Howdy folks! The theme this week really seems to be…”What am I doing on Kris’s blog?”, which honestly, I really like as a theme. So, since you can’t see my name, I thought I’d introduce myself. Hiya, I’m Dee. And yup, I have to blame Kris.
See, once upon a time, I was a very newbie writer. Oh, I had alllll the signs of a beginner. I thought I was writing gold. I had no idea how publishing worked, much less the editorial offices of any publisher in the western world. And I was getting rejected sight unseen. I probably would have given up if not for two very important events.
1) I decided to send in a query with an excerpt, a query of my own special design, I might add.
2) Kris looked at said query and most likely with a bit of a grin (or a strong desire for vodka), requested the story.
And thus began my very strange trip into the world of submitting romances. Yes, Kris gave me encouragement. (Rather a lot like feeding a stray cat, the poor woman) This decision has begun not only a career, but a rather unique friendship.
See, once Kris took a look at one thing, well, I was like a tick. Or a bad penny. I kept sending her stuff. Not GOOD stuff, but definitely a steady stream of shite. And I began developing those usual newbie fantasies. Kris would look at my work and see possibility. Greatness. She’d base her career on the wonder that was ME! Oh, and we’d be the best of friends! WOW!
Snort. Sometimes, it’s quite embarassing to remember being new. But I was only 21. I was entitled to stupidity.
Still, it’s really quite funny that 8 years later, Kris actually IS my friend. (A really forgiving one, gads, if you could have seen my writing 8 years ago, OY!) And you know what? She actually did look at my work and see possibility where no one had before. And the really great thing about that? She had the same compassion and interest and kindness for a lot of folks. It does make me wonder how many careers she’s been a part of—and kept afloat—without once ever realizing. I mean, how many folks out there blame Kris for giving them hope and teaching them a bit about seeming professional when we’re totally not.
So yup, I totally blame Kris.
Then again, what are friends for?
Hope you’re having a great vacation, doll!