I learned some amazing new facts last night when I moderated the first Romance Roundtable at our local independent book store, One More Page Books.
I was going to come up with a clever headline. But there is no being clever when you've hit the biggest accomplishment of your adult professional life. I have no irony or sarcasm or wink, wink, nudge, nudge when I realize I've crossed the threshold from "I want to be a professional romance author," to "I AM a professional romance author."
Or, at least, Sara Megibow thinks I can be.
The day-to-day grind of completing a book can sometimes leave me little time or energy for seeking inspiration. But now, in the lovely lull between books, finding and absorbing inspiration is an imperative -- especially as my brain turns from "creating" to "marketing", which can be such an oppressive process.
Here are some of the recent books and articles I've discovered to me keep focused on how lucky I am to be a writer.
In 2011, I finished a book. I sweated over it, I celebrated it, I won a contest with it, and then, when I received, like, eight rejections for it (I'm not kidding), I threw it under the proverbial bed and declared that I was done with fiction writing.
Now, seven years later, after starting a successful freelance business that forced me to write quickly and daily, after discovering the joys of writing serially to enthusiastic fans on Wattpad, and after completing a 50,000-word fanfic and a short story that I'm incredibly proud of, I've completed another book.
Everything has changed about the world of romance fiction since 2011. Fortunately, everything about how I write has changed, too.