It's really happening!
How it started: NaNoWriMo, of course. After far too many years of people (mostly my aunts) telling me, "You should write a book," I picked up a copy of No Plot? No Problem! and pledged to do the impossible: write a 50,000-word novel in a month.
I did it, because deadlines are sort of my thing, and after I'd put it away to rest for a month (as they tell you to do), I picked it back up and thought that maybe there was something there. I rewrote, edited, added, subtracted... reworked the whole thing for five months, then queried it with #PitMad. From there, I sent my query to two interested parties, then followed up with the full manuscript... and "suddenly," I had a publisher.
I didn't know, then, that that was just the beginning. More rewrites, more edits, more consultation, but all in the best possible way. Even though I grumbled, I knew that my story was getting stronger and better. The Lights Out team have been wonderful and supportive.
How it's going: This morning, a box arrived for me.
This one's mine, but you can get your own here.