A Portrait of the Author Over 3 Years

Monday, October 29, 2012

a portrait of the author over three years

When I looked at today's date, I had an odd little twinge of deja vu. Something in my brain pinged about Gmail, and that's when I realized that it was around this time three years ago when I opened my authorly email address and sent out my very first query letter. Thus began an hour's worth of scouring my Sent Mail folder to see what I've been working on.

Here's the madness of creation. I haven't included data on various drafts, revisions, PR stuff. Just books started, abandoned, finished, sold. Busy busy busy.

Sent first query for FERRYTALE: October 25, 2009 (to Joanna Stampfel-Volpe)
Sent last query for FERRYTALE/abandoned: December 25, 2009
Request for more: 12+
Offers of representation: 0
Briefly believe I have a pub offer, which is actually a vanity press: January 15, 2010
Number of queries sent for FERRYTALE: 53
(quirky, mythology-based romance)

Sent first query for SCRITCH: January 13, 2010 to Elana Roth
Number of queries sent for SCRITCH: 64
First agent phone call: March 23, 2010
Number of agent offers: 2
Number of times SCRITCH went on submission: 2
Officially shelved after going to the table twice: February 2011
(middle grade adventure, The Borrowers x Labyrinth)

Finished frst draft of BLUD (working title of Wicked as They Come): May 26, 2010
Sent WICKED AS THEY COME to agent: July 5, 2010
Sent revision of WICKED AS THEY COME to agent: September 20, 2010
WICKED AS THEY COME goes on submission: January 5, 2011
WICKED AS THEY COME sells at 3-way auction: February 14, 2011
WICKED AS THEY COME publishes: March 27, 2012
WICKED AS THEY COME + book 2 sell to Bastei Lubbe in Germany: May 8, 2012
(steampunk paranormal romance, 110k)

Finished first draft of THE PSYCHOPOMP OF UMBRA: August 10, 2010
UMBRA goes on sub, doesn't sell, is shelved: December 2011
(creepy middle grade adventure)

Finished first draft of ATTACK OF THE BATSH*T BIMBOS: September 18, 2010
ATTACK shelved; agent didn't like: April 18, 2011
*Note: I love this book and want to make it into a graphic novel.
(teen geek zombie farce)

Started PRETTY LITTLE THINGS GO BOOM: December 14, 2010
Abandoned PLTGB at 150 pages: January 26, 2011
*Note: Loved the idea, didn't spend enough time on plot and character.
(YA superhero farce)

Started BLACK PARADE: April 11, 2011 (abandoned at 20k)
*Note: Might finish one day.
(contemprary YA, girl sent to Blud world)

Started ROSE THE SUNBEAR: May 3, 2011
Finished ROSE THE SUNBEAR: May 3, 2012
*Note: Birthday gift for my husband, agent hasn't seen. Considering another edit and sub.)
(middle grade mythological)

Started LOVE YOU FOREVER (Ink & Bone): April 13, 2011
Finished first draft of INK & BONE: May 18, 2011
Submitted INK & BONE to agent after major revision: October 25, 2011
Shelved; author and agent unable to agree after another major revision: July 2, 2012
*Note: THIS IS THE BOOK OF MY HEART. It's going to be sold, one day, no matter what.
(YA ghost thriller/suicide/issues/romance)

Started SPARROWHAWK: May 24, 2011
Abandoned SPARROWHAWK at 58 pages: August 16, 2011
*Note: Love the concept/imagery/characters, didn't pay enough attention to plot. May finish one day.
(alt history YA based on Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty + goblins)

Finished first draft HIS GOLDEN EYES: December 31, 2011
*Note: In edits.

Started PAYBACK/DEBT-FREE AMERICA: October 20, 2011
Finished first draft of PAYBACK: November 11, 2011
*Note: Agent has  not seen. Needs editing.
(YA pre-dystopian)

*ADDENDUM February 17, 2013: SOLD! to Simon Pulse in two-book deal, 10/31/13.

Started writing THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO: January 25, 2012
Finish first draft of THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO: February 13, 2012
To editor: March 12, 2012
E-published: October 2, 2012
(Blud e-novella #1.5, 34k)

Started writing WICKED AS SHE WANTS: February 16, 2011
Back into WICKED AS SHE WANTS: March 13, 2012
Finished first draft of WICKED AS SHE WANTS: April 19, 2012
Publishing date: April 2013
(paranormal romance Blud #2)

Started first draft of SERVANTS OF THE STORM: July 23, 2011
Finished first draft of SERVANTS OF THE STORM: August 7, 2011
Sent SotS to agent: November 25, 2011
Finished big revisions on SotS and sent to agent: May 30, 2012
SotS goes on exclusive submission to S&S: June 19, 2012
SotS sells to Simon Pulse: June 27, 2012
SotS publishing date: August 2014
(creepy YA paranormal)

Publishing date: April 2013
(Blud e-novella #2.5, 37k)

Started BLUD 3: June 24, 2012

Started THE THREE LIVES OF LYDIA: August 15, 2012
Finished TTLofL: August 25, 2012
Publishing date: August 2013
(Blud short story, 10k for CARNIEPUNK! anthology)

Started SELECTION: October 21, 2012
Currently at 24k
(gritty scifi, male protag)