Starting A New Manuscript

There are two settings that my life seems tuned to: reading-mode and writing-mode. For me, there’s no in-between. I’m either reading, or I’m writing. I can’t do both – just like I can’t read two different books at once; I have to finish one before I start another.

I’ve been holding tight to my reading-mode for a while now, especially since I know that as soon as I sign this book publishing contract I’ll have to dive straight into the writing-mode again with all the editing/revising etc. But there’s a change in the air today and it’s like I can’t sit still – I need to be writing.

… I’m just not sure what to write.

I have so many potential story ideas – which is kinda annoying since it makes more sense to start working on the third book in the series for which I’m getting the contract… But I think I want to try something new. Usually I’m a stickler for YA (specifically fantasy/sci-fi), but I’m leaning towards dabbing into the New Adult realm for a change.

Hmm. What are your thoughts, awesome blog-readers? Do you have any ideas for me?

I guess all I can do is start at Chapter One and see where the characters take me. How exciting! I love new beginnings!

Dreams DO Come True!

I have been on the craziest happy-high for the last three days – to the point that I’ve pretty much been walking (and skipping, and jumping, and dancing) around in a daze. And that’s because I was contacted by a publishing house I submitted my manuscript to months ago, and… get this…

THEY LOVE MY BOOK!!!!!!!!

And…..

THEY’RE SENDING ME A PUBLISHING CONTRACT NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!

I still can’t believe it! And I’m not just saying that to be humble or anything – I literally cannot believe it! It’s like, for so long this has been my ultimate dream, but I’ve always kind of had the thought that, “One day it will hopefully happen, and when it does, it’ll be amazing.”

Well, ‘amazing’ doesn’t even come close to how I’m feeling. Part of me is soooo terrified that it’ll fall through or something before it even begins. But, when I’m able to ignore the fear, all I feel is excitement – to the extreme.

I don’t want to drop any names just yet because I haven’t seen my contract (!!) and I want to be careful about what I say, but I really want to share a video clip that the awesome submissions editor sent me when I told him that I couldn’t stop doing my own happy dance after hearing the news. His reply? To send me this:

http://youtu.be/zS1cLOIxsQ8

I would definitely say this clip almost shows just how happy I’m feeling, but there are absolutely no words to completely describe the feeling.

All I can say is, stay tuned for more news! Because, hopefully, there will be much, much more to come!