Am I There Yet? Am I There Yet?
How do I know when a book is finally there, ready to submit to an agent or editor? My debut contemporary romance, Under Her Spell, is a prime example. The book was originally a 400-page lighthearted women’s fiction book. When I finished the book, the women’s fiction market was saturated and it was a hard sell, so I rewrote it. I cut a couple hundred pages and added a hero and some steamy romance scenes. I sold the book as a 260-page lighthearted romance. Thankfully, not all my books have gone through such extensive rewrites. Yet, every book has a scene, a character, or something that could be tweaked. I have to just say, it’s there, and send it off to an agent or editor before I can change my mind.
What about my writing career? I just published my first book. Woohoo! After twelve years, and writing numerous books, I’ve finally made it. Or have I?
I love Crimson Romance. They gave me my big break, my editor is great, and my book cover is wonderful. My book is available online in digital format and will be out in print in a few months. The best of both worlds. However, one day I’d love to be able to walk into a bookstore and see my book on the shelf. Better yet, I’d love to see it displayed on that table at the front that’s reserved for highlighted books. And of course, hardcover would be a bonus.
I’m currently conducting a blog tour, lining up reviewers, and using social media to get the word out about my book. After all, I want the book to do well. Not that I expect my first book to make the New York Times Best Sellers list, but hey, maybe one of my books will. Then I’ll be able to say I’m finally there. Yet, what if I barely squeak onto the list? Not to be greedy, but making the top ten would be wonderful and number one even better. And once a book hits number one, the pressure is on for my next book to also reach number one. And how great would it be to see my book made into a movie?
Do you ever ask yourself if you’re there yet in some aspect of your life, or life in general? How do you know when you’re finally there?
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Eliza Daly’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. Fast forward to the present, she’s still writing stories about beautiful women who always get their men. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.
When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Milwaukee working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley and Frankie.
Under Her Spell is available at Amazon iTunes Google Play (Nook compatible), Kobo, and Barnes & Noble (coming soon).
Book Blurb for Under Her Spell
Monica creates a spell to find her soul mate, and one to ensure the success of her new romantic event planning company, Enhance Your Romance. Monica is confident she has found her niche until divorce lawyer Reed Walker opens a practice next door to her office. The anti-marriage slogan plastered on his office window, and his down-on-love clients, quickly prove detrimental to Monica’s business. When his arrival appears to trigger a string of bad luck, Monica fears one of her spells sent negative energy into the universe and it has returned to her threefold. Although Reed is beyond sexy, and she admires his self-confidence, she’ll do whatever it takes to get the universe back on her side, and Reed out of her life. No way is she losing another business.
Reed finds himself attracted to Monica’s beauty and her optimism. His job and his parents’ divorce have made him a pessimist, especially when it comes to love. However, he soon finds that Monica’s pro-love attitude is rubbing off on him, causing him to lose his edge. If Reed doesn’t distance himself from Monica, he’ll likely destroy his reputation as a pit bull divorce lawyer.
Can Monica and Reed look past what they might be losing to realize the love they have found?
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