So here’s the secret you probably already know….
If you’ve purchased a copy of In Her Closet (if you have, THANK YOU!), you might have noticed that the original pub date was May 20, 2011.
Yes, In Her Closet has been published before!
Now you’re probably wondering…if this book has been out that long with so few reviews and such a low ranking, why should I buy it? That’s a good question, gentle reader, and I’ll try my best to answer it in 500 words or less.
Back in 2008, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. It’s scheduled in November and in this month you strive to write a 50k novel in thirty days. Sounds insane…(probably because it is) but the ’08 NaNoWriMo was the first time I successfully wrote an entire book. I fell short of winning, but YAY! I wrote a book! At the time I was a member of an online writing site called WeBook (wow! it still exists). I shared my book on there and it was received well and that got me to thinking, hey, maybe I’ve got something here. Maybe this is real book! Maybe it can be published!
So I immediately went out and purchased Writer’s Market. I studied it like it was a bible. I mastered the fifty page submission and when I thought I had it down, I submitted to all of the publishing houses that accepted erotica and popped some bottles because, hey, I’d freaking done it. I’d written a book and submitted it. Now all I had to do was wait for that magical acceptance letter and then the big bucks would come rolling in.
Except they didn’t…
After waiting for six months to a year to hear back about my manuscript, I was left with a pile of rejections.
Rejection, after rejection, after rejection.
(wow, it’s amazing how sensitive that little bit still feels!)
Not all of the rejections were form letters. I almost wish they were.
Quite a few included things like:
This is a great story, but it’s not a good fit for us.
This is great, but we have no way to market something like this. If you have something else, please submit.
These left me with a sort of bittersweet feeling. It felt good that I was writing something worth reading, but I worried that it meant I would never sell it.
But the other ones…the detailed ones…they were particularly insidious.
This is great, but it’s too short! Could you make it longer and resubmit?
WOW. Great story here, but it needs a little more heat. Could you sex it up and resubmit?
These rejections made me hopeful. These rejections made me rewrite, using all their suggestions and resubmit…
Only to be rejected again.
After another year of rejections I bottom-drawered the manuscript and moved on to other things.
During this time Amazon and Barnes and Noble introduced self publishing platforms. I wrote some shorter works and published them with minor success, but still kept In Her Closet in the bottom drawer. You see, I could’ve published it just like all the others, but I still held out hope that a “real” publisher would pick it up.
More revisions. More rejections.
finally, out of desperation, I published it on my own. Anyone who knows anything about self publishing knows this is the wrong way to go into it. I KNEW the book could be better. I knew something was wrong with it, I just didn’t know how or were I’d gone wrong. Knowing it wasn’t my best effort, I took it down. Initially, I thought I would get more a more critical eye to edit it for me, but that wasn’t meant to be either.
A year passed and I was nearly ready to give up writing. The whole thing felt hopeless. I felt like I’d done everything right.
In Her Closet stayed in the bottom drawer, but the characters/plot/story never left my mind.
Enter Annabel Joseph…
At this point, I’d read most of her books and was a serious fangirl. We followed each other on twitter and from time to time we would chat it up (which made me feel super important because HELLO! SHE’S ANNABEL JOESPH!) I might have been moaning about the fact that I really, really wanted to join a writing group. Somehow I had it in my head that the thing I needed most was criticism. Well, Annabel saw my post and invited me to join hers! To which I said…
OMIGOD! YES! SQUEEEE!!!!
What I meant to say was that after a brief contemplation, I drove two hours south to meet with this group of strange and amazing women…and the rest is history!
Oh, wait. I skipped some things…
They critiqued the hell out of my book. It hurt, but it was exactly what I wanted. I NEEDED that critique. And after a year of rewrites and reimagining that one book into a series, I present to you, the new and improved IN HER CLOSET!
Don’t you just love that cover? Sigh….Badstar Media, folks. Get that in your life.
Was that 500 words or less? Ah, who cares? BUY MY BOOK!