Thanks very much to Anna for this opportunity to meet you all. I thought I would tell you about my path to publication.
I tried to write a manuscript when I was in my early twenties while teaching in Italy and someone who read it said it sounded like a Mills & Boon story so I gave up in disgust.
I started again seriously six years ago and immediately caught the attention of an editor with my first submission. And guess where that editor worked? At Silhouette - Mills & Boon’s sister. Well, I wrote four manuscripts for the new Bombshell line at her request but she couldn’t get the senior editor on side and eventually rejected them all two years later with a letter saying that my stories were more issue-oriented than Silhouette and that I should get them published mainstream. As you can imagine I was not a happy chappy. However, my first published book, Beneath the Surface, is the first one I wrote that caught the Silhouette editor's attention way back then. I still say that if the Bombshell line had accepted books like mine, they would still exist but sadly they didn’t get the following they thought they would and died a natural death. Quite understandably (at least I think so) I got the pip and stopped submitting to them.
So then, I tried to get an agent and after many requests for fulls but no bites, I got the pip again and decided to submit to epublishers. My first submission was Beneath the Surface and was picked up almost immediately by Wild Child Publishing: http://www.wildchildpublishing.com
That book came out 11th June and can be bought here: http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=70&products_id=238
This is the blurb:
Jo has the darkest of secrets in her past, which drives her to seek out the most traumatic of hotspots in the world as a war correspondent so she never has the time to confront what she did. A fellow reporter, Craig, accompanies her into war-torn Sergavia to recover rolls of film from a dead colleague and along the way Jo finds love and a reason to go back to the beginning so she can move forward.
I had meanwhile submitted my second Bombshell wannabe to Red Rose publishing but I will tell you the rest of that story when I wake up in the morning. Yes, I live in New Zealand and we're 16 hours ahead of you. It is now Monday evening and I need to feed the troups after a hard day at work (me as well as them). Chicken curry and rice tonight so I'd better get going. I'll also tell you a little about my passion for travel and the forty plus countries I have visited.
Meanwhile if you need to know a little more about me, please visit my blog: http://www.suzanneperazzini.blogspot.com/ or my website: http://www.suzanneperazzini.com/
Until then arriverderci.