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Saturday, September 6, 2008

New Girl on the Blog

I've always been a late bloomer. The last girl in eighth grade to wear a bra--needing one was an entirely different matter. I didn't reach my full height until age 19, and I still only made it to 5'6". And I didn't settle on a teaching career until my late 20s. So it's not out of character for me to have been writing for 16 years before my first book was sold. 

Don't misunderstand me. I wrote Fairest of Them All in 2 years--not 16, and my agent sold my story shortly after I finished it. But the 7 novel manuscripts before FOTA were the result of lots and lots of writing trial and error. During those dry years, I'd  hear a story at a writing conference from someone who'd dashed out his or her first manuscript in a month, popped it into the mail, and--isn't it wonderful--had it plucked out of the slush pile and rushed into publication by the end of the year. After each overnight success story I was torn between pelting the lucky writer with the remains of my breakfast muffin or slinking back to my motel room and curling into the fetal position for the rest of the weekend.

This is the place for me to say how much sweeter success is when it's been years in the making. With no means for comparison, I can't say whether it is or isn't. But next April when I see someone holding a copy of Fairest of Them All, it's going to taste sweeter than a pound of dark chocolate.



Jennifer Echols said...

Jan, your road to publication sounds a lot like mine. :)

Welcome to the blog!

Danielle Joseph said...

Jan, welcome to the blog. Can't wait to read Fairest of Them All!

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

Welcome to the blog, Jan!! I can't wait to read Fairest of Them All!