Friday, March 12, 2010

Encore Blog Entry: Energized and Motivated Without Margaritas

Okay, so today is Cassy's day to blog, but unfortunately, she can't. It's not like she's a slacker, so I guess we'll have to accept her excuse.

She's snowed in in Tuscany. Yep, you heard me right. Our Cassy is stuck in Tuscany, Italy, where they're having record snowfalls.

From Cassy sent via iPhone. "Can you believe it?? Haven't been out-except to tramp around- since Monday. No Internet. Can't get on our blog on my phone. Gonna have to bag the post on Friday. Sorry everyone. I think my next blog will be about being locked away. At least they brought in food in a monster truck that could get up the drive."

I feel so sorry for her - NOT! She's in freakin' Italy with no husband, no distractions and a truck load of food! A writer's dream!

Anyway, instead of not posting anything, I copied an earlier blog of mine from the first week before my blogmates joined me. It's about rejection letters and staying motivated. I would love your comments.

I just got home from my DARA meeting (Dallas Area Romance Authors) where the guest speaker was Christie Craig ( She told us at the beginning of her program that she would entertain us, educate us and motivate us, and wow, she hit a home run on all three. The entertaining part had the entire room in stitches as she told a story about her "frugal" husband, a cheap rental car, a mattress on the Interstate and a good old Texas boy. OMG! I was crying! It's too long to tell here plus it's her story, but trust me when I say, if you ever meet her, ask about it.

Next, she moved to the educating part, centering on Plot, Setting, Voice, etc. Now anyone who's been an RWA member for very long has already sat in on dozens of workshops on these topics. Another OMG! She said the same things I've learned before but in a way that made me think I hadn't. There were so many lightbulb moments when she spoke, I wondered how I had ever penned a novel without her words of wisdom. If you have an opportunity go to her workshop, do it. It's very enlightening.

Lastly, she pulled out a big packing box with 2 large envelopes (the Tyvex kind you get at the PO.) As she told us how someone like her who quit school in the tenth grade decided one day she was going to write, she kept dumping rejection letter after rejection letter into the big box. We were all amazed at the number of letters. Then, she pulled out another envelope and kept dumping. There were probably 2 or 3 hundred. That was our motivation part. Since those letters, she has published six books plus a "How to" romance writing book. (Check out her website.)

The moral of the story - never let anyone else tell you that you're not a writer. You only lose that title when you stop writing.

I came home really excited and can't wait to get back to my manuscript (after my nap, of course.)

Oh, and I got my roses today. DARA gives a white rose for the first sale and a pink one for every one after that. I love pink!!

So, I decided rejection letters would be a great subject for us to jaw about today. What's the best or worse one you've ever received? My best one came from the late Kate Duffy at Kensington who said I was a talented writer. The worst was a printed postcard with "No" on it.

Geez! Why bother?


Mary Martinez said...

Blog well worth re-posting!

Cassy love ya, but so jealous, Wine Italy and privacy. Sheesh.

Rejections letters? The worst was from Elizabeth Pomada, where she literally wrote around the edges of my query and sent it back to me in my SASE.

The best was from Megan McKeever from Pocket Books who say it was a joy to read, but they were cutting back on their mysteries.

I have two files one paper and one cyber with ALL my rejections from the day I started submitting. I may have topped Stephen King's 200 mark.

There you have it!

Lindsay said...

Cassy has all the luck. Should demand to see pictures and bet the truck driver was a hunky guy to make her life miserable. Hehehe.
Anyway. The best rejection I got-my first. Because, it meant all my hard work wasn't for naught. Someone actually read something I wrote. Even if it wasn't good enough for them they read it and then sent me an email saying thanks but no thanks.
My worst-Got a request for a partial and never heard back from that particular agent. Even after follow up emails.

Liz Lipperman said...

Mary, when you hit the Best Sellers' List, you will look at all those letters and laugh - or flip them off - whatever!

And for the record, Christie had way more than 200, then went on to write a book about writing a book!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Lindsay, your responses always make me smile. First off, you are in a class all by yourself. Seriously, how many men do you know who could write a romance novel? Most of them have no clue - their idea of romance is - "Honey, can you get me a beer and come sit with me while we watch ultimate wrestling?" or "You wanna fool around after you do the dishes?"

Just kidding, of course, but you get the point. Your attitude about rejection letters is also commendable - kinda like making the proverbial lemonade.

Thanks for commenting.

Lindsay said...

Wish you'd mentioned what class I'm in? Clueless. Worse than Reese Witherspoon in the movie of the same name.
And my best guess to the number of men who can and do write romance novels. Less than 100.
BTW-when you get up can you get me a Coors Light.

Liz Lipperman said...

Don't make me slap you, Lindsay. LOL

As I said, I'm surprised there are even 100 male romance writers out there.

Hey, not to change the subject, but I just read a blog that ties in nicely with my motivation one here. Check it out.

Lindsay said...

Just go to any conference, even National and you'll see, maybe 5 men that write romance. At the DC one that was why I got pegged for the interview, and because I'm pubbed (small and e-pub).
It's definitely not easy trying to break into a female dominated field. Of course, us few guys can always point the past RWA President who was a man but wrote under the name Leigh Greenwood.
But I can tell you, it took a long time before I came out of the proverbial closet and would admit I wrote romance.
Oh, and I cheched out the blog you mentioned. It's now bookmarked.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Oh my Cassy, sooooo jealous! I expect a full manuscript when you return :-))

Snow or no snow...Tuscany...sigh!