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The Writing Process

Sometimes writing seems the loneliest profession.

The Evolution of The King's Tale
Or...how I thought it would never happen

One night in December 2005 a friend gave me the best gift she ever could have. We regularly wrote together, each with our own characters. Usually nothing came of these writings aside from an intense personal sense of accomplishment.

On this night her character casually told my character a story, the rough bones of a story that would not leave me alone. The story bubbled in my head for the next week, and then during a road trip it blossomed into something more.

Over most of 2006 I crafted it from a short story into something longer. I had no road map, just an ever increasing fevered imagination as I sunk myself into the world of Christopher and Dafydd. My friend read the story as it unfolded well past her original spark, and became as enthralled with it as I was.

Then finally, on 07/07/07 I completed it and enjoyed a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

It took me another year to revise and edit it. It had been written "patch-work quilt" style, there were inconsistensies with names, gaps in the story that needed to be filled in, research, and more research. During this time I wondered if it could ever be published, but admitted to myself that would take more gumption on my part than I had.

By mid 2008 I was done with it for good. But then I froze, locked it away and told myself that was it. A story that my friend and I liked, and a handful of others who read the early manuscripts liked, but that was it. It was destined to languish on my hard drive.

As the year wore on I realized I owed it to myself to "do something with it"...I felt I deserved a rejection letter to hang on my wall as a testament to trying. But I wallowed in indecision, lacked the skills necessary to find a suitable publisher.

Until I stumbled upon Dreamspinner Press.

Their submission page seemed straight-forward, and my novel fit the criteria of what they expected. The hardest part was writing the synopsis, but once again my friend held my hand and after three days of turmoil I produced a reasonable synopsis. Then, I agonized over formatting the manuscript correctly, and finally sent off an inquiry. I expected to wait a week for a response, but within half an hour they replied they had received it and would get back to me soon.

This is the moon on January 30, 2009. It's a crescent moon with a teardrop below it (a planet, but I can't remember which one). We had just come out of one of our favorite restaurants, and I was waiting for my husband to pull the car around. The moon fascinates me, and I snapped this blurry picture with my phone, made a secret wish.

When I got home I had a response from DSP, two days after sending the inquiry they wanted to read the whole manuscript. My wish had come true.

What followed was agony of waiting, elation of being accpeted, more agony of waiting...and then success.

Now there is more waiting which tries my nerves. But as a wise person told me once, this too shall pass.

amended on 07/11/11

I sent the whole manuscript to Dreamspinner on January 31, first thing in the morning. I then spent 2 weeks agonizing, and waiting. It was during this time that I bonded with the plants outside my kitchen window.

Then finally it was Friday, February 13. It was dreary that day (always good luck for me). There was some "cosmic event" going on that day (I'm exaggerating)...something about the unix epoch time, the clock would list all the number in order. (If you go here you can see what it looks like now, not quite the same). Needless to say, it was an epic day, and it was the day I got the contract from Dreamspinner.

I'm only reliving this because last night I found a little diary I had been writing in during the creation of The King's Tale, and I found out I hadn't remembered all the events in the right order. I came back to this journal to see if I'd chronicled them correctly here, and lo and behold I had. ^^