A big Pink Heart Society welcome to the lovely Lisa Renee Jones, newbie Blaze author whose road to publicaiton with Harlequin is a doozy! Read on for more ;).
Lisa Renee Jones is an author of paranormal and contemporary romance. She lives in
Her award winning company LRJ Staffing Services had offices all over
My call story
My path to publication was long and drawn out and I was lucky to have tiny little successes along the way that kept me going. That, and a wonderful man, who gave me great support. I can remember saying 'Maybe I am not a writer after all' and he would say 'You ARE a writer'. Sometimes he really believed that more than I did. Sometimes he still does! Right before turning in a finished book I start to doubt again:) I wonder if that ever goes away?!
I sold a book several years back to Five Star, which is a big library publisher but amounted to little in the form of recognition and upward mobility to further publication. Then, I did some e-books and was fortunate to be with Ellora's Cave for print and e-books where you can actually make money and learn a lot. I wrote like a mad woman during that time period and really grew as a writer. I also learned how to write under pressure which has been important. I also think e-publication can teach authors how to take criticism and how to work with an editorial staff. That is really important once you are published.
Finally, almost a year ago exactly I somehow landed in four anthologies.
Once there, things perked up. One of the Nocturne editors hinted something good might be coming but I didn't dare get excited. The Blaze editor hinted as well. No. I WOULD NOT DARE DREAM it was real. not this time. A week later, I got the call for 3 books from Nocturne. A week later Blaze called as well. This was all the week of my birthday. Needless to say, I cried, but this time for a good reason.
Last week I turned 40 and amazingly that very day, Walmart put my first Blaze on the shelf. I had promised myself by 40 I had to be making a go of writing or I had to go back to the corporate world I'd lived for so many years before.
So, to all those who are fighting for their publication dreams, keep going. Every time I said I wasn't going to write anymore, I'd find myself at the computer an hour later. Writers write. We can't help it. Don't let the hard path upward stop you from writing and making the dream come true!
Lisa's August 07 Harlequin Blaze - Hard and Fast - is available now! Check out your local bookstores in North America or grab it from eHarlequin today!