2008 was a good year for me–I sold three novels, a mystery and the first two books in my Victory Vaughn urban fantasy series. After the initial jumping around and screaming and popping champagne corks, I settled down to wait. And wait. And wait some more. I’m learning that publishing a novel involves long periods of not much happening (at least, not much that I have to deal with), interrupted by flurries of activity, usually with a deadline attached. I like deadlines. They make me get stuff done.
There were times last year when I felt like my novels would never become physical objects that you could open, read, and put next to other books on a shelf. But time passed, as it has a way of doing, and suddenly I’m within a couple of months of the mystery’s release.
So this seems like a good time to start sharing insights and experiences related to writing, the writing life, and the publication process. I’d also like to share my thoughts on some of the really cool books I read. If you look at my bio, you’ll see that I’m a former English professor, so I’m one of those people who reads everything. Currently, I’m really into urban fantasy, which I think has some of the most fun, exciting, and inventive writing out there. So watch this space for mini-reviews.
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