View Full Version : From NaNo 2008 to debut book!

07-23-2011, 04:17 AM
Wow, I finally get to say this: ::deep breath:: my debut romance novella is out! It started as a NaNoWriMo 2008 brain dump and is now a published book.

When I joined AW almost exactly 5 years ago, I was a frustrated food writer who wanted to get out of the non-fiction rut. Two major projects had fallen through and I couldn't see a future writing only about food anymore. I also had a day job that wasn't doing my writing any favors. Thanks to the wonderful community at AW, I discovered I was a fiction writer at heart. I learned there were many people who were as passionate about storytelling as me.

The neat thing about AW is that years of what seemed like goofing off was actually education by osmosis. The people I hang out with on AW are now my editors and writing colleagues. I feel more confident about navigating through the industry. I feel more confident about my writing skills and understand how to get even better. I'm not afraid to make writing a priority anymore (this was a BIG issue for me when I started out -- I was even ashamed to be a writer!). Most of all, I'm hopeful about building a future in writing, something I once thought impossible. I may have a day job for the rest of my life, but I can still be an author too.

This debut feels like a huge first step to even more amazing things. Thank you AW for being an incredible resource and community. You have no idea how grateful I am that you're here. I couldn't have reached this point without you.

07-23-2011, 04:21 AM
Oh, wow, Bubastes! That is so wonderful! Congratulations!

Calla Lily
07-23-2011, 05:45 AM

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07-23-2011, 06:21 AM

That's how I did mine: my debut novel was my 2004 NaNo.

Congratulations and good luck!

07-23-2011, 07:20 PM
CGs on all the accomplishments and steps forward, especially on getting your mindset properly "tuned" -- that's a major hurdle! The bananas will now salute you:

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

07-23-2011, 07:34 PM
Congrats, that's awesome!

07-24-2011, 07:15 AM

Soccer Mom
07-24-2011, 06:12 PM
Snoopy attack! :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

:snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: Proud beta reader here. :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

:snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: Can't wait to read this book in it's final form! :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

07-24-2011, 06:28 PM
Congratulations!! :snoopy:

Sweet Tea
07-25-2011, 04:10 AM
Congrats on your success!

07-26-2011, 12:06 PM
Great going! Congrats! :snoopy:

07-26-2011, 12:13 PM

I echo your sentiments about AW entirely. I wouldn't be where I am without this place. :Hail:

07-26-2011, 03:57 PM
:hooray: Congratulations!!!

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07-26-2011, 05:52 PM
Congratulations! :)