Next stop on the Wendy S Marcus blog tour: PINK HEART SOCIETY!
Hello Pink Heart Society members. Thank you for hosting me on the 9th stop of my blog tour to promote my debut Harlequin Medical Romance, WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH, currently available in stores in the UK and at Amazon UK and Mills and Boon. It will be coming to stores and online in Aus/NZ in July 2011 and online in the U.S. in July 2011.
Now for my call story. I started writing back in 2007. WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH was my second completed manuscript. In the beginning of 2010, while perusing the Internet – a favorite pastime of mine - I stumbled upon a link for a chat room pitch contest for Harlequin Medical Romance.
I almost didn’t follow it. You see, I didn’t consider myself a medical romance writer. Yes, my hero and heroine were doctor and nurse, but that’s because I’m a nurse. I was only following general wisdom that suggests writers write what they know. And to be honest, I didn’t know much about the medical romance line of Harlequin, and dare I admit? I wasn’t that familiar with Mills and Boon, either.
But never one to pass up an opportunity, I figured what the heck? I’ll enter the contest for practice. We had to send in a two paragraph pitch beforehand. Here’s what I submitted:
After his drug-addicted wife takes off, swinging by the bank to empty his accounts on her way out of town, Dr. Jared Padget is left broke, soon-to-be homeless, and the subject of a DEA - Drug Enforcement Agency- investigation. Shunned by his colleagues, he takes a job at a physician staffing agency, working short-term assignments in Emergency Rooms across New York State. The nomadic life is just what he wants, no one cares about his past, no one cares about him, and all he cares about is his work. Until he meets float nurse Ali Forshay during a three month assignment at the fictional Madrin Memorial Hospital and decides he wants more.
After discovering her boyfriend of six months is engaged to another woman, and becoming the main topic of hospital gossip as a result, Ali vows to never again date a man she works with. But working over fifty hours a week and spending her time off with her gramps is not conducive to meeting a non-medical Mr. Right. In an unprecedented act of girl gone wild, she coordinates a secret getaway to celebrate her twenty-fifth birthday, with Jared. He’s set to move on to his next assignment and has no plans to return to Madrin Falls. It’s perfect right? Except he comes back for her, she winds up pregnant, and the estranged wife he never bothered to mention or divorce, waddles into the ER, pregnant herself.
And surprise, surprise, I was chosen as one of five winners. Only four of us actually showed up to the chat room for the editor pitch. My pitch went well and I received a request for my first three chapters. After a week or two I received an e-mail requesting changes to my first three chapters and telling me if I was willing to make those changes the editor would like to see my complete manuscript.
Six long months of revisions followed, during which I re-wrote my entire manuscript. Twice. There were times I wanted to give up, when I thought if I haven’t gotten it right by now I never will. But with the support of my writing friends and family I kept at it, deciding I’ll work with my editor until she refuses to work with me anymore. I’ll revise until I get a rejection.
Luckily, neither happened. And in early October, 2010 I received ‘The Call’, well two actually. One from my agent then one from my editor. To my surprise there were still more revisions to be done but they were minor.
Since ‘The Call’ my life has been a whirlwind of activity. When it was time to confirm my pen name I learned there was another Wendy Marcus author so I added my middle initial ‘S’ to differentiate the two of us. That required new business cards and a new identity on the web. I now have a website (that I hope you’ll visit) http://WendySMarcus.com. I also ordered bookmarks and pens for promo. I worked with my friend Nas Dean to set up a 27 stop blog tour. I wrote my second book, ONCE A GOOD GIRL, which will be released in the UK in December 2011. And I’m working on my third book.
Whew! A lot going on. All I can say is, after you receive ‘The Call,’ be prepared for a lot of hard work.
Please visit my website to read an excerpt for WHEN ONE LIFE ISN’T ENOUGH. I’d love to know what you think.
Have you ever read a Harlequin Medical Romance? If yes, what did you think? If not, why?
Thanks so much for stopping by to chat. One lucky commenter will win a copy of my UK 2in1 release which includes a complete novel by Janice Lynn.
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