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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jodi Thomas - how she did it

Hello Fellow Writers!

Yesterday I was feeling stuck on my plot for "Snowed in with a Millionaire" so I went through the 38 pages of plot that I had so far with my husband, who said (in not so many words) "Just add your point of hopelessness and then your happily ever after." And I'm going "oh yeah. Duh." I also worked on my new chapter for "The Movie Star's Very Personal Assistant."

Jodi Thomas, a bestselling romance author of dozens of books, wrote for years with no luck before she finally got published. This video tells how she did it.

It's all very inspiring, but I can't help but to hope I'll be like Stephanie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, who published her very first book. I know that's not going to happen to me though for two reasons: 1. the very first book I wrote is awful and will never see the light of day and 2. the second book I wrote, while good, has an actor as the hero and I've heard that's a no-no for romance novels.

Today I will be working more on that chapter for "Movie Star" and, if time allows, my plotting for my NaNoWriMo book "Snowed In with a Millionaire."

Wish me luck and good luck to you too!

Yours truly,
Shoshanna Evers


  1. Keep an open mind, always. I'm not a published author, but I have read enough author and agent blogs to know that in publishing, never say never. You seem to be stuck on the idea that you read about the "rules" of writing and publishing romance fiction. That may be the opinion of some editors, while another could absolutely love your plot and characterization, regardless of your character's occupation. Stay positive.

    I'm Michelle, by the way, and I got to your blog from the link you posted on the Poughkeepsie area NaNo forum. I was supposed to be at the Kickoff party (SO sad I missed it) but my husband is recovering from being in the hospital Friday night, so I didn't want to leave him at home alone just yet. Hope to see you at write-ins next month! Oh, and my blog is rightwordwritetime.blogspot.com so feel free to stop by. I write a lot in November, so don't let my infrequent posting deter you from coming back. LOL.

  2. Thanks for checking out my blog! I figure I'll query Harlequin with "The Movie Star's Very Personal Assistant" and if they reject it then I'll find some other romance publishers - but really only Harlequin/Silhouette publishes those short series romances, that I know of at least.

    I'll be sure to check out your blog! Hope your hubby is okay!


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