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My Year in Writing 2011

I can’t believe we’re almost done with 2011!!  Where did it go? Anyone? Bueller? *looks around*
It’s been quite the ride and a lot has happened! Are you ready to see what’s made this year so spectacular for me? Here we go!
1) I self-published my first book, The Chosen, back in January of 2011. I tried the traditional route but after 160 rejections (only 2 agents asked to see my work and one asked for the first 5 pages only), I decided that rather than give up, I would self-publish The Chosen. It was terrifying to say the least, and yet exhilarating at the same time! I was finally going to see get my book out there for potential readers to devour and enjoy! Woohoo!!
2) In June, I self-published Dangerous Reflections after getting about 50 or so rejections from agents (most of which came in the form of not even bothering to get back to me to actually reject me). This was definitely a challenge for me as writing YA is quite different than writing adult material. I had a lot to learn but after some serious edits and re-writes, Alexis Davenport was born! YAY!
3) In June, I self-published a short novella based on the Portals of Destiny series after a little prompting by a good friend. She wanted to know more about what happened to Lord Lucian on that island and why it’s now haunted. I took her up on the suggestion and thus The Mad Lord Lucian was created! 😀 This one if a short, fun read and is fine as a stand-alone. But for those who have read The Chosen, you now know why Astrans cry out “Great Lucian’s ghost!” on occasion 😉
4) Shattered Destiny was launched in July . ***Just realized what a hella busy summer I had this year!*** This is my favorite cover, since this depicts the dream I had that started the Portals of Destiny series! The dream was horrifying, but to someone who has had night terrors since childhood, this dream was actually pretty typical 😉
5) In September, I had my wonderful cover artist, Eric Malbone, re-do the cover for The Chosen to give it a fresh new look. He wanted another crack at it and I wanted to add more elements from the book into the cover so it was an amazing turn of events! This cover is definitely more like a movie poster, bringing to life multiple important elements from the series: the Mekan as seen descending on the planet from above, the man emerging from the portal, and the two alien creatures from the planet Gentra, one with his arm disappearing as though entering the portal, and the symbols to the left and right. Very cool!
6) I also won the Indie Excellence Book Awards in the fantasy category. That was quite the surprise, I can tell you! But the lovely golden badge graces the covers of both editions of The Chosen. I hope to win more in the future with other books 😀
7) I completed the second novel in the Alexis Davenport series, Twisted Reflections, which is due to debut in 2012. The cover for this one will show Alex as King Tut’s wife in a gorgeous Egyptian setting. I can’t WAIT to see this cover! 😀 Keep an eye out on this website or sign up for e-mail alerts so you can be the first to see the cover when it’s completed!
8) Now, I shall switch gears here and give some other good news on the job front. I was offered an annual contract through Colorado Mesa University that runs through until Fall of 2012. That was pretty exciting and only the first step on the road to hopefully becoming a tenured professor at the same school where I earned my Bachelor’s degree 🙂
9) I have also been busy helping some of the other professors re-write our biology lab manual. We are working with a new publisher to make it look more professional. It’s going to look really awesome!!!
Boy! After reading all that, I accomplished a lot this last year! More so than I ever thought possible actually. But I think 2012 will bring some really great things some of which include: publishing Twisted Reflections, the final installment of the Portals of Destiny (Resigned Fate), hopefully finishing the last of the Alexis Davenport books (no title as of yet), maybe working on four more novellas for the Portals of Destiny detailing the first trips the Guardians took through the portals to their new worlds, looking into writing a young investigator grant so I can begin to do some undergraduate research and take even more steps toward becoming tenured, and learning more about marketing strategies so that I can help my books show up in the first pages of Google and maybe bring my books to the eyes of more scifi/fantasy readers!
Hope you all had an amazing year and I wish everyone all the BEST for 2012! May your books go bestseller! 😉

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3 Comments on “My Year in Writing 2011”

  1. Carroll Bennett December 31, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Shay, you are the Energizer Bunny!!!!!! What a great year 2011 and years to come in your publishing company. Another great thing you are sharing your talents and expertise with Colorado Mesa University. Please bring the Biology Lab Manual to one of our meetings when it is printed. Your fan, Carroll Bennett

  2. Amy Rose Davis December 31, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    What a year for you! Here’s wishing you all the best in 2012! 🙂

  3. Lisa Nowak December 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    An impressive year for sure. 🙂

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