Gosh, I can't even begin to tell you how great this year has been for me. Best. Year. Ever. And 2014 is looking to be promising, as well.
I have some fantastic news to share with you, but first I want to capture the spirit of New Year's Eve and relive some of my favorite writerly moments of 2013.
The year started out fantastic when I received my first offer of publication. An offer I turned down, mind you, but still...it was the first time I felt validated as a writer by a publishing professional. Way to start the year off right, huh? And it only continued to get better from there.
Shortly after my offer of publication, I received not one, not two, but THREE offers of representation by three amazing literary agents. And lucky me, my dream agent happened to be one of the three offering agents. So yep, I signed with Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, Inc. I'm still pinching myself over that one, but you can read about it here (my first announcement) and here.
Not long after that, a fellow PichWars mentee and I started chatting. Before I knew it, we were exchanging emails daily and CPing for each on a regular basis. She was my first official critique partner, but not the last. As the months went by, I ended up adding a total of nine more critique partners to my "beautiful friends" list. All ten of these ladies are fantastic writers, and I thoroughly enjoy reading for them as much as I enjoy reading their comments on my own work. These terrific peeps of mine make me a better writer. And smile. A lot.
As if I wasn't blessed enough already for the year, I received news that changed my "writer" status to "author" status. My book had not only been picked up, but I was being offered a two-book deal by Entangled Publishing. Yay! Yay! Yay! Making that announcement publicly was one of the proudest, most fun days I've had all year long. I couldn't stop smiling at all the support and congratulations I received from the entire writing community, as well as my family and friends.
By the way, my debut book releases with Entangled Publishing
in Summer of 2014!! I'll keep you posted.
So today, as the year is wrapping up and coming to a close, I want to share one last bit of fabulous news I received earlier today. I was invited to be the newest "chick" on Chick Swagger! If you don't know what Chick Swagger is, then you are missing out! These sassy, sexy ladies make me smile with every post. I love them and am so happy to be joining their hen house! Come check us out!
As you see, I've had an awesome year! And I hope you all have, too.
Now bring on 2014 and let's get crazy!