Reading Misty’s post yesterday about her rocky journey through publication got me thinking about my own path…
After seven years of rejection, it was hard not to let the negativity get me down. Yep, seven long years. But as much as I wished I could quit at times, the stories kept coming and the only way to cease their pestering ways was to write them down. And so I wrote, and wrote, and wrote until finally I sold to Kensington publishing in a 2 book deal.
I thought I’d finally made it. Sure, the money I made was a joke, but it didn’t matter because I was well on my way to becoming a successful author! Then I started hearing whispers about the truth… in the Kensington debut program authors were very rarely recontracted. Disheartening, but no problem, I’d find a new publisher who paid more!
I wrote To Seduce an Earl over three years ago. It was something totally different for me. I’d always relied heavily on a suspenseful plots and a lot of action, in other words a lot of external conflict. This book was more about the emotion and the internal struggle. From the very beginning editors were interested in this book. With so much love and attention, I knew it would sell! And then one by one the editors started to fade away until there was only one.
There were two problems with this last publisher. One, they paid even less than Kensington. Two, they wanted me to make major changes; changes I didn’t exactly want to make. But I made the changes because I knew how important it was to keep my name out there. Funny enough, after making the changes, the editor went ahead and rejected it anyway. And thank God they did.
Fortunately, a short time later self-publishing started to take off. All those novels that never sold suddenly had a second chance in the Ebook world. I self-published To Seduce an Earl a little over a year ago and it did pretty well. Well enough that Amazon Montlake took notice. Last spring they ended up buying the rights to To Seduce an Earl as well as the two books that will follow in the series.
Of course the main point of the story is to never give up. But this isn’t a tale merely about persevering. After getting so many rejections for To Seduce an Earl, I never thought I’d get another chance to sell the book. It just goes to show you that when one door closes, just perhaps another will open…an ever better, bigger, brighter door.
To celebrate the relaunch of To Seduce an Earl, I’m giving away 3 signed print copies. Just leave a comment! And if you’re interested, you can read the blurb and reviews below!
For years, Alex Weston has plied his trade at Lavender Hills, an all-male brothel catering to London’s most fashionable women. His beauty and sexual prowess are legendary, yet his charmed life masks an ugly truth. Alex is a prisoner in a gilded cage, blackmailed into service and desiring only freedom—until the night she walks through his door…
Grace Brisbane is desperate. Her dying mother needs medicine she cannot afford, and her dissolute stepbrother is gambling away what little money remains. Her only hope of saving her family is to marry the Earl of Rodrick, her brother’s wealthy best friend. There’s just one problem: Rodrick has no interest in virgins. To win him, Grace must learn the secrets of seduction. Secrets Alex knows all too well…
It should be a simple business transaction. And yet with a single kiss, Grace ignites a passion unlike any Alex has ever known…and unlike any she could ever imagine. They are not free to love—but their hearts will accept nothing less.
“An original story line, well-developed characters, and a plot-full of …sexual intrigue…Fans of Johanna Lindsey will enjoy this work”– Library Journal.
“Brighton perfectly captures the detachment sex workers develop to cope with their lives (yes, my day job as a social worker recognized this right away).” — The Season