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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Autumnal Re-Assessment

It's a typically cold, wet late-October day, and I'm reminded of how close we are to the end of 2011. I guess that meditative mood has inspired me to think about how things are going with my writing career. I also realize that I need to catch up on this blog and report some October developments:

1. After a nearly two-year wait, I finally saw galleys for my first novel, Trouble at the Scriptorium. Although there are a handful of corrections, it's very close to ready for release.

2. My contract with Candlemark & Gleam for Green Light Delivery was announced in Publishers Weekly.

3. My Halloween story, "The Lowly Soul," was published on the MuseItUp blog.

4. I started on the revisions of Green Light Delivery that I'd discussed with my editor before I signed with Candlemark. I think this is the scariest fiction-writing project I've ever done.

5. I started work as a volunteer judge at the new site, Rate Your Story, which offers a free rating and short critique to new writers.

6. I finished my first-ever work under a pseudonymn. It's been through three beta readers, and will be ready for submission in a week or so. (No, I won't give any more clues.)

7. I saw covers for two upcoming anthologies that include my work.

8. I got my author's copy of Greek Myths Revisited.


9. I formulated some solid plot ideas for a new novel involving the Green Light Delivery world and characters. (I posted recently about sequels.)

10. I wrote the first five chapters of a sequel to Trouble at the Scriptorium.

It's been quite a month! When I list it all like that, I see how incredibly lucky I am. I couldn't ask for better progress toward becoming a full-time writer.

How about you? Any writerly good news to share? Any frustrations you feel are holding you back?

6 comments:

  1. What a pick-me-up chuck full of October news!

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  2. Wow, you have been busy. Congrats on your upcoming books!

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  3. What a great harvest for Autumn, Anne! I enjoyed THE LOWLY SOUL tremendously and hope to read your books soon.

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  4. Wow, what a month! Congrats! I totally hear you about making progress toward becoming a full-time writer. I hope I'll be able to stay home and keep working as a writer and editor.
    Let's see, for me I had two picture book releases in October. I booked another signing, this time at Panera (for December). I opened up to Skype school visits. I'm finishing up a sequel I'm writing. I had several editing jobs. I had several short stories published. I revised a PB I'm getting ready to submit. Not a bad month at all.

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  5. Wow, lots of great stuff to meditate on Anne. Sometimes it takes writing it all down like that to really appreciate what we've accomplished. Good for you!

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  6. Sounds like a fabulous month! May they all be the same.

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