That first book was rejected, but at almost this time last year (late June of 2012) I had completed the proposal for the second book and joined Harlequin's "Speed date online pitch". I was fortune enough to receive a request for synopsis from that pitch, followed by a request for the partial, followed by the request for the full manuscript in early October. And yes, this time I'd finished the book in four months. Proof of Grace kind of fell off my fingers. Then again, I had time on my hands that summer. But more importantly, I'd learned how to write a book from beginning to end.
On the way, I met other fabulous authors who were on the same path. We became Facebook and Twitter friends, and we supported one another. There are lots of wonderful authors out there in the blogosphere. Many of the authors I met last year are now published, and I got to watch their journey too.
As for Proof of Grace, it made it all the way up to acquisition where it was eventually rejected with a rather nice personalized rejection from the editors. Still. Sniffle.
Oh by the way, by then I had begun my third book.
While I continued to write my third book I shopped for a home for "Proof". This month, I received an offer of contract. Proof of Grace will have a new title, unknown at this time, but it now has a home. A home with a great publisher I'm sure will appreciate and love it as much as I do.
And as for me, I'm on another leg of the journey.