I'm Kaye George and I'm on the road to being a published novelist. Since I've read that the average time to be published after starting down this twisted path is ten years, I'm right on schedule to not be published yet.
It's a new year and I'm taking stock. Here's where I am: I've written short stories since I was a child. For a few years I collected rejection slips from The New Yorker and other prominent fiction markets. When I decided I really, really wanted to be published, I picked the genre I most enjoy reading, mystery, and started a novel. One day, after the kids were all gone, after my programming job left the continent, and after hubbie's midlife crisis/career change (which uprooted us, leaving behind my social circle and a bunch of other stuff), I decided I really, really, really wanted to be published. I finished the novel I'd been messing with, a murder mystery, found a supportive, welcoming online community in the Sisters in Crime Guppies, shaped the thing up and starting shooting out the queries.
After a couple of years of rejection on that front, I returned to writing a few short stories, in between novel forays. Much to my surprise, I got some of them published. Even won some contests and awards.
But I kept plugging away on that one novel until I couldn't stand it any more. I've now written three more, a sequel to that first one, a YA, and the beginnings of another series. I'm actively working on and/or querying the YA and the new series, and still putting out short stories when I take a break from novels.
I'd love it if you'd like to follow me on my journey. I may make publishdom this year! That's what I'm telling myself.