Right Where I Need to Be available from The Wild Rose Press on April 30 in both eBook and print.
In addition to the fantastic excerpt and blurb from Right Where I Need to Be, Wendi shares some of the most important things she wished she'd known before she became an author. This is what she had to say.
Wendi, over to you!
2. Writing with an agenda doesn’t do you any good. Once, I wrote a story that was big on celibacy until marriage. It’s a good concept. But, instead of telling the story in a natural fashion, I forced the character to preach about the topic. Editors and readers know when you’re standing on your soapbox under the guise of writing.
3. Critique Partners are a necessary evil. A friend will tell you a story is great and so you send it to an editor who says, “Nope. Story isn’t great.” Enter tears and irritation. Critique Partners can save you this grief. I sent the same story polished story to a CP. She got out the dreaded red pen. But, I’m glad she did. I saw where I made mistakes, got wordy, and told rather than showed the story. A CP is worth the strife.
4. Editors really aren’t evil or out to get you. I sent my first submission to a big name publisher and two years later got the form letter rejection. Then I subbed to another editor who reminded me to keep plugging away. That tells me she’s not out to get me. She said she’d rather buy stories than reject them. I realized, she meant if you get it in gear, yes, send me more of your stuff. But, if you’re rejected, thank them and move on. You never know, you might want sub to them again.
5. Just keep plugging along. If you are knocked down by a rejection or a rough set of edits don’t give up. I got a whole slew of rejections on my early work, heck I still get them. I’ve learned to equate writing to a sport. Keep plugging along. The more you practice, the better you’ll be. It may take some time, but practice in writing does make perfect.
These are only a few things I’ve learned on my journey to publication. Most importantly, if you love writing, don’t give up.
Blurb for Right Where I Need To Be:
Logan Malone needs an acting job and fast. With his string of broken hearts, his professional life lies in shambles. To resurrect his career, he must audition for a television role which could be the job of a lifetime.
Cass Jenson needs an actor for her made for TV movie. The previous actor dropped out, leaving her stranded. Her savior shows up looking sinfully sexy and totally right for the part, but what part is she auditioning him for - her movie or her bed?
Excerpt from Right Where I Need To Be:
Logan’s hand caressed her shoulder. “Can I help you finish? You and your friend should be sipping margaritas and ordering the lawn boy around, not sweating yourselves to death.”
She raised her brows. “You thought being a movie star meant you were entitled, that’s what.”
A wolfish grin curled his lips. Flecks of gold lit his hazel eyes, sending a fresh rush of lust to her core. He leaned in very close to her ear. “Maybe.”
She took a fortifying breath and fought the urge to taste him. Damn that cologne. Her heart skipped a beat. She donned her best sultry smile. Two could play his game. “Really?”
He nodded. She licked her dry lips. How could one man be so irritating and damn sexy at the same time? She scooted close enough so her bare knee brushed against his denim-clad thigh. Firm muscles without an ounce of fat. Ooh. “Do you want to explore?”
Cass took his hand, teasing his palm with her fingers and caressing the creases in his skin. His voice went from friendly to sexy in an instant, making her thighs quiver with excitement. “Cass.”
“Yes.” She bit her bottom lip and filled his hand. “Okay. Explore to your little heart’s content.”
His eyes opened wide before he scrunched his brows. “Keys?”
Cass grinned. “Yep.”
His blank expression turned into a frown. “For what?”
She patted his thigh and stood up. “The mower. Tell me when you finish. I’ve got an acre in the back that’s got your name on it."
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