Published!

I’d never thought of myself as a writer. I’d written essays and research papers and done well. I’d churned out high school journalism copy for yearbooks or newspaper articles. I’d written in my journal for years and years. But a writer? I didn’t claim the title. Not yet.

Then, four years ago, I started a blog. I wanted to tell stories, to relate to others with similar lives. At first, it wasn’t really about the writing.

But then people said, “You’re good at this.”

Good at blogging, perhaps. But good at writing?

“Good at writing,” people said.

And so I took a Creative Writing class. And fell in love.

Fourteen months ago, I submitted my first manuscript to a publishing company and started hoping for a yes.

Yesterday, the yes came.

My name, on the front of a book. A book sold in bookstores. A book that people not related to me will read. I’m excited, humbled, amazed, grateful. And happy. So very happy.

(And to think people say nothing good comes from blogging…)

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41 thoughts on “Published!

  1. Carrie says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so awesome! I can't wait to read it!!!! When will it be out? How long does the whole process take? Who is the publisher????

  2. abstowe says:

    Woo HOO!!!!! Have been wondering what happens with those people!!!!!And to think – I can say – "I knew that author when…."Congratulations! What a LONG LONG LONG time to wait!

  3. Rachel Sue says:

    HooooRAY!I am so excited for you, that is so wonderful! And yes, my friend. Details. Also, I wouldn't say no to a chance to be on your blog book tour, (hint, hint!)

  4. Happy Mom says:

    Wow, girl!!!I've been gone from the bloggin world for a while and I'm catching up on my favs. I'm sooo proud of you! CANNOT wait to go out and buy your book!

  5. Lara says:

    Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh! I am so excited for you! And I can't wait to read your book. Hooray!You are a writer. You always have been, but now…now the world will know.

  6. DeNae says:

    This all happened when I was in the middle of some crazy scheduling stuff, so I don't know if I even replied to your email (that's right, y'all, I got a personal e-mail with this wonderful news!!) but let me add my voice to those already celebrating with you: You TOTALLY deserve this, and I hope you sell a gazillion, trillion books.And you will. I know this because (again, everyone be jealous!) I've already read the original!I'm the luckiest non-LDS fiction reading gal in the world; I get to read the awesome LDS fiction written by my awesome friends.YAY, JENNY!!!

  7. Joy Page Manuel says:

    A bit of a delayed reaction but I'm sure you'll understand considering I've just stumbled upon your blog today…CONGRATULATIONS! I can relate so much to this entry as I've been dreaming of claiming that 'writer title' myself. I have yet to officially get published though. Maybe post more tips as to how this is done? Or have you done that already and I just haven't read them yet…lol! I'm eager to read your older posts and shall be doing so after I click send on this comment :-))

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