It’s been a busy couple weeks. Two weeks ago, I attended the Seattle RWA Emerald City Writing Conference and presented: Map It Out: Using Setting to Plot Your Story. The workshop was well-attended–even though it was at 8:30 on Saturday morning! Afterwards, I scurried off to my two pitches–both with agents, one of whom I really hit it off with and will be submitting to her soon.
This past Friday, I met my deadline and sent off my first three chapters and 10 page synopsis of a new sweet, contemporary romance to a Harlequin Heartwarming editor. This was an opportunity I won in May during the Brenda Novak auction and I met the deadline of submitting by October 31.
I am a firm believer in rewarding ourselves when we meet big deadlines, regardless of how the outcome of meeting that deadline turns out, I think it’s important to acknowledge when we do hit the goal we set–and so I signed up for the Harlequin Readers Luncheon held this past Saturday in Seattle. I got to sit at Sheila Robert’s table for lunch and it was a blast!
Sheila Roberts is the author of the Icicle Falls sweet, contemporary series--set in Leavenworth, Washington. I discovered these books this summer while on a trip to Leavenworth with my sister. They’re fun books centered around a family who owns a chocolate factory in town. You can see the whole list of the series here.
The first part of the readers event was all about authors speed dating. Each author at the event came to our table for 9-12 minutes and answered questions. Authors at the event included Susan Wiggs, Susan Mallery, Lauren Dane, and B.J. Daniels and others. All of the authors lived in the Pacific Northwest and many of them use this area as settings in their stories.
We enjoyed a nice lunch and then the authors participated in a Q and A panel which was fun. One of my favorite questions was: How many rejections did you receive before you sold your first book? The answers ranged from Susan Wiggs who spent eight years writing before she sold to Susan Mallery who received 52 rejections to Bronwyn Scott who sold her first book on the first try! (There were a few other authors who also had this first try out sale story). As someone who it took eight years to sell STAINED GLASS SUMMER, I was in awe over the first time out sale stories!
You can read a bit more about the Harlequin Reader’s Luncheon on Barbara Vey’s blog here.
And now, I’d like to offer a giveaway of one PRINT copy of Sheila Robert’s book, THE TEA SHOP ON LAVENDER LANE. This is a part of her Icicle Falls series, but you do not need to have read the other ones in the series to read this one.
To be entered to win the contest, please leave me your name and email with a comment naming one small town you have visited and why you were charmed by that town. Due to the fact this is a print book, I’m limiting this giveaway to US addresses only. I will pick the winner next Monday, November 3.