This post talks about the author questionnaire, which was something I had to fill out very early on in the publication process.
It is basically an information request from a publisher, to see what (or who) you know that might be helpful for your publicity or marketing, and also to see what interesting stories there may be behind your work.
And my understanding is, the more they know about you the better!
Well here it is, the end of the year. The end of 2018! And instead of writing a big reflection post I thought I'd put this collection of all my monthly diary entries of the year together instead (mainly because I am on holiday and it is hot and I'd rather be at the beach :) And I am lazy! Ha!).
In reflection, this is what I have achieved in 2018, and I'm not going to lie, I feel very proud of it!
Signed my first book contract for my YA debut novel
Worked with an editor to get it ready for publication
Wrote 3 first drafts (2 super rough and one edited fully)
Read 61 books (3 adult novels and the rest YA books)
Was brave and attended book events and made new friends (through my cool book club and new author friends)
Give me something I haven't seen Give me the red light turning green Give me the words but not the page Give me it all I called you up Three times last night Running through the streets Bloody, from a fist fight Keep you warm Keep you there Wanna keep you all
It is interesting to me, because in a lot of ways you expect that when you finally achieve a goal you've held dear for years, you will suddenly feel very different, very fulfilled and very satisfied. I don't think it's really the case.
Basically, your goals just immediately shift to something new (published one book? Now you can't stop thinking about publishing another one!). This means I still spend every waking moment refreshing my inbox to see if the status of my ongoing projects has changed... anything new? What's happening?
I guess it is good in some ways, because that feeling does keep driving me onwards, which can only be a good thing. But it was definitely a surprise, and not something I expected.
This has made me think about reflecting, and how important and healthy that can be, no matter what stage you are at in a career.
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.