Five-Hundred-Twenty-Five-Thousand-Six-Hundred Minutes A Journey with Sandy Sullivan
I’ve been asked to blog on my first year of being published. First of all, I want to thank everybody who has purchased any of my novels and thank Mahalia. She’s my beta reader and a wonderful friend for listening to me rant about my characters not talking to me and even complaining about my edits. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my fans. You all are fantastic and I hope to meet more of you in person. You are the reason I continue to write. I’ve made some wonderful friends through this journey from other authors to reviewers and everyone in between. I hope I can continue to entertain the masses with my stories.
Second, the first year has been a whirlwind for me. My first piece, Cowboy Love was published in September of 2009 with Siren/Bookstrand and from the first phone call, I haven’t taken a break since. I had several pieces in my archives and every one of them has been published now. I’m working on new sub-genre’s, but cowboys will always be my favorite. For anyone who knows me, it’s a given.
I think my writing had come about with some divine intervention. I had taken a break between jobs a couple of years ago and wrote Texas Lady. Without the break, I wouldn’t have had time to write. I’d thought about writing a romance novel for several years, but for those who remember back when we had paper and electric typewriters, it made it difficult. Computers and word processing programs have opened a whole new world. I sent it to several friends for feedback and everyone said, “You need to get this published.” I sent it out to a few publishers and got the standard, thanks but no thanks so I self published it and two more. I finally bit the bullet and sent my third piece to Siren in May of 2009 and low and behold, they took it! I couldn’t have been happier. Siren has been great to me so far and I will continue to write more for them. I also have more pieces coming with other publishers. Gotta Love A Cowboy – Passion In Print (October 2010). Hot Summer Love – Whiskey Creek/Torrid (November 2010). Cat On The Prowl – XOXO Publishing (October 2010) and many more.
I have learned so much this first year, it’s scary. Opening those first few edits, I was ready to quit sometimes, but I realized those changes made my piece even better. It’s never easy to see your “baby” lit up like a Christmas tree when you get it back, but trust me, it’s not that bad. You take everything in stride, including bad reviews. You have to understand, it’s only one person’s opinion and you can’t please everyone. Not every reader will like your book. It’s a fact of life.
My second biggest thrill — a woman at Lori Foster’s Get Together in June actually stopped me and said she recognized my name and had read my Wilder Series. She loved it! It’s the best feeling in the world and I’m amazed every day with the wonderful feedback and notes from readers. They make it all worth doing.
Again, thank you to all the wonderful readers, reviewers, editors, publishers and friends I’ve made over this year and I hope you continue to enjoy the work I publish.