Twenty-three years ago, I received a check in the mail that I didn't recognize. When I called the distributor, I found out an article I'd written for Procter & Gamble (and forgotten about) had been accepted and the check was payment. And so my writing career began!
Since then, I've written numerous work-for-hire projects and books for several different publishing houses; I've been a magazine editor, won fiction contests, and have served as judge several years for the Pikes Peak
Writers fiction contest. I've had two agents and very close calls at three different houses. The first, the editor wanted my book, but then the house merged with another publisher and my editor was out. And so was my project.
My next close call was at one of the Big Five houses in New York. Goose Bumps exciting! But my agent had to quit to take care of her ailing mother. Right in the middle of things! That editor didn't work with unagented writers, of which I'd suddenly become. Dang! So close. Again.
I was busy homeschooling my quadruplets when my agent had to quit, so I didn't really have the bandwidth to search for another one just then. So I kept writing between math and spelling lessons and science projects, and I put off the agent search for a bit.
A few years ago, I found another agent. But now I'm thinking she fell off the planet. No matter how I try to contact her, I keep getting absolutely nothing.
Recently, I had another close call, waiting several months and hearing there was "buzz" in the house. But alas, in the end, it wasn't the right fit for them.
But things are changing, and so am I. Therefore, I've decided to do what I swore I'd NEVER do. I'm going Indie! E-publishing, here I come!
I've found a terrific graphic artist for my cover art, an innovative distributor, and lots of great informative resources about how to take this jump.
It's a little like Chloe on her cliff, only instead of jumping out of despair, (well, maybe a little of that) I'm taking the leap on faith there is life as a writer out there apart from the Big Five who keep their gates locked pretty tightly.
I hope you enjoy Chloe. If so, please let me know and leave a rating or write a review at the store where you get it. And if you'd be so kind, tell your friends. Let's show those gatekeepers you, the readers, get to decide!