You’ve probably heard it said that when an editor buys your work, they also buy you. Well, I really took that to heart. I decided to target Harlequin Superromance before I was published, then watched for their editorial staff to be listed as attendees at various writer conferences. That’s right. I was an editor stalker.
And when I say stalker, I mean it only in the nicest sense. I submitted work months in advance of the small conferences and then a few weeks prior to the event, I’d drop them notes referencing my submitted material and mentioning I looked forward to seeing them at the conference. After a year, my stalking paid off and I received a revision letter on one of my stories. I completed revisions and sent the manuscript back.
One weekday morning, as I was in the shower, my husband burst into the bathroom, yanked open the shower door, and held up a towel. Now, some of you might expect a sexy come-on, but what I got was, “Paula is on the phone. Get out now.” Paula being Paula Eykelhof, senior editor at Harlequin.
Dripping, I scribed my next set of revision notes on several small sheets from our phone notepad. I made the revisions and sent the manuscript back. Months later, Paula left a message on my answering machine, asking me if I was attending a conference in Phoenix. I hadn’t planned on it, but I immediately signed up.
A few days before conference, Paula asked me to meet with her after the conference sessions were over for the day. She was late. I was pacing. When she finally showed up, she took me into the bar, bought me a glass of champagne, and told me she was buying my book. I’ll always be grateful to Paula for creating such a special memory for me.
During the course of our drink, I told her I was relieved, because I thought she was going to ask me for another revision. She laughed and told me I still had revisions to do. She later gave me an 11-page, single spaced revision letter. It took me eight hours just to make the revisions on the first chapter!
Have you ever gone a little nutty trying to achieve your dream?
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Melinda Curtis is a USA Today bestseller. Her April Heartwarming release is A Man of Influence.
P.S. Roz, do you remember this? It was at Desert Dreams and afterward we went to Tara's house.