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?
Welcome to my monthly update for April 2018. So here we are.
It has been a momentous and excellent month for me. A lot of wonderful things have happened (and are happening), and it is a surreal feeling, truly, to work so hard towards a goal for so many rejection-filled years only for things to suddenly just start... falling into place. I feel like change is in the air. Who knew dreams really can come true?
Oh my gosh. So this is an announcement I've been dreaming of making for a really long time.
I'm so utterly happy and excited to say that I've signed a contract with Wakefield Press to publish my debut novel!
I've mentioned before on this blog that my YA contemporary novel, Making Friends with Alice Dyson, was shortlisted in the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. I was approached at the festival and later was offered a contract!
After so many years of hard work and hoping, it is crazy to think that next year I will have an actual book out! Wow!
January was the month of waiting. Waiting seems to be a large part of a writer’s life. I think I am getting used to it, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check my email a hundred thousand billion times a day. I try not to, but I can’t help it. Waiting is better than not waiting though, because of course waiting means you have some projects or opportunities out there. And that is always a good thing, no matter how it all pans out in the end. So most likely I will continue to wait throughout February as well, and perhaps even a bit of March too. I think I’m getting rather good at it. :)