Please welcome my special guest this week, author Lori Avocato. Be sure to leave her a comment or question. She has a special article for us which is just below my questions to her. Real quick, I have to make a personal shout. I just received an email that The Wild Rose Press wants to publish my novel "Always A Bridesmaid". Yay! This is a sweet romance so after checking out my blog and my other books written as "Ashley Ladd", my newest editor wants me to use a different name to publish this book. I'm not shocked and I understand. :) I'm just very happy and excited. That's two new sales in a two week period. Not bad. Not bad at all. And now, please help me make Lori feel welcome today.
Don’t Give Up
I’ve been writing for eleven years now and have sold fifteen books. Nine romances (one actually is a paranormal) and six humorous mysteries. While looking through my file cabinet, I came across my folder marked “Query letters.” For the heck of it, I decided to count them. I’ve counted my rejection letters before (had 40 of those babies from agents before I was taken on by one--who then retired.)
Back to the query letters. Eighty-nine. That’s how many there were in my file. Now, to make that number have some reference value, you must realize that out of the nine years: the first one to two years I had no idea what I was doing. Didn’t even know what point of view was (until I joined CT Romance Writers--really!) so there weren’t any submissions right off the bat. In that first year, too, it took many months--about 6--to finish that first novel. Also, during the eleven years an agent represented me for a few years, so I didn’t send out my own work. In case your head is spinning, the point I’m trying to make is: I have submitted my work eighty-nine times on my own.
Moral of the article: finish your work and submit, submit, submit.
If you get rejected, submit to someone else.
That, along with a good story, will get you published.
Don’t give up on yourselves or your work.
Here's a blurb of book #6 of The Pauline Sokol Mystery Series.
Normally, insurance fraud investigator Pauline Sokol likes to keep her feet firmly on the ground. But her latest undercover assignment has the aero-phobic ex-nurse flying high--as she takes off to ground a land-and-air ambulance company that’s been doing some rather flighty billing. Even having ER Dano, the company’s best (and hottest!) paramedic in the copter seat next to her isn’t enough to soothe her queasiness.
But her insides really start doing loop-de-loops when one of the company’s owners is brutally murdered--and Pauline starts receiving creepy phone calls…from the killer! Suddenly the air looks a lot safer than the ground. And if Pauline doesn’t crack this case soon, even mouth-to-mouth from her favorite paramedic won’t be enough to revive her.Thank you so very much, Lori, for being my guest this week, Lori. I very much enjoyed your article and your blurb. Your book is a must read and I wish you much luck with it.
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