I’m both excited and nervous about a writing workshop followed by a Mills and Boon centenary event I’m going to on Saturday. A Presents editor will be there, not to mention four writers whose work I adore! Do I say if anyone asks that I am a writer working towards being published, or do I silently lurk like I did last time I went to a romance writer’s conference (back in Australia in 1995)?
I would love to be bold enough to pitch the editor if I get the chance, yet in my heart I know I’m not “there” yet, my writing is probably at least one year off being at publishable standard. I have nothing to send off anyway even if by some miracle I she did say, “Sure, send me something.” I have a completed first draft that needs major editing, almost amounting to a rewrite; I have my nearly finished first draft of my Instant Seduction entry, which I still want to complete and submit, because I do love the characters and it’s now so much better than what I sent to the competition; and I have two stories with reasonably well worked out plots and characters, but only around 5,000 and 10,000 words written on them as yet. So that’s a loooooong way off having anything worth pitching. If asked, I’ll tell the truth, that’s what grown-ups do. I’ll say “Yes, I am wriitng, I’m working on a couple of stories, but I don’t have anything ready to submit yet.”
I do want to have at least a one-line synopsis handy. I think that’s something that will keep me focused as I’m wriitng too. The theme for James and Cassie’s story seems to be “Love is stronger than your strongest fear, and deeper than your deepest desire,” but the snappy one line description still evades me. I’ll work on it. Something like “Bad boy renegade inherits the family property, but must convince the board of directors that he’s ready to settle down in order to take control of his business. Passion and danger ignite when he contracts a marriage of convenience with an unconventional artist.”
I don’t know, is that crap?