I've owned this site for a long time. At first I thought, maybe it will generate me some freelance design work. But then I had kids, and life got in the way, and I never got around to pursuing a freelance career, especially when my full-time job kept me plenty busy.
And then that little voice in the back of my head that I never really listened that closely to finally demanded to be heard: you want to write a book, so just do it already! So I did. I wrote, and then for long periods of time I would stop. Then I would write some more. I decided to set myself a deadline: I would finish my first book by the time I turned 40. Well, I beat that deadline by 8 months, but then came the problem of what to do with it.
So I put in many hours online, researching and learning about the publishing world. There are so many paths to publication these days, that it was truly overwhelming. But I learned an enormous amount, and decided that my next goal would be to get a literary agent, who could advocate on my behalf with publishers. After about five months of writing query letters to agents who represented the sort of book I had written, and raking in the rejections, I started to get a few nibbles. A few of them wanted to read it.
Then in September of this year, just after my 40th birthday in fact, I got more than a nibble. An agent wanted to represent me and my book! Long story short, I am now represented by the fantastic Mary South of Lowenstein Associates. She had kind and smart and insightful and constructive things to say about my book, and I weaved them into the most recent revision of the book, called The Wonder Spot, which I sent off to her today.
So now I wait. Once Mary deems my manuscript ready, she will be taking it to publishers, and then comes more waiting. (At least I think that's what happens. I've never done this before.) But in the meantime, I've got this site and this blog and my life and my two crazy kids and my husband and so many good things. Thank you for reading my first-ever blog post. There will probably be more. Stick around, I'm sure at some point I'll make a fool out of myself.