…Author Lizzie Lamb is no meek creature… as her Guest Blog Post here clearly demonstrates… #TBSU…

…enjoy !! …

 

author photo - Lizzie Lamb

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.

Last Day of Teaching Career

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.

The New Romantics 4 -logo

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.

 

cover for Tall, Dark and Kilted

BookCover Boot Camp Bride

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

 

Lizzie’s Links

Boot Camp Bride – Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes – November 2013

http://t.co/0WkwlH8bgg

Tall, Dark and Kilted – Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen – 2012

http://t.co/xj2T54mE6j

 

Amazon page: http://tinyurl.com/mpcv6bn

www.facebook.com/LizzieLambwriter

lizzielambwriter@gmail.com

website: www.lizzielamb.co.uk

blog: www.newromantics4.com

Goodreads http://tinyurl.com/cbla48d

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lizzielamb/

twitter: @lizzie_lamb             twitter: @newromantics4

 

…thanks for sharing with us, Lizzie… all the every best for you and the New Romantics… LUV YA!

ALL MY BLOG POSTS ARE FREE TO SHARE/RE-BLOG SHOULD YOU SO WISH—BE MY GUEST!

 

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24 responses to “…Author Lizzie Lamb is no meek creature… as her Guest Blog Post here clearly demonstrates… #TBSU…

  1. Lizzie is a brilliant author, I’ve read both her books and can definitely recommend them, she’s also a lovely person to work with and helps promote any post she’s involved in. Yay Lizzie.

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  2. newromantics4

    Thank Seumas for a fabulous blog post and Rosie for your lovely comments. I’ve learned to ‘pay it forward’ as our American cousins say and I find that writers are a generous and helpful bunch. Or is that just the ones I make friends with? Writing is a panacea for most ills, in my humble opinion. I’m so into it that I even write on holiday – like now. Thanks again Seumas – lang mae yer lum reek.

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  3. newromantics4

    Reblogged this on Lizzie Lamb and commented:
    Thanks to Seumas for widening my social networking reach beyond these four walls.

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  4. Great post. I’ve loved both of Lizzie’s books, and looking forward to the next one.
    Love that line! – ‘Life is not a rehearsal…’

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  5. Lizzie and I shared a publication – anthology contribution by each of us – some time ago, and I really enjoyed her stories then. I have read her first book and thoroughly enjoyed it and I have watched her grow as a writer. Her confidence is increasing with each publication, and with her sense of fun inspiring those of us who have got to know her, especially on Facebook, with the tales of her parrot in particular, keeps us all riveted. What is going to happen next in her books and with her feathered friend we all wonder? Actually I am convinced the parrot writes her books anyway. I’ve seen him in the kilt! I am not normally a romance reader – being a crime writer – but I have enjoyed reading Lizzie immensely. Do check her books out.

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  6. Great blog, Lizzie full of your usual humour. I love your books!

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  7. …Lamb to the Laughter ! 🙂

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  8. Margaret Cullingford

    Entertaining as always Lizzie Lamb, Your blog like you full of humour, and an inspiration to fellow writers. I’m proud to be a member of New Romantics 4, and would never have my debut novel published without you, June Kearns and Adrienne Vaughan. Second out veree soon, promise. As you say, follow your dream . . .

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  9. Terry Tyler

    Sooooper post, Seumas and Lizzie! xx

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  10. Thanks to Lizzie for introducing me to this site, and hello Seumas.

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  11. That is you to a tee! Loving the journey with you, the ups and the downs …and then the ups again. It’s great being part of NR$ …just couldn’t have done it without youse girls!

    And hello Seumas, you’ve no idea what our Lambster has got you into, dear oh dear, these romance writers are …loads of fun!

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  12. newromantics4

    Thanks once again, Seumas, for hosting me on your blog. I have worked hard to spread the word and hope that some of my laydees will do what I’ve done.

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