Lazy summer vacations....I wish. August has been a busy month. First, I've agreed to write a short story which will be published by Harlequin Heartwarming as an anthology in November. For a limited time, it will be FREE. Yes, free. Sign up for my email list to find out when it's out before you have to pay to get it. Second, I submitted proposals for 3 new books to Harlequin and I think they're going to go for it. Since I don't have the contract, mum's the word for now. Third, I think it's time I got myself an agent so have been querying a bunch of them. If you'd like to recommend one (or yourself), contact me.
Romance Writers of America Conference
I just returned from New York City where I attended the Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference. The conference is an introvert's worst nightmare. There are so many cool authors, coveted editors and agents to meet even the most shy writers come out of their shell. The highlight? I can't choose between the autographed books I got from top romance writers and the Harlequin black and white ball. It's the only party I've been to where the host gives you socks so you can kick off your shoes. Check out the pics.
I'm willing to share my loot of autographed books. Sign up if you want to be included in a drawing.
My Visit to Harlequin Books in Toronto
As a lifelong reader of Harlequin/Mills and Boon books, it was a dream come true to get to visit the Harlequin offices in Toronto (I call it "the mother-ship") . Harlequin started in Canada in 1949 then acquired the British Mills and Boon in 1971. You can read more of their history here. As a new author, I'm still reeling at the fact that I just signed a contract with them, getting to visit the office...what can I say, my heart's still in palpitations.
The editors greeted me with a welcome sign, a glass of champagne (mixed with orange juice of course-- it' was only 9:30 in the morning), and a toast. Good thing I wore waterproof mascara.
I got a very nice swag bag with vintage Harlequin note book and note pads. Then I was whisked off to the hallway where they keep the recent releases. OMG!! Was I ever the book glutton. Look at all the books I walked away with. By the way if you want some free books, I'm giving them away to those who sign up for my VIP email list.
Then I met with the Art Director and the Production Director where I learned about how much work goes into making a Harlequin book after the author writes it and the main editors edit it. There is cover art, copy editing, proof reading, e-booking...and on and on and one. Wow! A whole team of people look at every single Harlequin book and they produce more than a 100 a month. What a team!
Glad to be a part of the Harlequin family!
I am featured on the Harlequin Sold blog. Check out my "call story" and how I made the sale to Harlequin Heartwarming for Love Arranged--a sweet, multicultural, romance story.
Love Arranged is the story of Meera, a British Indian doctor who has had her entire life mapped out for her by the parents who pulled her out of a squalid orphanage. She plans to marry her childhood best friend and go into practice with him. She will be a dutiful Indian daughter, wife and mother. She comes to small town America to complete a one-month medical rotation and falls in love with a cowboy. There go her plans! She must confront who she is outside the cocoon of her parents’ and her cultural values. Is she really willing to give up everything for her cowboy?
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