The following post is by debut author Heather Frost. We’d like to thank Heather and her publisher, Cedar Point Books, for letting us participate in the virtual blog tour for Seers. Seers, the first in a trilogy, is available on October 8th, 2011. Please check out Heather’s website.
For as long as I can remember, getting a book published has been one of my greatest goals. From the time I learned to read and write I started scribbling out stories, and I haven’t stopped since. I didn’t start writing seriously until I was twelve, and I didn’t really start to consider myself ready for publication until I was about sixteen. I’d written a few novels by that time, and I thought I was good enough to start taking my dream more seriously. I clearly remember starting up the computer and plopping myself in front of the screen—waiting for the internet connection to become available, and then pulling up the first major publishing house I found. As I recall I navigated easily to the submission guidelines section of the site, and then roughly three minutes later I turned off the computer and swore I’d go rethink my life. Publishing just seemed so daunting. So impossible. Why even bother? I continued to write, and dream, but avoided thoughts of working with a publisher. Words like, agent, rejection, and editor nearly gave me nightmares, and I was quite content to keep on blissfully writing without them. When I was eighteen, I forced myself to get a grip and the research really began. I had a newly finished novel, and my hopes were renewed.
There are so many different ways to publish in this day and age, and the whole trick is finding which one will work best for you and your book. Many publishing houses will not accept your manuscript unless the work is submitted by an agent. Some publishing houses don’t care if you don’t have an agent. There’s self publishing available for those who want to completely cut out the middle man. Self publishing is even easier these days with e-reader technology, such as the popular Nook and Kindle, which give self-published ebooks a better chance of success than ever before. Basically, your options are endless.
After a lot of research and many cover letter drafts, I decided to send my book into my first local publishing company that accepted unsolicited manuscripts. Several weeks later I got my first rejection letter, and my journey toward publication continued.
It wasn’t until 2010 that I seriously tried again, this time with a brand new story and a fresh motivation to get published. Because summer was nearly over and my time before restarting college was nearly upon me, I decided to put off searching for a possible agent until the next summer, when I would have more time. But since I couldn’t stand to just sit on this new trilogy for a whole school year, I hurriedly sent my manuscript to some of the companies I’d already researched, and a new one to boot. I fully expected to receive rejections from every one of them, but on a November night I got the nicest rejection I’d ever seen. I had to read the email a total of three times before I realized it wasn’t a rejection at all—it was an acceptance. The only downside to this was that I was sitting in the corner on the second floor of the library, and not able to scream until I got outside. But I made up for the delay by screaming excitedly over the next few hours. Okay, more like the next few DAYS.
And then began the next stage in the publication process. Editing, marketing, the whole nine yards. Which, I’ve been learning, takes even more time and effort than any of the steps up to this point. I’ve felt a little over my head at times, but I’m still loving the entire experience.
Getting published isn’t easy, and it takes a lot of time, energy, patience, and dedication. But I can now honestly say that the result is well worth the struggle.
Heather Frost was born in Sandy, Utah, and raised in a small Northern Utah town. She is the second oldest of ten children, and she loves her family very much. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. She has always been an avid reader, and reading and writing are among her most favorite things to do. She also enjoys playing the flute, listening to all types of music, and watching a wide variety of movies. Ever since she wrote her first short story—at the age of four—she has dreamed of one day becoming an author. Seers is her first published novel.
Stay tuned tomorrow for our own Heather’s review of Heather Frost’s first novel, Seers!