December 2, 2012

Made It Moment: Leah Rhyne

Filed under: Made It Moments — jenny @ 11:33 pm

Zombie Days

I am very proud to bring Suspense Your Disbelief readers this Made It Moment by someone who is both a good friend and former student of mine. I’d like to say I had something to do with Leah getting published–I did not. But I *did* know that she would be published, maybe sooner, maybe later, and that is enough for me to feel a hearty hear, hear about her accomplishment.

By the way, a while ago Leah did a guest post about meeting Stephen King. I mean, can you say writing on the walls?

Congratulations, Leah!

Leah Rhyne

On November 1, 2010, a friend of mine said, “So, are you going to do this NaNoWriMo thing?”

And I said, “Huh?”

I had no idea what she was talking about. Once I googled, and found out it was short for National Novel Writing Month, I laughed.

Write a novel in a month? Write a novel at all? You must be crazy.

But I signed up anyway, gave myself a daily word count goal, and started writing.

The road was long and sometimes arduous. My first draft (finished in mid-December, but who’s counting) was terrible.  But I set to editing it, sent a draft to my brothers, and then edited some more.

Along the way, I queried a bit, got rejected, decided I was only telling half the story, wrote the other half, edited some more…you know how it goes.  A lot more rejections happened, and a lot more querying.  I took a class, learned more about the publishing industry, and edited some more.

Finally, in May, I got an email.  “We love your book,” it said.  “We’d like to publish it.”

I cried.

It’s been another long and sometimes arduous road since then. More editing, file formatting issues that almost drove me insane, and the endless waiting game that is the world of publishing.

But on Halloween…October 31, 2012…after a crazy two-year journey, my book was released via MuseItUp Publishing.

On November 1, 2012, my book appeared on Two years to the day after a challenge set me on a mission.

And seeing my name on Amazon? Well, that’s a Moment if ever I’ve had one.

Leah Rhyne is a Jersey girl, but she’s lived in the South long enough to lose her accent and most of her attitude. Her first novel, Undead America: Volume 1: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights is in e-bookstores everywhere, via MuseItUp Publishing. It’s the first of a planned trilogy, and she hopes you love it.


  1. What a great story! Sometimes, the biggest lesson writing can teach us is to retain a combination of patience and faith in ourselves. No matter how many rejections we get, if we believe in the story we’re telling, eventually someone else will see that belief, and it will rub off.
    Congratulations, Leah!

    Comment by D — December 3, 2012 @ 1:29 am

  2. Leah, congrats! I so enjoyed your post on meeting Stephen King awhile back and happy now to hear of your made it moment! Sometimes we need to tear our story apart to find the core of it to make our dream happen – kudos to you for not giving up.

    Comment by Donna Galanti — December 3, 2012 @ 2:01 am

  3. Leah so glad you stuck with it and now have made it. Keep on writing.

    Comment by Kellie — December 3, 2012 @ 3:28 am

  4. Sweet story, Leah! Huge congrats for sticking with it. Best of luck!

    Comment by mountainmama — December 3, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  5. Congratulations, Leah! And any friend of Jenny’s is a friend of mine.

    Comment by Alison DeLuca — December 3, 2012 @ 8:17 am

  6. Wow! Hi everyone and thank you all so much for your kind comments! And thanks especially to Jenny for hosting me here…TWICE!!

    This is such a happy blog -I love it here!! :)

    Comment by Leah Rhyne — December 3, 2012 @ 8:46 am

  7. Oh – and don’t let Jenny’s intro fool you – if I hadn’t taken her Polished to Published class, I never would’ve known about the smaller, indie presses, and so I DIRECTLY attribute my story’s success to Jenny… ;o)

    Comment by Leah Rhyne — December 3, 2012 @ 8:47 am

  8. Keep writing Leah. Jenny and I were talking about the big jump. The second book-and then from there. Will check you out, though I’m not much into zombies. Know too many who are walking around pretending to be people.
    Nash Black

    Comment by Irene Black — December 4, 2012 @ 8:31 am

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