(Amazing logo illustration courtesy of Roselle Kaes)
When I started this blog in early 2012, I had no clue what I was doing. I wanted to post about my journey through the publishing world, but beyond that I had no idea what I would talk about or share during my regular posts.
After months of struggling with content, I started to think about what I wanted to see in other writers’ blogs. I knew I wanted to hear stories about early struggles, and how many manuscripts successful authors had written before they got “the call.” Then I started thinking about queries. Did agented writers struggle with their first drafts? Did they have critique partners or beta readers who helped them polish their manuscripts?
As I started to think about these questions, I knew I had an idea for an interview series. The only problem was who would I convince to talk to me? Writers are busy people. Could I get anyone to share their story?
Luckily enough I’d made some connections through AgentQuery Connect and I approached these writers first. My first interview was with RC Lewis, who had just signed with her agent for her YA manuscript, Stitching Snow. Once she said “yes”(Thanks, RC!) it gave me the confidence to reach out to other writers. And as they say, the rest is history.
Last Wednesday I published my 60th interview in the Writer Odyssey Wednesday (W.O.W.) series! You’d think that the ideas or the stories might get boring or tedious after so many interviews, but each author’s journey continues to amaze and inspire me. At this point, I can’t ever imagine not doing this series because there will always be an exciting story to tell!
To celebrate this exciting milestone, I am doing a HUGE giveaway, featuring writers who have appeared in the W.O.W. sometime in the last year and a half.
Here is what is up for grabs:
BOOKS (Authors and their interview dates):
NOT A DROP TO DRINK – Mindy McGinnis (June 20, 2012)
ANTIGODDESS – Kendare Blake (August 8, 2012)
THINGS I CAN’T FORGET – Miranda Kenneally (January 2, 2013)
QUERY CRITIQUES FROM:
Vivi Barnes (September 18, 2013)
Fizzygrrl (Summer Heacock) (February 6, 2013)
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!!!
To enter the giveaway, comment on the blog and tell me what was your favorite W.O.W. and why. Then leave your contact info and mention if you would prefer a book or a query critique. Giveaway will end at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, November 22. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.
I also want to say a BIG “Thank You” to everyone who has ever read a post on this blog. I feel honored to be able to share my story and the journeys of all these talented writers with you. I hope you’ll return every week to check out all the new W.O.W.s I plan to share!