Call it a parachute, a safety net or a Plan B – it’s what we fall back on when our best laid plans go awry. When you think the worst has happened, try not to panic. It may be an unanswered prayer. Today the fabulous Duffy Brown – you may know her better as Dianne Castell – talks reinventing herself. Dianne is one of the organizers of Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together. Read about the amazing Mystery Party she hosted the night before the event here.
Signing one contract does not mean you will be published for evermore.
When Kensington told me to get lost and didn’t renew my contract I went back to Harlequin where I started out. I asked if the editor I knew and loved there would take a look at my work. Sure, she said. Great idea.
But Harlequin is heavy, somber, angsty and not in love with mysteries or humor, the things I do best. I now hated writing. I dreaded sitting down to my computer and writing each day. It was torture but, I wanted to be published and this was my best shot. I lit candles, made novenas and promised works for charity for the next ten years if I’d sell. I still got rejected.
I decided I could be unemployed writing what I loved as easily as I could be unemployed writing what I hated. I love Sherlock Holmes and that TV show Castle.
I did the leap of faith thing and ditched fifteen years of writing romance and started over in cozy mysteries. It took me three months to write a proposal and sell it to Berkley Prime Crime for a three book deal! I am now Duffy Brown. The series is Consignment: Murder.
If you’ve got enough reject letters to paper your office maybe you should rethink what you’re writing. Instead of that erotic romance maybe a thriller, a cozy, a children’s book, YA, a cookbook!
You like to read romance and watch romantic movies but what else do you read or watch for a break? Of course you have to keep an eye on the market. See what else is selling right now. Is it time to put away that romance manuscript you’ve reworked five times and start something new…really new?
I’m not a believer in the do or die routine. I’m more of If this isn’t working then give something else a try.
If you didn’t write romance what else would you write? What other movies and TV shows spark your interest? Is there another story lucking in the recesses of your brain?
Are you ready to try something new?!
Have you ever had to make a major career change? How did it work for you?
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Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime.
Iced Chiffon, out October, 2012, is the first book in the Consignment: Murder series. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell, is a USA Today bestselling author, won Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, HOLT-Medallion Award, has been on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine and the Waldenbooks Bestseller list.
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