It’s an odd feeling, that first time you measure a major thing in life by a decade.
While I’ve had an insatiable love for books since first I can remember (what 8-year-old reads “The Lifecycle of Lobsters” for fun?), and my first attempt at a novel at age 10 resulted in 3 pages of double-spaced, handwritten prose about space pilots using lasers to defeat a giant computer (genius!), I distinctly know that my decision to make a lifelong pursuit of the writing career happened in my sophomore year of college. 2002. And it being 2012 means 10 years have passed since.
What’s happened since then?
A lot, to put it succinctly.
Less succinctly….a loooooooooooooot.
Ahem. Let’s break it down, shall we?
- I’ve written over a dozen manuscripts (three being part of a trilogy), most between 80-100k wordcount. I count most of these as “apprentice” novels.
- I attended the NYU Publishing Institute and, through that, worked several years at Simon & Schuster, getting a firsthand look at how publishers work.
- I worked with one agent for a year, and have now been with my current one for 1.5 years.
- I’ve had 6 short stories sold and published. (not a ton by some measures, but I haven’t focused on them much)
- I’ve attended numerous writing conferences and fan conventions, and, in the course of those, have met countless other writers, authors, agents, and editors.
- I began a column for speculative fiction news, book reviews, and author interviews.
- I established a website that compiles many writing and publishing resources.
- After several years of portfolio-building, I began freelance writing and editing full-time.