About two years ago I started writing my first novel, Killing Red. It’s the story of newspaper reporter Alex Chapa’s struggle to find a woman who very well be the target of a copycat killer.
But long before I first typed the title of my debut thriller on a blank page, I spent several years trying to learn as much as I could about the publishing business. I was very fortunate to meet authors, agents, and editors who spoke openly and with candor about their successes and failures, what worked and what didn’t. Their advice proved to be extremely useful, and I don’t know whether I would have been able to launch my career as quickly as I did without it. In short, the advice I received helped me avoid some common pitfalls, and gave me a much better sense of the business I was determined to break into.
Once Killing Red was finished (after months of rewriting) I was fortunate to get an outstanding agent, who quickly landed a two book deal with Kensington. Killing Red will be published in June, 2009 as a lead title under my publisher’s Pinnacle imprint.
Over the coming months I will be using this space to discuss my experiences as an unpublished author trying to break in, as well what the process has been like since I landed my first book deal. I also want to encourage a cordial and positive exchange of ideas on my blog.
NEXT TIME: Getting Started