Hi there, Sugar here. 2012 is almost over and I hope it was a good year for you. I hope you accomplished the things you wanted to. Writing-wise I accomplished a lot. Writing-wise it was a pretty awesome year for me. But it was a long year full of ups and downs and roller coaster emotions. Most of you know that I managed to snag a three book deal with St. Martin’s Press. In hindsight it seemed like everything happened so fast but when I was living it everything seemed to go excruciatingly slow. Here’s what my past year looked like.
Started querying. Mostly rejections. One request for a full.
Rejections, rejections, rejections. One more request for a full. One request for a partial.
Rejections on partial. Rejections of queries. Some cursing. One request for a full. Two partial requests.
Querying fatigue setting in. More rejections on queries and on partial. One request for a full. Two rejections for partials. Waiting for word back on the then four full manuscripts I had out.
Rethinking this whole being a writer thing. I was tired of waiting. I was tired of rejections. The doubt monster had me in a nasty choke hold. One more request for a full. One offer of representation. Another offer of representation. SQUEEEEEE!
Agent ,who I ADORE, asked me to cut down my manuscript from 100,000 words to 90,000 to make it more sell-able. (Grumble, grumble.) I went out on submission to the ‘BIG 6’ and romance giant Harlequin. Got my first rejection ON MY BIRTHDAY! Got two more rejections. Starting rethinking this whole being a writer thing again.
I got a surprise offer from a smaller but still kick-ass publisher. Screamed like an idiot when I got off the phone with my agent. Two days later I got two offers from two of the ‘Big 6’ and was informed that I would be going to auction the next day. Was in shock. Was shaking. Was also at work when I found out. Kids in my class thought I was having a stroke. St. Martin’s Press (Macmillan) offered me a three book deal. I actually met my editor at CTRWA’s Fiction Fest long before I even thought about writing my book. It must have been fate because I don’t remember a single other editor that was there that year beside her.
Contract negotiations. PM announcement.
Edits arrive. Rethinking this whole being a writer thing again. Contract negotiations finally finished!
Book 2 was due. Edits for book 1 due. Super hard. Super proud when I finished both of those things.
MUST WRITE BOOK 3. Advance check came! Advance check went! But no more student loans!!!!!!!!! (Do you have any idea how expensive college is?)
GOT A RELEASE DATE!!!!!!! Dangerous Curves Ahead will hit shelves on August 27, 2013.
Got my author photos taken. Probably a bad idea right after Thanksgiving, but they came out pretty good.
Tackled this whole social media thing. Amazon author page. Check.
Website updated again. Now it looks kinda professional. http://www.sugarjamison.com/
Got my Facebook page done. Please like me!
Got my cover art! Check back here soon for reveal.
Oh an I won my very first award!
Phew… That was a very long year. What did yours look like?