Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stranger Things Have Happened

I feel like I'm nervous all of the time now that I'm mere chapters away from finishing my first draft (and by first draft I mean first draft of the first book that I actually plan to do something with). I have trouble falling asleep because my brain won't shut up. I'm busy stitching together all the loose ends in my mind, making sure it's all going to actually WORK. And since I just registered for a conference this summer, complete with an agent meeting, I can't stop thinking about THAT.

Before I really started researching how to get published, I had NO idea how much went into it. How much love, stress, rejection. I didn't think about the YEARS that author spent on their baby getting it out to the world. The number of drafts, the querying, the sleepless nights waiting to hear back about submissions, this round of edits, that round of edits, etc. etc. ETC. For the consumer, it just shows up on the shelf at the store (or these days, online) and they either read it or don't, love it or meh.

What really got me thinking about this was going through the blog archives of Stephanie Perkins, way back to the beginning when she was painting her writing desk and working on the first draft of Anna and the French Kiss. Her posts were about normal things, things you and I blog about. Then as the years go by her posts get sprinkled with good news about this and that. DREAM AGENT LANDED, BOOK SOLD, BOOK RELEASE DATE, SEQUEL RELEASE DATE, etc, etc. She's friends with ladies like Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Maureen Johnson and Beth Revis. She's got John Green vlogging about Anna and the French Kiss and telling everyone to buy it!

Go back to your favorite author's blog archives and speed through in minutes what they went through in years. It's extremely motivating to see proof that they were normal, unpublished writers once upon a time. We can do this. Stranger things have happened. 


  1. I looked at Brodi Ashton's blog this way since she was a blogger before getting published. It IS motivating. And on a side note, I have complete faith in #pippa. It's pretty wicked awesome, and I'd go out on a limb to say it's pretty marketable too. :)

  2. I definitely need to do this--seeing someone else's journey to being published is so inspiring! Thanks for the advice!

  3. I love going through the archives of my favorite author blogs. Congratulations on almost finishing your rough draft! Enjoy every lovely minute of it. :)

    1. I don't know why I can't find the comment box, but I'll just keep replying. heehee This is an inspirational post for sure, Kristin. Now I'm heading off to old archives of my favorite blogging author.
      Catherine Denton

  4. You can do it!
    And hopefully I'm still normal. I try.

  5. I love learning about authors and how they became published. It's encouraging to know most of them were where I'm at right now but they made it on to bigger and better things. :)

  6. Ha ha! I've been blogging for SUCH a long time, most of that time to NOBODY. Like, most of my posts had ZERO comments. Someone would have to spend HOURS scrolling before they could find any good news. LOL!

    No, but it is encouraging. One step at a time! :)

  7. I've done this with a few of my favourite authors and it's so uplifting!

  8. Maybe I should go back and delete that post about flatuence. :)

    People will be reading your old posts one day!

  9. I love doing this, it always motivates me. I am so excited for you finishing your book! There is nothing like it is there:) I'm going to a conference this summer too and will be sitting down in front of an editor (that agents were all booked)...squee

    I can't wait to hear how it goes. Oh and hey, when you get ready for betas, let me know and maybe we can do a switch:)
    Good luck!

  10. That's very cool. I never even thought about going backwards with those authors. But I bet it IS inspirational. You're going to do GREAT! Don't fret!

  11. I feel with you. I'm in the same unsteady boat, but excited about the waves. You can do this, Kristin, and like you said, someday you'll look back on it all with a smile.