Every writer dreams of the day they will be published, so I’m overjoyed to share with you the news that my book, Dark Child, is to be published in 2013 by Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia’s new digital publishing division. I’ve been talking with publisher Joel Naoum about serialisation and lots of other fun stuff which is only possible with digital. It’s all very, very exciting, and right now I’m in the middle of an intensive editing process, getting Dark Child ready for publication. Hard work, but at the end of it I really believe you’ll get a better book to read!
For me, writing a book has been a strange sort of process. I write because it’s something I absolutely love doing. Because my characters and their stories are always clamoring away, demanding to be released. Putting my ideas down on paper, typing them into the computer, or in some way giving them a real form – offers me a kind of catharsis, and allows me to let them go. Early in my book’s gestation, I found my writing revealed parts of me that I usually keep hidden. It was raw, experimental, and sometimes clumsy. At the beginning, my writing was a very private thing.
But finally, I finished my first draft. I proof-read and polished my book, which took several more months. After this came the hard part; the quest for publication. I felt ready to share my work, or I wouldn’t even have been considering sending it out into the world. Still, however ready I thought I was, all my insecurities came to the fore every time a new reader – an agent, or publisher – got their hands on my manuscript. I wondered each time if they’d like it. If they’d get it.
I feel very fortunate to have reached the end of that proverbial tunnel. To be stepping out into the sunlight, and making the transition from ‘aspiring author’ to ‘author’. It really is a dream come true for me. Every author needs a website…so I’m proud to welcome you here to adinawest.com to share my journey.
Join with me as I navigate my way through this unfamiliar, sunlit plane. I’m sure – like the dark tunnel which came before – it will be filled with pitfalls and lessons to learn. But also – I hope – with wonderful new experiences.
Now I’ve joined the ranks of the soon-to-be-published, I have something new to look forward to: the day my book is released. When it stops being mine, and becomes yours. There’s magic in a novel, and most of it is due to the reader. Only you can breathe life into the world I’ve created and the characters who populate it.
Thank you for giving me that gift.