I loved being able to meet my editor at Florida SCBWI June conference 2016
It took me seven years, four books, countless critique groups, and two agents to get me published. True story.
Here's how it went:
I started writing serioiusly in 2008. Joined SCBWI and attended my first critique group led by Amanda Coppedge Bosky. Went to my first writing conference in Miami and heard Donna Gephart and Greg Neri on The First Books Panel. I decided I wanted to be just like they were.
I still do.
Writing went from something I wanted to try, to something I wanted to be good at, to something I was obsessed with. Obsession is a strong word, but I worked at this writing thing for hours a day (after my day job), every day for seven years. I wrote while I sat with my mother in ICU. I wrote until my eyes went blurry. And when I couldn't write any more, I read.
I'd always been a huge reader. I was a reader well before I became a writer. But now my reading took on another purpose. I was reading to learn how to write.
When I thought I was ready, I read in front of an agent. In June of 2011, I was signed by an agent. And I thought...man, I'm on my way. But that wasn't how that turned out. Sometimes things don't turn out the way you think they will. This didn't.
In 2014, my first agent and I parted ways. I told myself I was going to be okay. I told myself I would take my time before signing with someone else. I told myself it might take years. But I was wrong. It didn't take years or even months.
Two days after cold querying Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency, she offered representation. I was blown away. Then she did something even more amazing. She sold my first book. Within two weeks of submitting it, we had an offer. Things don't always work out the way you think they will. Sometimes they work out better.
The Sister Pact launched Nov 3, 2015. Wow, what a day!
Two weeks later I had my official launch party at The Wine Dive in West Palm Beach. Party planner for the stars, Valerie, helped me plan the entire thing. We had popcorn bags with The Sister Pact cover on them. Themed stations where guests signed in on paint chips, wrote love on their arms with magic markers and tattoo pens since the launch was a benefit for To Write Love on Her Arms. We had a cupcake station with colored sugar based on Allie's colors, Leah's colors, ski themed colors and more.
But more than that, we had 150 people who ate and drank and celebrated with me. This writing gig is hard. But when you sell your book and then get to thank the people who helped you get there as you celebrate with family and friends? Piece of cake. Or cupcake, that is.
Oh, and one more thing...this is where I met my agent in person for the first time. Nirvana. seriously.
Check out my look book where there are tons of pictures of The Sister Pact launch!