Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Slow and Steady Wins the Race...by Rachel Brimble

Please join  me in welcoming Rachael Brimble to The Roses of Prose today. Take it away, Rachel!

I decided to write a little bit about my writing journey today as I am enjoying the thrilling status of becoming a new Kensington (The Seduction of Emily available now) and Harlequin Superromance author (Finding Justice was released February 2013)

To say I am happy would be a gargantuan understatement!

The thing is, this success did not happen overnight by any means and no matter what happens with regards to my future career, I will always shout the benefits and advantages of the quality small presses out there. For me, they are worth writing for and they are worth learning from.

Too many aspiring writers view small press as a last resort. They write their stories and then submit to every agent going, every big publisher that takes unsolicited submissions, every mid-list publisher until they say, “Fine, small press it is then.”

Then wonder why they get rejected from them too.

For me, writing is a craft – a huge robust learning curve that you have to open your mind and heart too if you stand any chance of making it. Reputable small presses are ran by people who love books, love writers and especially love readers. They want to deliver good quality stories that will appeal to their genre readers and more than that, they want them to come back for more.

So why would they accept a story that you tossed at them as a last resort? They won’t. They know they deserve more respect than that.

I started writing short stories about ten years ago and gradually moved on to longer and longer novels, until I found my happy place at around 85-90,000 words. I went from being multi-published with the likes of The Wild Rose Press and Lyrical Press to my position now of being a Kensington and Harlequin Superromance author.

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Yet, I still intend to do my best to write novellas as often as I possibly can for the publishers who molded my success. Why? Because I won’t forget the people who believed in me from the start.

If you believe in yourself and are willing to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible, my journey could easily be yours too. The editors I have worked with have taught me SO much and I wouldn’t have a chance of learning my craft without their encouragement, patience and support.

Embrace small press – I do!

Rachel’s latest release is a Victorian romance novel with eKensington. “The Seduction of Emily” is available to download now. Here’s the blurb:
Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel. . .

Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.

Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.

Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible. . .

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Twitter: @rachelbrimble


Margo Hoornstra said...

Wonderful story of success, Rachel. Nice to see a fellow Class of '85er spread her wings. Best of luck in all you do.

Jannine Gallant said...

Yep, I'm determined to be just like you when I grow up. LOL I fully agree that it is a journey not a race to reach success. There's a lot to learn along the way. Thanks for visiting us today!

Alison Henderson said...

My small-press experience mirrors yours, and I'll always value it - even if I decide to spread my wings a bit. Congratulations on all your successes!

Rachel Brimble said...

Good morning, ladies!!

Thanks for stopping by today - I have to stand back every now and then to realize this is actually happening because I still feel as though I've no clue what i'm doing, lol!

I am just in front of the computer now starting to plot Harlequin book 4 and NOTHING is happening. Somehow we get from there to a finished book, but each time I have no clue how i did it :)

The one thing I do know for sure, is I couldn't write without the support of my fellow romance authors!

Rachel x