It’s been a really great day!!! Here’s why:
Today I have the privilege to announce a new adventure: My novel, WORDS IN THE WINDOWSILL, has been acquired by REUTS Publications, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Read the official announcement here!
This book and I have quite a little history! Here’s how our adventure began.
In 1994, a friend and I went on an adventure of our own; a month-long trip through several countries in Europe. As classically trained musicians, we were quite interested in the histories and world that Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and other master composers lived in, and that trip afforded us an opportunity to see much of it first hand. I hadn’t realized it at the time, but on that trip, the seeds of WORDS IN THE WINDOWSILL were planted. During the years (10+!) that followed, I revisited those memories through the photos and journals that I kept during the trip, and as time went on, I knew I had to continue the adventure, in the form of a novel.
2012 brought another stop on WINDOWSILL’s adventure: I decided to use NaNoWriMo as the launching pad for writing it. By the end of the November, I had the first draft nearly completed, and it was clear what a special story it was to me. Its plot continues to hold a unique connection to me and my musical life, as do its characters. But I wondered: Would anyone else feel similarly?
I beta’d it. I revised it. I modified and added parts to it. I removed parts of it. I freaked out a little bit when I realized that I still needed those discarded parts, so I sifted through older drafts to put them back in. (It’s true what they say about keeping all of your early drafts… ) I continued to believe in it, and I never gave up hope. Now, several drafts, edits, contests and queries later, the reality is finally sinking in. My novel, set partially in the 21st century and partially in the 1800’s, has found its home, and a new adventure is about to begin.
Along this journey, I have met some amazing writerly people, who guided and encouraged me. New friends, professionals in the business. I never met a contest or Twitter pitch party I didn’t like. At one point, I posted about how even though the art of writing seems like a lonely, solitary endeavor, it really isn’t (at least not for me!) We learn from each other in so many ways.
Thank you, so much, to everyone who supported me on this incredible journey thus far. It means a lot!
So now, WORDS IN THE WINDOWSILL and I embark on another part of this publishing adventure together. I look forward to posting updates on the process from acquisition to publication as we go, and I hope you’ll share the ride with me!
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