It’s the end of the year and for once I’m getting a head start. After all, the challenge of October of 2010 by my writing partners at the time was: just finish ONE of those many books you’ve started but never finished.
Fast-forward two years later. Whew. So it may have taken me more than a year, but in January of 2012 I completed my first book (through many revisions, of course). This is a goal I was proud of on its own merit – I’ve been writing since 2004 and never finished anything but a few short stories. Novels seemed to peter out at about 18,000 words when I became overwhelmed with the enormity of the process and moved on to something else.
I blogged about this before but I’ll tell you a secret: I don’t think the first novel was any good. There, I’ve said it. But there is a steep learning curve in writing fiction, and I’m grateful I have the eyes to see when something I’ve written (my very own baby) isn’t quite “ready”. Ouch.
Yes, that novel was rejected in May of 2012.
So in recap, this year:
I finished (January) and submitted (February) my first novel to Harlequin Love Inspired and received my very first rejection (May)
Entered Mills & Boone’s Fast Draft for Medical Romances with a synopsis and first chapter and was rejected (June)
Participated in Love Inspired Pitch and received a request for synopsis (June) My synopsis received a request for a partial (July) My partial received a request for a full (October) and is still under consideration
I received a request for Revise and Resubmit from Everyday Fiction for my short story Among the Living (June) and after changes a firmer Rejection (October).
I revised the entry for M&B and entered the first chapter into the Golden Palm contest (August)
I revised my original novel and entered So You Think You Can Write (October)
I become a Pro Pin member of the RWA (November)
I entered the Golden Heart contest, the Rolls Royce of the RWA (November)
I completed Nanowrimo for the first time (November)
When I review the above, I don’t feel so bad. I’ve been working hard, writing and subbing and entering contests. If effort equals reward, something should bear fruit in the reaping. Or so I keep telling myself.