A Look Back at My 2012 Baby Writing Career

This year was a whirlwind in many ways. My baby writing career finally started to crawl and it was exciting. Three of my sweet romance novellas published this year in the Honey Creek Books line from Turquoise Morning Press. THREE. Compared to the zero books of any kind I had published before 2012, this is huge. I also published a book that showed how little I knew about writing/the industry/ e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. It wasn’t awesome, but I made lemonade. <– Lesson: Chin up. Power on. There are ALWAYS better things ahead.

In 2012, I did my first run of public speaking events. I spoke at libraries, writers guilds, community colleges, womens writing retreats and book clubs. I loved it. LOVED it. Had no idea I would, but I did. I even helped a teacher in ROMANIA talk to her kids about writing! In ROMANIA! I love the Internet! Try new things in 2012? Check.

I attended book fairs and festivals, like the Ohioana, where I had dinner at the governor’s mansion with a ton of writers! *Heaven*

I took soooo many pictures of me with authors I completely fangirl over it was crazypants & I met online reader/writer friends for the first time.

I returned to my favorite Ohio conferences and got to squeeze some online friends I see once a year. I attended the Lori Foster Reader & Author Get Together, the COFW conference and my first Bouchercon (World Mystery Convention) where I was a speaker on a panel! *Gasp*And went to a private party at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame sponsored by Thomas & Mercer publishing. It was delightful.

2012 was a great year for writing.  2013 will be even better – as all years are.

In 2012 contract news: I signed five contracts this year :)

For all my fellow writers waiting to find a publisher, let me encourage you to keep writing. Save those manuscripts that can’t find homes right now because once you get one contract, others follow. They will ask “What else do you have.” Be prepared. Keep writing. Keep going. You’re almost there.

I have two more sweet romances coming to the Honey Creek line in 2013 & they’re publishing my debut YA mystery in April. This makes me very happy.

But wait, there’s more….

Around Thanksgiving, my agent called. Always a good thing. Guess what?

Merit Press offered a nice deal on my YA suspense! I squeed. Loudly. For like a week- until I lost my voice.

And a week later….she called again

Carina Press offered a contract on my cozy mystery with TWO sequels. I bounced silently, clutching my throat for another week – until I collapsed.

My 2013 calendar is already filling up with new experiences, and I can’t wait to see what this recap post looks like a year from now.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look at what you’ve accomplished this year. We take so much for granted. Don’t overlook those moments deserving a pat on the back. Did you finish a novel? Send your first round of queries? Get your first rejection? Celebrate it! It means you were brave. Do you know how many people sit in fear of that rejection and never try? Way too many. Guess which of you will have a contract soon? *whispers* Not the one who won’t take a chance, that’s who.

If you keep moving at this pace another year, think of the possibilities ahead! I’m here to tell you what a difference a year can make.


After all, a single moment can change your life. Don’t miss it.




5 comments to A Look Back at My 2012 Baby Writing Career

  • Dahlia Adler

    Now THAT is an exciting and productive 2012!!! Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings!!

  • Thank you Dahlia!!! *smiling wildly*

  • Barbara McDowell

    OMG! Now that is a fabulous year-end wrap up! So happy for you and well deserved. I loved Death by Chocolate and look forward to the new mysteries. Seeing you on the Bouchercon panel was a win for the local team. I heard your whisper above and this is my year to do and take chances.

  • Thank you Barbara! I’m still excited thinking about my Bouchercon experience!! And I’m glad DBC made you smile. It was a nutty read, to be sure! What was I thinking when that seemed like a good idea?
    Can’t wait to hear about all the chances you take in 2013! You will kill it! GO Barbara Go!

  • Congratulations! Not only did you accomplish all of the above but then you wrote a funny, engaging, smile producing blog post about it. Well done :)

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