So… hey, wow. Apparently I’m an author. Who knew, right? I’m glad I figured it out before someone had to tell me; that would be really embarrassing.
*ditches casual nonchalance*
GUYS. I AM SO EXCITED. NEWS. I HAVE NEWS.
I’ll try to refrain from ‘all-caps’-ing you though and speak like a semi-rational human.
Some of you here are probably familiar with Rooglewood Press’s annual fairytale retelling contest. They hosted their very last one this year, and I was honored to be able to participate. I had no idea what I was doing, but I thought it would be fun, and I had a story idea I was fairly happy with.
The fairytale for this year was Snow White. A creepy, slightly neurotic little tale (at least if you’re going by the original), but hey, it could work with a little tweaking, right?
Now. *grins* The big reveal. *deep breath*
I didn’t win.
While you’re picking all the bleeding pieces of your shattered little hearts up off the floor, let me explain why this is actually good news. I didn’t win, but I was a finalist, and scored 57 points out of a possible 60.
Isn’t that the loveliest thing you’ve ever seen?
So yeah, pretty good news, huh?
It gets better.
See… if I had won the contest, they would have published my story for me in their collection of five winners. I would have been launched to an enormous audience practically overnight and taken a huge step in my publishing journey.
But… I also would have lost all rights to my story.
Because I didn’t win… it’s still mine. Which means I can do what I want with it.
Which also means… I’m going to publish my first book this year. *CONFETTI*
It’s written already as a novella and it will hopefully remain a novella, even through all the editing and expanding and developing. The tentative release date is September 15th of this year.
More news will be forthcoming. But I was just so excited I had to share.
This calls for ice cream. *hands out free virtual ice cream for everyone*