One year ago, Regan posted about starting a writing group. One year ago, we barely knew each other. One year ago, we all tentatively joined this group.
We've been Rebel Writers for a little over a year now, and it is hard to believe how far we've come.
Let's update, shall we?
Last year when we started this group, I was maybe 1,000 words into Choose Us. By the end of January I had a finished rough draft.
Choose Us released on April 3rd, and did...unexpectedly well. It shot up the charts, became an Amazon Bestseller, and all of a sudden there were people telling me I was their favorite author. Which is amazing, but also seems so silly to me, because I'm just...me, a newbie.
After Choose Us was published I focused on my next book, Parting Chances. I finished that draft in October and Parting Chances released on November 13th.
In the span of a year, I have written and completed two full-length novels. It's insane to even think back to last year when my only occupation was a stay-at-home-mom.
And I can sinceriously say that without the Rebels having my back, none of this would happen. I love you all, you are some of my best friends. I look forward to the days we have 300+ comment conversations. Or, you know, any conversation. It's basically all I use FB for these days. And I cannot wait to hang out with (most) of you at UtopYA next year.
So, happy birthday Rebel Writers! We really are on our way to taking over the world!
I wrote the first draft of Broken Skies in June of 2013. It was a very different book then and when we started this group I was about 5 chapters in to a total overhaul of the story. I was also at a point where I thought I'd never publish it and I kinda just wanted to throw the whole thing out the window. Obviously, I got over that desire :) I had Elizabeth cheering me on from the beginning and adding in this great group of people really pushed me to get it done and put my book out there. I couldn't be happier that I did and I would have never had the guts to publish Broken Skies without their support and encouragement.
Now, a year later, Broken Skies has been signed with my dream publisher, Amazon Skyscape, I've published a short story and a novella, and I have another short story coming out in an anthology this Friday (11/7).
And the Rebels have been there every step of the way.
Beyond being a writing group, I'm happy to call the Rebels some of my best friends. We may be far apart geographically speaking (or maybe not, you guys know how I am with geography ;) but we still manage to maintain a close relationship with daily chats, texts, or video calls. Writing may have brought us together, but we share so much more and together we've acheived more than any of us thought possible.
Happy Birthday Rebels!
So, about a year ago I was trying to get through my first draft of Gathering Water and doing a really terrible job with it. It's hard, believing in yourself like that, and even harder when no one in your life understands exactly what writing takes out of you. The type of commitment and how crazy you get about a world full of people that don't technically exist–well, without proper support it can make you feel oh-so-very-alone. The Rebel Writers changed that for me. I finished Gathering Water a couple of months after the group started, and self-published it early this year. It has been on several of the Amazon Bestselling lists, and even hit a couple of those prized #1 slots, much to my amazement. Now, in less than two weeks, my second book will be out and the girls are helping me sort through the myriad of emotions that we've learned to expect before any release.
Thanks to my Rebel Sisters, I've found confidence in myself as an author–and as a woman (as cheesy as that sounds). I don't feel so alone anymore. No longer swallowed by all the potential of what could happen someday, thanks to them I've finally found a way to fulfill it; to follow my dream and live "the good life."
I can't wait to find out what the next year will bring us!
I started Bound by Duty in July of 2013 and finished the first draft in October, just after the Rebels were officially born. I thought I was mere months away from hitting the publish button and I was oh so wrong. It took another nine months before Bound by Duty would officially be ready for publication. In October, I earned my first orange "Amazon Bestseller" banner.
I know, for a fact, that without the Rebels I would have never made it this far. To have a place to go where people understood the craziness in my head, who let me bounce ideas off of them and shared their knowledge with me was priceless. And to find my tribe - a group of friends I talk to every single day, without fail, was more than I could have ever hoped for. I'm just a few weeks from finishing the first draft of Bound by Spells, book two in my series, and I need the Rebels just as much today as I did a year ago. For some different reasons, and some that are the same.
We celebrate every win and we console each other through the hards parts - whether it's in life or in our books. I couldn't be more proud of us and I'm certain that our dreams of world domination are going to come true. #rebelsforlife
I'm the Rebel Newbie. I haven't quite been here the whole year and only knew Theresa when I joined about 4 months after everyone else. I never felt like a newbie though, I was welcomed with open arms and hit the ground running. Before I knew it, these people became family. I can't imagine writer life, or even life in general, without them.
When I joined the Rebels, I'd Finished the first draft of Spark of Light, (released in September) and was working on finishing the first draft of Archer (Which will hopefully be out next fall). So for the most part I've been in editing/publishing mode the whole time, and I couldn't have gotten through that craziness as sane as I am now, without them. Now I'm working on the first draft of Burning Bright (book #2 of Avery), and know writing with them is going to be a blast.
Thank you, Theresa, for bringing me in. And thank you, everyone, for accepting me. It's amazing to know that you've made friends for life, and I can't wait for next year when just about all of us will have been able to hang out in person, and we'll get to share our "remember when you..." stories! It's going to be epic!!!
Happy Birthday Rebels!
One year ago, the Rebels were born. As silly as it sounds, that was the moment I found some of my best friends. I had no idea how important it was to get the support, encouragement, and advice from a writing group when trying to write a novel and our group gives all of that and more. Like Stormy says, we talk EVERY SINGLE DAY. Most of the time on the computer, sometimes via text or oovoo, but I always know that if I have a question or need to bounce ideas or maybe do some sprints, there is always someone there to listen and help.
I started Family Secrets in October 2013 and watched, amazed, as my Rebel Sisters, wrote and published amazing books, then started writing their second (or third) books! I'm a slow writer, apparently, but without this group I wouldn't be where I am today, which is waiting for my last beta to finish and send back for final editing. Family Secrets is scheduled to be published on 1/8/15 and I am hoping book two will be out in July.
I'm sure we didn't know how lucky we were 1 year ago when Regan posted about starting a writing group, but I sure know how lucky we are now. Thank you Regan and thank you Rebel Writers for making me a better writer and a published author (or soon to be). You guys rock! Happy Birthday, Rebel Writers!!!
I remember boring Regan's head off with details of my superhero role playing game just four years ago. I told her all about how the game it self worked, but only as an excuse to explain the plot I created. We bonded over stories, as she occasionally helped me escape the college town where I went to school. She introduced me to what is probably my favorite series of all time, and we talked about what would become some of our first failed attempts to create a novel. If it wasn't for her I would still be spinning my wheels, and instead I am well on my way to creating something I can be proud of.
This group as a whole collects some amazing talent, and I am indebted to each and everyone of these wonderful women. I have gotten the chance to beta read some amazing work and see it in the raw form that enlightens me to know we writers are people. You don't all write your first draft in a coffee shop on napkins and make it huge in no time. The struggle as it were, is real. It's a fight against real life, as it encroaches on the fiction we strive to create. The behind the scenes look I get as a member shows me that these mothers, sisters, and daughters have so much responsibility and still have the amazing strength to create.
There are a few reasons I am referred to as the unicorn in the group. I am unique but also am prone to disappearing. Working now as a restaurant manager and still pursuing my hobby of ninja-ness, I find little time but plenty of motivation to write thanks to the amazing people of this group. It comes in big waves of inspiration and the support I get to keep going is over whelming. Hopefully I will find a new normal and a set routine to finish out my novel. I can't count the number of times I started, never getting past the first chapter, but now because of my fellow rebels I am nearly done with my first draft. I am honored and proud of this little group having such a successful first year.