People pointing, fingerpainting the world, leaving me the silhouette of my life. And I'm filling in the negative space with positively everything.
~ Edie Brickell
~ Edie Brickell
Everyone has certain memorable events that stick with them forever as milestones—some of the best things in life that have ever happened to them. This past week, I got to add one of those moments to my list. I’m still smiling. My remarkable agent, Erin Murphy, sold my novel.
MY NOVEL. SOLD. IT’S GOING TO BE PUBLISHED! A REAL BOOK. REAL PEOPLE WILL SEE IT. AND HOLD IT. AND READ IT.
I wrote that in caps so I could look at it and feel the realness of it, because it still seems like one of my little daydreams. But apparently, it’s true. Lovely Kate Jacobs from Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press says so. Remarkable Erin Murphy says so. Even Publisher’s Marketplace says so. If this is a dream, I don’t want to wake up.
Annie Dillard says in The Writing Life that it takes ten years to write a book. When I first read that, years ago, I had already written a couple novel manuscripts, but reading Dillard’s words, I recognized that those attempts were just part of the process of writing a book—I hadn’t actually got it quite right yet. Ten years?? The thought it might take me that long to truly write a book horrified me. My mantra became, “Please don’t let that be me, please don’t let that be me.” But as time went on and the ten year mark loomed closer, it flipped over in my mind and the words became a sort of encouragement. My mantra changed to, “that might be me! That might be me!”
I was working on my first novel in 2003. I believe it took every novel I’ve ever written since then to help me write this book, ten years later. I would not recommend being a writer. It’s damned crazy. But sometimes, like right now, it can make you insanely happy.
From Publisher’s Marketplace:
Christy Lenzi's debut, STONE FIELD, a lyrical Wuthering Heights retelling set during the Civil War, to Katherine Jacobs at Roaring Brook Press, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world English).
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