Oh, no! Not the "R" word!!
Yep, I said it...REJECT!
It is the cake. But guess what tops that gooberly-dark chocolately-yummily cake?
Layers & layers of the other "R" word: REQUESTS!!
Put it all together, & and you can take your cake & eat it, too!
The writing world's RECIPE FOR SUCCESS!!
Cassie...why don't you tell the good people how you cooked up what made the sugary "R&R" cake we now call :
"FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI"A BIG THANK YOU to Tammy!!!!
I’m here to bore you all with my publishing story. Ha! Nah, I’ll try to keep you all entertained. It all started when I first picked up a pen…
Hehe, I kid. I actually started writing in 2011. Ah, those were the days. Back when I had no clue what a WIP was, or CP, or YA or NA or MG. Back when I wrote a 500 page novel and thought it was instant bestseller material. I’m talking the next best thing to Twilight people. Twas amazingness!
After about 120 rejections from agents, (after finding out what an agent was) I dove into blogging, and found out… holy crap, I know nothing. What is this show not tell stuff? And adverbs… what’s an adverb again? What the heck does it mean when they say give my character voice? I mean, they have dialogue! Ah, so this is why I barely passed creative writing in high school. I have no clue what I’m doing. But I love to write. I LOVE IT! So, I must learn.
Two books later, I got my very first request from an agent. I cried. I admit it. I bawled my eyes out, got down on my knees and thanked the high heavens THIS had happened. Then I got more requests… more, more, more! Holy crappit!
Then came the rejections… more, more, more. Holy crappit.After three R&R’s (revise and resubmit), I’d completely rewritten the whole book. I mean, trashed first draft and wrote new words. And it got me my agent. (Brittany Booker, who is amazing!) I thought, holy yayness! This is it! I’m getting published! No.
This means submission time. Which means more requests, more rejections, lots of Mountain Dew. Even after offers… some just weren’t right. Then I got an email from the amazing Sue Grimshaw from Random House. She loved my book, but wanted something NA. I had a YA. So… no offer.
BUT! She wanted me. ME. So I wrote a NA for her. And the amazing happened. It got picked up. Not only that one, but another one. HOLY MOLY. And because I went crazy, I self published a book while I waited. Best. Decision. Ever!And then… my YA… it got picked up too! Suddenly my endless days of waiting, my tears, my confusion over why this isn’t happening yet, my anger, my frustration… all of it seemed like such a short period of time. Now, as I look back, I’m glad for the 120 rejections. I’m happy over the horrible and stressful rewrites. I’m so RELIEVED I didn’t take the first offer that came my way.
And now I’m SO HAPPY to be launching Random House’s FLIRT line with my debut NA, FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI.If you want a fun, light, romantic, and sassy book (that’s clean ;)) I hope you’ll pick up this one :)
Another thank you to Tammy! Mwa!
Pfffttt...anytime girl!! Here are ways to get FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI now!!
HAVE YOU been experiencing the "R&R" in your writing life?