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Can I Get A Moment?

The writing community is a tight-knit group. We support each other, critique for each, squee at the good news, and consume pints of ice cream at the bad. But, the biggest thrill is watching a fellow author move from “aspiring” to “published”. Romance University co-founder, Adrienne Giordano, shares with us an “a-ha” moment she had on her journey.

As our fabulous RU readers know, this has been a big year for me. In September of 2010, I received “the call” from Carina Press that they wanted to acquire my romantic suspense Man Law. Shortly thereafter, they acquired the other two books in the series and have contracted a fourth.

It’s been an exciting year, but I’ve needed to learn a few painful lessons in time management.  In the last five months, I have been through nine rounds of edits on three books. Each book had a content edit, a line edit and a copy edit. At one point in May, I was in two different rounds of edits on two books.

That’s when I pondered the definition of insanity.

Add to this the marketing tasks (website upgrade, building author pages on all the social networking sites, etc.) that go into a book launch and it has been a rompin’ stompin’ beehive of activity.

I’m thrilled to say my Carina Press experience has been wonderful, but I’ll admit there were stressful moments of looming deadlines, blog posts to be written, responsibilities to my family and, of course, my RU pals.  With three books releasing, sleep became a luxury I couldn’t afford. And if you know me, that’s not a good thing. 

At the height of my insanity, when my body and brain brazenly laughed at my attempts to push through the exhaustion (yes, it was reminiscent of the first weeks of being a new mom), I did the only thing I could.

I gave in.

Yep. After all the grinding, making lists, trying to focus, ignoring my body’s plea for rest, I realized I was missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime.

I suddenly realized I would never again be a debut author and I was letting the experience slip by without allowing myself to soak it in.

From that moment, I began to take time every day, no matter how crazy the day became, to appreciate the gift I’d been given. I also discovered there were (and are) emotionally charged moments that would sneak up on me.   

One “sneaky” moment came at the RWA conference when I was in my hotel room gathering my marketing materials for the

Adrienne's Promo Items in the Goody Room

Goody Room. Tracey and Kelsey (my RU partners in crime and longtime critique partners) each picked up something and the three of us began the journey to the Goody Room. There we were, each of us holding some piece of promo material for Man Law and the moment became something more than my two pals helping me.  Kels and Tracey had been with me through all the rejections and dashed hopes and the fact that the book was about to be published filled me. Somehow it seemed fitting that, together, the three of us would arrange my marketing materials for my debut book.

Another big moment of the RWA conference was attending the legendary Harlequin author party. Now, if you know anything about the RWA conference, you’ve probably heard people talking about this party. For four years, Kelsey and I shared a running joke about crashing it.  This year, I was invited. That alone was a rush.

On one wall of the ballroom there was a jumbo screen that flashed hand-picked covers for all attendees to see.


Man Law Cover On Screen at Harlequin Party

So, yes, seeing my cover on that screen choked me up. I even cried a little as the emotions of the week consumed me. Years of hard work and I’d finally gotten to see my name on a cover.

This is a crazy business we writers choose to torture ourselves with. We need to find those nuggets of good fortune. No matter how big or small, we need to take those moments and store them away for the down times because, as we all know, those down times will come.

And when they do, I’ll be able to say I took the time during my debut author year to soak up the good stuff.


RU Crew have you had your a-ha moment during your debut year? If you are unpublished, what questions do you want ask Adrienne about the other things she discovered on her journey?


 Adrienne’s Bio:

Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. Adrienne’s debut romantic suspense, Man Law, is available from Carina Press. Her second book, A Just Deception, will be available from Carina Press on September 5, 2011. For more information please visit  Adrienne can be found on Twitter and Facebook


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30 Responses to “Can I Get A Moment?”

  1. Adrienne, we’re so incredibly proud of all that you’ve accomplished this past year. It’s been a crazy-awesome time.

    The walk to the Goody Room is embedded in my mind as one of those special moments I’ll never forget. The pre-journey scene was my a-ha moment. That’s when Adrienne setup her Goody Room cache on her bed and we were all standing around the bed cocking our heads this way and that, trying to get just the right look for everything.

    For those of you who enjoyed MAN LAW, please be aware Book 2 in the Private Protectors series is up now for pre-order. Monk was my first introduction to the series and I gotta say he knows how to take care of dear Isabelle. 🙂 You can find A JUST DECEPTION here

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | August 12, 2011, 4:36 am
    • See, this is what I love about my friends, there always pushing my books! LOL.

      Seriously though, I wish every writer had my support group. You are all the bomb!

      Tracey, you’re up next and you know Kelsey and I are already brainstorming your Goody room presentation! I can’t wait.

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 12, 2011, 8:25 am
  2. Adrienne: I’m so happy for you and glad that you were able to slow down and enjoy the ride.

    Did you journal, keep a scrapbook?

    Can’t wait to read the next one!

    Posted by Robin Covington | August 12, 2011, 6:57 am
    • Hi Robin. I didn’t journal or keep a scrapbook and I’m wishing I did. I think I was so overwhelmed that it didn’t occur to me. It’s definitely something I wish I had though!

      I hope you enjoy Monk’s book. He’s my alpha-male-on-steroids and I had fun torturing him. 🙂

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 12, 2011, 8:28 am
  3. Morning Adrienne!

    Congrats on your four sales…that’s spectacular! I’m glad there are some shining moments that make it extra special for you…

    I can’t imagine the craziness….lol..but glad you’ve made it through!

    Way to go!


    Posted by Carrie Spencer | August 12, 2011, 7:12 am
    • Oh, I think you can imagine it. Considering you were on the receiving end of my thousands of “HELP!” messages. You kept my website up to snuff when I was too overwhelmed to deal with it and I’m incredibly grateful for it.

      See, this is what I’m saying, gang. My support group is amazing!

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 12, 2011, 8:30 am
  4. Hi Adrienne,

    One editing meltdown at a time. Gotta take the bitter with the sweet. My aha moment was finding my book on Amazon UK. What is the exchange rate from dollars to pounds?

    Good luck withe A Just Deception!

    Mary Jo

    Posted by Mary Jo Burke | August 12, 2011, 7:32 am
    • Oh, yikes, you just gave me something else to do! LOL.

      Those moments sneak up on you, don’t they? That was my biggest surprise during this journey. The things I thought would be a big emotional high weren’t and the things I didn’t expect destroyed me. Go figure.

      Thanks for stopping, Mary Jo!

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 12, 2011, 8:32 am
  5. Adrienne – I got all teary-eyed as I read this. I’m so excited for you!

    How thrilling to see your debut cover on the “big screen” at the Harlequin party! I attended their 60th anniversary party – it was unforgettable!

    (And hilarious – FIVE of us squeezed into the back of a taxi on the way there. P.J. from the Romance Dish has pictures of Michelle Buonfiglio on my lap, both of us laughing so hard we were in tears!)

    I really choked up when you wrote about bringing your goodies to the promo table with Tracey and Kelsey. I’ll never forget seeing my CP Gabriella Edwards’ promo items next to some big name authors at RT 2010.

    Erin Kellison was setting up her promo items at the same time – her debut series wasn’t released yet and she had made up booklets with a sneak peek at the first story.

    After we chatted awhile, I asked her to autograph one of the booklets for me. She got all choked up – it was her very first autograph. I took a picture of her signing it so it was recorded for posterity!

    I’m living through all of you vicariously. I’ve reached a difficult point in my edits, and I’m wondering if I’ll EVER have a book sale to celebrate.

    Thanks so much for sharing the magical moments of your debut!

    Posted by Becke Martin/Davis | August 12, 2011, 8:05 am
    • You will, Becke. Last summer I hit that dark patch where I wondered if I was wasting my time. Then I decided to submit to Carina (I’d never submitted to a digital publisher before) because I thought being under the Harelquin umbrella would be a great learning experience. I changed my plan of attack and I got published.

      I can imagine that Erin got choked up. I think that would have be me over the edge completely. Kelsey and Tracey would have been giving me oxygen!

      Thanks for popping in! Now get back to those edits! 🙂

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 12, 2011, 8:37 am
  6. Oh, Adrienne, you had to hit us with this on a Friday, when my brain is already mush.

    You absolutely deserve to take a moment or ten. Those of us who know you well know you not only worked your fanny off to get published, but you’ve worked your tail off to do a fabulous job on the launch of Man Law (and A Just Deception). Lots and lots of authors could take a page from your hard-work book!

    So keep taking a step back now and then and savoring your accomplishments. We have to do that in this insane industry.

    And I can’t wait to set up in the Goody Room next year when Tracey’s A Lady’s Revenge will have released in April 2012! Whoop!

    Hugs all around,

    Posted by KelseyBrowning | August 12, 2011, 8:37 am
  7. Oh, yeah. We are on that Goody Room next year. In fact, we should just tell Tracey to turn this project over to us. She doesn’t even need to be involved. LOL.

    Eh, a little brain mush is nothing unusual for us, is it?

    Kels, I can honestly say I couldn’t have done it without the support of friends like you. Everyone around me picked up my slack so I could concentrate on getting the books edited. I will never forget that and I love you all for it.

    Now I’m choked up again! Those pesky moments just sneak up!

    Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 12, 2011, 8:44 am
  8. Hi all. Since I have just now (literally!) received my final copies of A JUST DECEPTION, I’m going to do a giveaway to a random commenter.

    Love giveaways!

    Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 12, 2011, 9:27 am
  9. Congratulations on everything!
    I loved Man Law and am looking forward to reading A Just Deception 🙂

    Posted by maldivianbookreviewer | August 12, 2011, 9:30 am
  10. Thanks, I needed this. I’m hip-deep in prepping for my debut this Dec. and it seems like every time there’s a SQUEE moment, it’s offset by a setback, a revision note, a SOMETHING that makes it hard to appreciate how wonderful this is. It’s quite a challenge to remember to enjoy the moment, but I’m working on it!

    Posted by Sarah M. Anderson | August 12, 2011, 9:42 am
  11. Just back from the eye doctor. I am trading in my “cheater” glasses for real reading glasses just so I can read your book!!! Your NJ friends are very proud of you!!!

    Posted by Diane Fox Garbolino | August 12, 2011, 10:23 am
  12. Thanks for sharing, Adrienne, I love reading these debut stories. It helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    It’s great that you took that step back and took the time to soak it in. I keep reminding myself, the real reason I do this is for the joy of playing with words, the high of making stories and getting lost in them. Through all the heartbreak and highs, I try to remember that.

    Oh and I read the excerpt of Just Deception, tell us again when it comes out?? 🙂


    Posted by Sonali Mayadev Thatte | August 12, 2011, 10:34 am
  13. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I agree with Sonali…I love hearing about debut authors!

    Was easier to revise book two since you’d already had one book under your belt?


    Jen (who really needs to get an e-reader so she can read your books.)

    Posted by jennifer tanner | August 12, 2011, 4:17 pm
    • Jen, I read ebooks on my laptop on Adobe digital editions (hurrah for free downloads!).

      A nook would be nice, though. 🙂


      Posted by Sonali Mayadev Thatte | August 12, 2011, 5:01 pm
    • Yep, and you can download a laptop/phone version of Amazon Kindle–works great.

      Posted by Tracey Devlyn | August 12, 2011, 5:44 pm
    • Good question, Jen. It’s a yes and no answer!

      Book two was actually harder during the content revisions, but it was more of an emotional thing for me. The heroine has some big issues to work through and my editor asked me to really test her in a couple of scenes. Those scenes about killed me!

      As for the process, yes, book two was probably easier because I knew what to expect and when. Plus, my editor (I call her the fabulous Gina Bernal) is amazing. She really “gets” my writing and is an absolute pleasure to work with.

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 12, 2011, 6:35 pm
  14. Hi Adrienne,
    I write in a different genre (memoir and family history), but as an author (and tv producer whose faced multiple edits of both script and video) I can identify with the crazy-making that goes with getting a piece polished for publishing (or viewing). Thanks for sharing your experience and the knowledge that all that work means you’ve really made it! We sometimes forget behind the “glamour” of being published is the nitty-gritty that makes it happen.

    Posted by Linda Gartz | August 16, 2011, 8:33 am

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