Monday, August 22, 2011

The Call - Scarlet Wilson

We adore call stories, and we're pleased as punch to welcome new Medicals author Scarlet Wilson to the Pink Heart Society today to tell us about how she got The Call...

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!

website
http://www.scarlet-wilson.com

25 comments:

  1. Heartfelt congratulations, Scarlet! Way to go! I loved reading your call story.
    So ... you write Medical Romances? What a coincidence! I read Medical Romances! Sounds like a great match to me!
    As for the above book, I would love to read Cooper and Melissa's story, every page of the way. Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you and your family!

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  2. What a beautiful call story Scarlet! Your fresh voice shines through! I'm lucky enough to have your story on the top of my TBR pile. Congrats again x

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  3. Fabulous call story Scarlet. Congratulations on the release of your first book - which will be the first of many I'm sure.

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  4. Fantastic story, Scarlet! So happy for you! :-)

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  5. Congratulations Scarlet! I love the smell and fell of a brand new book but I'll never hold one I wrote. That would have to be the ultimate felling for an author touching seeing and smelling a book with their name on the frony.

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  6. Congrats Scarlet on your fab news!

    What a lovely post - how exciting to share your call story.

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS Scarlet! Hope your debut book does wonderfully and you sell heaps and heaps and heaps of copies! Loved reading your call story and your book sounds awesome.

    Once again congratulations on your new release and wishing it and all your future releases all the best.

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  8. Congratulations, Scarlet. Always wonderful to hear a call story and advice from the great Kate Hardy at just the right moment - how perfect was that. (And what wise words!) Important to show that working with an editor to get the best book possible is a vital part of being published, too.

    Hope to see you in October!

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  9. Ooo, I've just woken up and seen that this is already posted!
    Thanks Laney4, I see you all over the boards and know that you read the medicals, it's lovely to see you here too!

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  10. HI Rach - thanks for coming along! Rach is one of my critique partners and gives me lots of good advice, in fact my first book was dedicated to her, and my other critique partner Nancy. Couldn't have done it without them!

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  11. Hi Helen, thanks for coming along. It's amazing how quickly time flies, I've just finished book 3 and am waiting to find out what my new title will be. Crossing my fingers and hoping I love it!

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  12. Thank you Jackie! Hope you blew them away with your pitch at the conference - still have my fingers crossed for you!

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  13. HI Kaelee, holding the book is the strangest feeling in the world, because for some reason it doesn't seem like yours. I have to admit to tearing open the box before I'd even signed for the parcel and the poor delivery man was bewildered!

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  14. Hi Joanne, thanks for coming along. I love reading Call stories, but never really thought I'd get one of my own. Still seems very strange!

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  15. Hi Sonali, many thanks for your good wishes. Just hoping that people enjoy it!

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  16. Hi Liz, thank you for being here. I was too shy to speak to you at the RNA conference this year. But hope to see you in October, my place is booked and I'm VERY excited. Can you tell?
    I think poor Sally had her work cut out for her with me, but she was lovely and SO patient.

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  17. I LOVE reading call stories. They always make me teary and yours is no exception. Your debut looks wonderful!

    Marcy

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  18. Congratulations, Scarlet! Glad you made it safely back to work after you got "The Call". What a great feeling! Enjoy it!

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  19. Thank you Julie. I have to admit I didn't do much work that afternoon - I was far too excited!

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  20. Go Scarlet go! Great call story - thanks for sharing. Caroline x

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  21. Hey Scarlet! Huge Congrats, I got a tingle all over again reading your call story. So, so chuffed for you. xx

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  22. Thanks Caroline! I hope I'm reading yours soon!

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  23. Hi Joanne,
    Thank you. Still wake up some days and wonder if it's actually happened!

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  24. Hi folks, my 10 year old wrote everyones name on a bit of paper and did a draw. The winner is - Joanne P. Send me your address via the contact form on my website and I'll send you a book. Thanks everyone!

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