…Y’all must love me!
So yeah…it’s been about a year since I was first hired to write the Middle Grade Series and, in those 12 months, my writing life has changed drastically. Not that I can complain, but I do miss the daily blogging. Here’s my quick update:
1. I’ve turned in 3 books in the Middle Grade series. They have all been accepted for publication and are 100% out of my hands. Hooray? I’m actually kind of missing them. One came out in January. The next comes out in March and I just saw the cover. So cute!
2. I turned in the Young Adult book I ghostwrote. Finishing it was a real kick in the pants, but in the end, I am happy with the finished product.
3. I was offered the opportunity to write a fourth book in the Middle Grade Series. I decided that I had learned what I needed to learn from that series though, so reluctantly, I stepped away from it. I’m not sure if that was the right move, but it’s good to learn to say “no” occasionally in order to open yourself up for other opportunities. I was subsequently offered to write the first few books in a spinoff of that series; however, again, I had to step back. But, I have learned so much writing those books and from the fabulous editors involved. Seriously, I coudn’t have asked for a better experience and I definitely hope to work with them down the road.
4. It is scary to say “No” when you don’t have a project lined up, but I think/hope this openness to change may be rewarded. My agent was recently approached about two Ah-Mazing opportunities for me. Nothing I can share yet, but if either of them end up working out, I would be over the freaking moon. I know that had I accepted the books that were already in my comfort zone, there is no way I would have been able to pursue these two new projects.
So that’s what I’ve been up to writing-wise. My writing career has been taking me in completely different directions than I imagined for myself originally, but in many ways, it has been perfect for me. I am so thankful for the awesomely talented people I’ve gotten to work with. I’ll share more when I can, but until then I’ll try to get back to some more regular programming.
Oh! And in case you were wondering, here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to otherwise: