A few years ago I decided to take the plunge and write novels for young adults. My goal from that very first day was to write to become published. So I've studied books. I've attended conferences. I've learned from classes and fellow writers. And of course, I've written. And all the while, on my journey to becoming published, I've met wonderful people everywhere I turn. I'm fortunate to have a great group of writers near where I live. Writers who love to help one another with the craft. But I've also met fantastic writers with the same great approach all across the country. I hope this journal will help document my journey, help keep me in touch with fellow writers that I've met, and let those outside the writing community understand what writing to become published is all about.