Pay it Forward Interview: Trish Doller

At noon today, we’ll be half way through Pay it Forward interview week — it’s going so fast! Hopefully you’ve taken some time to visit some of the other writers’ blogs (links below), and let yourself be inspired and encouraged by their publication journeys. There are more than 70(!) writers participating, so clear some time for blog-reading.

Today I’m lucky enough to be interviewing the lovely Trish Doller. I found her story of perseverance and pot holes to be courageous and motivational, and I’m sure you will, too.

1. Tell us about your book.

My first book is called MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, a YA romantic comedy about a spoiled, rich girl who gets sent on a cross-country teen bus tour after failing her U.S. History final. She misses the bus in New York City, sending her on an even bigger adventure. It’s been on submission to publishers since July 2009, but has yet to find a home. In the meantime, I’ve been working on my next book, which couldn’t be further from MY WAY. It’s a boy-centric, military-themed YA about a young Marine returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. The tentative title is THE NEW NORMAL.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about your road to publication (finding an agent)?

My road to publication has been filled with potholes–and orange construction barrels. I finished MY WAY in September 2007 and started querying agents in early October. I was fortunate in that I found my agent, Kate Schafer Testerman, by Thanksgiving 2007. She was in the process of starting KT Literary, so we waited to go out on submission until February 2008. Within a few weeks we sold the book, but my editor lost her job in budget cuts and my deal died in the pipeline. I made some revisions and we went back out on submission in July 2009, but we haven’t seen the same success we did the first time around.

3. Was there ever a time you felt like giving up? Why didn’t you?

I feel like giving up all. the. time. But we came close enough with MY WAY that I believe my time is coming. As much as I love my first book, my second just might be the book of my heart. So I can’t give up.

4. I wouldn’t have survived querying/revisions/submissions without _________________.

I wouldn’t have survived querying/revisions/submissions without my agent, who talks me down whenever I’m feeling frustrated, and Suzanne Young, who is my biggest cheerleader. Oh, and Godiva raspberry-filled chocolate.

Now that you’ve enjoyed Trish’s interview, click here for more inspiration: Lisa and Laura Roecker, Beth Revis, Leah Clifford, Victoria Schwab, Kirsten Hubbard, Susan Adrian, Dawn Metcalf, Kim Harrington, Carrie Harris, Amy Holder, Kathy McCullough, Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins, and Elana Johnson.

10 comments


  • Trish, how frustrating to have sold the book and then have it fall through! But you rock for sticking with it, and I’m sure you’ll get there again, either with MY WAY or with THE NEW NORMAL. They both sound great! 🙂

    March 31, 2010
  • Yeah, Kate IS awesome. And we all can’t wait to break out the pompons for your next sale. Or maybe that’s just me…

    So, I like pompons. 😉

    Thanks for the fabulous interview!

    March 31, 2010
  • You can’t give up until I get to read The New Normal! I mean a book with Marines?!?! That is just FILLED. WITH. WIN.

    And swoon-worthy-ness.

    Fingers and toes crossed for you!

    March 31, 2010
  • What a great interview. Makes me feel like I’m going to stick with it no matter what. Hope MY WAY gets published soon, it sounds like something I really want to read.

    March 31, 2010
  • SALVAGED sounds like a great interview, I can’t wait to read it.

    March 31, 2010
  • I agree about the chocolates! And I have to say, “My Way…” sounds fantastic. It’s exactly my kind of book, so I look forward to it being published, which I know it will.

    March 31, 2010
  • You all feel exactly as I do: I can’t wait to read MY WAY and THE NEW NORMAL. Trish, wishing you much success with both books 🙂

    March 31, 2010
  • Wow, great story. I feel your time coming too! What an inspiration. 🙂

    April 1, 2010
  • I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you, Trish! MY WAY sounds like a great read!

    April 1, 2010
  • Both of these books sound amazing. We can’t wait to hear about the rest of your journey!

    April 3, 2010

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