This round on the blog chain was started by my crit-partner and friend, Sarah Bromley. She asks:
What has been the most unexpected part of your writing journey up to this point? What has happened that you could never have predicted? Has it been a help or a hindrance?
Um...wow. So many things.
But if I had to list just one thing, the most UNEXPECTED thing, it would be this:
I finished the first draft of KATANA in 2007.
KATANA will hit the shelves in 2012.
When I first began writing, I had no idea how much time, sweat, blood, and tears I would shed seeking out publication. I had no idea I would spend two years and over two hundred rejections querying until I found an agent.
I hadn't a clue it would take another year and another dozen or so rejections before I had a publisher. And, even then, it would take another two years before my book appears in a book store.
Is a five year wait from finished novel to publication typical. No. You could wait longer. Or not as long. The only constant in publishing is that there is no constant in publishing.
My agent once told me that the motto of publishing biz is, "Hurry up and wait!" And I get asked all the time how I survived the process. I wish I had some secret waiting technique that I could share. Or that I was some master of zen. My only real answer is that I'm insanely stubborn.
For more answers, check out Kate's answer before mine and Eric's post tomorrow.
How about you? What took you by surprise?