Two years ago this month…

I started writing the Bone Conjurors. I can’t believe it’s going to be published. I’m very excited and scared at the same time. Like most authors, I have all these day dreams. I want to see the book explode in sales. I want it to be turned into a movie. I want to be interviewed on NPR.

Most likely, none of those things are going to happen, but they are still fun to think about.

It all started in the shower. I had been wanting to write a ghost story for a long time, but I just couldn’t think of anything creepy enough. Finally, in the shower, a plot idea came into my head. Exploded, might be the word. In fact, I had all the basic plot lines down in about five minutes.

I wish all my showers could be that productive.

I wrote the first draft of the book in about three months and then set it free on my writer’s group. They offered some great suggestions and then I had to set about rewriting it.

That process actually took me longer than the initial draft. I worked on it as I attended summer training for my new job as a campus minister. Every night, I set with my manuscripts and rewrote. Rewrote and Rewrote. Then rewrote some more.

Finally, I got the story into shape and started sending it out to agents. Nothing. No interest. I tried rewriting my query letter. Nothing. I did this for about seven months. I entered it into Amazon’s novel contest and didn’t even make it past the first round.

Then, some friends of mine met a marketing rep for a publishing company out of Minnesota. I sent her the manuscript and she sent it to her boss. He called me in September and expressed interest. However, he had a lot of submissions, so it was going to take some time.

The rest of the story is already known.

So, all you writers out there, keep at it. You never know how it might happen whether through a query letter to an agent or through a friend of a friend who knows someone.

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