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Take a look inside my path to publication . . .

My manuscript is now in the hands of my copy editor. Hooray! This has been a long time coming. I began writing my middle grade adventure novel about sixteen years ago, when being an author was just a pipe dream and a hobby while I raised my young family. All the while, I studied the craft of writing, learned about the publishing industry, attended conferences, and built my network of fellow authors and creatives.


Then, a few years ago, I started seeking author representation, which is (usually) a necessary step to getting published. Two years and over fifty (very nice) rejections later, I realized I didn't need to wait for a gatekeeper to give me permission to put my book out there, and I began an intense period of researching independent publishing. Thanks mainly to Joanna Penn (a giant in the self-pub space) and Karen Inglis (successful independent children's author and author of How to Self-Publish and Market a Children's Book), I have the confidence to do this on my own. Well, not completely on my own, as I will need to hire a couple of editors and a cover designer. But you get the idea. 

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Thanks for following along! :) ;)

Lots of Research!
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My Muse 

Technically, this is a figurine of Benjamin Hornigold but the pirate in my novel is Black Sam Bellamy. 

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Rejection is part of the process. And my rejections climbed to over 50. But that's okay. The door to traditional publishing may have closed, but the window to self-publishing opened big and wide!
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Not the Whydah but COOL pic, huh?

My middle grade novel follows the adventures of a 12-year-old girl and her friends on their treasure hunting pirate adventure. ARR!

Stay tuned . . . 


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