As rookies we had no idea how long books actually took to publish and all the work behind the scenes.
Working on our debut novella, Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018) helped us understand the process and the time things take much better. But you see, we never thought we’d write much more than Black Cockatoo.
So it wasn’t until the huge success of our first book that we realised we could even write more… so we wrote Black Cockatoo in 2016, it was published in 2018 and then we realised we needed to write more and fast.
Tracks of the Missing slowly hit the page around 2018 and was a long work in progress for us. It needed some shaping and moulding from Shel Sweeney from A Worded Life. We needed a little boost from being shortlisted in the Daisy Utemorrah Awards in 2019 for the raw manuscript to give us a little extra boost and confidence. And then finally we signed with Magabala in 2020. After some work with editor, Bruce Sims, its looking good!
We can’t wait to see the cover art. The layout. Feel it in our hands. Three years of work.
For budding authors out there- this timeframe isn’t unusual so if you love to write it is an art of patience. You’ve got to have lots of projects on the go so that you can focus your energy on the next thing rather than stressing or worrying about what is slowly happening with your last project.
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