I want to share my news here, where I feel the love and support of my fellow authors who are on the same journey. So, something good happened, something I've waited for and dreamed about since I put pen to paper (literally) the summer I graduated from high school and decided I wanted to write romance books when I grew up. Thirty-six years later, I finally got the call I had stopped believing would ever come. Apparently, I'm a slow maturer! Now mind you, I've been published for six years. I was thrilled when that first digital contract was offered, and the first box of print on demand books was delivered to my door. Nothing is quite as wonderful for an author as the emotional connection to holding a book with your name on the cover. But I never lost the desire to see my books on a shelf in an actual bookstore.
I think we've all been there.
I've felt the frustration, convinced it was all about luck. Thinking that no matter how hard I worked or how good my books were, having my babies brush shoulders with Nora's on a shelf in an actual store wasn't ever going to happen. Turns out, it isn't a total crap-shoot, after all. Apparently we can make our own luck. I hope my story will inspire every author out there who is tempted to give up on their dream.
I've written and published or contracted a total of 18 books over the last six years. I've gone from small publisher to self publishing to a search for an agent to the digital imprint of a large publisher. I think I can say with confidence that my writing has continued to improve. I've worked hard and put out two or more titles per year. I kept producing, even when sales were awful and I felt like a complete failure. Still, I had confidence in my work and kept at it. And little by little the sales improved, and my publisher took notice and began promoting my books. Their efforts grew my audience. As my latest series, Born To Be Wilde, gets ready to launch into cyberspace at the end of this month, my editor told me my pub wanted to consider something new from me. I came up with the premise and blurbs for a three book romantic suspense series, per their request, then wrote a synopsis and the first three chapters of the first book. Then I waited...and waited...and waited.
The phone call finally came. But it wasn't from Marci, my editor at Lyrical, the digital imprint of Kensington. It was from Martin, who is much higher up the food chain. And he made the offer I'd hoped for but never really believed I'd get. He told me my books had attracted notice, that my readership was growing, and that the team at Kensington felt I was ready for print. Would I be interested in a 3 book contract with their new Lyrical mass market paperback line, which would launch in 2018?
Uh, hell yeah I'd be interested! So, in March and July and December of 2018, I'll have books with my name on them on shelves in actual brick and mortar stores. Okay, maybe I won't rub shoulders with Nora since she's an R and I'm a G, but I think I can live with that!
The moral of this admittedly long post is...Don't give up! Keep writing and improving your craft. Keep putting out those books until you grow a following. It took me 36 years and 18 books, but it happened. Perseverance won! Now all I have to do is write these next three books to the best of my ability and promote the ones I have coming out, and hope all the planets line up in the galaxy in 2018 and those babies sell!
If I can do it, you can do it, too!
So, while we're waiting for 2018 to roll around or even for Wilde One to launch at the end of the month, marketing is pushing my old series. Every Move She Makes is on sale for 99 cents for the entire month of September, and Every Step She Takes is selling for 99 cents for two more days. Get them while they're hot at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Apple iBooks! Visit my website for info on all my books, and happy reading!
Uh-huh. Never doubted it for a minute. Mega congratulations! It was nice to be 'in the room' when most of those babies were born. Now, quit glowing and get to work!! ;-)
Yay, Jannine! Congratulations!!!
Oh, Jannine...how WONDERFUL! I'm almost in tears. I can't wait to waltz into my local B&N and say, "I know this author. She's fabulous. Buy her book." :D
I am so happy for you! You'll be wonderful.
Thank you, ladies! Your awesome critiquing certainly had something to do with it, Margo. Angela, Leah and Liz, I truly appreciate all the support!
Congrats Jannine! I enjoyed reading this uplifting post...great pick-me-upper for all of us.
Great news, Jannine. See me doing a happy dance for you? (No that wasn't an earthquake.) You've worked hard for this and I'm so happy for you. Congratulations!
Joanne and Diane, thank you! I hope this news will inspire others to keep at it!
Woot!! Congratulations, Jannine!!
I'm so thrilled for you and happy dancin' with all the 'roses' here! It's so great to hear good news for change, and for someone who's been in the trenches for a few years, writing, promoting, and working hard to improve her craft. Here's another WOOT!
Wow, that's wonderful Jannine! Congratulations!!
I love your books, Jannine, and you deserve this. Your writing has improved and it's no wonder your fan base is growing. Your latest releases should get notice. You give me hope. Your dream has been my dream too. Good luck!
Oh my gosh, this is fabulous news!!! So very happy for you!! Woohooo!!!
Congratulations Jannine. So happy for you. Perseverance pays off.
Jannine, your success story gives us all hope. What I like about your journey is the persistence part...an 'everywoman' trait all of us can find within ourselves. I'm also buoyed by the idea our writing improves over time. Now, the statistic I found, God know where, is that it takes 20 books before readers/publishers put the big bucks in your hand...and you beat that stat. Even better. Relish this moment and keep writing those great stories!
SQUEE!!! Oh, can I be you when I grow up? I'm so proud of you! I really am. You've attained the dream we all have but watch it dim daily. I think we--especially me, because I've been in such a writer's funk--can all rejoice with and learn from you. Thanks so much for sharing your joy with us. I feel better already. I can't wait to walk into the bookstore and pluck the book off the shelf and march to the register, grinning from ear to ear. Whoot!
I'm so excited for you, Jannine! Maybe someday I can say the same thing.
Congratulations! and I really enjoyed reading this uplifting post!
Thanks everyone! I'm at the boat ramp and they took my wi-fi modem! The nerve! Will comment when I have a computer instead of my phone!
Well done, you! Well deserved.
Such fabulous news! Congratulations!
Way to go Jannine!
When I saw your comment yesterday that you had big news to reveal, this is EXACTLY what I hoped for! I'm so excited to have been plodding along in your wake through most of your publishing journey. I love your books, and now many more readers will, too.
BTW - this is why I always pay attention to your edits and comments. I may not follow every single recommendation, but I go with at least 95% of them!
Congratulations! Well done!
Wow Jannine, that really is such amazing news. I am so pleased for you. Very well deserved and hearty congratulations. It has give me a real boost reading this so thank you for sharing and here's to the future! If OK with you I'd like to share your post? x
Thanks, Nicole. Share away!
Finally have wifi! Thanks to everyone for their kind and encouraging words. I feel blessed to have such supportive friends. This is definitely a story of persistence paying off!
Whoohooo, Jannine! Congratulations and best wishes!
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