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Slush Pile Story

Since I'm finding these slush pile stories so fascinating, I think I'll add mine.

When I was around 5, I wrote a book called THE SEED. It was about a seed that grows into a flower! I followed that up with THE BALL, about a ball with a mind of its own, that gets loose from its owners and has wild adventures! In the following years, more ambitious efforts followed...about a cat who solved mysteries, a choose-your-own-adventure entitled YOUR BUILDING IS ON FIRE! By high school, I was handing in YA novels instead of essays during English class. I even had a monthly magazine (with a total circulation of 2-- love ya, Mom & Dad), which I modeled after Seventeen. You get the idea. As cheesy as all these efforts were, I guess you could say I knew I wanted to be a writer from the moment I learned how to read.

Unfortunately, something happened to me in college. I stopped writing. I was told I'd never make a decent paycheck writing stories, and that working in the Real World would be much more glamorous. What the hell was I thinking? 10 years later, after nearly being suffocated by my cubicle walls, I decided to try writing again.

I learned that if writing truly is in your blood, you won't be able to quit. I quickly wrote a couple of adult books but wasn't happy with how they turned out. Then I wrote a YA. Finding an agent was actually the easy part for me. I sent it to a handful of agents, and then my critique partner sent it to her agent. She loved it, called me, and I signed with her. That first book didn't sell and is now rotting in a drawer somewhere. I wrote another book that my agent was lukewarm on, and then, after working with my agent for a year, I wrote FAIRY LUST, which will be published in 2009 by Delacorte.

I guess if there is anything I'd want aspiring authors to take away from my story, it is...if you love writing, don't listen to anyone else, just write. If you work hard enough at it and approach it professionally, I think you can make it your career. Don't be fooled into thinking corporate life is better because your uncle says writers don't make a decent living or because you look damn good in a suit.



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Dec. 10th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Just for the record, I would totally read YOUR BUILDING IS ON FIRE!
Dec. 10th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
When it gets published, I'll send the first copy to you! As I remember, one of the endings featured a daring escape through the HVAC system, and there was also a very sinister man named Jack Storehouse lighting matches in inconvenient places.
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