I haven’t written a real post in almost six months now, so this felt extremely overdue. I have lots of exciting news to share, the first being that I am working in publishing again and I’m super excited about it. At the beginning of this month I started as a Production Editor at Becker & Mayer. I am working on adult fiction titles in all genres, managing production schedules, working with editors, designers, and the like. It’s basically my dream job and I am so excited to be back in the book realm. I feel like this position is the beginning of a career and I’m elated about it.
As my post a few weeks ago mentioned, Bender is currently listed on Amazon’s Kindle Scout page, and I’m hoping they pick it up for a publishing deal. (Vote by clicking here.) The past six months I have been sending it out to literary agents, and while I have had a great deal of interest, compliments, and requests for full manuscripts, as of yet I am still without representation, so this Scout program is sort of my backup plan. Regardless, I would be happy if either panned out, as I would love this novel to get more exposure than my first two.
I love to write, and while I don’t really care about the money, getting more readers’ eyes on my stories would be so rewarding, and I’m hoping this time that happens. It does make me feel better that my queries to agents are being much better received this time around, and there is a greater deal of interest in my work, making me feel as if my writer is improving. Yet, actually landing an agent is the goal, and I have yet to achieve that. We will see.
Regardless, I think that Bender will either be published by the end of the year via Kindle Scout, my own means, or moving forward with an agent. The first draft was completed in May of 2015. I edited it twice last fall, and then this year I have just been sending it out to agents, starting in the spring and just finishing about a month or so ago. I’d like to push this project out into the world, as I feel I cannot fully commit my energy to a new novel until the current one has been published.
I miss writing, and with my new job I feel it will be much easier to get back into the throes of crafting a new narrative. At Expedia, I was constantly writing, all day, every day, so when I got home writing was kind of the last thing I wanted to do, which was rather unfortunate. Now, I’m back working with books, but actually editing and managing titles, so it’s a lot better fit for me all around I suppose you could say.
In other life news, I’m traveling to Japan on a solo ten-day trip in about two weeks. I’m excited, anxious, a little nervous, but mostly I’m looking forward to a one-of-a-kind experience that I am sure will stay with me for the rest of my days. I’m hoping to have a lot of time for self reflection, reading, and writing. I have a few books I’d like to take with me, and plan to keep a journal. I’m hoping to have some time to meditate at the many gardens and temples I’ll be visiting, and fully embracing the solitude of traveling alone overseas. I figure since I’m going alone, I might as well embrace it as wholly as possible. I’m not going to cut myself off from communication with people back home entirely, but I think limiting it and embracing this journey to a land far away could be really refreshing and good for my soul.
Now that I have the kind of job I want, I feel the pieces of the puzzle have all come together. I’ve been in Seattle for a little over a year now and it still surprises me every day. I love the mountains, the smell of the sea, and all it has to offer. I picture myself staying here for the indefinite future, and that excites me. My next novel is going to be set in the PNW and I’m ready to start delving deeply into the characters I’ve already started to think about. I promise I won’t go as long between posts again, hopefully I can write again soon with some good news about Bender!