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The Blog of Anya Harker » Blog Archive » One Year Later

One Year Later

July 12th, 2012

 

So it’s about a year since I started this whole journey and it’s been one heck of a wild ride so far. In one year the following has happened:

  • I’ve graduated from law school (YAY omg)
  • I’ve gotten a job in the publishing industry
  • I’ve written a novel
  • I’ve sent out countless query letters
  • I’ve received countless rejections
  • I’ve received a nice smattering of requests, both from agents and small presses

Needless to say, it’s been one amazing ride so far. Of course, it hasn’t been without its up and downs (often more downs than ups) but I’ve also learned so much. A year ago I didn’t know what ARCs and galleys were. I had only the vaguest understanding of how the publishing industry works. All I knew was a person wrote a book, found an agent, and that was it. Now I’ve learned SO much more.

 

I’ve also cultivated amazing friendships after being down in the trenches for over a year. I have CPs who are amazing individuals and my writing is stronger because of them. I have contacts I never dreamed I’d make. Though this year has been one of the hardest in my life, I don’t think I’d change a thing. Now, as the next year rolls around, I’ll keep writing and keep querying. One year ends and the next begins with my fingers itching to start working on a new manuscript. Still a YA, but something with a paranormal bent. No, not vampires — but ghosts. I’m excited and I can’t wait to share this next book.

 

Hopefully it’ll happen this year. Hopefully one of those full requests that are still outstanding will come back to me and say they love it and they want to represent me as I go forward. And if not? I have a new book. Because one thing I’ve learned is the time you spend on one manuscript is never wasted. Every bit of reading and writing you do only makes you a better person and a better writer.

 

As the West Wing teaches us to say: Game On and What’s Next?

3 Responses to “One Year Later”

  1. Lovely post, Anya. Thanks for sharing and here’s hoping that this time next year you’ll be sharing more book news. Good luck.

  2. Mere Joyce says:

    What a great post, Anya! I began my journey in the writing world really at the end of last year/beginning of this year, and I, like you, have learned soooo much already. It’s definitely trying at times, but the writing community is just fantastic, and it’s so great to understand the industry better and better as each day wears on.

    Here’s to an awesome year of manuscripts, queries, and agents!

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