I’m so happy to announce that my novel will be published by St. Martin’s in 2017!
It’s been such a long journey. A literal odyssey. Let me break it down.
First, I wrote a book.
The first draft, which I wrote over winter break of my freshman year, took about six weeks, and it was absolutely terrible. A version exists in a secret folder on my computer, and I think about destroying it every single day.
I re-wrote and re-wrote for about a year, finishing another version after winter break of sophomore year. I showed it to my one of smartest friends, who read it and gave her feedback. I edited again.
The summer between sophomore and junior years, I focused on other things. I had been so absorbed in the project that I could no longer look at it. I frolicked around Washington, D.C. with a group of quality vegans and didn’t write all summer.
I found an agent in the fall of my junior year; we revised again, and she submitted the manuscript to publishers at the end of January. On February 22, she closed the deal with St. Martin’s. It’s the perfect fit, and I couldn’t be happier!