On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Monday, October 31, 2005

How I Got Published.

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HeartMate won the Wisconsin Fabulous Five contest, paranormal category in 2000 judged by Cindy Hwang of Berkley/Jove. I was pleased and excited because the contest had been advertised heavily on RWA's Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Chapter Loop and I knew the competition was stiff. Also, I'd gotten used to my futuristic doing erratically because of (my rationalization) competing with time travel, ghosts and other paranormal stories that seem more accessible to the standard reader/writer

Due to the market at that time I'd been rejected by several agents. I revised HeartMate and sent the ms. off to Berkley in a Priority Mail envelope written with permanent marker in LARGE letters: "Awarded First Place in Wisconsin's Fabulous Five Contest by Cindy Hwang.". A few months later I sent a follow-up letter. It was returned. Berkley Publishing Group had moved (merged into Penguin Putnam). I invested in an Express Mail letter that I could track. It was forwarded. About a month later Cindy Hwang left a message on my answering machine (which is unusual for her) that she wanted to make an offer for HeartMate (I'm sure the telepathic cat with an attitude sold the book). That was a Friday in January, and I picked up the message on Superbowl Sunday. HeartMate came out in December of 2001 as part of Berkley's Magical Love Line (now defunct), the first futuristic fantasy romance published by Berkley.

May all your writing dreams come true.
Love,
Robin

2 Comments:

Anonymous a reader said...

Very grateful to your publisher for giving all of us a chance; I must say that these gentlemen in the cover made me get the book from the library, then from the first line I could not put the book down.... and since it was worth a second read, I bought it and so on with the other stories about the Celta magic. Keep them coming!!!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thanks! The reaction to T'Ash on the cover has been pro/con...even for me. Latest cover news is that HeartMate will be reissued with an celtic amber necklace of some sort on the cover...

Robin

6:13 PM  

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