Monday, April 22, 2013

Vicky Dreiling: The Glamorous Life of an Author

The day I sold my first book (June 19, 2009) I knew my life would change, but for that shining moment, all I cared about was celebrating with my writing friends. I didn’t think too much beyond savoring my accomplishment, but despite knowing many published authors, I still had visions that my life would somehow become … glamorous. My first indication that the writer’s life might not be all glam occurred with the dreaded Professional Author Photo. I distinctly recall asking the photographer if he could work miracles with Photoshop. Notably, my Professional Author Photo looks ….like me.

So much for glamming up.

My second indication that the writer’s life might not be nearly as glamorous as I’d hoped occurred when I got my first revision letter. It was almost as long as the book. OK, I am exaggerating, but I gulped multiple times as I read that letter.

My third indication that the writer’s life might not be nearly as glamorous as I’d envisioned occurred in the frantic middle of revising my first book. One late evening, I paused for air and realized I’d never gotten out of my pajamas.

My fourth indication that writing might not be glamorous occurred while brushing my teeth one morning. I looked in the mirror and thought, OMG, my hair made me look like … Medusa.

My fifth indication that writing might be just a little glamorous occurred when I finished the final round of revisions on my first book. I got a bit teary eyed as I realized that my editor’s brilliant insights had helped me transform that debut novel.

After sending off that final version of my first book, I knew the actual writing wasn’t even remotely glamorous, but the day I received my first Advance Reader Copies of HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, I was thrilled and took multiple photos.

Four years after selling my first book, I find there is no glamor involved in the creation part of a book, but there is something far more special. My thanks to all of the readers who email, tweet or send Facebook messages letting me know they enjoyed one of my books. I assure you, that part is just a tiny bit glamorous.

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Vicky Dreiling is a Triple RITA finalist, confirmed historical romance junkie, and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” Her upcoming release WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS publishes May 28, 2013.
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Man Candy Fans said...

I forgot to tell Leah that I'm giving away 1 Advance Reader copy of WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS (US/CA only)

Vicky Dreiling

Connie said...

Hi, Vicky!

I’m so happy for you with all of your wonderful successes. I’m sure that the actual writing of a novel cannot be glamorous because it must involve simple blood, sweat and tears. However, the glamorous part comes afterward when the book has been published and received with glowing reviews. That’s what makes it all worth it. Congratulations! I’m so looking forward to reading “What a Wicked Earl Wants.” All the best!

Kellianne said...

A very sweet post. We, the readers, do think what you do is very glamorous! I already have an ARC and will be reviewing it soon so I don't need the book. Just wanted to say I enjoyed the post.

Betty Hamilton said...

I'm sure there is a lot of glamorous occasions. But I am also sure that being an author is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. However, you do it so well.... keep on giving us those wonderful reads!!

regencygirl01 said...

I would love to get glamorous, I am normally in jeans and tee shirt, or dressed to teach

erin said...

Congrats Vicky on your journey and success!!! Love your books and I look forward to this newest one :)

Mary Kirkland said...

I'm sure seeing that first book out there for readers to read was a very glamorous smile worthy time for you. Thanks for the wonderful post.

Man Candy Fans said...

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. Today, you all sprinkled a little glam in my life. And boy do I need it. I'm packing for a booksigning in Fort Worth and for the Romantic Times conference. At the moment I look like a "bag lady." OK, that was definitely a silly joke.


Carol L. said...

Vicky, I really enjoyed your post. The glamor is when you're all finished and we get to enjoy all the Blood, Sweat and Tears you have put into this book. I love your books and can't wait to read
What A Wicked Earl Wants.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Quilt Lady said...

Great post and what a beautiful cover! Love the sound of this book and I would love to read it. Thanks for sharing it with us today.

quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

Pat Cochran said...

That is truly a double WOW cover! Just put this
book on my TBR list! Looking forward to reading

Pat C.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

Thanks for the real truth about writing... sometimes we readers think that 'it just flows out' and that there's no struggle. But that's usually our impression because of the quality of the final product... And hey!... if the jammies work -- who's to be negative about it... As always, a beautiful cover and I'm looking forward to your latest!
PS can I photoshop my drivers license photo?

kipha said...

Much congrats on your books thus far! And thank you so much for the great insight on the truth about a not so glamorous life as a writer. Although my life isn't glamorous in the first place it was a great assurance that I didn't need to change much. LOL just kidding~ I do need to change my looks but oh well, when time comes.

Man Candy Fans said...


I just finished packing for 2 different conferences. What was I thinking? or Not. LOL. But the booksignings will be a lot of fun as it's my chance to talk to readers in person. That's pretty glamorous in my book!

Chrisbails said...

I love Vicki's books. An ARC would be awesome. I am very excited for a new series.
My question for Vicki is any new series or more books coming out or in the works? Thanks for the chance to win.
christinebails at yahoo dot com

Barbara E. said...

Awww, we all dream of the glamorous writer's life, but you just have to burst our bubble Vicky. At least we can all get the benefit of your hard work by reading your lovely stories. :D

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Karen H in NC said...

Thanks for a peek into the reality of an author's life! Are you telling me you DON'T look your professional author photo when you hop out of bed in the morning? I loved the part about staying in your PJs all day! Congratulations on this latest release.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Bwhaha nice Vicky :) I've had that pj moment myself. lol All those less than glamorous moment sure paid off. I just loved that book :) And can't wait for your next!!


Laurie G said...

I agree that the cover is perfect!

AS a reader I can't imagine how thrilling it must be to see your name on the book cover!

Congrats! Best wishes for continued success!

I'd love to read your book WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS!!! A Sinful Scoundrel!!

Josie Hink said...

You have some of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. Do you get to have a say in the choice??


Shannon Baker said...

Thanks for your comments.I agree with you.

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Man Candy Fans said...

Erin, thank you so much. I really appreciate your support. xoxo

Man Candy Fans said...

Chris, there are two more books coming out for The Sinful Scoundrels Series. Book 2 will be out in March 2014. I don't know the date for book 3.

Man Candy Fans said...

Depends on which day Karen. If I'm having lunch with my author friends,well... Let's just say I clean up very well LOL. Most of the time, I'm in pjs or if I'm really "glamming" it up, I put on shorts. I live in TX after all!

Man Candy Fans said...

Anna xoxo!

Man Candy Fans said...

Actually Laurie G, that part is unbelievably fantastic. I got a bit misty-eyed the first time my ARCs for HOW TO MARRY A DUKE arrived.

Man Candy Fans said...

Hi Josie,

I do have some say in the covers, but honestly, the art department at Forever Romance does such a great job. All three covers will feature jewel tones. It really makes the cover pop.

Martha Lawson said...

I love your books and I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Karen H in NC said...

It's the end of April now and I'm wondering when a winner will be drawn for Vicky's giveaway?