by Tara Dairman
Greetings, readers of Mindy’s blog!
By now, we all know that the world didn’t end on December 21. Not only does that mean that I had a pretty good birthday (I’m a solstice baby), but even more importantly, it means that there’s a pretty good chance that 2013 is really going to happen.
I’ve been looking forward to 2013 for most of 2012. There are plenty of reasons for this—not the least of which is that Not a Drop to Drink by our very own Mindy McGinnis gets published in the fall, hurrah!—but the biggest one is selfish and has to do with my own to-be-published novel. Starting on January 1, I get to switch from saying “My book is coming out in 2014” to “My book is coming out next year!”
This may not sound like a huge difference, but it feels pretty big to me. There are so many steps in the process of trying to publish a first book—writing and revising, querying agents, submitting your manuscript to publishers, waiting for editorial notes, etc.—and for most people, each step takes months, if not years. I started drafting The Delicious Double Life of Gladys Gatsby WAY back in 2005 (which, now that I think about it, was probably before most of the book’s target middle-grade audience was even born!). When it’s published, the story will have been knocking around in my head for almost a decade. What’s one more year of waiting compared to that?
Also, one of the best things about being part of a community of writers (and having friends like Mindy who are going through the debut process ahead of me) is that I have some idea of the excitement that 2013 itself is likely to bring for my project. By this time next year, the hard work of editing will be done; my book will have a cover; there will probably even be some advance copies printed up. I’ll have something to show people, something to hold in my own hands. By that point, the once long-distant finishing line of publication will probably feel like it’s hurtling toward me quite fast.
So, yes, I’m looking forward to 2013 as a gateway to 2014, but I’m also pretty excited about 2013 itself. As Professor Trelawney teaches us, predicting the future is an inexact science…but now that this year’s fauxpocalypse has passed, I’m feeling confident about taking on whatever the world throws at me next.
What are you looking forward to in 2013? Happy holidays and new year!