A Romance Sparkles on the Dance Floor

My Dear Future  Readers,

In so many Disney and non-Disney movies a romance begins with a dance. But what is the allure of the dance floor, really?  Is it the sparkling lights? The music of the waltz? Or is it…..the most obvious of all–the partner you are dancing with?

Gentlemen in high society have always been rather “dashing” in their well-tailored suits. Ladies swoon over such gentlemen. If a gentleman asks you to dance, the lady must accept. It is the custom of high society that a dance must be accepted. The music starts and everyone else disappears. Imagine it. A romantic dance– just the two of you dancing and twirling to the music–a truly romantic setting.

Imagine the music, the partner you want to get to know better and then this dance that is a slow turn into romance itself. A dance that allows both of you to ask the questions that no other setting would allow.

“Would it be acceptable if I court you, milady?” the gentleman asked.

The lady blushed and smiled. “Of course, Sir.”

The gentleman smiled and twirled her. When they come back together, he asked, “So, do you come to balls such as this often?”

“Not often but I like them well enough,” the lady replied

 A dance and a pleasant conversation. Is that not the start of a beautiful love story? Or perhaps a continuation of it. Maybe, it’s the magic of the moment when that person’s sparkle just right in the dimness of the lights that you see the truth. Love is in the air. I know that you might not believe it but I can’t dance. OOPS, did I just say that?

I can’t dance.

Yes, I did. But, I love watching people dance. That’s why I think that adding a dance to a story is a good thing. It gives the story just a little more romance than it used to have.

And yes, a good-looking gentleman would help a lot.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

My Reflections After Writing for Week

My Dear Future Readers:

My year started off with writing. I absolutely love that it did. WHY? Because, writing everyday takes away all the stress I feel. I believe that starting from January 1st I was writing everyday. Writing a blog post everyday does count as writing. I feel like within this week, I have kept myself accountable for having to write everyday. Today, I want to share with you what it made me realize.

When I write everyday, I can let all my thoughts go on the page. Writing everyday for a week now made me think that I can accomplish more with every day writing then I did when I didn’t write for days.

Even if I don’t have a set subject to write about I can always find one. Like today, I didn’t know what to write about so I decided that in order to not waste my day, I would write about what I felt last week when 2017 started and I started writing every day. So, as you can see, there is always a topic or an idea that you can write about. That was my first realization after the first week of the year was over.

 As the first week of January came to a close and now it is week two, I begin to see that writing has become my main goal of the day. As they say, “No pain, no gain.” Well, I think I can identify with that phrase now. Writing is hard but once I get it started and I mean, really started, I don’t dare myself to miss a day. No. It is important to understand that the promises you give to yourself are the bones that keep you more accountable than the ones you give to others at times because you want to be proud of yourself.

During the first week there were times when I thought I would not write at all but then I sat there and thought to myself that I could not miss a day. No, I had to at least write something for the day. And that made me think l that starting with something that motivates me makes me want to write more and improve my writing.

“Be the writer of your life today and tomorrow you will see a change.”

I choose to do as much as I can each day so that no one can ever say that I was lazy and missed a day. It is important to act the way that you want other people to see you. If you want to be a success then you have to show it. And I am going to show it by writing everyday. It is what I can do. So, today, I reflect on my first week and then there will be more. Yes, I don’t write as much I could but at least I write everyday. It is my biggest accomplishment with the start of 2017.

Also, I think that this week, I found that writing everyday has improved how fast I come up with ideas to write about. That it good because I can process my thoughts faster. Even if I am just sitting down to write for the first time that day. It is important generate ideas fast in order to write faster and thereby finish what you are writing faster. I learned that if you think about the topic for a blog post as you continue to do other things, you won’t lose your train of thought when you return to the computer. Also, I have managed to learn to type faster and that is also a way to not lose your train of thought.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA FAntasy Romance Published Author.

My First Internet Birthday Party with Author Zara West

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My Dear Future Readers:

Yes, I am posting this a bit late as the party itself has been over for a few weeks now. Let me start by saying that I have not known Zara West long. I got acquainted with her after I had attended Jessica Lauryn’s Release Party for A Passionate Play, which you can read about here (Reflection After A Passionate Play’s Release Party Co-Hosted by Diana Rose). After that day, Zara West and I became friends on Facebook. I am always happy to meet more author friends.

When I heard about Zara West’s online Birthday Party, I was intrigued. I did not know what an online birthday party would be like. I only ever went to in person birthday parties and it was a long time ago. As people say, “It was a long time ago and therefore, it is not true.”  This kind of party was something new to me and I decided to attend and see what it was all about.

The party itself lasted two weeks from November 17th to November 30th. That was the first thing that was interesting to me. The second thing that was surprising but that I liked about it was that there were all kinds of different party games where you could win prizes. The prizes for each game were elaborate and diverse.

Of course, I won a few prizes myself. I won a chocolate bar, two bookmarks, and a beautiful bunny notepad magnet for my refrigerator. I received my prizes in the mail not so long ago.

Zara West’s birthday party was interesting because the different games were not all the same. Some were word unscrambles, others were more about food or rather what flavors of cake we prefer and still others were about her book. She is an author and that is only logical. I enjoyed it because every day I was trying to imagine what type of game Zara would think of today and yet, it still surprised me when I opened up my Facebook page. The party itself was exciting and not only because I won some prizes, but because I made a new friend in the process.

I even had a thought that online birthday parties are not so bad. I seem to have more friends online than I see in real life and I was thinking maybe for my next birthday to make an online birthday party. The idea sounds good. I am still going to think it over though.

Overall, the party that I attended was gave me lots of great memories. Especially for an introverted personality like I have, I think that online parties are best. Besides, the people are somehow more interesting with interesting points of view when you talk to them online. I will tell you one thing, I would very much like to participate in such online parties again. Of course, if I am invited. I love author events most because I get to meet great talented  authors. I felt honored to be a part of Zara West’s Birthday Party and I also learned a lot about the kind of person and author she is.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Thankfulness of an Author

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My Dear Future Readers:

I want to wish every one of you a very Happy Thanksgivings Day.. It is the day that we give thanks for everything we have. But should we not be thankful for the people and things we have, every day of our life? I believe that Thanksgiving is not for one day of the year. It is a holiday that can be celebrated everyday.

Everyday, there is a reason to be thankful. Everyday, the sun shines in our windows and the birds chirp their beautiful songs. In life there are moments when we should look for ways to be thankful no matter how bad our day is going. But today, I want to say that there are things that we should all be thankful for and always remember.

The Everyday List of Thanks:

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  • We must always be thankful for the sky that is blue and the air that we breathe.
  • We must be thankful for the plants and flowers and the nature all around us.
  • We have to be thankful for the families we have and the friendships we acquired.
  • We must be thankful for our parents and grandparents because they made us who we are today.
  • We have be thankful that we have places that we can come home to every night. That we have beds and things that we use everyday that we need.
  • We have to be thankful for the things that we can do like, reading and writing and having the ability to use technology and think.
  • We must be thankful for the different people we we meet because whether they are bad or good we all learn life lessons that we can’t live without./

There are many more things that we as people should be thankful for. But now, I want to talk about my own list of things that I am thankful for.

My List of Thanks

Every day, I am thankful. I know that today is the day for that and I want to express my thanks.

I want to thank YOU for being a faithful  future reader. After all, without all of you who are reading my blog and liking my Author Page (Diana Rose Author Page )  none of this could be possible. You make things happen.

I want to thank my mother who taught me most of the things I do today. But most of all how make decisions and stay by them. She taught me that I should always keep going no matter how hard life gets. “There’s always tomorrow.” It means that I can always try again and that I should never lose hope. There are so many other things that my mother taught me but it is going to take a long time to list them all. I just want to say that she always makes life seem brighter no matter and no matter what happens, I can always count on her to be there for me no matter what life throws at me. I am  extremely grateful to have a mother who can know even without words what I need and how I feel.

I am thankful for the friends that I have even there aren’t many that I see everyday, the ones who are in other states, I am grateful for the care and love I feel from you that helps me get through my day. I am grateful for the comments that I get from my friends on Facebook and that I don’t feel so alone when I have someone to talk to.

I am grateful for the opportunity and ability to be a full-time author and having a chance to make my writing better everyday. I’m grateful for the support I have.

I am thankful for all the things that were named in the above list. Also, I am grateful for the talent I have and the creativity I have to write my books.

I wish you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!!!

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author.

Reflection on a Life Lived

My Dear Future Readers:

It is today that is February 1st.

February 1st…..a usually happy day for my family. But today something is quite different. Today it is a sad day for the first time in a long time.

February 1st will always be the day of the anniversary when my grandparents married.

Today is the 71st Wedding Anniversary of my grandparents marriage. They lived a very happy life together. Yes, it is sad that they are no longer alive. It is sad that I will not take the car service or the two buses to go to see my grandparents and wish them a Happy Anniversary

 
My grandfather was a very supportive and compassionate, caring, loving, and understanding person. He was very optimistic about life and he supported my grandmother who was always worrying about everything.
 
They were my first teachers about true love because even if my grandmother was always worried and unsure, he was sure. He was her brick wall that she could lean on in hard times and they loved us.
 
It is sad that I can’t go to Boro Park and see them today because my mom and I always went to see them and now all there is are memories and thoughts of how they loved us and each other.
 
I feel honored that I got lucky that they were always there for me. My grandfather taught me to be optimistic in life and I miss that. He was a true head of the household and no matter what I could always depend on his optimism.
 
My grandmother taught me to be kind and gentle with people. She was very generous with everyone no matter who it was. She would give her last piece of clothing if it helped someone stay warm. I felt happy with them. My grandmother always had a smile to share and a hug to give. She was truly a light in the most beautiful way. They completed each other and I only hope that my life would be as beautiful as the life they lived together.
I want to thank you all for caring and listening because today is truly a sad day for my family. I thank you all for your infinite support.
Yours Truly,
Diana Rose
YA Fantasy Romance PUBLISHED Author

My 500 Words Challenge

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to tell you about something that I took on to do this year. It’s called The 500 Words Challenge. The challenge is to write at least 500 words per day in order to finish what you are writing faster.

Of course, I don’t consider myself a great writer. But I still thought that I could try it. My goal this year was indeed to write everyday no matter how hard it may seem. I am indeed going to be a full time Author so why not start with writing everyday? There is no reason why I could not do it. Which is why I took on this challenge.

The 500 Words Challenge OR Daily Writing Habit

My 500 Word Challenge is making me more disciplined to write everyday.  It gives me a limit that I try to reach. But no one says that I only need ton write 500 words. At least implies a minimum but not a maximum. So, I try to write as much as I possibly can.

Today (Day 9-January 15th), I wrote 302 in my Work In-Progress but then I decided to write this blog post which also counts towards my word count goal.

What I Am Thinking As I Write Out My 500 Word Minimum?

The tiny voices in my head fight to be heard. Some days I feel like I am pushing myself, like today (January 15, Day 9 of the Challenge).

“Come on, you can do it. Just a few more words.” But sometimes, it is really hard to get started with writing my Work-In-Progress because I have a minimum of 500 words to write a day. As I continue on my daily writing schedule, I realized something important.

“It is never about the amount of words I write a day but rather that I keep writing everyday.”

If I don’t write 500 words as a minimum at least I am writing. Also, any type of writing is still writing whether it was a blog post or my books that I still write.

Writing is Who I am as a person and it is what I do. I may get discouraged at times that I don’t write as much as I would like to but I have to learn that negative self-talk will not help me write more. It is about the positive things that keep me writing.

Of course, I want to write as much as possible. My Goal for the 500 word challenge is to change my mindset. Let me explain…. My mindset about writing has always been this: Write whenever you have time to write or inspiration. Once the inmspiration to write is gone, you can’t write anymore.

 However, that mindset is WRONG. And I will tell you why. It is wrong because what if you never have the inspiration to write?  What if you criticize yourself too much to even begin writing? You will never start if you don’t sit down everyday and write at least something. After all, inspiration comes to those who practice writing and work hard on a daily basis.

All writers have to understand that writing takes patience and practice. No one becomes a great writer overnight. I am did not write my first book, Book 1: Forbidden Love of my series overnight. I worked hard to have what I have now. No, back then, I thought that I would write when inspiration came knocking on my door, but I was WRONG. Years passed, and only now I understand that writing 500v words a day is not as hard as it would have seemed to me before.

After all, it is only 500 words that can make my total word count increase everyday and I would be doing what I love EVERYDAY! Is it not the goal then to have the time to do what you love everyday?

That is why I am doing the 500 Words Challenge since 2016 has started. I have organized my day so that I have time to write 500 words everyday and at the end of the day I feel great that I did my 500 Words. (This post is 680 words and I am proud of it! )

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

Diana Rose Author Page

YA Fantasy Romance PUBLISHED Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Write a Book and Publish It

By Diana Rose

I am from New York City, I have not yet been published yet but I am part of Across Genres Publishing House. I write Young Adult Fantasy Romance Novels for teens. In my books, I focus on writing about how to find true love. I am contracted with Across Genres Publishing House. I have a Facebook Author Page that can be visited at: https://www.facebook.com/DianaRoseRomance  as well as a blog that you can also visit at: https://themagicoftruelove.wordpress.com.

When I first started writing my first book, Book 1: Forbidden Love, I had no idea how to do it. I remembered one thing from my school days, “Write what you know,” my teachers would say. So I wrote what I knew. I liked reading about princesses and princes and fantasy characters so I incorporated into my writing as well.

My first book, Book 1: Forbidden Love is about a princess from the Moon Kingdom who meets a prince from the Earth Kingdom and her parents are opposed to their bond. Her parents attempt to separate them but no matter how many times they got separated they always found a way to overcome their obstacles and be together. My target audience is teenagers. Right now, my book is being edited and I started to do my first round of edits. I don’t want to lie to you all and say I have a date because I’m not even sure yet when it will get published.

How did I get my contract with Across Genres Publishing House? That’s actually a really funny story. I will share it with you. I was looking for an agency to publish my first book and I found an agency that wanted my book and I got signed but then, the agency I was signed with closed down unexpectedly. The authors who were writing for the agency including myself were devastated. But, we all decided not to give up on our writing dreams. So, somewhere within that time, one of the authors told me that she was opening a publishing agency with a friend of hers and they needed authors. I asked her if they published YA Fantasy Romance novels and she said that I have to talk to her partner and friend. So, I called the number she gave me and spoke to Tammy Jernigan. Mrs. Jernigan said that they will publish my genre. She asked me if my book was part of a series and of course I said it was. Mrs. Jernigan said she is prepared to publish my entire series. I was amazed and happy. Can you imagine that my entire series is contracted? Amazing!! Across Genres Publishing house publishes all genres of work.

At first Book 1: Forbidden Love was just something that I was working on for myself but then as I continued to write it, I began to think about publication. So I started to research writing and publication in general. As I researched and continued to write, I realized that publication is not going to be easy. However, I knew one thing. I knew that everything that is worth it is never easy. It may seem impossible when you first begin to walk the road to getting published but publication is not as impossible as you may think at first. Starting something is always hard and uncertain and to be honest with everyone who is reading this, I was uncertain if I could do it when I first started.

I started my publishing research from the last place you would think of….I started my research at Kingsborough Community College where I was enrolled as a student. I knew a few of my professors who included Hope A. Parisi, Dianne Bennett, who had published books, textbooks but I didn’t care much for the type of book they published as long as they published. So, I wrote up a list of questions about how they got published and made appointments to see them. One of my professors, William R. Burger, the Chairman of the Behavioral Sciences Department who wrote the books, Human Services in Contemporary America which he co- authored with Merrill Youkeles in 1999. He also published a book called The Helping Professions: A Career Sourcebook. Dr. Burger was kind enough to find time in his busy schedule to answer my questions.

I remember that when I asked him how he found a publisher for his two books, he said, “I don’t find publishing agencies, publishers come to me.” That statement surprised me. Of course Dr. Burger explained that he writes textbooks and textbooks are in high demand. I remember he said that he can’t supply more information but he had a person that could help me. He said her name was Susan Ednie. So at the end of our conversation he told me to wait while she would come. She was happy to hear about my book and wanted to see my work. She helped me a lot. When I did my research, I learned that publishing a book has steps to it and good writing is made from rewrites and that every author found his or own way into the publishing world which meant I had to find my own way in. Yes, I do apply what learned. I have done so many edits I lost count. And even today as I edit my work for it to be published, I know I have learned a lot and I still have a lot to learn. For example, I learned that literary agents are very picky but you don’t necessarily need them.

My writing was not ready then to be out in the world when the idea came to me. Let me explain what I mean. When I began to write, my writing was broken up into chunks of ideas, each paragraph was a separate idea and those separate ideas were not connected in any way. That is why I felt that it was not ready. But I was not giving up on this idea because I felt that it could be great. So I started to edit my novel with the help of Professor Susan Ednie at Kingsborough Community College, of course, she asked me in the process of editing what I wanted to do with my book. I said, “I want to publish it.” She smiled at me and after that we spent two hours in her office every month going over comments and she helped me add chapters to the book by discussing ideas with me.

I always wanted to be known for something great. I could always be proud of doing something as great as getting published. I realized early that getting noticed for your talent in writing is a lot of hard work and that is even harder than publication. You see, in order to get published you need to get noticed by the right people and acknowledged for your style and your talent. It took me a really long time to just get noticed. It took three years to get noticed by a publishing agency, two of which were spent on looking for literary agents which I might say that was a pointless thing in my specific case because no one was interested. When I realized that agents were not going to help me find an agency to publish my book I started to send out to publishing agencies that took authors without agents.

At first, it was Professor Susan Ednie who took notice and decided to help me with preparing my book to be sent out to agents and publishers. She thought it was a great idea what I was writing about. Then when I started sending out to publishing agencies, the first agency that took notice was Cool Beans Publishing and Editing and I thought that the contract they offered would last but shortly after that the company closed and I found Across Genres Publishing house who is now editing my work.

Of course, like many of you who are reading this post, I am human and I did feel like I was going through an endless tunnel where I was walking so slowly that I felt like I was not doing enough or doing something that was not exactly leading me to the result I wanted. It felt like I was doing something small that was moving but very slowly. I knew that I would be taking it slow and I needed to finally open up to people and yes, I was scared. I was terrified. But when I created my author page, I felt that I could finally show people who I am. I am happy I took that step to go public because if I had not done it, I would never have been noticed and would not have created a steady readership that is important for starting out authors to build their author lives and get their message to the world. I encourage all starting out authors to create and maintain their own author page so that when you do get noticed and published people will already know who you are.

Here, we come to the most important ingredient to the formula for publication which I have discovered over time…. The most important ingredient is to want publication so bad that you would do anything to get published. Persistence and patience in this work is key. If you persist against all odds and be patient that all your hard work will pay off, you will succeed.  For the people reading this, you may be thinking, “Oh, it’s easy for you to say, ‘persistence and patience is key.’ But did you ever think of giving up like us?”

My answer to that is, finding strength in yourself to continue on with something that might seem hopeless is hard. I did feel like I was going through a tunnel but what kept me going was that my family supported me and my friends all believed I could do it. But the biggest thing that kept me going was my dream to get published, to see my name in lights. Then, as I opened up to my grandmother about my writing, she was really supportive. I wanted to fulfill my dream because I knew that she wanted it for me as much I did. I always had a strong will to get my book published. How I stayed strong? That’s a good question. I always believed that my book would get published and that belief was stronger than anything. Yes, every time I failed, I cried. I was heartbroken that my dream would not come true but the strong belief that I would ultimately make my publication dream come true overpowered me. I am very stubborn and that stubbornness helped me to not give up when times were rough and any other person would have given up. Also, I knew that giving up was never a thing I would do. I love the characters I write about and I know that once my book gets published my readers will love my characters too.

Of course, wanting to get published is great but I want to encourage you to take action because without action there would never be anything. Action….Let me define that for you. Taking action means that you don’t sit back and wait for something to happen. Yes, I agree that when an author just starts out wanting to get published they may not know what the right thing to do is.

As all of us know, after you write your first draft you need to edit and proofread it. Now, edits and proofreading is the next step after writing. Edits take a very long time to do because you want your writing to be perfect before you publish it. There are services that are offered to edit your work but I advise you to try to find someone to edit your work for free because you would want to save that money for when you get closer to publication.

My techniques for editing……First, I would say that if I learned anything about editing it is that you cannot rush yourself with them. Do not focus on the entire book as a whole when you try to edit. I edited chapter by chapter. I went over each chapter as many times as needed. Only when I was sure that the chapter was completely edited and had no errors, I went to the next. I usually take a pen with colored ink and when I have the text printed I go over it reading through as I look for errors. If I am on the computer I usually use Track Changes in Microsoft Word to outline my errors and look for edits. The key with edits is to go slow paragraph by paragraph and line by line so you don’t miss anything. Proofreading for errors is a very important because you want to make sure your grammar is perfect.

Of course, I never went to an editing service because my professor at Kingsborough Community College agreed to help me edit my work. Professor Susan Ednie was very helpful and encouraging. She taught me a lot about writing and how to express myself better. She helped me add a few more chapters to my book as we were going through edits. Professor Ednie fell in love with my characters and she had a lot of great ideas. My experience with editing my book which started in Kingsborough was an extraordinary time that I would never trade for anything. Professor Ednie and I have become great friends over the time of my editing with her. Editing has taught me to be a better writer and I feel that my writing has grown from being school age writing to serious writing over that time.

I was surprised that a person can learn so much from editing. I also thought that editing would be this boring act that you would have to do. But it was fun for me to find new ways to write what I meant and discuss my ideas with someone who was so encouraging and helpful. Now, as begin editing with Across Genres Publishing House, I feel that I am growing even more as I do my edits and I feel that editing is the true development of myself as a person and my writing. I am becoming a better writer and that is what I feel is most important. What I expected when I first started was just a simple edit and I did not expect to make such a good friend. I did not know that I would begin to love edits as much as I love writing. But I love to see my writing develop into something great and the more I edit, the more I grow as person and as an author. The result of my first edits made me happy. It made me happy to see how my writing, my characters, and I have grown and matured.

After edits are done, I would suggest for you to find an agent for your work. But as I personally, have struggled with this task, I believe that literary agents are good to have but it is not a requirement for all writers. I have been searching for a literary agent for two years. However, I did not find an agent to represent me. I changed my approach somewhere within the second year and luckily I found Across Genres Publishing House who took me without an agent.

In the two years of searching for a literary agent, I went through the entire book called; Writer’s Marketplace and copied out pages of agencies that were searching for my genre. I tried writing a great query letter, synopsis and formatting my manuscript in compliance to the requirements of each agency but no matter how many agents I contacted everyone said the same thing. “Your writing is great but it is not right for us.” So after a search that did not give me what I wanted, I gave up. I gave up on agents and tried something different and it turned out that there were more chances of publishing than an agent could have offered. If I had not stopped looking for an agent I would not be signed with Across Genres Publishing House right now. I learned that having an agent is not easy and not always necessary for success. I realized then that I had to rely on myself to get myself noticed and it was up to me to find a home for my book. I just needed to find my own way into this. So almost a year ago, I created my Author Page. Then, I remodeled my old unused blog and started to go public.

All you need to do is find one person who will love your book as much as you love your story. I know it can seem hard to find an agency that will take your book but I believe that it is possible.

I have gone through this exact process and at times I thought it was going nowhere like many of you out there may be thinking to yourself right now. However, I am here to tell you that as a person who went through this process and came out on top, everything is possible if you believe in your writing and you don’t give up when times get tough. I’m here to tell you that getting published is a hard journey but if I can do it then you can to. The important thing is to remember that no matter what anyone says, you are a writer and you can and will get your work published. Keep writing. Do not give up on your books, they have a message that people need to hear.

Being accepted by a publisher made me feel like child again who got the toy she always wanted but couldn’t get. I felt like a girl who got to be princess for a day and wear a crown. I felt like flying, and hugging everyone. I was at home because it was a Friday and I don’t have class on Fridays. It was about four pm. And I was calling Mrs. Tammy Jernigan to talk about my book. When she said, “Yes, we take YA Fantasy Romance. In fact, YA is a big market.” I was happy. But what made me even happier, even thrilled, was when she said, “Send me your manuscript. Since you have a series we will publish your entire series. I will send you a contract.” I don’t remember what happened then because my emotions took over and I was thanking her so much that she felt uncomfortable. That weekend I signed the contract with Across Genres Publishing House.

How did it feel? It felt like I was finally achieving my dream. It felt like the thing I worked so hard for and no matter how many disappointments and failures I had along the way, I did it!! I felt like I was on top of the world. My mind was not thinking, I was feeling. I was dizzy, I was happy. I was scared. I was so many things. What would happen now? I thought. It was my first time getting accepted by a publisher. A publisher who want to publish my entire series!! My book had a home now. Every book in my Power of Love Series has a home, a home with Across Genres Publishing House.

Right after I got accepted into Across Genres Publishing House, I decided that it was time to announce it to everyone that I was accepted. So, I posted a life event post on my Author Page and added Across Genres Publishing House und affiliations. Also I decided to start finishing my second book in my series so that I could have it ready for submission. When I found out that I was accepted and even before I signed the contract with Across Genres Publishing House I told my mother about it. She was speechless at first but then after I signed the contract, my mom said, “We have to celebrate this.” And we did. We went to the Beach and had dinner at a restaurant. I told my friends and they were all impressed and happy for me.

Right now, I am working on the ending to Book 2 as well as editing Book 1: Forbidden Love for publication.