Writing has always been a passion of mine. Since I can remember, I was always with a pen in my hand. I loved writing songs, but sadly, writing songs didn’t love me. Also tried poetry, but I sucked at that, as well. Then I rememberd that I’d always had an active imagination. I was always a “loner” growing up, so I had many imaginary friends. We had the best play dates. Come to think of it, now that I am hooked on Paranormal Survival, I’m starting to wonder if some of my imaginary friends were poltergeists or what-have-you.
I joined various writing groups on Facebook. All of members say you’re not a writer, unless you’ve received your first rejection letter.
Well, guess what? I GOT MY FIRST REJECTION LETTER! I know it’s not something to celebrate, but I think it is. Finally, I took that step to send my work to a publisher/literary agent. My journals are full of how much I want to become a published author, but I never made any effort to send out my work. Three things kept me from doing that.
- English isn’t my first language
I am from Suriname, we speak Dutch (Nederlands) here. Sure, I’ve been speaking English my entire life, but spoken and written English ARE NOT THE SAME!
- No literary background
Before I toyed with the idea of self-publishing (Thanks, Amanda Hocking), I did some research. There are the “lucky ones” who ahve the gift 0f gab (on paper). Without any training, they pen bestseller after bestseller. But I always thought I needed a degree in English Literature to even be considered for publication.
- No idea how to approach literary agents/publishing houses
I learned this in 2014, after I really started researching the “writing world.” Had no idea how to find literary agents, let alone how to approach them. I’d never even heard of a “query letter” before. Writer’s Digest Guide To Literary Agents has helped me A LOT!
A couple of months ago, I sent my MS to Harlequin. It wasn’t my first choice, but those books sell, like REALLY sell! There are a lot of lonely and single women out there, looking for their sheik or Italian stallion. I should know, my sister is one of them. If she’s alone, that’s a big NO. But I know she hasn’t found the man for her yet. She’s too inot the sheiks and the rich men that Harlequin (and Bouquet Reeks) sell to women. Oh, and she’s also waiting for a man like our father, but I don’t think that will happen. But hey, I hope she finds what she is looking for Goes for all the single women out there!
My relationship also isn’t perfect, and I guess writing about the man of your dreams makes sense. Why not take a page out of Jackie Collins’ book?
In their rejection letter, Harlequin gave me some tips. I am incorporating them into my revised MS now. Come to think of it, maybe they also rejected it, because I wrote it only for the money. Never once did I think: “Let me write something I believe in, a hero the readers will really fall in love with.” It would be a complete lie, if I didn’t say I was a bit pissed when they rejected me. Some of their free reads really SUCK ASS! But hey, those “suck ass” books are published, mine isn’t, LOL!
Much Love! <3