In the 1960s, my story-telling was -- let's say -- full of stereotypes, like dragons and damsels-in-distress.
Not much survived the 1970s. When I was in high school I threw my elementary and middle school work into the trash. This handwritten story, which won me a prize in eighth grade, is one of the only survivors.
The 1980s were filled with handwritten notebooks and stories typed on onion paper (with a typewriter.) Embarrassingly, I sent a couple of these to Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. The rejections were kind.
In the 1990s, I wrote a few MG novels (saved on computer disks) and one non-fiction. A couple queries almost panned out -- but then didn't. I also published some professional teacher lesson plans.
The 2000s started with several unfinished MG science fiction novels and ended with my self-published YA historical novel.
And then ... the 2010s happened. And they are continuing to happen.
There is no excuse for giving up besides death. Got that?
Clarion/HMH is giving away 10 copies of THE CAGED GRAVES on Goodreads. You can find the giveaway here until May 2.