We love a call story here at Pink Heart and today we are delighted to welcome new medical author Robin Gianna. Take it away Robin!
I’m so happy to be here at the Pink Heart Society!
I’ve been working at this crazy fiction-writing thing for quite a few years. Life has a way of getting in the way of goals like getting a book published and having a writing career, though, not to mention it’s a pretty tough and competitive world out there in publishing-land!
At the beginning of 2012, I decided it was time to either work harder or quit. Since quitting just didn’t seem like an option, I buckled down to work on several projects. One of them was a medical romance after I saw that Harlequin Mills & Boon was offering a ‘Fast Track’ submission, requiring just one chapter and a synopsis for that series. This sounded fun! My husband is a doctor, my critique partner is an ER doc, and I have numerous friends and relatives in medicine to bother with questions - I could do this! Harlequin M&B asked to see more, and I finished the book. That summer I was also lucky enough to acquire an agent, and in May of 2013 I got The Call.
I was at my 8th grade son’s track meet, and my daughter had just gotten home from college. My husband was able to get there, too, so it was great they were with me when my agent, Cori Deyoe of Three Seas Literary, called. At first she teased me, making me think it was another rejection, then finally told me I’d been offered a two-book contract from Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance. I’m sure I was shrieking in the poor woman’s ear, and my husband and daughter were grinning like mad. Problem was, it was super-windy and the crowd was cheering—not for me, for the runners. ;-) I could hardly hear Cori! After we hung up, I was worried that maybe I hadn’t heard her correctly. That I’d gotten it all wrong, and I was afraid to tell anyone until I’d spoken with her again!
Thankfully, it really was a contract. And after crossing that finish line after a long marathon, I realized that a new starting line was right there. A website to design and social media to learn as well as other promotional things, another book to write and edits on the first...wow, it’s a real job that’s a lot of work!
But it’s worth every moment of it to have achieved my dream, and be learning more every day about what it takes to be a published author.
I’d love to know how you decided what genre/sub-genres you like to write, and if it’s different from what you read. I’d also love to know what makes you decide to pick up a book and take a chance on it if you don’t know the author. I’ll be giving away a tote bag and print book of Changed By His Son’s Smile to a commenter!