Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Generosity of Writers

First, thank you for all of your good wishes. I had a lovely birthday without any major catastrophes. Hubby got me an iPod. Pink of course.

I met my friend Linda at a bookstore where Susan Squires was signing THE COMPANION. Her husband Harry was also signing his new book, WHAT ROUGH BEAST which he writes under the name H.R. Knight. What I didn't realize was how many other authors would be signing as well. Mary Castillo and Jennifer Apodaca were also there signing plus several more I can't remember. Just as I was checking out, one more author arrived, Rebecca Forster. So I had to stop and get her books. While she was signing, I mentioned how I saw her at my chapter meeting and liked her presentation. She started asking me about my writing, what I wrote, where I was at. As I told her about my rejections, she totally jumped on it and said I needed to be more aggressive. She outlined some ideas on what I should be doing and how to go about it. She turned to my friend Linda and told her she needs to keep tabs on me and to email her if I am not doing as I should. And I need to spend some money on some lucky shoes.

I was impressed she would take the time out to really be interested in my career as an unpubbed and to share her experience and knowledge. Her enthusiasm and exuberance was definitely contagious.

I am always humbled at the generosity of writers in the romance genre. We as a group tend to be the biggest supporters of one another, the loudest cheerleaders. And those who have succeeded are eager to help struggling writers achieve their dreams.

Hopefully Linda absorbed more than I did. I was a bit overwhelmed (I'm easily starstruck). Linda is the only non-writer friend of mine who reads my stuff and is probably a better judge of my writing than anyone else. I have no doubt she will keep me on the crooked yet narrow path to publication.

9 comments:

Kelly Parra said...

Sounds like you had a great day. And cheers for Rebecca Forster! There are not many writers out there who can see past their own careers. But it's wonderful to meet the ones who do. =)

Amy said...

Wow, sounds like a great time! So cool about Rebecca Forster. :) And happy late birthday!

Michelle said...

Isn't it wonderful when authors stop to lend a helping hand? :)

kacey said...

Wow, that was nice of her to take the time to mentor you like that, wasn't it?

So, are you taking her advice? And do tell us about your lucky shoes after you buy them!!

Melissa Marsh said...

Yay! Glad hubby got the pink iPod. And sounds like the birthday went well.
That is so neat that Rebecca Forster gave you some advice. Yeah, you're right - we romance authors really do cheer each other on. That's why I love this genre so much.

Shalla de Guzman said...

Cheers!

Suzanne said...

I agree! Writers are great people!! :)

Tori said...

That is so cool about Rebecca Forster!

Jill said...

I used to live in Los Angeles, and Rebecca Forster was one of the first authors I met when I joined RWA. I just remember how wonderful and gracious she was to me, the newbie!