This afternoon I was fortunate enough to attend a book signing for Harlequin NEXT author, Stevi Mittman. Stevi was a long time member of the LIRW until moving away, but she never forgot her Long Island roots or her LIRW pals. Her latest novel, "Who Makes Up These Rules, Anyway?" involves something she calls The Secret Handbook of Long Island Rules.
But that's not the inspiration. No, what inspired me was listening to Stevi talk about the many incarnations of this particular book. She wrote it, her agent shopped it around, and Stevi revised based on editor's requests and comments for six long years. Then lo and behold, she not only sold this manuscript but four more in one fell swoop with several more books based on the main character already in the works! How's that for amazing? It took her six years to become an overnight sensation!
Makes you think that anything is possible with time, patience and hard work, doesn't it?
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some writing to do...