One year later

One year ago today, I wrote my first post on SFNovelists. It was called “Different Kinds of Limbo”, and I talked about how I was eight months pregnant and waiting for my baby to be born. At the same time, I had just sold my first novel but hadn’t yet received the editorial letter for it…so sometimes it was hard to believe that the novel really would ever be published, or that the sale had even happened. Maybe I’d just dreamed that phone call from my agent – maybe it was just a fantasy of mine that I’d accidentally let myself believe.

I felt like I was in limbo, waiting for both of those huge, life-changing events to start feeling like real and active parts of my life.

Well. That night, not too many hours after posting my entry over here, I went into the hospital. Now, a year later, my little boy is about to turn one year old. He’s a bright, curious and extremely active toddler, and he has turned my life completely upside-down, in all the best possible ways. Nowadays, I’m torn between amazement that it’s already been a whole year since he was born and a feeling of total disbelief that life wasn’t always like this. How could there ever have been a time in my life without him?

We’re driving down south today to celebrate his birthday with relatives, and guess what I’m bringing along? One of the ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of my book, which is starting to look incredibly, scarily real. It’s not due to be published for another seven months, but it’s already been through intense rounds of copyediting, first-pass pages, and a final check of the ARCs for typos, inconsistencies, etc. It’s starting to be sent out to writers I love and admire for potential blurbs, a process that fills me with terror. The first book trailer is nearly ready to be unveiled, I’ve got a brand-new author website, and it’s getting close to the time when I have to steel myself and firm up my plans for promoting it next spring (which feels incredibly scary).

Things are feeling pretty real nowadays. Sometimes, I get horribly stressed about what other people might think of my novel (what if those big-name writers who get my ARCs just laugh at them, and not because the book is a comedy?), or I feel unbearably exhausted after weeks of bad nights as my baby teethes. Life is a lot more complicated now than it was a year ago.

But I wouldn’t change it back for anything.

Mr Darcy wants his own copy...

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  1. 1. Jim C. Hines

    That is quite simply the coolest picture I’ve seen in ages. Congrats on everything, Stephanie!

  2. 2. Ariel

    What a difference a year makes. :)

    They will NOT be laughing at your ARC, I can guarantee you that. Kat would never stand for that.

  3. 3. Tiffany Trent

    Two great projects that look great together! So, so proud of you and happy for you! (And hoping you get some good sleep soon!)

  4. 4. Jenn Reese

    What a wonderful picture, and what an amazing journey it has been for you! I think we need to see one of these pictures every year — as both Mr Darcy and your collection of novels grow. :)

  5. 5. Rabia

    Congratulations on the baby and the book. :)

  6. 6. Stephanie Burgis

    Thanks so much, everybody! :)

    And Ariel, that is a really good point – they certainly wouldn’t dare laugh where Kat would hear them! ;)

  7. 7. Catherine

    I imagine next year’s picture will be even more wonderful, as you continue to delight in Mr. Darcy’s new accomplishment, and your book is on a best seller list somewhere…

  8. 8. Stephanie Burgis

    Oh, I LIKE that fantasy… ;)

  9. 9. Merrie Haskell

    Steph, I know it’s always different on the inside, but on the outside, you’ve been nothing short of an inspiration. Go Steph!

  10. 10. Stephanie Burgis

    Thanks so much, Mer! :)

  11. 11. Elias McClellan

    Late to the game but congratulations and thanks for the inspiration. My wife and I are winding our way through the adoption maze and I’ve just found a true-to-life genre-writer’s workshop for my 2nd endeavor (not having the courage to pitch my 1st completed novel) so I can’t tell you what this means to me. Though it appears that I don’t have to, you already know. Again, thank you.

  12. 12. Stephanie Burgis

    Good luck with everything, Elias! I hope the writer’s workshop is really useful and the adoption goes through as swiftly as possible. Juggling babies and novels is honestly really difficult…but oh, so, so worth it!

  13. 13. Elias McClellan

    Ms Burgis, as always, you are too kind. Thank you again. As for the challenge, well, my wife is the grown-up one. I just want a cartoon and cookie partner.

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Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis is an American writer who lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, their son "Mr Darcy", and their crazy-sweet border collie mix, Maya. Her Regency fantasy trilogy for kids, The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, will be published by Atheneum Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, beginning with Book One: A Most Improper Magick. She has also published short stories in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. You can find out more, or read/listen to her published stories online, at her website. Visit site.

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