Monday, November 15, 2010

Part Six: My Journey to Publication

Fate was very fickle for me. 

Just when I thought I had my life planned out, boom something unexpected happened. I told you last week that after college I had this wonderful job writing and editing children's books. Well, before I knew it, all the books for the second grade curriculum were complete. I thought the company loved me enough to keep me on and assign me another project. In swooped the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate. They let me go. I was totally devastated.

I had never been let go from a job before. I had nightmares for months. I cleaned my house from top to bottom, went through old recipes and organized them, I even worked on our family photo albums. I also tried to find another job, but my heart wasn't in it. As I re-evaluated my situation, I realized that now was the perfect time to devote all of my attention on writing novels. But I wanted to focus on a specific genre: young adult.

So I headed to the library. 

For months I read every Newbery Medal winner I could get my hands on. After a while, I decided on the type of YA novel I would write. I wanted to try and break into inspirational, time-travel with a focus on the Book of Mormon. That really narrowed the field of where I could send my work, but I couldn't ignore the feeling that was what I was supposed to do.

So I started writing my first YA book. Was it my break through novel that became published? You'll have to wait for next week to find out. ;)


  1. You are so awesome! I gave you an award on my blog! Check it out. :)

  2. I think fate can be very fickle for a lot of us. It's how we handle it that shapes our lives.

  3. Margo,
    Ahh, how thoughtful! Thank you. I'll hop over and check it out.

  4. Carol,
    That is soooo true. The trick is to remember to make the best of it as you're traveling over bumpy roads. ;)

  5. We never know what might happen to turn our life in a different direction!

    I have to re-follow you because of a Blogger glitch. Had to ditch my old blog and do a new one, but I lost my followers. I'm getting back the ones I've really been following! I hope you'll come over and re-follow me!

  6. Ann,
    Sorry to hear about your blog problems. I'll visit your new site asap. ;)

  7. I just hate cliff-hangers! LOL

    Out of a negative came a positive. :)

  8. Sorry, Glynis. What can I say? I love to leave people wanting more.

    However, all will be answered next Monday. :)



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