Back in 2011, after I had completed writing my first novel, I had this crazy idea to do NaNoWriMo because I was struck with a story outline that I couldn't shake. This is the entry regarding that idea from my Livejournal:
In other news, I've never done NaNoWriMo. It took me three months, off and on, to get my first draft of the novel up to 65,000 words and another three rounds of edits to get it to 81,000 solid words, so trying to get a 50,000 word rough draft in one month is insanity to my writing speed. However, I got struck by this gender fetish thing (not bad, but not usual erotic fiction) that I sketched out on Saturday morning and it's got 30 well-defined plot points and could theoretically become a novella or full-length novel if I set my mind to it. No agent's going to touch it, probably no publisher will either, so it might well become a self-published venture under a pseudonym if it gets to a point of completion, but I figure it'll be a fun little venture for November and I can pretend to take part in NaNoWriMo in between editing my urban fantasy novel to start the query process. ~ October 23, 2011
As I was writing, it turned out to be not just another entry into the genderswap genre, but something else. It became aligned to being transgendered, something that I found missing in the overall genre. You switch bodies, your brain doesn't match your body anymore. Feeling like you don't fit, instead of jumping right into acceptance, was something I wanted to explore more.
I did finish the novel (won NaNoWriMo) and it finally ended up being 65,000 words after polishing (apparently I have a thing for that wordcount). And then I set it aside and moved on to writing my next novel, and then my next. I've queried Novel 1, I am currently editing Novel 3 to start querying next year, and Novel 4 needs some serious reconstruction because of the way the plot ended up. But I decided that, after having been published in 11 anthologies under my K. Lynn name, I might as well throw out the NaNoWriMo novel and see what happened.
What happened was I got three contract offers! This was quite unexpected and I've spent the last week going through all the contracts, contacting authors that had worked with each press, and then deciding what I wanted to do. In the end, I chose the press I liked the most, and had the happiest authors, had a wonderful contract negotiation that I handled on my own, and finally signed last night.
His Womanly Ways is to be published by Torquere Press next year. I am very happy and very excited!