Please give a warm Casa welcome to fellow Sourcebooks Casablanca Author Jeanette Murray, whose debut romance The Officer Says “I Do” is in stores this month! Her road to publication begins in a place that we all know very well…
I am so excited to be with you all today on the Casablanca blog talking about my first paperback release, The Officer Says “I Do.” I thought I might share with you the story of how I got to this point. And actually, the journey started right here on the Casablanca Authors blog. (Aspiring authors? Pay attention.)
I had a full book completed, and saw on the Casablanca blog that Deb Werksman was hosting a pitch contest. Pitch your book in the comments section of that blog post, and she would pick a winner. The winner would have their pitch critiqued. A huge prize, especially if you’re attending a conference soon. Well, instead of a pitch critique, she requested my and a few other writers’ books to be sent in for submissions directly to her. Score!
After she read the first book, she said she enjoyed it, but the hook wasn’t strong enough. But did I happen to have any of those Marines I’d mentioned earlier done? Why sure! Here, have a three-chapter sample of the first book. Let me know what you think.
About a month later, I got a call from an unknown number. I don’t know why, but I just thought…this is it. I answered, and I hear someone say, “This is Deb Werksman from Sourcebooks.”
This is it. This is it!
Actually, it’s not. What it ended up being was Deb telling me while she appreciated the story, and she knew I had something going for me, the beginning was too slow. We chatted for a bit on ways to punch it up. As I asked questions, I found myself uttering the world’s most stupid thing ever…
“So you’re saying it’s too info dumpy?”
There was a long pause, in which I had plenty of time to mouth silently to myself Info dumpy? DUMPY?? Who uses the word “dumpy” when you’re talking to an editor?
Luckily, Deb either blocked out that moment of sheer brilliance, or she forgave me, because after she got the revised chapters, she let me know she loved them. And so began my relationship with Sourcebooks.
What’s the lesson here? Opportunities in life come out of the most unexpected places. And also…never use the word “dumpy” when you’re attempting to impress someone. Important reminder, kids.
Have you ever said something you immediately realized was ridiculous and wanted to take back? Share in my embarrassment, folks. Don’t leave me hanging!
Congratulations Jeanette on the release of your novel and thank you for stopping by the Casa blog again—way to come full circle. To enter to win 1 of 2 copies of The Officer Says “I Do,” please share in the comments a moment in your life that has come full circle, just like Jeanette’s road to publication with Sourcebooks. US and Canada only, and be sure to leave an email address so we can let you know if you won! Winners will be chosen on Tuesday, July 10.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeanette Murray is a contemporary romance author who spends her day surrounded by hunky alpha heroes…at least in her mind. In real life, she’s a one-hero kind of woman, married to her own real-life Marine. When she’s not chasing her daughter or their lovable-but-stupid Goldendoodle around the house, she’s deep in her own fictional world, building another love story. As a military wife, she would tell you where she lives…but by the time you read this, she’ll have already moved. To see what Jeanette is up to next, visit www.jeanettemurray.com.