This story is very near and dear to my heart because it’s the first full manuscript I’ve ever written! At nineteen I did nothing but daydream as I dove into the world of pure romance. Before then I wasn’t much of a reader, but my college roommates introduced to me to so many wonderful novels, I was inspired to write my own.
During the course of six years, this story has been reshaped numerous times. I thought I was genius back then, and after the year it took to finish, I sent countless query letters to publishers. Of course I received an equal amount of rejection letters, and it was enough for me to put on the shelf for a while. At nineteen I wasn’t very experienced in the romance department. Never had a boyfriend, hadn’t been kissed yet, or even been on a real date! Everything I wrote was either guess work, or inspired by other author’s words. Like a patchwork of fabric that clashed in the weirdest way. Imagine a quilt made of orange taffeta and denim. I mean…you can see the effort, but it just didn’t work too well.
But as time went on, I grew up, lived my own romantic experiences and suddenly…I had a real voice. I had perspective. I had a philosophy. And I became inspired to write other stories that made it to Cedar Fort Publishing. My first book “Unseen Road to Love” was published last year. And after many writer’s conventions and advice from editors, I decided to dust off the novel that started it all.
I had kept the concept of this story and reworked it into something a million times better in my eyes, again, thinking myself a genius, and sent it out. Within two weeks, I received a call that it would come to life in April 2018! I was ecstatic, and going through the motion of designing this cover was an emotional process. I had a lot of say in the design, and by the time it was ready, I did my happy dance! But by the time I reached the subedit…I was in a for a new challenge.
First rule of writing…never believe you are a genius. There will always be other perspectives that will catch the things you miss. And boy did my editor catch about five mistakes on every page. Plot holes, oddly structured sentences, too much telling, contradicting information, no character development, too much intensity, and bombshells that left me in a fetal position. I cut out thirty pages of content, and added a whole new ending that left my nineteen-year-old self a little solemn. I stayed up a full twenty-four hours to make the deadline and when I submitted my revised work at 5:18 AM, I realized just what it means to be a writer. I learned a lot from this experience to understand how to create a beautiful and believable story. One would think after publishing a romance already, I know everything there is to know about writing, but it’s fun to discover new ways of sharing something I believe to be wonderful. And I hope you do as well.
I can’t wait for you to read this story, and I’d love to publish a sequel!
Cheers to you, XO