I tweeted the above back on the 6 January. I just had a feeling that 2013 was going to be my year. I had published two ebooks in 2012 and signed with an agent, but for 2013, I had plans in motion to not just publish a third ebook, but also my entire CAMELOT series in paperback.
Three books in ebook and paperback format. That was going to be something special. And THE SPIRIT OF NIMUE surpassed my expectations in June by debuting at number two in the Amazon Myths and Legends Chart.
Holding my own copies was a dream come true. Could it get any better?
Yes! Because a few months later, THIS happened in Publisher's Marketplace!
The moment my agent emailed me to say she had secured me a book deal will go down as one of my best memories ever! Every second from reading Beth's email three times, to screaming, to crying, to getting hugged by work colleagues, to drinking A LOT of champagne over the following few day, is imprinted in my brain.
2013 was also the year people started to make wishes of my time. I received requests from schools to visit and talk to students. I was asked to take part in a literary festival. SEARCHING FOR ARTHUR won best Australian YA cover in a poll to mark ANZAC Day...
And then I went viral!
An innocuous tweet about how much I admired Pope Francis, even though I'm an atheist, was retweeted so many times I ended up being quoted on CNN!
My brilliant year was now becoming surreal.
So I end 2013 as the author of three published books. I have a book deal with Holiday House in New York. I have an awesome agent (Beth Phelan) at an awesome agency (The Bent Agency). I have a number one listed novel in three categories (Best Indie Fantasy, Best Time Travel, Best Arthurian) over on Goodreads, and I am averaging one hundred reviews and adds a fortnight.
Dare I make a prophetic tweet about 2014? Well, I have another book release next year in my new CAMELOT series for starters. My finalised manuscript for THE DEVIL'S INTERN is due to the publisher in May 2014, and once that is safely delivered and accepted, AwesomeAgent Beth will start the process of selling it to other territories. And then there is the next book in that series to sell too.
I would be lying if I said this was all easy. It really isn't. Success is wonderful but it also means I have to find even more time to dedicate to writing, and I am struggling. I'm existing on about five hours sleep and I can't do that for much longer. Something has got to give.
But my dream of becoming a full time writer has taken a HUGE step forward this year. I started 2013 with a five year plan to be writing full time by the end of 2017. I will do it, probably earlier than I thought.
So be positive about your own ambitions. Celebrate your successes. Hang on in there and don't give up. Thank you a million times over for your support this year. The fact you still read my musings amuses me no end! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and I'll see you in 2014.