Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Call Story: Louisa George

Here at The Pink Heart Society there is nothing we love more than a Call Story.  Today I'm delighted to welcome one of my fellow medical authors, Louisa George.  What's more Louisa would love to give away a copy of her debut book One Month to Become a Mum.  Just leave a comment at the end the winner will be chosen at the weekend.  Take it away Louisa!

Thank you very much for inviting me here today, I’m thrilled to be in such esteemed company! Can I also say, I’m eternally grateful you’ve asked about my Call Story and not my workspace! Some things should never be seen either in reality or virtually!

((( The Call )))

It still sends my heart straight into tachycardia just thinking about it!
I never, ever dreamed of becoming an author. It wasn’t a lifelong ambition, or a childhood fantasy. Not because I didn’t value it as a career –but because it was something so out of reach, so ethereal that it wasn’t even on my radar of things I could do. People like me don’t write books. People who write books are clever and imaginative and creative, right?
So, from this new side of the publishing fence I’m still pinching myself!
It started with a creative writing evening class in 2004. From there I spent a lot of spare time with odd sentences or scenarios running through my head, creating worlds, people. Then came conference attendances, inspiring talks from famous authors and eventually the idea of writing a whole book took off. Once I’d started to write I just couldn’t stop.
I submitted a couple of partials to Mills and Boon and received standard rejections, same with the Medical Pitch in March 2010. But things started to change after the Medical Fast track in August 2010. This time I had a rejection with a lot of words. Fantastic! (My hubby thought I’d gone mad! A rejection- and you’re pleased?). They liked my voice but not that story, and suggested I send in something else.
I hurriedly wrote a chapter for the New Voices contest and entered at the last minute. Needless to say I didn’t final, place or even get on the list of possibles. But an editor liked it and asked for a partial…then a full….and then FOUR lots of revisions.

Fast forward…July 2011. I was busy organizing a family holiday in Fiji when I received an email from the editor saying…I just wondered how you felt about giving me a contact phone number in case we wanted to get in touch next week?

OMG!!! I’d heard that editors only rang to make offers and emailed to make rejections…BUT I couldn’t convince myself that this was IT. Still, I gave her my cell phone number and prayed for coverage on the tiny Fijian Island.

So, there I was on Tuesday 26th July at 8.20pm. We were sitting on the beach eating dinner, serenaded by three lovely Fijian ukulele players. My cellphone rang, on the display was a very long number….I knew it was Flo. Seriously, my heart went into overdrive. The line was terrible, but I heard her say ‘we’d love to buy your book and offer you a mumble mumble crackle…’ I couldn’t hear a thing after that, but it didn’t matter, she’d said those magic words. Thank goodness she followed up by email! We followed up with bubbles, obviously!

Louisa’s debut novel, One Month to Become a Mum is available from:

Mills and Boon: http://tiny.cc/bvnd6
Mills and Boon e-book:  http://tiny.cc/s5jg3

Book Depository: http://tinyurl.com/7ouspll
 Remember to leave a comment to be in with a chance to win a book!

23 comments:

  1. Louisa ~ Congratulations. That's a unique call story. I just read your post over on Love Cats and filled in a bit more information about you. I also visited your website. I'm so pleased your second book will be released in North America.

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  2. Hi Louisa,
    Congratulations on 'the Call' and of course on the book release. Here's to many, many more.

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  3. Congratulations, Louisa! I love a call story. I especially love a call story with a crackly phone on a tropical beach! The only way it could have been better was if you had a hunky cabana boy massaging your feet. Or, you know, your husband if he's down with the cabana boy outfit :D

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  4. Congrats Louisa! It was a wonderful story which brought to tears of joy to my eyes. And isn't Flo a wonderful editor?

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  5. Hi Kaelee
    Lovely to see you here, thanks for looking me up! Fingers crossed on the second book being released in NA!

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  6. Hi Rachel! Every Call Story is special as far as I'm concerned, but I have to say mine was a teeny bit magical too! LOL!

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  7. Amalie! LOL! I'm chuckling to myself imagining my very serious doctor DH in a cabana boy outfit! Bless.

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  8. Aw Michelle, there were definitely tears for me too. As soon as I hung up with Flo I was straight on the phone to my critique partner, the lovely and very talented Sue MacKay and there were more tears all round then too! And Flo is totally awesome! I'm very lucky to have her to guide me through.

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  9. Hi Annie! How lovely to see you here too! Many thanks on the congrats! I'm still totally thrilled!

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  10. Louisa! What a dreamy place to receive your Call (despite that crackling line). Huge congratulations!!

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  11. Hey, Tina! Thanks for popping in. Yeah the crackling line was funny- Flo said, 'we'd like you offer you a ....book contract', when I apologized and could she please repeat I got the same..mumble mumble book contract. It wasn't until I got the email from her that I saw they wanted two books!

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  12. It's great to hear your story. Congratulations, and may you have much more success to come!

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  13. Sorry about that! somehow my comment got posted twice. I thought I was deleting it. Instead, it looks as if I did something weird. (Well, that wouldn't be unusual!

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  14. Hi Jacqueline! Thanks for the congratulations! I'm still pinching myself! I'm also still getting the hang of all this technology/blogging and commenting too!

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  15. Fabulous call story, Louisa. And wow to hearing the news in Fiji - very exotic!! Congratulations :)

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  16. Thanks Kate! It was a blast! And Fiji is a gorgeous warm friendly place that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday!

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  17. And the winner of my debut book (which in fact is a 2-1 with the marvelous Margaret McDonagh!) is....drum roll......Amalie!

    Amalie, if you could contact me through my website www.louisageorge.com or email your address to louisageorgeauthor at gmail dot com I'll send it to you!

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  18. And thank you all for coming to read my Call Story!

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  19. Yay! Not just a book, but a debut(love debuts). Thank you, Miss Louisa! And congratulations again! (emailing, btw)

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  20. Congratz on your book it sounds fabulous ! I wish you many happy sales !

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  21. I can't think of a nicer call story than yours. That must have been one fantastic holiday.

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