I can’t believe a year has passed since I started ‘Then and Now’. What began as a very simple idea to look at writer success stories has proved to be so inspiring.
To round off a wonderful year of positive tales of getting there, I’m so thrilled to invite Heather Webb to the blog. Heather’s debut novel BECOMING JOSEPHINE is published at the end of this month and I just know it will go on to do great things in 2014.
Heather has worked extremely hard at her craft and is proof that doing your homework and learning about the publishing industry is as important as writing the book. She told me all about her very interesting path to publication.
What stage were you at with your writing this time last year?
Last October, I was eagerly awaiting my agent’s final comments on my manuscript. By the final week of October, we went out on submission, and the week after Thanksgiving, I got THE CALL! We had a very interested editor at Plume who wanted to buy my debut.
Can you tell us how you found your agent.
I found new critique partners and really pored over my edits. At the end of that six month period, I attended another conference, armed with the best query I could write and the most polished novel I could conceive of. I was READY. I could feel it in my bones. And you know what? My instinct was right. I met my agent at that conference and she signed me a month later. The moral of the story is write, revise, revise, revise. And revise some more. Find strong critique partners who are willing to point out the brutal truth. Go to conferences if you can swing it. It’s VERY valuable to meet with agents in person to get a feel for your chemistry with them and also how they work. Ask lots of questions. Be prepared to be flexible about your vision, and above all, keep moving forward with courage and confidence. It’s a tough business, but confidence and hard work will carry you toward your dreams.
What was the pivotal moment for you in the last twelve months?
What is the most important thing you’ve learnt about your writing during the last twelve months?
What are your hopes for the next twelve months?
Any final thoughts?!
About the author
About BECOMING JOSEPHINE