2012 was an interesting year for me, writing-wise. In most ways it was a much better year than 2011. Here are the major points:
- I sold Line and Orbit. This is probably the biggest deal. It’s the first novel I (co)wrote and it’s the first I’ve sold and now in a month it’s coming into the world. Even if nothing else had gone right this year, writing-wise, there is that.
- Related to the above, I got my first starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. I still haven’t really gotten over that.
- Close on the big-fucking-deal heels of the above, I sold a story to Clarkesworld, which was my dream market. I seriously never thought they’d buy anything of mine. This is another thing I occasionally have an oh, shit moment about.
- In total, I sold six pieces of short fiction in 2012 (counting the sale I just made to Ideomancer). I had two additional pieces reprinted in anthologies. This is honestly less than I sold in 2011, but that’s due way less to a drop in output and way more to me spending a lot more time on editing a story before I send it out, which is better for quality control in general.
- 2012 was also the first year I had a story in a best-of anthology; I actually had two, “The Thick Night” in Heiresses of Russ 2012 and “Catch & Release” in Fantastic Erotica: The Best of Circlet Press 2008-2012.
- I finished two novel drafts. One of those (Harbinger) is sitting for a while until I can pull together the will to rewrite it. The other (A Murder of Crows) is ready for a third editing pass. Harbinger took me about nine months to write. A Murder of Crows took me less than a month.
It’s been a really good year, all in all. Bring on 2013.