So I'm in the middle of a great writing session on Friday when the phone rings. I almost, almost ignore it. After all, who in their right mind would call smack dab in the middle of a demon invasion?
Luckily, I answered because it was my agent with great news - The Accidental Demon Slayer is #34 on the NY Times Bestseller list! Blew my mind. Heck, I'd just wanted readers to like the series enough to keep me up to my eyeballs in demon slayers, biker witches and talking dogs.
A year ago this week, I was still polishing up the last chapter of the book. I'd entered the first 50 pages in an RWA unpublished contest, just to see if the manuscript was too out there. I love Demon Slayer, but it is, erm...different. Anyhow, it ended up winning and an editor at Dorchester was interested in the full manuscript. Problem was, I didn't have a full manuscript. I still had eight chapters to go.
The only time I have that's truly my own is the two to three hours in the afternoon when my small kids are napping. So I added a 4:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. session in order to take advantage of the time before they woke up. I finished the book in about six weeks, sent it off on a Thursday, my editor read it over the weekend and made an offer. Now it's a NY Times Bestseller.
I'm still not sure how that happened, but I do know it never hurts to work hard, believe in your story and - oh yeah - answer the phone.