Good morning and welcome to RU! As you can see, I’m not Barbara Vey. Due to some technical difficulties, we’ve had to postpone Barbara’s blog on the dos and don’ts of reader reviews. Keep your eyes peeled for the real Barbara!
Instead, I’m going to share with you my 10 Turning Points to Publication.
- Entered the Avon FanLit contest; shared my writing for the first time
- Supported Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction; I received feedback from two wonderful, bestselling authors; shared my actual manuscript for the first time
- Became Treasurer of my local RWA Chapter; met my buddy Adrienne during the transition from one treasurer to the next
- Became critique partners with Adrienne and Kelsey; they also became my beta readers along with Lucie Charles
- Participated in the Hearts Through History Critters critique group
- Applied (or ignored) critiques I’ve received; listened to my gut
- Established Romance University (with my buds); I first met my agent through this networking/educational device
- Believed in my first manuscript; had I given up on it, I wouldn’t now have a contract in my grubby little hands
- Had the guts to write an opening scene that’s completely out of the ordinary for historical romances
- Received valuable feedback from two publishing professionals during the query process and being able to apply their recommendations to strengthen my manuscript
There were many other influences and decisions along the way that helped me secure an agent and publishing contract, but these 10 items are the ones that really shifted my journey toward Publication Road.
I think the one “turning point” that sustained me through four years of writing and submitting was #8. Had I not believed in A LADY’S REVENGE’s potential, my passion to make it better would have waned long ago. But the damn story wouldn’t leave me be, so I continued to submit and continued to learn the craft.
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RU Crew, what turning points have you experienced in your writing career?
Stop back on Friday for our monthly Ask An Editor column to learn what Theresa Stevens has to say about point of view.
Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic suspense. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Hearts Through History, The Beau Monde, Women’s Fiction, Windy City and Kiss of Death Romance Writers of America chapters.
Tracey’s first release, A LADY’S REVENGE, hits the bookstores October 2011.
Tracey lives in the Midwest with her once-in-a-lifetime husband and their alpha puppy. For more information, please visit www.TraceyDevlyn.com.
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