I started blogging September 2, 2009 and thought it would be fun to re-run my first post today.
I quit teaching in May. There you have it.
With eleven years of writing under my belt and ten picture book, middle-grade, YA manuscripts circulating out there in the world, I’ve saved one year of pay and am jumping into writing full-time. Nothing has sold. No one has signed me. Am I crazy?
Maybe, but I’m really excited, too.
Last September, I had no idea the year would bring an agent and a book sale, but I knew it was time to step out of the classroom, focus on my writing, and get more consistent about feeding my family regularly (!). It was risky and so worth it.
Next September, MAY B. will be an honest-to-goodness, real book.
Thanks to all my readers, old and new, for cheering me on along the way and adding to the conversation around here.
Here’s to the years ahead!
Don’t forget to stop by Sunday, September 5 for Denise Jaden’s LOSING FAITH blog tour and giveaway.
I actually remember thinking how brave you were.
And it was definitely worth it. I’m looking forward to many more years of blogging fun with you!!
Your anniversary already??? You do a wonderful job. so happy it’s all working out for you.
Adventures in Children's Publishing says
Congrats on the milestone! And as for being brave and putting yourself full-time into writing, we are so proud of you (and mildly jealous). We wish you all the best. And no, you’re not crazy. We’re rooting for you!
Tabitha Bird says
I remember that post! I thought to myself “Good for her!” I am so glad the year went well. and all the best with your book. I was praying for May.B to sell 🙂 An dI was over the moon when it did. I hope next year is even better for you.
Andrea Mack says
Caroline, congratulations on a succesful year — here’s to many more to come!
Natalie Aguirre says
Happy Anniversary. Wow you’ve had an amazing year. And you even forgot to mention your big move. Hope the next year is just as awesome.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Thank you, everyone! This really means a lot.
Andrea Cremer says
Hooray! Wishing you another wonderful year ahead 😉
Jill of The O.W.L. says
Congrats on it all! As teacher (aspiring author) going back to work on Tuesday I can’t tell you how jealous I am! 🙂
It’s amazing what can happen in a year. It brings me hope when I think of it.
Congrats! And here’s to another great year!
Wow, you’ve had an amazing year! I hope the next one brings even more success:)
Amazing, lovely post and many congratulations! Have a great weekend. – Stasia
Shannon O'Donnell says
Woo-hoo! You made the right choice and we couldn’t be happier for you. 🙂
Valerie Geary says
Wowzer! Happy blog-o-versary!! I must say, I’m very impressed with the year you’ve had! 🙂 May many more wonderful years follow!
Christine Fonseca says
So awesome that you took that leap of faith. Something that is the hardest part! Can’t wait to see what’s next.
Rosslyn Elliott says
I remember admiring your courage and then being blown away when you beat the odds and sold a book so rapidly. 🙂
A.L. Sonnichsen says
Yay, Caroline! Look at you now!! 🙂 I’m so happy for you. And look how the boys have grown since you’ve started feeding them regularly! Just kidding. *wink*
Karen Strong says
I love reading blogs like this to show how far a writer has come.
Kudos for you for going for your dream and persevering.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Amanda Hosch says
Congratulations on your first (of many) anniversary. Your leap of faith is very inspiring.