Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ode to 2009

All I can say about 2009 is WOW! Especially when you consider my New Year’s Revelation. (I don’t do resolutions. I don’t have the self-discipline to follow through.)

2009 started with a partial manuscript request from the first agent I ever queried on my first real novel. That scared the snot out of me, in truth, cuz only after I got the request did I realized it wasn’t nearly good enough. It was the first valuable lesson of the year and of my writing career—a rookie mistake that a lot of authors make.

But it was a harbinger of things to come. If you read my last post, you know the whirlwind of events after that. Personal Demons was conceived in February and sold in December. If I had bothered to set goals for 2009, I would have exceeded them and then some.

It makes setting goals for 2010 tricky, cuz nothing can measure up to this year.

Except—well…there’s the thing about my book maybe being published in 2010. That’s pretty cool… So, I guess my goals should include something about not giving my fabulous agent and my awesome editor ulcers. Working with Melissa and Tor is going to be great—everything that goes into getting a debut in shape to go out into the world. I’m really looking forward to diving in.

There’s also the thing about a three-book deal. So it seems another goal should be getting book two, Original Sin, in shape. (First draft is done.) So, that’s going to be fun.

Plus, there’s all the networking. Getting to know readers and other writers out there in YA land. Yay!

Okay, so even though it’s a tall order, maybe 2010 will be better than 2009. We’ll see. I’m just thrilled to have proven my New Year’s Revelation wrong!

All the people who made my 2009 a resounding success deserve a shout out. You've heard from me privately, so here the public THANKS!!!

Nathan Bransford for all his invaluable info, without which I never would have found an agent in the first place.

Jen Laughran, whose encouraging feedback spurred me to make Personal Demons the best it could be.

Eric Elfman, Graeme Stone, Marty Allen and Stephanie Sneddon (my Big Sur group) who gave me the confidence to write this book with no apologies.

Andrea Cremer, my crit partner extraordinaire, who was the first of us to prove my New Year’s Revelation wrong when her debut, Nightshade, sold in August.

Stephanie Howard for keeping me on track.

Suzie Townsend, my truly fabulous agent, for believing in me and my work, and knowing just what my mss needed to be even better.

Melissa Frain, my seriously awesome editor, for having faith enough to take me on for three books.

And most of all, my family:
My husband, who kept us all from starving to death months ago.
My daughters, who have been my inspiration from the beginning.

And thanks to all of you who take the time to visit me here! I love hearing from you all! What are your goals for 2010, and what can I do to help?


  1. 2009 was a fabulous and amazing year for me as well but I believe 2010 is going to be even better. Look at all the amazing momentum going into 2010!

  2. Love hearing about your awesome '09.

    And I agree with Suzie - 2010 is gonna RAWK!!!!!!!! See you there, woman!!!

  3. Thanks right back at you Lisa! We will take 2010 by storm :)

  4. Your story rocks (as does Andrea's). Glad to have met both of you online and witnessed this fabulous year. My goal is to finish one of my novels so I can try to follow your footsteps. Can't wait to read see your books on the shelves. Happy 2010!

  5. Suzie and Kristin--
    2009 is going to be tough to beat but I'm gonna try!

    How cool is it that our books will be on the shelves together! =)

    It'll happen!

  6. Thanks for the inspirational post. What an amazing year!

  7. Lisa,
    I'm so happy to hear Personal Demons has sold. I read your partial in a contest a few months ago and fell in love with the story and the characters. I'm thrilled I'll have the chance to read the rest of the story/series!
    Warm wishes,
    Julia :)

  8. Suzette--
    It's been a wild ride.

    Thanks! I apprecated all the judges feedback!

  9. Yay!! I'm with Suzie and Kristin, 2010 just might top '09!