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Today, I find myself with a novel that’s available on various online sites. I’m an author. I love saying that.

I’m thinking of hundreds of different things. One thing that keeps crossing my mind is how this all started. When I wrote The Marriage Alliance, it was a challenge I set myself up to meet. I wanted to see if I could write a historical. I knew I could do the research but could I weave it into a story without feeling as if a history professor popped up on the pages. Also, I wanted to see if I could write funny.

The novel was finished and what did I do.

Well, I revised and revised. I sent it out to RWA (Romance Writers of America) contest and I don’t remember the outcome. I didn’t win and I was sure it was crap. So, it went into the deep files of the Mac. Three computers and almost six years later,it lingered. Then last year at RWA-NYC chapter and their Golden Apple Awards, Secret Cravings had won

Publisher of the Year. As a thanks for the prize, my publisher offered a contest. They would published a book from a chapter member. I didn’t know what I enter. I had other novels but nothing ready. But in the back of my files, I found this book. I spruced it up and sent it in. I placed second. And now,  it is for sell.

The lessons I learned you made self-edit but sometimes, you need someone to see the potential you missed. The second one is take every opportunity.

Did you have an opportunity? Did you miss yours? Or are you expecting it soon?

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