The steps along the way:
First, pounding out the rough draft.
Polishing it until your own novel begins to bore you.
Writing a query letter. Polishing that.
Submitting, submitting, submitting…then submitting some more. After awhile, rejections don’t hurt anymore.
Finally finding an awesome agent. I was lucky enough to be able to choose between offers, but it wasn’t easy. Leaving your baby in his hands.
Chewing your nails off and eating way too much junk food while you wait. And wait. And wait.
Then it finally happens. I still can’t believe it.
My book deal for my debut novel, on Publisher’s Marketplace:
May 18, 2011
Elsie Chapman’s THE ASSIGNMENT, set in a severely overpopulated world where everyone has an alternate — an “Alt”, a doppelganger, a virtual twin — and where one girl has to kill her Alt before her Alt kills her, to Chelsea Eberly atRandom House, in a pre-empt, by Steven Chudney from The Chudney Agency (NA).
Film: The Gotham Group