I have run into a bout of really great luck!
In May I participated in Brenda Novak’s annual auction to benefit diabetes research. For those unfamiliar with this even, it’s a great cause with great opportunities for authors. Multiple agents and editors on there offering various packages from critiques with feedback to idea discussions which are auctioned off to the highest bidders. All proceeds benefit diabetes research.
I had a really hard time deciding what to bid on. In the end, I bid on a chance to have a partial manuscript critique by Ann Leslie Tuttle – a Senior Editor at Harlequin for the Nocturne line. And I won!!!! I’ve wanted to write for Harlequin since I started reading their books at the age of 13. And the Nocturne line is their paranormal line. What a perfect chance, right?
I want to make sure I take advantage of it to its fullest. So, of course, I immediately started thinking about which manuscript to submit. The best book in my wheelhouse for Harlequin was Andromeda’s Fall. I was all set to submit when good fortune struck a second time. I was offered a contract for Andromeda’s Fall and the Shadowcat Nation series by The Wild Rose Press (wahoo!!!).
Thrilled, thrilled, thrilled! But, of course, this leaves me in a bit of a quandary. The Svatura books really aren’t Harlequin enough to submit for this manuscript critique. I don’t have another one written yet, and I’m short on time. I also hadn’t planned on writing a book this summer. Plus I was editing Sarai’s Fortune (Shadowcat Nation #2) for a fall release. Granted, that has been delayed until the new release of Andromeda’s Fall, which does help free up my time a little bit.
So… now I’m writing a book to submit for this critique opportunity with Harlequin. It’s a book I’d already planned on starting in the fall, so I’m just moving it up a tad in timing. The book is the first in a new ghost-related series called the Hearts & Souls series. I’m still working on a title for the book.
I’m on a fast schedule because I need to submit it to Harlequin by October, so I have to write in and then go through my edits with Wendy between now and then. I want to submit the best work I possibly can, of course. So please cross your fingers for me that this book will just flow. Luck by a lady a little bit longer!