Today we’re celebrating Book Country writer Jamie Wyman, whose debut book, WILD CARD, was released from Entangled Publishing yesterday. We are *so* excited that yet another manuscript workshopped on Book Country has found a home.
We’ve given Jamie the spotlight and a chance to give thanks to the people who’ve helped her through her journey to publication. Take it away, Jamie! ~NG
It’s that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about. We’re all toting our Pumpkin Spice everythings over rivers and through the woods. The balloons are getting inflated for the Macy’s parade, and people are griping that it’s still too early for Christmas carols. And as the weather turns chilly, we take a moment or two to turn our thoughts inward and count our blessings. It’s a time to give thanks.
This year I have much to be thankful for. You see, the Book Country project formerly known as “Technical Difficulties” is a real book called WILD CARD. Yesterday I officially released my debut novel into the wild.
While the book itself is two years in the making, this release has been a longer time coming. And now that this day is here, I feel a bit like Pinocchio. This must be what it’s like to live without strings, to be a “real author”. It’s surreal, to be sure. And there’s no small amount of terror that people will hate the book, or that I won’t be able to live up to deadlines, expectations and such as I move forward into a full on writing career. But above all else, there is gratitude.
I could go on for days about how I’m thankful for my publisher Entangled, my amazing editor Danielle Poiesz or my rock star agent Jennie Goloboy. Words can’t actually express how grateful I am to have family and friends who support me. I’m thrilled for beta readers, bloggers, reviewers, Book Country peeps, my characters—sweet biscuits, I love my characters! I love my cover, and the fact that Jim C. Hines can’t make fun of it. I am thankful for so many things! But what I find myself saying more than anything else is, “I’m so glad to have this opportunity at all.”
This whole experience of taking a word document and stretching it, pulling it, cutting, pasting, sandblasting and tweaking it has been a strange form of alchemy. At times it has been nerve-wracking. Other days I rocket through the house squeeing like a banshee on ecstasy. That kind of up-and-down can be rough. And the editorial process is its own beast that tries your sanity. But I wouldn’t trade a thing. I’ve learned so much on this wild ride toward WILD CARD; about the business, about my process, my craft. That knowledge is priceless. Like the Tin Man of old, you can ask me, “What’ve you learned, Dorothy?” The bits that I can and will share with you today are these, and they are simple:
Trust yourself and your story.
Let others help you.
Trust your team.
I’m beyond thankful this holiday, you guys. I’ve achieved a life-long goal, and I didn’t do it alone. So I don’t have to enjoy it alone, either. I’m thankful for an agent who works for me, listens to me and gets excited with me. For an editor who is passionate and silly, who loves my characters and can help shape my book. For that same editor who can talk me down or lift me up when I need it. For the beta readers who leave little notes, gasps or smiles in the margin along with stellar critique. For critique partners who push me to be better. For the cover artist who took something that was in my head and made it visual. For friends and family who cheer me on and put up with the highs and lows of being a working author. For a husband who brings me chai and tells me I’m wrong when I bash my writing. And for readers, the beautiful people who take chances on a story and come walk around in this little world of mine.
I get to welcome you into my head and introduce you to these characters that I think are pretty spectacular. The wait is finally over! I hope you’ll come in, chat a bit and stay a while.
It’s a weird little life. A crazy existence. But it’s mine. And I’m so thankful for that.
About Jamie Wyman:
After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, Jamie fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. As an author, Jamie’s favorite playgrounds are urban fantasy, horror and creepy carnival settings. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. She is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog.
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