Thursday, March 4, 2010

WOW! Has It Really Been One Whole Year???
































Yep, it's been exactly one year...

And it's hard to believe that I now have eight e-books out, plus one PRINT Anthology!

Boy, how times have changed!

Back in 1987, when I first submitted one of my many romances to a NY publishing house, I got a reject letter than had a highlighted sentence on it:

"We are returning your manuscript. Your book is too racy for our romance line. Try Penthouse or Playboy Books."

LOL! When I first submitted Out of Her Dreams in November 2008, it was initially rejected because it wasn't hot enough! A quick brush-up, a few more "c" and "p" words tossed in to modernize "shaft" and "sheath", and I had a contract. The book was too long to fit publisher's guidelines, so I dumped about half the plot and cleaned up things that were extraneous...and voila! Romantica! I got the contract in January of 2009, the book came out in June. I haven't stopped or looked back since!

After hoarding my manuscripts for 20-30 years, it feels like a miracle to see them now in print. Modernized, of course. :P I sat down and wrote two of the short books (Hallie's Cats and Double Your Pleasure) just a few months ago, testing my muse to see if she is still alive and kicking. She came out swinging, and now I am brushing up another of my older books, modernizing it and getting it ready to submit.

I just submitted the sequel to Cats to see if it flies...I also wrote that just this past month. I think my new editor is pulling her hair out by the roots by now...I think I sent it in incorrectly pre-edited. You see, I have two publishers, and I often mix up formats when I submit. /:(

It's a simple fix, but that's a terrible way to introduce your work to a brand new editor. LOL! Never get old! The mind goes first...then the rest answers the call of gravity.

Well...if all goes well, I will be turning in one or two books a month,and hopefully a few of them will get contracted. Crossing my fingers and my eyes...

Hugs!

Here's to another productive year.

Fran
http://www.franleeromance.com



9 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Fran! I wish you much success! You are an amazing and talented lady : )

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  2. Congrats to a wonderful year of great books. Wishes for many, many more years. You rock Fran!

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  3. Congratulations Fran! That is a very successful year indeed...I wish you many many more fruitful years to come. :)

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  4. Fran,

    I bow down to your greatness!!! Congrats!

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  5. Major congrats on a great year! I know this one will be excellent too! Kisses!

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  6. Thanks so much for the kind words, ladies! One of the most rewarding things about being an erotic author is the fabulous group of people I have come into contact with...who have given me their friendship and kind hearts. It humbles me to realize how wonderful you all are and how much fine talent you all have. Thank YOU!

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  7. Aw, happy anniversary, honey! You have put out a great body of work in such a short time. Proud and happy we are friends. You're right...the friendships are the best part of this business. MUAH!

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