Hi Brook, I’m so glad to be here! As you know getting published in the traditional manner is getting more difficult day by day. I really started getting serious about being published when I finished my first manuscript, around four years ago.
I stalked the internet, applying all the tricks I could find on how to write a query and synopsis. I rewrote my manuscript over and over until I thought it was perfect, then I sent out the queries. And then it happened. Rejection. The big no’s kept coming and I wasn’t getting anywhere fast. After a year I realized I must be doing something wrong so I joined a local writer’s group, the Idaho Writer’s League.
IWL gave me the confidence and encouragement I needed to push on. When their state competition came up I entered several categories. I wrote Wingless first, but the editor I hired to help had some very painfully honest words for me about it. Then I wrote Gargoyle, which won me an award. Wingless and my other manuscript got above average scores, but were barely noticed.
I began sending out queries for Gargoyle, but still, no one would bite. Eventually I asked one of my author friends what her publisher wanted. She said novellas. So I picked up Wingless, worked it into a novella and submitted it.
For the first time I got a request. And then another, and another. After careful consideration I decided to go with Pink Petal Books. They were highly recommended on Predators and Editors, and I know I made the right choice! What a fun and supportive team.
Wingless was released on August 2nd, and Gargoyle will be released Nov. 1st. Spirit Tracks, a free short will be available to anyone who requests to receive Pink Petal Books newsletter, and will be released to amazon a month after that, still free for a limited time. Already other projects are in the works.