Guest post by fellow Evernight Author Jewel Quinlan:
Hello Everyone! Thanks Nikka for having me on your blog!
My first experience pitching my novel at a writers conference
So, pitching at a writers conference, where do I begin? Lol. Yes, it definitely made me a little jittery. I made my first pitches ever at the California Dreamin’ Conference in March of this year. Wow, was it really this year? It seems so long ago. Anyway, I had used the conference as the deadline for finishing my first novel and surprisingly enough I made it. I am a huge believer in deadlines by the way. I get a lot more done with a little pressure.
During the day I work in pharmaceutical sales so I do have a lot of experience in face-to-face meetings. I have worked in sales since 1999. But, any time I have to do something new it does makes me a little nervous, it’s only natural. You get over it after a while. I am a big believer in jumping in to things, you learn faster that way. I’m not saying it’s easy but I do find that things happen faster if you just take a step forward.
At the conference we were allowed to sign up for one appointment with an editor or agent. On the first day I found out that a bunch of people had cancelled their appointments and they were giving away the extra appointments the next morning at seven am. I was so shocked! Face-to-face contact is more valuable than anything so of course I showed up early to wait in line. Only, there was no line. I and one other author showed up to claim 7+ extra appointments. I couldn’t believe it! How could people pass up such a great opportunity? I snagged two more and so did she and I believe we left a couple there just in case anyone wanted them.
The appointments went great! Well, in my mind. You would have to talk to them to see what they really thought, lol. The two editors and agent I met with were really, really nice and asked me a lot of questions. Was I nervous? Sure, a little. I was absolutely positive that they expected me to be, which helped. What also helped was to remind myself that they were just people and to talk to them as if I were chatting with a friend about something I really loved. And what could I love more than my own book?
Two of them asked for the full manuscript and one asked for the first three chapters and the last. I took their contact information so I could send it to them, gave them mine, and asked them when I should follow-up. When the time came, I sent an email to follow-up. And, lo and behold, one of them accepted it! Happy dance! That book is currently in edits and I should have a release date soon. Not all pitches result in such a happy ending. This was more than I ever expected and I am so grateful. I can’t wait to see the cover.
I will tell you a little secret: In life you get points for trying. I certainly did!
Now, on to details of Rock Star Ex which is currently available…
Social media consultant, Eve Everett, is less than thrilled when her business partner hooks them up with a job covering celebrity rock band Arsenal. Their new lead singer, Devon Quinn, is the man who broke her heart five years ago. But there’s no way Eve can turn down the assignment. It’s the big break their fledgling company needs.
To boost Arsenal’s social media presence the band’s manager wants intimate coverage, especially of Devon, which means traveling with the band in their tour bus while they promote their new album. It’s not long before Devon tries to rehash the past but Eve would rather leave it buried where it is.
When Eve is asked to be part of a music video, she decides it’s a great opportunity to reap some revenge by showing Devon what he’s missing. But soon she’s the one losing control. Will Devon once again claim her heart as well as her body?
“It’s good to see you again, Eve,” he said softly so the others wouldn’t pick up on it. He knew she wouldn’t want to hear it. It couldn’t be helped, but it just had to be said.
Her head snapped up, eyes wide.
“That’s what I wanted to say the other night, but you didn’t give me a chance.”
Her eyes narrowed. “I didn’t give you a chance? Then I’d say we’re even.”
“Look, Eve, things didn’t happen the way you’re thinking. It wasn’t like that.” He set the bottom of Tommy’s guitar on the floor, his hand on the neck, and leaned closer in to talk to her.
“The way I’m thinking?” she repeated. Standing up straight, she stuck one foot out to the side and said in a low hiss, “Look, Devon, the facts are the facts. You left and I never heard from you again. Not once. It has nothing to do with the way I’m thinking.”
He tensed. It was happening again. She was misunderstanding him. “No, look, that’s not what I mean, okay?”
“Oh, then what do you mean?” She cocked her head at him and waited.
“It’s…it was hard on the road, to keep in touch with anyone, for a lot of reasons. You don’t know what it was like. I mean we were bouncing around from place to place, driving for long periods of time and then having to work until really late at night. It was pretty much impossible to communicate. Besides, you had no answering machine back then, remember?”
She visibly puffed up. “I see, so it’s my fault you couldn’t communicate with me?”
“I’m not saying it was anyone’s fault, Eve. Just that there was no way to call.” He felt relieved. He had finally been able to tell her, to explain. Maybe now she would understand. Well, when she calmed down at least.
“And you couldn’t write a letter?” She spoke quietly but the words dripped acid.
She had him there. Even though she was several inches shorter he suddenly felt very small. He looked down and stuck a hand in his pocket, not knowing what to say. That was an even more complicated topic.
Her cold eyes were on him. The silence stretched on for another moment. Before he could gather any other words to try to explain she turned and headed back up front, her ponytail slapping him in the face as she went.
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From a young age, Jewel Quinlan had an abundant imagination and strong desire to write novels. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance. An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as settings in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. She has a particular fondness for Bavaria and studies the German language as one of her hobbies. During the day, she works as a pharmaceutical sales representative and, at night, she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her two dogs; Shimmer and Penny.
For more information visit www.jewelquinlan.com or you can follow her on Facebook (Author Jewel Quinlan) and Twitter (@JewelQuinlan).
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