I remember when I first submitted The King's Tale to Dreamspinner Press. I was a nervous wreck. Elizabeth North was so gracious and kind, and likened submitting your first story to sending your child off to school for the first time. How true that is.
I spent three years agonizing over The King's Tale. A year and a half with writing, a year with revising, and six months with convincing myself to go ahead and try to get it published. By the time I was ready to send it off, it did feel like sending my child off into the wild blue yonder. Waiting for it to come back was very difficult.
Yesterday, I sent The King's Heart to Dreamspinner Press. Slightly more confident this time, it only took one year to write, and two months to edit and revise. But hitting that "send" button was like sending a child off into the wild blue yonder, all over again. I expect to wait a lot longer than two weeks (the space of time I waited to hear about The King's Tale) because in the interim DSP has gotten a lot bigger.
Now comes the difficult part of figuring out what to do with myself whilst I wait. When I'm creating a novel, the thought of it takes up a lot of my waking hours. As I've said before, I don't have the luxury of sitting around writing all day, and there are many times when I have to content myself with writing notes, and hoping for a block of time to transfer those notes into solid work. While I'm waiting, it's hard to get started on the next project.
In case I haven't mentioned it before, the next project is what I'm projecting to be the final book in the trilogy. Yes, in my mind there is a great, dangling, loose end. I owe it to Dafydd to tie that loose end up. Besides, I can't wait to see the man that Anwyll turns out to be. ^^
When I get the word from DSP (because it's not a foregone conclusion that they will accept it) I will let you know.
Rowena Sudbury lives in southern California with her husband, son, and their wonderful rescue dog. Her love of reading was born in the fifth grade, and she began writing soon after that. Writing has always been her passion and escape from the real world.
Rowena finds herself thinking through the minds of her characters quite often, to the point that she always has to carry a small journal with her so she can capture their thoughts and weave them into stories when she gets home.