I’m bad at these posts because I have the memory of a goldfish. I barely remember what happened yesterday let alone the various things that transpired over the course of an entire year. But I’ll try, because everyone else is doing it and I’m a follower.
So there were several moments in 2015 that had me like:
But I’ll focus on the stuff that had me like:
This year was huge for me in terms of my career as an author. In the past, I wasn’t sure if I had a “career” so much as an aspiration but the ball got rolling in January of 2015 when I signed my first contract with Dreamspinner, and it hasn’t stopped since then. Since 2013, I’d only professionally published one book but now I’m the proud author of *four*.
This year I signed four single-book contracts with Dreamspinner—Sutphin Boulevard, Stygian, Sunset Park, and First and First—and two multi-book contracts with Riptide. I’m not giving much details on the latter at this point because those books won’t be out until Q4 2016 and 2017, but I’ll be talking about it in the next several months. 😉
I also got an agent, which is mind blowing. Getting an agent always seemed to be a mystical process that I didn’t understand (much like the publishing world in general), but bugging awesome author friends with questions led to several emails and an hour-long phone call with Courtney Miller-Callihan, and representation! It’s truly an honor to have an agent who is dedicated to queer romance, and who understands me as a writer. All of the heart emojis for CMC!
And speaking of author friends… 2015 was an amazing year in terms of the people I’ve met and befriended. Having experienced professionals I can ask for advice, opinions, or an ear to vent to, is incredible. One of those friendships led to the creation of the Hassell & Hall FB Group, which was a random idea that took off at the speed of light. The original idea was not to necessarily have a promo group, but to have a space to interact with readers in general. That idea turned into a little community that carries on perfectly fine even when Alexis and I are preoccupied with other stuff. It’s a lot of fun.
Health-wise, I’m also in a good place. My day job isn’t as satisfying as I’d hoped it would be, but I have time to write that I didn’t have when I was in NYC, so there’s that. For as much as I complain about moving, I can honestly say there’s no way I would have been able to accomplish so much in my writing career had I still been commuting 4 hours a day in the city. I still want to move back, though.
So what does 2016 look like?
Honestly, it looks scary and intense. I have a completely jam packed writing schedule, and I’ll probably have long periods of going AWOL on social media (except to grump about something on Twitter) while I try to keep my deadlines.
In terms of books, First and First will be out in April, but there are other things on the horizon that I can’t talk about just yet. If you’re curious about First and First, I’ll be posting the first teaser in the Hassell & Hall FB group on New Year’s Eve, and sending it out to my newsletter.
I hope you guys check it out, and I hope you’re excited for Caleb’s story. 🙂
I’m probably leaving out a ton of stuff, but that’s all I have for now! I hope you guys had a great 2015.