In Part One, I talked about the origins of The Field. Now, let’s talk about how it went from a document on my computer to a published novel.
It all started with a chance meeting. Another of my coworkers invited me to dinner at their parents’ house. I met her mom, Kathleen, a writer and an editor. I told her about my novel, and she asked to read it. I emailed her a copy and then waited.
A few weeks later, I got an email with my manuscript and notes. Lots of notes. It was exciting, frustrating, and eye-opening, but all her points were valid, and I rewrote the novel again. When I saw her weeks later, she told me she felt it could be a series, which wasn’t even in my thoughts then, but I considered it.
Kathleen also felt I could increase the stakes and danger as the story rushed to the climax. While I was at the library writing, I had an idea; it would be an idea that would give Kathleen and readers precisely what the final act needed.
The story was coming together, but I didn’t have a title. After some brainstorming, I decided on The Field, which sounded generic, but Kathleen said it gave the sense that this type of thing could happen in a field anywhere in the world.
After another rewrite, Kathleen read it once more, provided more notes, and then said at the end that she felt it was ready to be published.
Yikes! That seemed like a big, scary step. It’s one thing to write a book, but getting it published is a whole other ballgame.
Did I want to send out query letters or not? Could I self-publish? How much would that cost? Did I have the ability to do that? It was a lot to explore and consider. So, I did what any author did with a completed manuscript and a green light to publish from a trusted source.
I did nothing.
In fact, I did nothing for two years with The Field. So, what changed my mind? And what led me to take the plunge and publish the novel?
Learn all about it in Part Three!