Wow. Well, what a year it has been. Time to do a little recap! So here's my writing year in a nut shell...
January - April: Sadly, no writing. Not a dicky bird. I'm on a writing break as my previous querying attemps struck out the year before.
May: I start writing a YA Contemporary novel with dark undertones, called Starting With Amber. It flows faster than I can imagine. First draft is finished before the month is out.
June: Time to edit, edit, edit on SWA and I go at it like a hellhound off the leash. By the end of the month, I decide to send out two or three tester queries, which result in very quick full requests.
July: I get 5 full ms requests for SWA out of very few queries. I hit send and feel immediately nervous and terrified. While I'm waiting, I start writing a YA Gothic Horror called Overtoun Bridge. It hits me with as much force as a freight train doing 200mph off the track.
August: I get a reply from two of the full ms requests I had out on Starting With Amber. Both rejections, but with very insightful and helpful comments for revision, with an invitation to submit again in the future. I still have three full ms subs outstanding, so I wait on tenterhooks. I finish the first draft of OB and get down to the bare knuckle section of revising.
September: I take a break from querying, but decide to enter Pitch Mad, the online writing contest where aspiring writers hone their best pitch and aim for agent requests. I am blown away to get multiple partial and full requests. I keep editing OB in the meantime and I'm so excited about it I'm done before the month is out.
October: While waiting for replies to my fulls and partials, I enter Pitch Live, making a video trailer for Overtoun Bridge. Again, I am stunned to receive agent requests that build into full requests over the coming weeks. I also enter the Spooktacular pitch contests and receive a partial request. I then see Pitch On, a contest with an editor at the helm, and I take a leap of faith and give it a shot by sending in SWA. I make the finals and get a full ms request!
November: I receive my first agent offer on Starting With Amber! I let the other agents with my fulls for both Starting With Amber and Overtoun Bridge know about my offer. Within the week, I have other offers on SWA and OB. After much deliberation, I sign with Jamie Bodnar Drowley of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. My world is totally ROCKING.
December: SWA goes out on submission to the Big Guy publishers and I hear back with some revision ideas from the Pitch On editor.
So, 2012 has certainly been a whirlwind year for me. I've been very fortunate and I only pray my good luck continues for 2013. I am grateful for all that I have received.
Good luck for 2013, everyone! See you on the other side!