Sunday, March 31, 2013

Playing Doctor has found a home!

I'm happy to announce that my debut book, Playing Doctor has found a happy home with Entangled Publishing, and has a tentative release date of September with their Ever After imprint!

This little book has come a long way from the two paragraph blurb for the M&B Medical pitch in February of 2012. [see earlier post].

In June of last year, I sent the first three chapters to Heather Howland, who asked for the full upon completion. It took me a while to get it just the way I wanted it. I worked on it during Entangled Smackdown with Heather and her wonderful assistants, Sue and Tahra, who gave a great 20-page critique.

In the meantime, I was doing a writer's workshops on Savvy Authors using the first chapter of PD for the class, and the editor of Total E-Bound [who was conducting the class] asked to see the manuscript. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get feedback, and so I sent it to her. Much to my surprise, I was offered a contract for the book. This was a good thing, but I had my heart set on Entangled!

On February 25th of this year, I sent the completed manuscript to Entangled, not to the Brazen imprint as I had originally intended, but to the Ever After imprint, as it just felt right to end the story as a novella, and it was forwarded to Heather Howland. On March 15th, I accepted a contract with them!

Now, as I anxiously await the first round of edits, I'm working on the book for the secondary characters of Playing Doctor, Ian Montgomery and Eve Winters, titled, Educating Eve.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

When It Rains...

You've heard the old saying, "When it rains, it pours..."

Sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes it can cause horrendous stress. As you know, I've been working on a book, Playing Doctor [originally titled, A Doctor In The House] off and on for a year. Throughout that year, it's caught several editor's attention. It made it through the Harlequin M&B Medical pitch, with an eventual rejection, but with a wonderful 2-page feedback letter from Flo Nicoll with the invitation to write something else and submit it. Revamped, it made it through the HQN Blaze pitch with a request for the partial manuscript. A few months ago it also caught the eye of Heather Howland of Entangled Publishing with a request for the full manuscript upon completion.

Over the past few months, I've tweaked, twiddled, and fiddled with the manuscript, and just before submitting it, it caught the eye of an editor conducting a writer's workshop with Savvy Authors. [I was using the first chapter for the class] She asked to see the manuscript.

The past two weeks, some wonderful things have been happening. Great things.

Stay tuned to this station for further developments!