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?


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

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

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

  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.

  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!

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