Well there I was, minding my own business, when I unexpectedly read the words “Congratulations! Your story, Strawberry Wine, is the grand prize winner of The Write Affair Contest, sponsored by Kensington Publishing and Wattpad!”
Crazy, right? Darn tootin. Dream come true? You have no idea! Do you have any idea what this means? I don’t have a clue! Other than the fact that after my story is revised it’ll eventually be published and will be available in bookstores everywhere! What the what?!
As a completely clueless new writer, I have suddenly been thrust into a world I can’t begin to understand, and have to quick try to figure out. In the beginning, I wrote for fun, as an escape, the same reasons why I read. But after learning a renowned independent publisher was looking for a new romance writer to add to their roster, I was intrigued. I already had one romantic novella under my belt, what did I have to lose? So on a whim, I submitted my tale of first love and didn’t give it a second thought. I mean, how could I possibly win? But low and behold, the good people at Kensington Publishing chose me! My story! Wha-???
I now have a real, live NYC editor, and soon will have my own publicist. May I repeat that? My own editor and publicist! And they’re in NYC (hey, that’s a big deal to a Midwestern girl like me)! I still can’t believe it. For the first week the only thing I managed to do was pace. Yep, I wore down a path on my brand new carpet. How do I do this? How do I revise my story? How do I create a website? How do I write a blog? Ugh, so many questions… But there’s no need to panic, or so I’ve been told. Ha!
The story may be written, but now the hard work begins. I spoke with my editor – I love saying that – who is super nice and extremely knowledgeable, and she’s promised I am not in this alone. She has advised me to make revisions and lengthen the word count. Sounds simple enough, right? But when I wrote Strawberry Wine I did so to entertain myself, never did I think real people would ever read it. Suddenly, the thought of adding to it felt daunting. Not only do I have to make sure I am happy with, but I have to make sure everyone is happy with it. No pressure there.
So many things are happening and I’m pretty sure I’m losing my mind. Therefore, I’d like to take you along with me. I’ll need someone to hold my hand and interject the occasional “There, there” whenever I start to get freaked out (which is quite often). Are you up for it? I would also love to share my journey of a reader turned published author.
This blog might be a tad bit ridiculous and filled with lots of naive ramblings, but I hope you will join me on this crazy ride!