Monday, August 22, 2011
The Call - Scarlet Wilson
People know when they're getting The Call don't they? No, they don't. I can testify to that. So can the poor man and his dog who were walking by the side of the road that I nearly ran over!
I got The Call on Friday 21 January at 1.34pm. And truth be told, I was in a bad mood. I'd just dashed home at lunch time to see if a parcel had arrived - and needless to say it hadn't. So I was driving back to work when the phone rang. The number appeared on the dash board 0802.... and I had no idea who it was, so I just hit the button on my wheel and said hello.
And then I heard those words.. "Hi, it's Sally Williamson. How are you.....?"
How are you? I'm in heart failure! And as the car took a little swerve, so was the man at the side of the road.
I couldn't breathe. I'd won a place on the eharlequin medical pitch in March 2010. I'd had a request for a partial, then a request for the full. I was working with Sally and was lucky enough to meet her at RNA conference in London that year, where she took me for a drink and had a chat with me about my writing. Then I had four sets of revisions. Yes, you read correctly - four sets. After set three I phoned Kate Hardy, one of the other medical authors in tears because I didn't think I could do it. She gave me the best advice ever. I was struggling with something I'd been asked to do that I didn't think was right for my character. Kate told me to "give the editor what she wants - just give her it in a different way." And so I did. Sally had phoned me at that point too, to talk through some of the revisions with me, and let me know what was working and what wasn't.
But I'd forgotten about that. I'd forgotten that she already had my phone number. I'd seen other Call stories and people always seemed to have an email beforehand from the editor arranging a time to "Call". So I was taken completely by surprise. So was Sally when I screamed in her ear when she said she wanted to buy my book.
Then I ran down the long corridor at work shouting "I write for Mills and Boon!" The girls at work knew that I'd been trying to write medicals and they managed to spirit a cake and card out of thin air. I emailed my critique partners and online friends, then went home to tell my beloved, my mum and dad and my sisters. My parents had no idea what I'd been trying to do so they were very surprised but delighted for me.
I don't think I really believed it until I saw the email that Sally sent me, confirming some details and sorting out my contract.
And since then each step of the way had been a huge learning curve. Picking a pseudonym, doing author alterations, setting up a website, seeing my first cover, signing the contracts, setting up a Facebook page. Best of all, was opening the box of author copies and getting to hold my book in my hands.
And I'd like to share, so please leave a comment on the blog today and I'll pick a winner and send you one of my books. Distance no object!
After one hot date....
Dr Cooper Roberts has a new job and the chance to begin a new life. What's most definitely not in his plans? Waking up with his new colleague, Melissa Bell....And having to hold his head up above the dropped jaws of his fellow docs as he escorts Missy to buy a pregnancy test!