HAPPY RELEASE DAY!
Thanks so much, Vonnie. Fill my glass up to the rim, will you? Let's get this party started! I am so happy to be here to celebrate the release of “Finding Justice”, my debut novel with Harlequin Superromance! Every time I say or write that, I have to take a moment to steady myself and not keel over….
Okay, I’m back J
It’s been a long, hard journey but I am finally starting to believe 1) I can actually write, 2) I might be able to make a living from what I LOVE to do and 3) people are reading and enjoying my books.
Miss Vonnie has played no small part in my new found success and I wanted to use my visit with her today to thank this marvelous lady for all she’s done for me. I started writing for The Wild Rose Press back in 2007 and have made many, many online friends there over the years. As I’m in the UK and write for the US market, I often feel I’ll never have the chance to meet my readers or fellow romance writers so the web is VITAL to keep me buoyed and happy.
Vonnie is a HUGE participant at TWRP – she takes time out of her busy schedule to cajole, support and cheer many writers with her wit, encouragement and admiration. Always finding time to comment on blogs, loops and websites is difficult to achieve when you are juggling deadlines, home life and for many writers, full time day jobs—Vonnie manages it…ENDLESSLY!
In 2010, I was beginning to get itchy feet and desperately wanted to stretch my writing skills and myself by inching my career goal a little higher. By then, I had six novels and a novella either published or contracted with small presses and wanted to start seriously looking for an agent.
Naturally, I began my search in the UK as that’s where I live. Disaster struck when I hit a brick wall and over thirty rejections. Depression set in. Doubt took over and I came to an abrupt stand still. While online one day, I saw a comment by Vonnie singing the praises of her agent, Dawn Dowdle. I searched for The Blue Ridge Literary website, loved what I saw and began to wonder…
Before I could change my mind, I fired off an email to Vonnie asking a million and one questions… her answers and enthusiasm set the fire burning again. The rest is history. Dawn loved my proposal and offered representation—that was in March 2011.
Since then, thanks to my agent’s amazing editing skills and support, my writing has improved immeasurably and along with it, I have signed two romantic suspense contracts with Harlequin as well as a two-book Victorian romance contract with Kensington AND a romantic comedy with Omnific publishing.
If there are any writers out there, afraid to make that leap from small press to big publishers, PLEASE gather your courage and go for it! The validation alone is worth any amount of advance or royalties you might receive. If, like me, you can’t live without writing, we have to get out of our comfort zones and step into the big wide world.
Admittedly, ‘live’ promotion still fills me with so much dread, I literally want to run and hide but I will get there…eventually. One step at a time is the not so well kept secret. Writers are renowned introverts but anything is possible!
Rachel’s 2013 release schedule:
Finding Justice – Harlequin Superromance – February
Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Justice-Harlequin-Superromance-Brimble/dp/0373718357/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1360053132&sr=8-2&keywords=finding+justice
The Seduction of Emily – E-Kensington – April
16 Marsden Place – Omnific Publishing – June
A Man Like Him – Harlequin Superromance – August