It’s Official!

Today’s the day. My official welcome has come from the publisher, Winter Goose Publishing. Things are beginning to feel very, very real.


First Blog Post

So, here it is, my first blog post. I have, for years, imagined that I would someday sit down and create a blog that I would hopefully get into a routine with. I’ve never really had a reason to have a writing blog and have never really had a whole lot to say that I needed my own space for it. However, I am at a time in my life where things are changing for me.

I have decided recently to try to have my book published. So I spent many painstaking hours cataloging all of my poetry from the past 5-10 years, anything that I deemed at least a little decent or that could eventually be revamped. I put it all onto an archive and then I began to weed through it. I collected about fifty or so poems that I thought I would like to see published and worked on a manuscript, going through and formatting, editing, proofreading everything until I was happy with it. And then I took a deep breath and submitted it to a publisher.

The publisher I chose, Winter Goose Publishing, I had come to know because an Internet friend of mine had some work published through there and I had “liked” their page on Facebook so I was often seeing updates about them. I noticed they had an open submission period for poetry and that is why I decided to take advantage of submitting my manuscript.

I honestly didn’t think it would go anywhere. I fully anticipated getting an email that said something to the effect of, “We’re sorry, but we’re just not interested” so after I hit “Submit”, I kind of put it to the back of my mind. I decided if something would come of it, then I’d be pleasantly surprised and if not, oh well. I could try again some other time or with some other publisher. Now, let me be clear about  one thing: for years, I have been trying to put together a manuscript to be published. Every New Year’s Eve, I say to myself, This year, I will do it. This year I will put together my manuscript. And then, I usually forget or life gets in the way.

What I got instead was a huge shock. The publisher had liked my sample manuscript and requested to see more. I eagerly polished my manuscript and submitted it. And then I waited. Anxiously for the next step.

A week after my congratulatory email, I was still over the moon, bragging to my boyfriend how he’s now dating a published author and being generally pretty pleased with myself. It is still sinking in. Somedays, it almost feels that it is not quite real.

My first book, “Sparrow” which is a collection of poetry that has been written sporadically over the past decade will be released sometime in 2016. We don’t have specifics quite yet. I am already thinking up my manuscript for a second book, but we’ll see how this goes first!

Stay Tuned for more~