Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday's Writing Update: Three Years Ago and an Annoucement

 

My review of Beth Revis's A Million Suns is on Surrounded by Books Reviews.

After many months, The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk by Aubrie Dionne, Lisa Rusczyk, and me is now available on Amazon. Best of all, we're running a free promotion going on right now, so if you enjoyed our stories from the blog, go out and snatch you a copy.

Three years ago on January 15, 2009, I embarked on a great adventure. This adventure turned out to be my first written novel, The Phoenix Prophetess. It also was the day that marked the first time I wrote with publication in mind.

In that time, I've written 553,765 words. I've had 52 rejections and 17 acceptances, so a third of everything I've submitted has been accepted. I've written four and a third novels, numerous short stories and flash fiction, and even a poem or two. I've become a freelance editor. I've met countless of peoples and made many new friends. I've been to two writers' conferences, joined a local writer's group, and have several critique partners who've shaped me into the writer I am today.

I look back on these three years and realize despite the rejections, the anxiety of waiting, the stress-filled days, I wouldn't change these three years for the world. Becoming a writer and then an author has made me the happiest I've ever been in my entire life. I hope to have many more years writing ahead of me, no matter what happens on the publication front.

Thank you for sharing them with me.

Thank you for reading.

16 comments:

Gina Blechman said...

Congratulations, Cherie! It's always so exciting and encouraging to hear success stories, particularly when you add in your own struggles, because we've all felt the stress of rejections and the like. Enjoy this moment.

<3 Gina Blechman

Nicole Zoltack said...

You've come so far and I'm sure you'll go much farther yet!

And I just downloaded my copy. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Happy three year aniversary. You've accomplished so much and I'm sure there's more ahead.

Alice said...

It's encouraging to hear about other writer's journeys and struggles and successes. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!

Rachelle Ayala said...

Congratulations on your new book out. You have certainly accomplished a lot and can pat yourself on the back!

Julie said...

Congratulations, Cherie! You've really accomplished so much, and I know you have many very successful years ahead. Going to check out the Amazon book now, sounds great!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations on the book finally coming out. You've come a long way and grown so much. I'm immensely proud of you.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your experiences. It's been a rough few weeks and it's so nice to hear there is a light in the tunnel at all, let alone that people see it :)

tfwalsh said...

You've done so well in the past 3 years... keep going and huge congrats.

Ann Best said...

I hope you have many more years ahead of you too, Cherie. Congratulations!

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations!

It sounds like you've accomplished a lot in those three years. :)

alexia said...

Thanks for commenting on my query over at Matt's blog! Nice to meet you :)

Sounds like an exciting three years! Congrats!

Jennifer Hillier said...

Over half a million words! HOLY MOLY! That's impressive! Congrats, Cherie. That's quite the accomplishment. :)

MSBjaneB said...

Happy anniversary and I can't wait to read both books!

Talli Roland said...

Wow! Congrats on all those words! And on the book, too - thank you - must run over and grab it while I can!

farawayeyes said...

You go girl!

I'm off to download now.