Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Road to Twilight

I was reading the comments in Nathan Bransford's blog and someone mentioned how you could take solace in reading Stephanie Meyer's road to publication on her website -- she admits her queries "sucked" and she didn't have an idea what she was doing, ad inf. Except when all is said and done, her road to publication was swift and serendipitous, summed up in this sentence: "And that's how, in the course of six months, Twilight was dreamed, written, and accepted for publication."

Six months. Written, agented, accepted for publication...

Six months.


  1. IKR! WTF! That's comforting. Knowing that the only reason she ended up with an agent was through a mistake made by the agent's assistant. Yeah...I feel much better about myself now. I'm sorry. Who said that?

  2. I bode absolutely no ill will towards Stephenie Meyers at all. I think people who talk crap about her are just jealous of her success. That said, when reading her publishing story, in conjunction with her books (which truthfully I am not a fan of) I have come to the conclusion that clearly Satan must have been involved.

  3. Ack! Stephenie Meyers is Mormon. I never really believed the Latter Day Saints were in league with the devil until now. Six months? That is unnatural and perverted...

  4. I do not think any of your other commenters bothered to read Nathan's blog entry, so I'll insert a quote from it below:

    "It may not be a great work of literature, it may not be something that you personally would want to read, it may have some typos, it may drive you to the brink of insanity. But the author has done something well if they are published and their books are selling. If you have hopes of reaching a big audience someday you would do well to absorb and learn from what that "something" is."

    I'm just sayin'.

  5. Amber~I actually did not read the blog. Just know Stephenie Meyer's story. I am actually a huge fan of Twilight (I know...I admitted it). Do I think it is the best thing out there to read? No. Absolutely not. Did it get me reading voraciously again? Yes. I think the whole forbidden love thing just resonates with so many people. She captured that in a new and creative way and now people are eating it up. As I told some other blogger at one point, it's all about what the market is doing right now. I had a Microeconomics teacher tell me once that trading aggressively on the stock market is gambling, whether you have the most experience person handling your affairs or a couple of monkeys, you may or may not make the right gamble. Pens might be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Then, the next day, out of nowhere, people think that pencils are incredibly sexy. Pencil stock up...pen stock down. I know that seems incredibly simplistic, but it really is all about what the people are reading.

  6. Just for the record, I'm not criticizing Twilight at all. My daughter loved it and all the other Meyer books. I just thought, for those of us struggling just to find an agent, that the story of her fairytale waltz to publication wasn't one that was likely to inspire the rest of us with anything other than wistful wishing or depression.

  7. Tina Lynn - I ain't mad at ya! :) I loved Twilight, too.

    Trav, you know that I adore you and I didn't mean to imply that I thought you were criticizing the book. I agree that Meyer's story is one that most of us feel as elusive as a haystack needle and way too-good-to-be-true-blue.

    I think I just got on a soap box or something. Let's chalk it up to pms. Also, click on my name -- I gave you a blogger award over at musings of amber murphy. :) mwah!

  8. I did read the article on Bransford's blog, and I agree that clearly she did something right, and we all need to learn from that. I write YA, so I've read all 4 of her YA books. I had to for market research. It's what the market loves right now. But I still don't like them. :)

  9. I understand Travener's point. After a year of rejection upon rejection, it's quite maddening to read something like Ms. Meyer's speedy flight to success, based on a boo boo by an assistant.

    I've had four agents ask to read my manuscript, but each one has "passed at this time", wtf does that mean? "at this time".

    Anyway, I'm happy for Stephanie, it's not every writer who writes their Opus Magnum so early in their career. Well, except J.K. Rowling.

  10. Amber~Ha! I'm not mad at you either. I think you made a very valid point that I did make a comment without reading his blog:)

    Travener~There was nothing I saw in your post that implied that you were criticizing Twilight. I totally got where you were coming from...thus my first response. WTF...no one is that lucky. Well, I guess someone is, but it's not me.

    Too Cute~You made me laugh heartily...Satan...involved. I think that was the best ab workout I had in months.

    Dawn~ EXACTLY!

  11. Dawn -- If nothing else, you obviously have an effective query letter.