Monday, February 14, 2005

Writing Update

Yes, aside from the little tidbits I’m spewing into this blog, I actually spend most of my writing time on stuff to justify that tax deduction I’ve taken the last couple of years.

To date, I’m still shopping my first manuscript around. Fit For Love, a romantic comedy, has been turned down by an assortment of ten narrow-minded agents and three dim-witted editors. Hey—just kidding, of course. I’m sure my work just happened to float by these brilliant people at a bad time. The good news: in November, the Launch a Star contest notified me that my entry had made the finals and is on its way to an editor at Pocket Books for the last round of judging. (Insert applause sound effect here). Even if I don’t win the contest, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a request of the full manuscript. That’s the point of these contests, after all. I’ll hear something about this in March. In the meantime, if you wanna see my name in lights, click here: http://www.authorsofromance.com/contest.htm

My second effort, Stealing Amy (I really need to work on these horrible titles) is another romantic comedy/lite suspense about a woman who’s the victim of identify theft. I know. There’s nothing funny about identity theft, but well…you’ll just have to read the book.

At the same time, I’m working on a hen-lit called (okay, getting the hang of the title thing now) The Ladies Outta Luck Club. This one’s about three women who make a New Years pact to change their lives over the next twelve months. For those of you unfamiliar with the term “hen-lit,” picture a menopausal version of Bridget Jones’ Diary.

As I recall, the Romance Writers Report says the average time to first sale is five years. Now, I’m no genius when it comes to math, but I happen to know some people take less and others take longer. Hell, I’ve read first sale announcements by women who’ve been writing for fifteen years and completed over thirty manuscripts!

This is a highly competitive business. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Oh, speaking of hearts—Happy Valentine’s Day.

2 comments:

John said...

So, do I get something to read, or what? Same question I asked Brooke.

Manic Mom said...

Hey Randy--trying to find your regular email address to 'talk' about blogs and stuff. Can you post it on my site or email me on the yahoo group (I think that's where we 'found' each other?)All your comments and support on my writing has really made me smile! So thanks!!!

Happy Valentine's! Steph