I realize 2012 still has a few days remaining before it officially winds to a close, but we’re near enough to bidding it goodbye that I had to take a look back at how I’ve grown as writer and author. When I was a kid, I never appreciated the significance of New Year’s. Now, I seem to measure each passing year in milestones, and 2012 was a milestone that stood on its own.
Why? Because I went from a closet writer to an author. Sure, it’s still an uphill battle but I’m doing something I love and having a blast in the process. When I think of all I’ve accomplished, I’m astounded. And humbled.
This is my timeline:
02/11: Submitted WEATHERING ROCK to Lyrical Press for publication consideration
02/18: Made my first blog post with much trepidation. Such a greenhorn!
02/29: Received acceptance and contract from Lyrical. Did the happy dance (okay, I needed to be peeled from the ceiling)
02/29: Joined Facebook and set up an author page. *gulp* A huge step for a life-long introvert
03/03: Joined Twitter completely clueless about what I was doing. It’s now my second favorite social media outlet after blogging.
03/25: Blundered my way through my first Six Sentence Sunday post. I thought I could only have six sentences total, post and all (don’t laugh). Good thing I made so many great SSS friends to show me the ropes.
March: At some point during this month I joined Goodreads. Clueless again but it sounded like a place I wanted to hang out. Good move on my part.
04/05: Invited to join Triberr. Muddled through the initial set-up, shrieking and pulling my hair out until I made sense of what I was doing. It is now an invaluable resource I couldn’t imagine being without.
05/11: Bravely *shaking in my shoes* wrote my first post for my publisher’s blog. Happy to report I survived.
05/29: Created and posted a book trailer for WEATHERING ROCK. Oooh, a new toy to play with. Spontaneous Snoopy dancing.
06/19: Received the Stylish Blogger Award (my first blog award) from my good friend, L.J. Kentowski. Postively giddy.
June: Finish second draft of MYTH AND MAGIC (contemporary mystery/romance) but realize I need to shuffle plot lines around. Overly theaterical Muse throws a tizzy. Thankfully, it is short-lived and we confer on a new strategy.
06/29: Interviewed as an author for the first time by Savannah Rayne. Moi? Nervous and excited. A no-caffeine-needed day.
07/01-07/04: New experience! My first blog hop, the Celebrating Independence Blog Hop with Drea Becraft. Had a blast and learned a lot.
07/07: I resurrect an unfinished manuscript, TWELFTH SUN (contemporary mystery/romance) and my Muse cooperates. We work well when she isn’t being a diva.
07/16: Wrote my first Mythical Monday post: Walking with Werewolves. It’s since become one of my favorite blog topics.
07/20: My first “Wizards with Words” post (then called “Author Spotlight”) with Savannah Rayne. My first time interviewing another author. I liked it!
08/27: Submitted TWELFTH SUN to my editor at Lyrical Press for consideration. Pins and needles time while I wait.
09/02: Start sequel to WEATHERING ROCK. Tentative title: BLUE ENCHANTMENT.
09/05: Wizards with Words is born. My first Wizard post goes live with guest, Jennifer Lowery, discussing her Lyrical Press release, HARD CORE.
09/20: Receive and sign contract for TWELFTH SUN. I’m a two book author! Anticipated release from Lyrical Press, August 2013.
09/21: I become a tour partner for BUY THE BOOK TOURS.
09/27: Several booksellers, including Amazon, release WEATHERING ROCK earlier than expected. It’s official. I’m an author. And scrambling.
10/08: WEATHERING ROCK’s official release day arrives. Worked so hard to get here! Celebration!
10/09: My two-month WEATHERING ROCK blog tour kicks off.
10/12: My first review shows up on Amazon. Excited! Excited! Excited!
10/18: I connect with two wonderful critique partners. My writing life is starting to feel complete.
10/25: I’m invited to become a weekly contributing blogger at VENTURE GALLERIES and make my first post.
11/01: My first BUY THE BOOK TOUR post. I love being part of the author community!
11/03: While working on BLUE ENCHANTMENT I decide to resurrect an inspirational mystery/ romance called JONAH’S PRAYER
11/06: JONAH’S PRAYER becomes THE SECRET OF ECLIPSE LAKE and the inspirational angle is dropped. Lots of changes to enhance and strengthen the story. It is now a full blown mystery/romance with emphasis on family drama. I’m jazzed! Love these characters!
12/07: WEATHERING ROCK is a Silver Finalist in the monthly Chapter One contest hosted by author, Cheryl Bradshaw. SQUEEE!
12/26-01/02: Post Christmas Blog Tour for WEATHERING ROCK.
What an amazing, wondrous, exhausting, wouldn’t-trade-it-for-anything trip it’s been. 2012 has been a magical year. I pray it has been every bit as enchanted for you.
To all my wonderful new author and reader friends, long-time supporters, the folks at Lyrical Press, and everyone who lent a hand along the way…thank you for being part of my journey.
I couldn’t have done it without you!