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It’s Never Too Late to Realise a Dream
For me, my dream came true when I took early retirement from teaching after thirty four years at the chalk face and pursued my dream to become a published author. When I retired a colleague gave me a pillow embroidered with: May All Your Dreams Come True and since then I’ve done my best to make it happen.
So far, it’s been a great journey.
I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association as a member of the New Writers’ Scheme. It took me two years to write my first novel (a romantic comedy) and to submit it to the scheme. I received a critique from a published author in my genre, and although I didn’t agree with everything she said, I went away and worked on the manuscript a bit more. After receiving lots of encouragement from other RNA members I felt the manuscript was ready to be submitted to agents. I pinned my hopes on being published by Little Black Dress (Headline) but, sadly, my timing was all wrong as, in the interim, Little Black Dress had stopped taking submissions.
One of the harsh lessons I’ve learned about the writing world is that changes happen very quickly: submissions close, agents and editors move on, fashions alter. You have to strike while the iron is hot. (excuse the cliché)
I then submitted the completed manuscript to an editor who suggested I lengthen it from 83, 000 words to 110,000 words and develop some of the themes. I did as suggested and Tall, Dark and Kilted (with my love of my homeland written on every page) was born. Again, RNA friends came forward with lots of suggestions what to do next. I will be eternally grateful to Amanda Grange (author of Mr Darcy’s Diary) who suggested that I shouldn’t waste another two years sending out to agents etc. as ‘times were a-changing’. Taking Mandy’s advice I self-published Tall, Dark and Kilted on amazon in November 2012 – and the rest, as they say, is history. In November 2013 I published Boot Camp Bride and my readership continues to grow.
Believing there’s strength in numbers (!) I formed a small publishing group: The New Romantics 4 and we published our debut novels in November 2012. I didn’t know how it would all work out but I can seriously say that it’s the best thing I have ever done. Log on to our website: www.newromantics4.com to learn more about us, our journey to publication and our books.
I am currently working on my third rom com, returning to my homeland of Scotland for another encounter with men in kilts, vicious midges and an American who is not all what he seems. There’s no stopping me now.
Were all those years as a teacher and Deputy Head of a large primary school wasted? Not a bit. I’ve carried forward all my organisation skills, determination and expertise and channelled them into my writing. I’ve created a social networking presence, become a tweep and a blogger and – thanks to Amazon – my novels have been downloaded all round the world.
My advice to anyone is: Life is not a rehearsal. If you have a dream go out there and make it a reality
Boot Camp Bride – Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes – November 2013
Tall, Dark and Kilted – Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen – 2012
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