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. ;)

8 comments:

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

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

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

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

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  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!
    Ann

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

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  7. I just hate cliff-hangers! LOL

    Out of a negative came a positive. :)

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  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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