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The Dirty Details: Answering Your Questions


On Monday, I asked if you guys had any questions for me, and boy did y'all come up with some good ones!  Thanks so much!  Here are my answers:


Amie Kaufman said...
Was there any part of the process that you were surprised by/didn't expect? We all read a lot of blogs about these kinds of things, but every so often I'm still really surprised by some part of the process. Did it all go about the way you'd understood it would?

I’m not sure I knew what to expect honestly, but I would say the part that surprised me the most was the speed with which it all happened. I’d gone through querying before with my first book. Then with my second, I submitted it to Harlequin, they requested the full, and I haven’t heard back yet (it's been almost a year, which, from what I've heard is a pretty standard wait. They have sent update letters letting me know I'm still in consideration when I've checked in.)

So when I started querying this time and Sara requested my full—I figured I had a wait ahead of me. But she got back to me on the full in 4 days! Four! (Sara's awesome.) Then I signed with her and started on revisions. We were both uber motivated to get this on submission before the holidays when publishing slows down, so I busted out the first major revision (cutting 20k words and adding 20k new ones and changing a whole bunch more) in three weeks. Then we did one more significant revision, which took me about a week. Then it was submission time. I expected a 4-6 week wait, but then the offer came in two weeks after we went on submission. A week later I officially sold. So from query to sale: almost exactly three months. Crazy.
Blogger Travener said...
OK, here's a question: what's your secret?

Faustian bargain—don’t let anyone tell you it’s unwise to make one. :)
Blogger LTM said...
So did the editors call YOU or Sara? I'm thinking Sara, but I'm just asking b/c you're calling it THE CALL, and that's usually reserved for you know... the call to you.

Sara called me to tell me about the offer. Once I let her know I was interested, she set up a conference call between me, herself, and the editor to make sure we were all on the same page and that all my questions were answered.
Blogger T. Anne said...
Thank you for sharing your great news! When is your book going to be available???

First book will be out early 2012. The second is tentatively scheduled for summer 2012. :)
Blogger A Mom's Choice said...
Do you think your blog helped the process of finding a publisher and agent?

Yes, on a number of fronts:
  • Natalie Bahm gave me a referral to her agent (now my agent) based on getting to know me via my blog and reading my excerpts on blogfests. This allowed me to get in front of Sara more quickly. So I never would’ve gotten the referral without the blog.
  • Blogging has made me a better writer. When all I blog about is craft, it forces ME to learn too, lol.
  • Sara is very big on web presence. It is a deal breaker for her if an author doesn’t have a professional website (meaning a dedicated site—not just a blog.) After she read my query and partial, she sent me an email letting me know how much she liked my sites. So she was researching my presence.
  • Without the support of my bloggy/writer friends, I may have gone nuts by now! :)


Terry said...
As someone that writes romantic erotica, I'd like to know more how you found and landed an agent. I didn't know there were any and I'd love to know where to start looking and what your process was.

There are definitely agents who rep erotic romance and erotica. I signed up for and did my research on there. However, I also looked at the acknowledgement pages of some of my favorite EroRom authors because they always thank their agent. Sometimes it takes a little digging, but if someone says they rep romance, look deeper—many will rep erotic as well. Some agents off the top of my head besides Sara—Paige Wheeler, Laura Bradford, Roberta Brown, and Jessica Faust. But there are a good number more. I also saw recently that one of the agencies has a dedicated agent for selling to epubs.
Blogger Karla said...
How many queries did you send out before Sara requested your manuscript?

I sent out ten total. (2 requests, 6 form rejects, 2 still pending)

Was the multi-book deal part of the initial offer, or something your agent negotiated? 

The two-book deal was part of the initial offer. :) My book is set up to be a series.

When your book comes out, what would you prefer I buy, a paper copy or a digital copy? 

I’m an avid ebook reader, but Berkley’s covers are almost too good not to buy the hard copy of the book, so I really don’t mind either way! I’ll just be thrilled that you bought it!
Blogger KLM said...
I'd like to offer to be a model for your book cover. I've got a bustier around here somewhere and I look great in it. Last time I saw it, it was next to the snow shovel in the downstairs coat closet.*rustles about in the closet looking* Well, I'll let you know when I find it. 

You’re hired! Lol

Blogger Murphy said...
Is this the way you imagined the journey, or what? Some of us want to know if your dream lived up to the reality, ya know? ;)

I’m not sure how I imagined it, but I have to say the last few months have been REALLY exciting. I’ve jumped up and down a lot. (Also paced the floors a lot.) I just feel so thankful to have reached this point. I know that no matter how good of a writer you are, the stars have to align—right place, right time, right genre, right story, right market, right agent, right editor, right phase of the moon, and on and on. So I feel blessed and lucky that everything lined up for me. I don’t take it for granted for sure. I’m very, very thankful for everything and hope that I get to do this for a living for a long time.
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Reader Comments (15)

Oh, okay, I've thought of one:
Does your Hub read what you write? What does he think?

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri Anne Stanley

Here's a question for you, since I'm about to embark on heretofore-untrodden erotica territory (never mind that the couple isn't human)--who are your favorite authors of erotic romance? Who does it really, really well -- besides your own awesomeness, of course!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

All this discussion about your success gives me the tingles. I'm super excited to start nanowrimo, and its reading about things like this that help keep the dream of being published alive.
Thanks for sharing.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReesha

When I read stories like yours i am so ready to start querying, its so exciting. Thanx for sharing. Has Sara put you on a deadline? like I need 4 books from you each year, what other ideas do you have in the pipeline

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna St. James

That's all so great! I'm *so* excited for you! :)

Did you ever think that you'd be inspirational??? LOL!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJami Gold

I knew it! I knew you made a deal with the devil. I've been saying it for the entire past year...and then some. I think I should get a prize or something.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina Lynn

Thanks for the answers! I love reading posts like this--excellent daydream fodder!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmie Kaufman

Teri, The hubs does read my stuff. Although he has only read the first few chapters of the one that sold. He's waiting for the finished product now. As for how he feels about it--when he read my first romance (Wanderlust) he was a little eye-rolly about the fact that the hero is always painted as being so physically perfect. But other than that, he was fine. He's pretty laid back so he's not too bothered by the fact that my books are super sexy, lol.

Suzanne, I didn't know you were venturing into erotic! We can so be beta readers again. :) I read a lot of contemporary EroRom and my fave authors in that are Maya Banks, Lauren Dane, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, and Megan Hart. If you want some paranormal, Elizabeth Amber writes some great historical paranormal erotics (how bout that for genre straddling!). And if you want a BDSM EroRom education, Joey W. Hill is amazing (her Nature of Desire series from Ellora's Cave are must reads. I think she also writes an erotic vamp series for Berkley, though I haven't read those yet.)

Reesha, good luck with Nano!

Joanna, Sara has not put me on a deadline, but I am on a deadline with Berkley for book two in the series.

Jami, lol, I'm inspirational? Nah, just lucky. :)

Tina, :p

Amie, thanks!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoni Loren

2012? I don't want to wait till 2012! But for you, of course!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT. Anne

I'm STILL excited for you! You made it!!!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOddyoddyo13

Thanks so much for taking the time to post this. Great info for sure!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM.B. West

I am thrilled for you.
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October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterN. R. Williams

Great post!
I'm so happy for you! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy S Marcus

It's good to hear that your blog helped. I sometimes wonder with mine.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered

It's good to hear that your blog helped. I sometimes wonder with mine.

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