Almost a year ago, I had this manuscript. It was a sweet story with two of my favorite characters, and it was a perfect fit for a (then) ongoing contest. I’d written it a while back, so I knew it was rough, but I reworked it using what I’ve learned and submitted the first chapter. It didn’t go past the first round, but it got encouraging feedback.
So I polished the entire manuscript and submitted it to a publisher, because that’s what writers do. And I waited for the rejection, because I get a lot of those.
But this time, around Thanksgiving, I got an email that said “revise and resubmit.” Basically, I needed to change specific things and then I was welcome to send it back for reconsideration. Those suggestions were great because they showed me where to improve. For me, feedback is the best way to learn.
I learned those lessons, and I resubmitted. If nothing else, I’d gotten farther than I’d ever gone before, and I’d become better writer as a result.
And at the end of April, I opened my email and saw the words every new writer waits to read. “We like to offer you a contract …”
I ran out of my office, waving my phone and giggling in a delirious fit. I’m not gonna lie to you. I jumped up and down and called my mother and my best friends. And I celebrated. There may have been a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in there somewhere.
Then I had a bout of OCD stress and worry as only I can.
Now I’ve calmed down and gone back to work. Because while the contract makes me giddy, it’s only the beginning of a new journey. There’s so much to learn.
And this one quiet thought makes me cry happy tears: They liked it. They read my sweet story with my favorite characters, and they liked it. That’s amazing to me … and I don’t want to let them down.
Soul Mate Publishing is publishing my debut novel. I don’t have a release date yet, but you’ll be among the first to know. However, I can tell you a little bit about the story.
A reclusive writer … Grace Donnelley’s successful sci-fi novel is about to become a movie. She wants a vacation with her mother before filming starts, but fears her name will cause a geek riot. So she creates Grace Ward, sometimes schoolteacher and doting daughter of Sunny.
A hounded actor … Bennett Oliver escapes London for a vacation with his mother. He wants to hide from the paparazzi and his brooding reputation. He takes the role of Ben Brady, successful businessman and overprotective son of Camille.
But they never counted on each other … An immediate attraction, aided by their matchmaking mothers, gives Ben and Grace a vacation they never expected — and one they don’t want to lose. Upon returning to their everyday lives, they work to maintain a relationship while trying to find a way to say “by the way, I’m famous.”
When the secrets and lies catch up with them, Ben and Grace struggle to open their lives and re-open their hearts to see if love can be their most treasured souvenir.