I'm not a big LinkedIn person but I do occasionally update my profile. It was while doing so recently that I saw that I'd been working in publishing for EIGHTEEN YEARS. First I thought that just couldn't be true. Then I realized that I started working at Random House the year before my eldest was born. Here are some other things I realized.
- It took me forever to get my act together to try to become a published writer. (To be clear, the delays caused by my four kids were totally worth it.)
- Having the opportunity to work on the "other" (non-author) side of the business does not give you a leg-up in becoming a best-seller but certainly arms you with a healthy understanding of your odds.
In an ode to nostalgia, herewith a link to a pre-Common-Core writing guide I wrote for Random House: http://www.seussville.com/activities/HOORAY_TeachersGuide.pdf. It is for a Seuss/Prelutsky title, so it's in verse. Foreshadowing? Coincidence? Karma?
Also, in this earlier post, I was already showing a predilection for capitalization and parentheticals.
Finally, I can report that I did like, thought didn't love, THG, and that I am currently looking forward to seeing THE HEAT (yes, I am a Sandy B. fan), DIVERGENT and WORLD WAR Z (who knew back when I was only 18 years into publishing that zombies would become the new vampires?).