We are so pleased that today’s guest is Heather Reid. You may know Heather from her role as a member of the fearsome Mod Squad for WU’s Facebook community. What you may not know is that Heather is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and dreaming up new novels to write.
Her debut young adult paranormal novel, PRETTY DARK NOTHING, releases April 23 by Month 9 Books. Please follow Heather on Twitter and on her Facebook page to learn more. We are excited to support Heather’s debut.
Take it away, Heather!
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.” – Woodrow Wilson
Should I hold or should I fold? A lot of writers wonder when enough is enough, especially when it comes to selling their first novel. How do you know if it’s time to give up on a manuscript and move on or keep striving to find a home for it? Most of us are all too familiar with that feeling of pouring our hearts out on the page only to hit a wall when it comes time to release our first baby into the world. Rejections come hard and fast. They hurt, and we begin to believe the age-old tale that our first book will never sell.
That’s exactly where I found myself seven years ago. After three long years of drafting, revising, and polishing the YA paranormal novel that would later become my debut, Pretty Dark Nothing, I took a leap of faith and sent it out into the world. After several rejections, I got what I thought was my golden ticket. An editor from one of the Big Six asked for a full. I could hardly contain myself. She was excited about the project and gushed enthusiastically about the first thirty pages. This was it. It had to be. So I submitted and waited. Nine months later I received a nice ‘thanks but no thanks’ letter. Devastated, I convinced myself that if this editor didn’t want it, nobody else would either. It was time to give up. I threw the manuscript in a box and tried to forget about it, move on, write something new.
But what if you can’t? How do you know your first novel is worth fighting for? [Read more…]