Saturday, 17 July 2010

First Novel Success!



Well, it has happened at last - I've had my first book accepted! My Regency novel, Dangerous Deceit, is being published by the Canadian company, Champagne Books. I'm absolutely thrilled as this was my very first novel and I've been trying to find the right publisher for years. But not as diligently as I might have been, since I'm also writing contemporary women's fiction and children's novels, in addition to short stories and articles. Now, however, I'm keen to write more historical romance and perhaps build a different personna (and eventually blog) for that type of writing. The company has already expressed their hope that we'll have a long and happy relationship. And I do too!

So, interesting question: do I spread myself around too much, or is it beneficial to have a finger in so many pies? I guess it depends on the writer's nature. I need the variety to stop me being bored, and because I love writing in very different areas. However, maybe novel success comes a little quicker if a writer concentrates on one book at a time and puts everything into selling it.

I don't have answers, as we are all different. But, already, this first novel success has made me want to develop the longer fiction so that another novel might be taken by a UK mainstream publisher. I guess every bit of success is encouragement to keep going!

I'll post the cover art, and more details, once they're available.

Meantime, I'm coming back down to earth.
Rosemary

19 comments:

Joanna said...

Rosemary, many many congratulations! This is absolutely fantastic news and I feel so happy for you. You must be overjoyed. Well done and I hope you spend all weekend celebrating. You deserve it!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks a lot for your lovely message, Joanna. The exciting bit now is waiting for my assigned editor - then it becomes real!

Suzanne Jones said...

Terrific news. Congratulations.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Suzanne!

Joanne Fox said...

Well done Rosemary on your wonderful news!

I'm like you in needing a bit of variety in what I write. I don't think there's anything wrong with that as long as you enjoy what you do.

Teresa Ashby said...

Wonderful news, Rosemary, many congratulations.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks a lot, Joanne and Teresa. It's kind of you all to leave a message!

jenny wilson said...

fantasic news!x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Jenny!

Elizabeth McKay said...

Earth to Rosemary - very well done, Rosemary. I'm delighted for you.

Bernadette said...

That's wonderful news, Rosemary, and great to see your persistence paying off.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Betty and Bernadette! We definitely have to persist these days.

scaryazeri said...

congratulations!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Scaryzeri!

Vikki said...

Hi Mum, very proud of your great achievement! I've not been on here in a while. I just put my blog together and have realised we have a very similar colour scheme going on! x

Bill Kirton said...

Well deserved and long overdue Rosemary but don't come down to earth. Acceptance of the first one is such a great feeling, you should stay with it as long as you can. As for spreading yourself too thinly, I don't think that's a problem. You enjoy all the different types of writing you do, and you're successful at them, so it's who you are. Many congratulations.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hello, daughter dear! Thanks for leaving a message. I love your new blog - will put it on my blog list very soon.

Thanks so much, Bill. I appreciate your comments, as I admire your success in many different genres. And that's enough flattery for one day!

Jane Neason Bellis said...

Room for one more 'congratulations' from Vancouver! Jane:)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hello Jane! Thanks a lot for leaving a message.