Follow Along as I Write a Novel & Try to Get It Traditionally Published
Today is Day 1 of a series I’ve haphazardly decided to create on a whim. So, I’ll just get to the point: I’m writing a book.
This won’t be the first book I’ve written, but this will be my first time trying to get an agent and a publisher. And since that process is long, arduous, and highly competitive, with the odds stacked very much against those who attempt it, I thought sharing my journey from start to finish would be fun.
Failure is more fun when it’s public, right? Sure, Jan.
For anyone else writing (or thinking about writing) a book, whether you want to self-published or hope to get picked up by a publisher, I’m pulling back the curtain on my process. From brainstorming and researching an idea to plotting (or pantsing) a compelling story, querying agents, and *fingers crossed* working with a publisher — I’m sharing my journey, start to finish.
And should the process end in total rejection, which, again, is the LIKELY scenario, I’ll walk you through the self-publishing side of things as there’s no way I’m not letting this book make its debut.
Step 1: The Idea Stage
So I lied.
I said I was on Day 1 of writing a novel, but that’s not really accurate. I actually had the idea for the book about six months ago. Or, more accurately, I had the compelling desire to write another book about six months ago.
A book always starts with an idea, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a clear one.
My idea was a vague, fuzzy concept that kept nagging my brain. All I knew was I wanted to write a women-centered story. I wanted it to be fun, a little satirical, and have a lot of heart.
So, I brainstormed a few hooks until I found one with some legs because you don’t just need an idea. You need one that can carry itself through a compelling arc, start to end.
I like to use the “Save the Cat” beat sheet to get a general sense of a plot. This is not the only way, but for me, the process gave me the tools to work on a book from start to finish.