Well a lot happened this month, the biggest thing ever basically being that I got to hold an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of my actual book, Making Friends with Alice Dyson.
It is heavier than I expected, and just freaking beautiful, very bright and sweet and lovely. So yeah, I’m pretty over the moon about that! And realistically it has overshadowed all the other things I was doing this month. To be honest I can’t even remember them. Did I even do anything else? Nah. I just stared at my book.
Well this is a moment I’ve been waiting for since forever. Well six years maybe. Which included five years of trying to get published and the past almost year of getting this book ready to go with my publishers, Wakefield Press. Which means obviously I’ve spent a lot of time imagining what kind of cover I would like for my book. And you know what? I really couldn’t have ever imagined anything as beautiful as this one! I mean, check out my name on the cover!
It’s my name! On a book! That I wrote!
And also check out that quote by VIKKI WAKEFIELD, an author whose work I just love and admire, and have done for a really long time, and look at what she said! About my book! It kind of blows my mind. So yeah.... today was a good day.
But I thought I would include it into my Debut Author series, as I think it is probably a fairly universal feeling for newly published or about to be published authors, and I guess I wanted to explore it a little further.
Welcome to my monthly update! Here I will waffle on for a short time about what I’ve been up to over the past month in terms of my writing progress, reading and a bit of general life stuff too. So here we go :)
Well, sign it obviously. Except nothing is ever quite as straightforward as that. My very first thoughts after being offered a contract was mfmfmghuiewhieuwfjghb!!!!!
I was pretty excited.
And basically couldn’t hold a normal conversation with the nice people at Wakefield Press who were offering me a contract. (I spent a lot of that meeting with my head on their desk sort of freaking out happily. They are super nice so didn’t judge me.) My second thought after receiving that contract was...
I am lucky enough to have my very own debut #LoveOzYA novel (heart eyes) coming out in March 2019, which is a YA contemporary high school love story called: Making Friends with Alice Dyson. I thought it might be kind of interesting to honestly chronicle the experience of being a debut YA author on the traditional publishing route, and to peel back the curtain a little for anyone who might like to know more about this journey (or is going through something similar). I know there is a LOT of information floating around the net about how to get published, but a little less about what happens afterwards. I am an absolute newbie to this side of the fence, and will be chronicling everything I learn along the way here. And for today’s post, I thought I’d start with the obvious: How Hard is it to Actually Get a Novel Published?