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My Writing Journey

I attribute my recent success in publishing to my time working with a writer’s coach. To define “success,” I should probably give you a little background into my publishing career. Fifteen years ago I started writing as a hobby (2009). After a couple of years and multiple, terrible books later, I wrote something that was pretty decent (2012). It got me an agent (2013), and we went on to sell it to a small publisher (Albert Whitman, 2014) for a small advance (less than $5K) and in 2016 my YA debut South of Sunshine was published. Fast forward seven years later (2023), where I sold my second novel, my adult debut, In the Hour of Crows, at auction for six figures to a big publisher (Mira books with HarperCollins.) I call that a success. And, as you saw above, I sold my next book in a good deal so I think what I’m doing is working. Let’s get to it.

Good Lord, y’all, I made SO MANY changes over those seven years: got rid of some “friends” that were holding me back, cycled through two agents, shifted from contemporary romance to gothic fiction, and I exited the YA world entirely and stepped into adult fiction. While all of those changes affected my career, it wasn’t until I leveled-up my writing skills, through my writer’s coach, did I finally get the career I had always wanted....

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πŸ‘€ An Inside Look at Working with a Writer’s Coach by Dana Elmendorf

And I sold another book!

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