Lori Robinett: {Creating} My Path

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Bucket List: A Contract

Contract!

Contract!

A momentous occasion, at least in my little corner of the Universe, occurred this week. I was offered a contract for a novel that I wrote in 2004 for my very first National Novel Writing Month. I was a winner in 2004. Those 30 days taught me that I really could complete a rough draft and write those magical words: THE END. I wrote the last 31 pages in a mad dash in a single day and when I finished, there were tears streaming down my cheeks. A decade later and I am very nearly that happy again.

Over the years, I shared that draft copy with folks to encourage them to participate in National Novel Writing Month, and I have sent it through my critique group more times than I (or they!) care to admit. I’ve polished and improved and, now, finally, it is going to pay off.

I queried. They asked to see the full manuscript. I sent it off and held my breath. Then, on Wednesday of this week, I received an email saying they’d be sending a contract. I held my breath again. Could it really be happening? I dared not even hope that this book could actually be published. Then I received the most wonderful, exciting thing by email yesterday – a contract. A real, live (sort of) publishing contract. It even says there in the first paragraph, “Lori L. Robinett, hereinafter called the “Author.”

Though I have been writing seriously since 2003, it feels as if things are suddenly happening very quickly. A few of my works were selected for publication in Well Versed 2014 (for which I am honored), which launches in two weeks. I’ve made it through the initial synopsis round for a new series called Lobster Cove by The Wild Rose Press, and my final manuscript is due within the next two weeks. And now, Denim and Diamonds will be released, well, sometime. Date to be announced!

<SIGH>

I can’t even begin to express how excited and blessed I feel right now.

The Wild One’s Hunger by Ericca Thornhill

Amazon carries The Wild One’s Hunger

I am pleased to share my space today with Ericca Thornhill. We’ve known each other for years, and I am proud to count her as a friend and am honored to have her as a critique partner. Her first book has been contracted by The Wild Rose Press, so I asked her to share a few words with us about her work. Ericca, welcome aboard!Lori, thanks for inviting me to post on your blog, it’s quite a treat.
I really enjoy your writing, so it means a lot to me to get a chance
to write to your fans!Do you remember the days when writing was just fun to do?  My sisters
and I would spend time in our room writing plays, with a part for each
of us. Once my sister got a diary with a beautiful brown binding and a
little key, and we took Mark Twains’ Adam and Eve story to new lows,
with the humor of middle schoolers.  We illustrated our story as Adam
and Eve learned to live with the dinosaurs.
I think that most writers start this way. Writing is in our blood,


it’s something that we do for fun. I never knew that I was a writer,
isn’t that strange?  I thought that I was a reader, and a drawer, and
a scientist. If someone had said to me that I was a writer, I would
have wondered what they were talking about.  Even though I submitted
to the school literary journal, I wrote for fun, I never thought I’d
try to make it into anything.
And as I grew, great insights would fill my mind, and I’d stay up all


night writing novels. It only took me about five novels to make me
realize that I was a writer. I guess that sometimes things are so
obvious that you can’t see them clearly.
And now as I write, the frenzied midnight writing sessions and middle


school humor has calmed down a bit. I’ve re-learned a lot of those old
rules that I never paid attention to in high school, and reached
success by looking for what the Wild Rose Press wanted.  Changing from
a nonwriter to a writer has changed how I write. But I never stopped
writing.
I wish you good writing time.

Ericca Thornhill has published her first romantic fantasy novella with


the Wild Rose Press. Entitled “The Wild One’s Hunger,” it delves into
the dream of one perfect soul made just for you. It can be ordered at:
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=4981

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