I got back a week ago from the Romance Writers of America’s National Conference that was held in San Antonio Texas. It was my first National conference. I have heard that Nationals is the one to go to. I had been to three smaller conferences, one in Kentucky, Ohio, and Chicago. But, I had yet to spend the big bucks for the National Conference. This year, I decided to go for it. I registered, then I booked the room and started looking at flights and I felt sick to my stomach. I started to think, what if I never make it as a writer and I am wasting my money!
My mom reminded me of something. Your dreams won’t come true if you don’t try. So, I found a roommate to split the hotel costs of the conference, to lessen the financial burden. Marisa Dillon, my roommate is an aspiring author as well. Her debut novel is coming out in October. She is from Ohio and writes Historical Romance, so right away we had something in common.
I registered to pitch to an agent and an editor. Upon arrival I found out that something went wrong and I didn’t end up having a pitch appointment with an agent after all. I was very disappointed, but was told that I could grab some openings if people cancelled. It worked out great for me. I ended up snagging three pitch appointments and all three asked to see my work! I have already sent it out. Now I have to wait to hear back.
I learned a lot at the conference. It reinforced that I have to keep at it. I can’t give up. This is my dream, if I want my dream to come true, only I can make it happen. So, I am going to keep plugging away at it and keep on writing.
The beginning of fall in Northern Michigan
Last month I went on a weekend getaway to the small town of Harbor Springs, Michigan. It also happens to be the small town that is the setting of my contemporary Romance Novel.
As I was walking around town I felt like I could feel my characters in that town. I grew up going to Harbor Springs with two of my childhood friends whose families owned cottages on Lake Michigan. I fell in love with the small town feel and the beautiful scenery that northern Michigan has to offer. As soon as the idea for my book came to me, I instantly knew that I wanted to base my book there.
My novel, Harbor of Love takes place in October. Right about now, my main character Andrea would be arriving in Harbor Springs to start her new life. J
It’s that time of year for Savvy Author’s Summer Symposium! I participated last year and I had a few requests for my novels. After submitting, being rejected and revisions, I submitted again in April for their pitch week and that is how I got both of my contracts! So this time around I am submitting my small town contemporary romance novel, Harbor of Love. I am only pitching to agents this time though. So, I am crossing my fingers and hoping for some great new to share soon!!
Here is my pitch for Harbor of Love. I think it is my best book so far…
Harbor of Love is a 68,000 word contemporary romance, with a hint of suspense, set in the small town of Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Sometimes the end is really the beginning.
After five years in an abusive marriage Andrea Waggoner moves 600 miles away for a fresh start in Harbor Spring Michigan. She is in search of a new life, with a new career and new friends. Andrea is instantly attracted to the landlord of the bakery that she opens in town. She fights her feelings fearful of opening up and revealing her physical and emotional scars.
Kyle Trent is drawn to Andrea. He tries over and over to befriend her and warm up to her, only to be rejected even though he can see the longing in her eyes. After Kyle rescues Andrea out in a rain storm when her car won’t start, she agrees to go out with him. Their passion ignites and takes off.
But, Andrea is concealing her past and the fact that her ex is stalking her sending her notes and gifts. When the gifts become more personal and threatening Andrea fears not only for herself, but Kyle and his nephew Ryan that lives with him. She has to find the courage to face her past and confide in Kyle before Clint comes to take revenge on her.