Sunday, July 22, 2007

Driving with the Top Down


Hello everyone!

My summer has started off great-- quality time spent with family and friends, and lots of sunshine. Perfect convertible weather. So far, I've driven to Inlet, Old Forge, and Lake George, all with the top down, at times playing poker with the weather gods. Can I make it to the next stop before that black cloud dumps on me? Yes, I've encountered a sudden shower, but no real damage ever happened. I love to drive with the top down. It's amazing the things you see with an unobstructed view. Course, the trade off, you're exposed to the world. Sorta like writing a romance novel.
Last week I traveled to Dallas, to the annual convention of Romance Writers of America. Imagine 2000 romance writers, mostly female, in one hotel. Then imagine a fire alarm at 2AM. Not a pretty sight for those firemen. We may put our heroine's in sexy lingerie, but as a group, we sleep in bazaar clothing. That's just one of dozens of stories I could tell you, but I'm saving the best ones for future books. HA! Names will remain anonymous, as usual ;)
One of the best parts of the conference, besides an endless supply of chocolate desserts and free books, is making new friends. Judy, Kathy, Melissa, Vicky, Kat, Melanie, Mary and Maddie, thanks to you, this trip was amazing. I hated to leave, and wish we didn't live hundreds of miles away. I hope our paths cross again.
The most nerve wracking, scariest part of the conference, was pitching my books to editors. I am the world's worst pitcher, meaning I can't sum up my 400 page manuscript in two to five sentences, but I'm great at asking for help. And it paid off. Blaze editor Brenda Chin requested the first three chapter of my new manuscript, Run to Me (former Wanted Republican). Yahooooooo!
Wild Rose editor Diana Carlile, requested Never My Love, which is the best news since my present publisher, Triskelion, is having financial problems.
Never My Love will not be coming out in August 2007.
God, that was hard to type. Yes, I'm disappointed, but not discouraged. I'm told by New York Times Best selling author, Maggie Shayne (storybroads.com), that these things happen in the publishing business, and if I want to be part of it, I have to move forward, not look back... just keep writing. And that's what I've been doing since receiving the unfortunate news. Maggie, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your encouragement and support.
So family and friends, I'm spending the rest of my summer vacation working on several news books, with the goal of publishing them someday. Until I have happier publishing news, I'll keep hoping for more sunshine than rain, and driving with the top down, despite a few black clouds.

12 comments:

Judy said...

Oh, Sue, you were the highlight of my conference. The stars aligned and brought us together! Two beach bums separated at birth! HAHAHA Get those submissions out in a hurry(don't "dash" them off before they're perfectly polished and "ready". To quote a perfectly sexy, British editor!)because I know 2007 is the year! Better things awaited you than Triskellion! Like, Harlequin!!!!!!!! ;-) Love ya, roomie!

Holly Greenfield said...

Great post Suemarie!
The last couple of the lines were very inspirational. And prove to the world that you are a writer. Your inner strength is amazing. I admire that.

Good luck with Run To Me. I am sure they will request a full.

Holly

Susan St. Thomas said...

Thanks Holly. We'll both be signing books together someday!

Susan St. Thomas said...

Separated at birth! Ahh, Judy. You have a way with words! Get those
stories written and out to editors! and thanks for being the best roommate!

Judy Pennell said...

Wow, Sue, I am reading Wicked Words 10---The Best of Wicked Words/Black Lace. Gosh! Hot stuff. Keeerazeee! What are you reading(in the last 30 minutes! hahaha)? I ordered other books but they've not yet arrived.

Just got back from scuba diving with my son. I took work, but the intstructor found out I'm certified and surprised me with two free days of diving! How cool! So, back to the drawing board now that I'm back....:-)

Judy Pennell said...

BTW---I'm snapping furiously at Melissa----has she noticed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Mel---in case you ever want to harass me, or give me that uber ring---my email is judypennell@hotmail.com. You were right, they don't sell it anymore!!!

Susan St. Thomas said...

Judy, you keep me laughing. Currently I'm reading Talking About Sex by Vicki Lewis Thompson, a Blaze. Since conference I've read, Call Me Wicked by Jamie Sobrato, another Blaze, Make Me a Match by Diana Holquist, the Harelquin NASCAR series, Old Flame, New Sparks by Day LeClaire, and My Favorite Earthling by Susan Grant. Since I've been polishing my chapters to send to editors, it's been slow reading lately. ;0)

Judy Marie Pennell said...

Susan,
No kidding, a little light reading---for you! I'm trying to be just like you, so I'm a quarter of the way into Along for the Ride, Michelle Pillow, Don't Tempt Me, Blaze author Dawn Atkins(whose book poster I got from Brenda Chin!!! It's a sign!), Wicked Words Vol. 10(over half-way through) and my RWA National Conference Handouts Book! hahaha

Maddie James said...

Hey Sue! Right backatcha girl! Just discovered your blog! Was so great meeting you in Dallas and please, let's keep in touch!

Take care and watch when your top is down!

maddie

Anonymous said...

Susan St. Thomas,
Helloooooo.....
How are things going? Did you get your submission off to Brenda? Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

psssstt....

anonymous blogger......JMP....I know what you did this summer....

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I had a blast at nationals too. So glad it paid off for you and you're getting requests. It will happen for you soon, I'm sure. Best of luck;)