This year, has been a big year. On the 21st January I got The Call. By the time this blog appears my book, a Mills and Boon/Harlequin Medical It Started with a Pregnancy will be on the shelves in the UK. Since January I've been on a steep learning curve. I've learned things I didn't even realise I needed to know!
So, I thought I would share with you some of the things I've learned in the last few months, rather than give you a Call story!
1. Revisions This was the first thing I had to master. I had four sets before I got The Call. And for the two books I've sold since I've had two sets for both.
2. Contracts People say that Harlequin contracts are boilerplate and don't change. I've asked for a few amendments and got them without any problem.
3. Pseudonym I had to pick a pseudonym as someone already writes romance novels in the US under my own name. I ended up with a list of 7, which my workmates all voted on. Scarlet was the obvious choice for me as I have a red car, numerous red coats and bags, a red bedroom, a red living room......etc, etc, etc.
4. Website After I picked my pseudonym, I had to register for a website name and get my website set up. I was lucky, I had a colleague who could help with this and you can visit me at www.scarlet-wilson.com
5. Publicity I finally set up an Author Page on Facebook. (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Scarlet-Wilson-Author-Page/124872094266360) I also have a blog, linked to my website, but so far have resisted the temptation to Twitter. Right now, I want to concentrate on my writing. The less distractions - the better!
6. Write every day. This is probably the most important thing that I've learned. I work full-time and have two young sons who have activities nearly every night of the week. Time is at a premium in my house. I've learned the best time for me is lunch time. I can write 1000 in half an hour. So I do that everyday. Some are good, some are bad, it doesn't matter!
7. Take the good with the bad. Yes, I've had a bad review already. But, I've also had seven great reviews. And I have to be pragmatic about it. I don't love every book I read - and I can't expect everyone to love mine.
8. I really love writing! A few years ago I worried in case I wouldn't have more ideas for a story. This seems to be unfounded, as at present, I'm working on book 4, have 2 ideas for new medical stories and an idea for a Riva.
To celebrate, I'd like to give away one of my books. It's a 2-in-1 with Sue Mackay's Return of the Maverick. Distance is no object, so to enter just leave a comment below. I'll post the winner back in the comments in a few days time.