In 2009, I decided to get serious about my writing. And NaNoWriMo was how I was going to do it. Before that November, I’d never set deadlines for my writing—I’d never actually thought I had more than one book in me. But I had a few characters chattering away in my head, begging me to tell their story.

It was a story of sisters. Of first loves. Of magic.

Oh, yeah. It was also a story about cupcakes, because who doesn’t love cupcakes?

I met my NaNoWriMo goal by less than 100 words. But I’d met it. I’d won my first attempt at NaNowriMo. And I was surprisingly happy with the 200ish pages of Love & Cupcakes. It wasn’t perfect. Hell, it’s still not–but perfect is overrated. But it made me feel like I could really make a life as a writer. Like I would one day be published if I worked at it hard enough. And work hard I did. I believed in this novel, in these characters. I was crushed when the half a dozen agents who requested the full came back with a list of the things they loved about it, but ultimately all said the same thing. The stakes needed to be higher, the magic needed to be more organic to the story, life needed to be harder for Jack.

And after taking a break from it to write my first YA novel, I could finally see what they were all talking about. And I set about completing a massive revision that made all the difference in how the story was told. And how agents and editors reacted to it. That phrase about killing your darlings? Oh, yeah, I took that to heart.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had some agent and editor interest in Love & Cupcakes through Brenda Drake’s Adult Only Pitch Party. Well, I am thrilled to say I received—and accepted—and offer from Swoon Romance, a digital-first publisher. We’re still in the early stages, but I already feel like I’m in excellent hands. My debut novel will be out in digital format in Jan 2014. (Insert happy flailing and verging-on-insane smiling here.)

My author website will be up within a week or two, once I get a professional headshot done and confirm a few details with my publisher. I’ve also created a Facebook author page. If you’re so inclined, I’d love it if you would like it. You can do it through this link or through the Like button on the right. I’m also on Twitter, so come follow me @SBCrispell!

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