To anyone who reads this blog semi-regularly you'll already know that 2008 has been my best writing year EVER. Let's face it - when the one dream you've hung onto since you were eight years old finally comes true it's going to be one pretty damned amazing year.
I ummed and ahhed about whether to write an end of year round-up because I didn't want anyone to think I was being a big, fat show-off but I can't let the end of the year pass without doing some kind of summary of my year.
So here we go:
In 2008 I:
- Wrote 9 new short stories thanks to my Story a Fortnight Group
- Rewrote novel 1 after agent feedback which said it needed more work
- Wrote 20,000 words of novel 2 (a)
- Sent 28 short stories to women's magazines (a lot of the submissions were the same story sent to multiple magazines. A story isn't dead until it's done the rounds!)
- Entered 8 stories and 1 novel extract to writing competitions
- Came up with a new idea for novel 2 (b), started writing it in December and hit 11,000 words by the 31st
'Bad' things in 2008:
- 7 of my competition entries were rejected
- 20 of my short story submissions to women's magazines were rejected
- Scrapping 20,000 words of the original novel 2 and wondering if I'd ever fall in love with a novel again and actually finish it
Good things in 2008:
- 8 of my short stories were bought. 6 by women's magazines. 1 by an online magazine. 1 by an arts magazine (my only story sale without payment). 6 of the 8 stories bought have now been published
- An extract of novel 1 became one of four finalists in the Romance Writers of America Stiletto contest (paranormal chicklit contest)
- My story "My Daughter the Deep Sea Diver" placed third in the Writers Bureau short story competition
- I signed with my literary agent
- Said agent got me a two book deal with Orion (novel 1 to be published in October 2009) and sold foreign rights to Russia, Germany and Brazil
- I met Orion to discuss novel 1 and was stunned when lots of people popped into the meeting told me how much they'd enjoyed reading it
- I got my mojo back and fell in love with my new idea for novel 2 and wrote 11,000 words of it.
So there you go. To say I'm excited about 2009 would be an understatement. I've got so many wonderful things to look forward to writing-wise including the publication of my novel and a writing holiday in Thailand (please god let it happen!). I also have to do the edits for novel 1 and continue to fight the demon that sits on my shoulder and says, "Novel 2 is never going to be as good as novel 1 and your agent and editor will hate it!" and finish the first draft by September. There's also a few things I'm planning on changing in my personal life but more about those if and when they happen!
And I just want to end this wonderful year by pointing you all to Sally Quilford's inspirational post here on the secret to achieving writing success.
Here's to a wonderful 2009 for all my blog readers. May all your dreams (writing and otherwise) come true.