in the process of publication, and I’m currently working on the sequel. I have the rest of the The Age of Mythos saga in my head, just not written down.

2.) Do you/would you write fanfiction?

I wrote fanfics when I was younger, with most of them being done when I was around 16. They were Durarara!! fics mainly, and one became very popular (and still gets new readers, which is shocking to me.)

3.) Do you prefer real books or e-books?

I prefer real books. I’m on a computer for tons of other things. I want reading to stay special.

4.) When did you start writing?

I was in elementary school when I started writing. However, I didn’t start seriously writing until high school.

5.) Do you have someone you trust that you share your work with?

I brainstorm with several of my friends, two of which helped me create the world that my novels take place in. However, my fiance is the one who reads every draft and edits.

6.) Where is your favorite place to write?

I prefer writing in my room, or on my downtime at work.

7.) Favorite childhood book?

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. And anything by Lemony Snicket.

8.) Writing for fun or writing for publication?

Both! Publication is the dream that I want to achieve so I can continue to write for a living, but I love writing for fun as well.

9.) Pen and paper or computer?

Laptops for pretty much everything. However, I love printing out and editing by hand on paper.

10.) Have you ever taken any writing classes?

I’ve taken several Creative Writing courses in college, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting.

11.) What inspires you to write?

The characters themselves. I have to write their stories. I feel empty if I don’t.

AOF: Dragon Moon Press

It’s been a few weeks since I was first reached out by the publishing house I submitted The Art of Falling to, and I am very excited to announce that I’ve signed the contract with Dragon Moon Press! I’ll be working with them for the next several months to get the book ready for your shelves and e-book readers. I’m really hoping that we can get it published and ready for Shuto Con 2017 so I can sell some signed copies!

I’m still a little bit overwhelmed with emotion and not quite sure how to put it into words yet. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as the process continues. For now, we play the waiting game as the manuscript is read over.

LIFE: NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is starting in a few days and writers everywhere are frantically typing away to reach the goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month.

For those who are unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is an important event in November for writers all over the world. It’s our version of a 5K Marathon or P90X. It’s when we flex our muscles and creativity and pour all of our blood, sweat, and tears into a rough manuscript that we will then spend the next several months polishing and editing.

I’ve personally never participated in NaNoWriMo in November, because I was always in school focusing on my final projects, papers, and exams. Those who could crank out a novel during a hectic time of year are the real MVPs of the writing world.

However, I do take place in Camp NaNoWriMo regularly! Check out my blog about my latest Camp NaNoWriMo experience here!

While I’m not taking place in NaNoWriMo this year, I am spending my time focusing on editing the sequel to The Art of Falling. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to finish the second draft revisions by the end of the month!

AOF: BIG NEWS!!

After a year of submitting query letters to agents and small publishing houses, The Art of Falling has a publishing offer!

It’s still VERY early to say anything for certain, since I just got the e-mail I had been longing for. However, I have a very good feeling about this and I’m very eager to get more news about the next step.

I’ll keep everyone informed as I move along. Thank you for everyone’s support over the last year. It’s been a long journey, and we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

ART: Thank You for the Support!

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It’s been a long year or so of trying to get The Art of Falling off the ground, and I’ve done a lot to try and spread the word about my novel. I’ve entered the manuscript into several Inkitt contests (getting into the Top 10% several times, and winning First Place once!) I’ve going to conventions and told people about my novel, even selling artwork to promote it. I’ve reached out to agents and publishers hoping for a break. Lastly, I’ve been able to share the story with dozens of beta readers who were able to provide kind reviews and pass along the word.

So, thank you so much for all of the support and love you’ve given. It means the world to me, and I’m so excited for when The Art of Falling will be able to be shared in print. I can’t do this without you.

LIFE: Searching for Agents (still)

Hey, who said that finding an agent was going to be easy? I’ve probably sent out about….well, a lot of query letters with the hopes that an agent might get interested in The Art of Falling. 

As you can see from the header image, I’ve had a lot of rejections and no-replies. I did get one very kind rejection letter from one agent (highlights in yellow) where they were interested but thought it would be too hard to sell. I can certainly appreciate that!

So, we’ll see in a few months if anything comes my way. If not, I’ll start looking into small publishing houses. I would love to have The Art of Falling published by one of the Sister 5, but small houses are just as good!

HOWEVER, I do have a warning to any young author like myself that is considering small publishers. Be careful who you sign with. Two of my fellow authors warned me about Vanity Publishers, which are publishing houses that ask for a fee to read over the manuscript.

A while back when I was first starting my search for agents, I had been contacted by a small publishing house (which I won’t name to be polite). It was after joining a Facebook writers group and posted information about The Art of Falling. Within the hour, the owner of the publishing house contacted me and was interested in having me sign up with them!

I was more than eager to jump on board at first, but I know better than running into things without research. Unfortunately saw some red flags. The first is that it’s rare for a publishing houses of any league seek our authors and contact them first. Another was that this was a new publisher, only a year or so old. That isn’t always a bad thing, but it means it hasn’t faced the test of time. The biggest red flag I saw was that they ask for $1,300 to have the book reviewed, marketed, and polished to absolute perfection.

 

In the end, I decided not to take the leap of faith and continue my search. I know that I will eventually find an agent or publishing house that will be a better fit for me. Until then, wish me luck!

LIFE: Camp Update: Week 4

It’s official! With two days to spare, I’ve reached my goal and completed Camp NaNoWriMo! Which means I can finally relax and do something other than writing…like editing. Maybe I’ll draw some more pictures just to get my mind on some other task.

Speaking of drawings, congratulations to the final winner of my mini-quizzes! Dee from Facebook correctly guessed Gabriel as the final character I wrote about this month! Below is the drawing she requested. She wanted me to draw her daughter graduating from college.

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