Archive for February, 2016

So Much News

Much has happened in the five months since last I posted. Much and more. So much that really I can be forgiven for not having posted in so long.

When last I posted, I was still on the hunt for a literary agent, working full time as a waiter, part time as a student, and for free as an intern at Baen Books. Now, I’m an alumnus, working full time for Baen Books, and I just turned in my resignation at the restaurant I’ve worked at for seven years. And not only did I find myself an agent, Shawna McCarthy of McCarthy Literary, but she found me a publisher in Betsy Wollheim of DAW.

I’m going to be a novelist. Whaaaaaaaaaa!

I remember in tenth grade, my biology teacher, the somewhat creepy Mr. Wolfe, once asked me what I wanted to be/do when I grew up. When I told him I was a novelist he said, “Can you be a novelist without publishing anything?” Flippantly, I told him I could. While I did then and still honestly believe that, privately I felt myself something of a fraud. But now? My contract should be in the mail any day now, and I should be getting notes from my new editor, Sarah Guan, a little after that. I’ve still got a long ways to go, revisions being what they are, but I’m getting there.

The whole thing has been a truly surreal experience. It’s all happened so fast I’m surprised I don’t have whiplash. And everyone’s been so nice. Certain professionals have compared me to a certain favorite writer of mine (which floored me), and everyone has been so kind and genuinely excited about this thing I created. I still don’t know how to react. I’m looking forward to working with the team at DAW, and to finishing a book I am and can be truly proud of.

It’s strange to be changing, though, to have put aside the student’s cap and to be putting aside the tray and apron that have been the tools of my profession for my entire working life. My whole professional life is going into the world of writing: working for one publisher, writing for another. It’s all I ever wanted, and I can’t believe it’s all happening so soon.