Mommy do you write children’s books ?

on April 6, 2016

 

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“Mommy do you write children’s books?” is the question my baby girl posed to me while getting ready for school.

This this where my dilemma started: tell my daughter the truth, mommy write sexy erotic romance novels. Which would result in more questions than I am prepared to answer. Or tell her a half-truth, mommy writes romance. This way when she tells her teacher and her friends in our over the top, super conservative community in Texas, I won’t have a lynch mob at my door.  
No seriously, I love my community. They act all shocked to my face but are the first ones to order the 50 shades or the crossfire books.

Now back to the topic. The half-truth I told my daughter satisfied her curiosity and she went back to happily preparing for school. Eight hours later, after a busy day filled with fourth grade academics, my sweet baby returns home with more questions.

She sat down at the kitchen island, gave me a stern face, and announced that she told her teacher that I had a book deal and that I will achieve my dream of having my book out by forty.  (Great my age is now public record ?) She elaborated by saying her teacher wanted to know what kind of romance. She told her she didn’t known and would find out.

So here it came, the question I didn’t want to answer.

“Mommy what kind of romance do you write?”

I looked straight at her and said, “The kind with kissing.”

To that, she turned her nose up and responded, “Like the way you kiss daddy?”

“Yes.” (I have a hot husband, I like kissing him)

“Are there any kids in your books?” (How do we jump from kissing in the books to kids? The random thoughts of a nine year old.)

“No”

“Will you write one with kids in it? Just don’t make them kiss?”

To which I responded, “Sure, one day I will write a book with kids in them.”

“Can you give them my name?”

“Of course. I’ll even name one after your brother.”

“Okay, mommy.” She jumps up. “One day I am going to write a book too. But it is going to be about gems and bugs.” With that, she happily went off to start her homework and she hasn’t asked any more questions the type of writing I pursue.

As I sit and write, I feel a sense of foreboding regarding future conversations that won’t be satisfied with vague answers.  I dread the day she realized mommy writes books with not just kissing but sex, lots of it.

*Sigh*

However, I won’t linger on those thoughts too long. I will enjoy my short-lived reprieve where my girl believes God put her in my belly because I married her dad.  Yes, I know this view is about to crash and burn but I am prepared. I went through it with my son and my plan is to make it so technical, honest, and detailed that she loses interest in the subject.
Wish me luck on my not so realistic plans!

Hurry up and wait

on March 30, 2016

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Hurry up and wait – Wikipedia defines it as “a humorous phrase used to refer to the situation in which one is forced to hurry in order to complete a certain task, or arrive at a certain destination, by a specific time; only for nothing to happen at that time, often because other required tasks are still awaiting completion.”

The above phrase is something I am experiencing the hard way. Contracts signed, release dates set, revision schedules planned, books delivered by dates specified in contract and then everything changed. For me as a Type A personality, I like to stick to specified schedules and expect things to proceed as set. Anxiety and uncertainty are my first reactions when things don’t go according to plan. However, in the business of publishing, everything is constantly moving.  My first book was originally scheduled for release in May 2016 was moved to June, then to July and now, to November. Book two originally scheduled for September moved to January 2017 and book three moved to May 2017.

Am I disappointed? Of course. Type A personality!

Am I mad? No, not really.  Kick-butt author, friend, and mentor of mine, Debra Mullins said it best “welcome to the publishing business.”

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The process to gain representation and then a publishing deal taught me that persistence and never giving up are the keys to success. I have perused my dream for three years, so why get upset now? I still have a book deal and I will have my books published. For now, I can work at a slower pace. Well, I say this but in all actuality, I am working on a bunch of other ideas.

Even with my Type A minded set, I am a glass is half-full kind of gal. I’m blessed with the ability to write the stories the many characters in my head want to tell.

My added time to publication gives me ample time to complete book three. In addition, this will give me the opportunity to polish my fantasy novel as well as, work on a new book series I have floating around my head.

Now let’s hope my husband doesn’t sign my kids up for any more activities that will fill up any of my spare time.

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I have a book deal!

on January 23, 2016

I am excited to announce I received a book deal! I accepted a three-book deal with Hachette/Grand Central Publishing’s Romance imprint Forever Yours line. The expected release schedule for the first book is in the Summer/Fall of 2016!

Here is the Publishers Marketplace announcement.image1

After three years of pursuing writing, I can say I have a contract! I owe a great thanks to my awesome agent Marisa Corvisiero at the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

This past July, when I went to Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) national conference in New York, I was a nervous wreck. This wasn’t my first conference, but my second so I knew what to expect as a participant.  My anxiety came from having a completed and polished manuscript to pitch. The goal of the previous year’s conference was to get my feet wet, learn about the industry, and meet other authors.

This year, I had two appointments scheduled and I hoped to snag a few more the day of the pitches. As a pro member of RWA, I was able to schedule interviews with one agent and one editor.  I picked Marisa Corvisiero as my agent and a mid-sized publisher for my editor/publisher.

As I walked into the pitch waiting room for my two o’clock appointment with Marisa, nervous energy buzzed all around. I was relieved that I wasn’t the only one on pins and needles. I saw a few familiar faces, who cheered me on and many other authors who I’d never met. There was no feeling of competition; it was more a sisterhood/brotherhood of anxiety. To steady my disquiet, a few seasoned authors coached me, by making jokes and helping me practice my pitch. Fifteen minutes in their presence had my confidence up and ready to pitch.

However, the calm was short lived. As soon as the coordinators called our time, my trepidation peaked. I stood in line, said a quick prayer, and went for my interview.  I walked up to Marisa and introduced myself. I couldn’t help the surprise I felt when I discovered how nice and normal she was. In my mind, I had created this image of an agent as someone intimidating and scary. A bit like a kid seeing the principle with a ruler for the first time.

We spent most of our time in an informal manner, chatting and discussing my book and future projects. When the attendant announced the end of our time, I knew if Marisa agreed to represent me, I had the perfect agent.

I left the meeting excited and as crazy as I am, picked up two more pitch appointments from the available appointments. I have to say I rocked all of them. J It took that first interview to give me the mojo for the rest.

A few drinks after the stress of pitch appointments.

A few drinks after the stress of pitch appointments. With fellow authors Mia Hopkins and Ruth Vincent.

Once the conference was over, I went back to my life as mom, wife, and PTO goddess.  I continued to write and hope someone from the conference wanted to represent me or publish my book. Well a month later I received my first offer and a month after that I received my second. Both deals were great but my gut said to wait. I decided to follow up with Marisa and in a week and a half, I became one of her new clients! Then a few weeks later, she brought me a deal with Forever Yours and the rest was history.

Now in the middle of January, I am putting the finishing touches (i.e., edits) on book two of the series and have a release schedule for the book series. I cannot wait to see what this year brings me. One additional thing I am excited about for 2016 is that I can enjoy a writer’s conference without the worry of pitching.