|"One little spark, of inspiration, is at the start of all creation. A dream can be a dream come true, with just a spark from me and you." ~ Journey into the Imagination (Disney World)|
|Gabe sketching Heather|
I started off in a NANOWRIMO and never finished. Then, in 2012, I was chatting with my friend Amy about books we both liked. I happened to mention my long-forgotten story, and she got very excited about it. Someone wanted to read the type of story I was writing. That little bit of encouragement pushed me to finish drafting #SCHISM.
To make this long story just a bit shorter, I began to research publishing and what it'd take to get this sucker ready to actually market. A good writer friend of mine brought me through the first phases of critique and changes, and I can't thank Jane Lebak enough for all the help she gave me. She's my mentor, my Obi-Wan Kenobi (who kills Darth Vader instead of dying, so the rest of the movie is pointless). She recently released her books in paperback, check out her blog here.
Of course, writing isn't simple. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and swear words to get my book to a publishable level. Then I had to shop it around, query agents, go to conferences and pitch sessions. I got some negative feedback about how they were seeing "too much" of my kind of story, so they wouldn't even give it a second glance. After that, I decided to submit to some small presses myself, without the agent.
MuseItUp Publishing took me on! Now, after all that work I'll see my dream come true. In Spring 2015, #SCHISM #ILLIRIN book 1 will arrive in e-bookstores everywhere.
|Look, the book is celebrating!|