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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How Bianca Sommerland went from Rejected to Published

Hello Fellow Writers!

Today I'd like to welcome a new author to The Writer's Challenge. Bianca Sommerland spent years getting rejection letters before finally pushing through and getting published by Total-E-Bound. This is her story, told in her own words:

I had written a story I thought was wonderful, just sweet enough to be called romance, with plenty of sex and no controversy—well, unless you consider sleeping with seven men simultaneously controversial—but I digress. Every other rejected story had aspects that I knew would work against them, and no matter how much I loved them, I accepted that their road to publication would be rough.
But not this new one. This new one was a sure bet.
Then I got the response from the one publisher I’d sent it to. They liked it, but...
I remember staring at my laptop like it had suddenly sprouted a tongue and stuck it out at me. But? Huh? How? Why?
They wanted me to make some changes and resubmit. Then they might reconsider.
Now, if you’ve been writing for awhile, you know that an editor giving you the option to resubmit is good. You should go for it, be encouraged. You’ve been validated as a writer; you’re that much closer to your goal.
Unless there’s not a thing in your story you’re willing to change.
For the first time in years of writing and being rejected and moving on, I broke down and decided I was done. I told myself I sucked and felt like my soul had shattered because I didn’t think I’d ever write another word.
My father gave me a big hug and asked what was wrong. I told him and he looked confused.
“This isn’t the first time you’ve been rejected. Haven’t you told me some of the greatest authors have gotten tons of rejections?”
I told him this was different. I wrote the story just for them. I did everything right.
“Well, who else have you sent it to?”
So I sent it out to three more publishers. Total E-Bound contracted me days later. Within two weeks I had a contract. And an editor helping me polish the book (much luv to Andrea Grimm), a cover artist making me a beautiful cover. A release date!
Maybe I didn’t suck.
Now, the point, my dear friends who’s spirits might not be all high during these holidays because your dreams seem like they’ll never come true, is that maybe you do suck. Most definitely if you’re giving up. But that’s okay, go ahead and suck for a bit (and yes, I know that sounds dirty. I am an erotic writer after all). When you’re done sucking, stand up and get out of your own freakin’ way.
You wanna be a writer? Well then get used to the fact that not everyone’s going to like you. If you can’t deal with a rejection from a publisher, than what will you do when a reader leaves a great big post on Amazon telling everyone that your book was the crappiest thing they’ve ever read?
Quick tip: Go to Amazon now and look up your favorite writer. See the ratings near the bottom? Well, read a few of the comments next to the ones and twos. That’s what you’ve got to look forward to. Still want to get published?
Then go for it.

Thanks Bianca, for joining us today on The Writer's Challenge, and congrats on your book! Here's the blurb for Rosemary Entwined:

One kiss might save her, but if Rosemary has to lose even one of her men, she doesn’t want a prince.
The only role of Rosemary's nest of men is to feed her insatiable hunger for lust, but that's not what she wants for them. Or what they want from her. While Rosemary presses for them to live their own lives, they each find ways to steal into her heart. With the threat of her mother's nest hanging over them, Rosemary decides to surrender to the love they offer and focus on building their combined strength to stand against the inevitable attacks.
When her control over her powers slips, another problem arises. The nest is incomplete. A prince must be chosen, and if he is not among her men, she'll be forced to let one of them go.
She once feared her heart wasn't big enough to hold them all. Now she fears she's not strong enough to release even one. Even if it costs her her life.

Click here for more info about Rosemary Entwined.


  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing! Good luck with your book.

  2. Interesting post. Having faith in yourself is one of a writer's greatest assets.

  3. I'm glad you liked it JL. It's so easy for writers to lose faith, but thankfully, we've got great support in each other :D

  4. I love reading an author's success story, Bianca, so here's hoping all your stories find just the right home.


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