Friday, June 28, 2013

FELLOW WRITERS—A GREAT SUPPORT NETWORK



Emily Greenwood is a new voice in historical romance. She writes playful, sexy Regency romance. Emily has written a three book MISCHIEF series and I'm highlight the first, A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF. 
Emily's road to publication wasn't fast or easy but along the way she learn the value of associating with fellow writers. I'll let Emily tell you more about that.

Thanks so much for having me here today. Love the site music!

I’m pulling up my cup of herbal tea (wish I could drink coffee, but it does me in) and letting out a big sigh at the end of this month of promotion for my debut, A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF.

Seems like the release of this novel has been a long time coming. I started writing it several years ago, put it away for a while, reworked it, and sent it out. I got requests from agents for partial and full manuscripts, and some really helpful suggestions from a few agents that helped me improve the story, but no offers. There was a little angst J

So I put that book aside and started another one. But when the Golden Heart submission deadline was looming, it wasn't ready to go. A writing pal suggested I enter the first book, A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF, and I figured I had nothing to lose, so I made another pass at editing and entered it in the 2008 Golden Heart under a different title. It finaled! I was surprised and delighted.

Finaling brought me some great attention and also allowed me to connect with the other writers who finaled that year. We called ourselves the Pixies, and were immediately a great support network. Having this connection with other romance writers really made a difference in my publishing journey and helped me keep motivated as everybody shared inside knowledge and successes and failures on the road to publication. Finaling in the Golden Heart also helped when querying A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF and the book I’d written after it. Two years later I signed with a terrific agent.

Then began the process of reworking my stories with my agent’s suggestions, which took a number of months. If there’s one thing I can say about writing, it’s that it takes a lot of time to get a finished product! Also, I hadn't really picked up on the whole “books in a series” thing, even though as a reader I’d enjoyed, like, Mary Balogh’s Slightly series. Somehow I hadn't figured out that I needed to write books that were linked together. A little slow on the uptake, wasn't I?

Finally the books were ready to go out on submission, and Sourcebooks picked up A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF as part of the three-book Mischief series. Yay! The publication date was two years off, which is not uncommon, and it was a good thing, because it gave me extra time to write those other two books in the series.

Balancing writing and life is a struggle, but I suppose if I truly had loads of uninterrupted time to write, what I wrote would get stale. Or at least I tell myself that when I can’t write because I need to cook dinner, take kids to appointments, exercise, and do all the other things that can nibble up a day. They’re all also things I’m grateful to have in my day J

But it can be very hard to get back into the story when I've been away from it for a day or more. And it’s especially frustrating when I need to read all the way through to get a sense of how the story is working and I have to keep putting it down for interruptions. I try very hard to do something with whatever I’m working on every day.

So, there have been tears and smiles, and I’m sure there will be more, but one thing that is definitely a fun part of publication is interacting with readers through blogs like this one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

A LITTLE NIGHT OF MISCHIEF
Emily Greenwood
Every Prize Comes with Complications...
A game of chance saves James Collington from the prospect of debtors' prison, and grants him ownership to Tethering estate. Little does he know that his winnings come with serious complications--not least of which is a beautiful but impoverished young lady who insists his new manor belongs to her.
If He Can't Stop Her, He Might as Well Join Her...
Felicity Wilcox is determined to run Mr. Collington off her land, Though James's charm and devilish good looks are a serious distraction. What she doesn't know is that she may be haunting him right back.

EXCERPT (scroll down to excerpt heading on Publisher site)





                                                                                                                             



Emily Greenwood has a degree in French and worked for a number of years as a writer, crafting newsletters and fundraising brochures. Bur she far prefers writing playful love stories set in Regency England, and she thinks romance is the chocolate of literature. A Golden Heart finalist, Emily lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

You can find Emily on Facebook, GoodreadsTwitter, and her website.








20 comments:

~Sia McKye~ said...

Emily, a warm welcome to Over Coffee! Congratulations on selling the Mischief series!

I will be the first to admit that my greatest support has been fellow writers.

I've been part of a group of writers since'07 and that came as a result of a contest as well.

When we started we all were unpublished, and at different levels in so far as publishing field went,but quick learners. And a willingness to share and encourage.

Now, we have quite a few traditionally published, some both traditional and indie, and several bestsellers. I've learned so very much from them. They share so much of the process and the inside info is invaluable. They're my greatest motivation and support and I certainly wouldn't be where I am today without them.

Glad you have your Pixies!

Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

Yolanda Renee said...

So many wonderful posts to catch up on, and so many talented writers to meet.

Love your blog Sia!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thank you Yolanda! I've had a lot of great guests. There is a common denominator between writers and pursuing their ambition to write. It's fascinating to explore.

Emily Greenwood said...

Sia, thank you for such a warm welcome! Love interacting with other writers--it gives me so much energy and encouragement for writing & life.

Emily Greenwood said...

Yolanda, glad you stopped by! I agree, there are some wonderful posts on Sia's blog.

L.G. Smith said...

Fellow writers are the best support. Who else understands all the ups and downs and knows just when to offer chocolate?

Emily Greenwood said...

LG, exactly! There are successes that only another writer can appreciate in terms of what it took to get to that point, along with awful discouragements that become less horrible when another writer shares her own disappointments.

Mark Means said...

Sia, first of all I have to apologize...I thought I started following you a while back, but I guess I hadn't. No wonder I wasn't getting any of your updates, lol.

Anyway, it's fixed now and here for some coffee :)

Congrats to Emily and, yes, a support network can definitely make all the difference in the world.

Best wishes!

Emily Greenwood said...

Thanks, Mark!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds familiar - I never planned a series either, Emily. Funny how this journey takes us in unforeseen directions.

Al Diaz said...

Emily, best of lucks with your new book. It's funny you mention the troubles you take to find time to write among all the other things you have to do in your day. I was thinking about that today and I don't even have kids, so if you could do it, I should too. :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Mark, no problem. I'm glad you stopped by. We do appreciate support don't we? Certainly helps us over the humps and through the blocks.
:-)

Alex, many don't plan or even think a series, they just happen. And, you may not have planned one but you sure have a good start on one. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Al, I think all writers have a juggling act--all the things that must be done and find time to squeeze in quality writing time. But, it is encouraging when we see how other writers handle the must do list and write and sometimes it gives us a clue how to do the same.

Oh, and Al, aren't the dwarfs much like kids? Just sayin' lol!

Rachel Morgan said...

Congratulations to Emily! It really is great to be able to interact with other writers and readers. This journey would be quite lonely otherwise!

Misha Gericke said...

I love your publishing story, Emily. And your Mischief series sounds like something I'd love to read. :-D

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Even with loads of uninterrupted time, you'd fill a lot of that time with things other than writing. (I know this from experience!)

Julie Flanders said...

It's great to meet you, Emily! I enjoyed your publishing story and Mischief sounds really good. Congratulations and best of luck!

Emily Greenwood said...

Alex, you're so right--unforeseen directions. Who knows even how the stories will end sometimes, right?

Al, I have writer friends who have kids *and* jobs and writing, which I think of as my job. I am amazed at their energy. We just have to keep plugging away at our own pace, don't we?

Rachel, thank you! I agree--writing is a lonely journey without writing pals.

Emily Greenwood said...

Misha, thank you :-) And thanks for stopping by.

L. Diane, you are so right. Whenever writing is not going well or feels too hard, I have so much trouble not checking email or Twitter, and then before I know it I've lost 25 mins. Must not do this!

Julie, thanks so much. It's nice to meet you too :-)


cleemckenziebooks said...

Here's to another super book in the world. Loved the music, btw!