First up: ALICE LOWEECEY
Here is Alice's ORIGINAL ENTRY ON THE BLOG from a 2008 Secret Agent Contest.
Here is Alice's SUCCESS STORY PAGE.
QUESTIONS FOR ALICE:
After learning how to write a query and beginning to amass what would become nearly 200 rejections, the contest was a huge confidence boost. People gave me feedback in real time, and some of it was positive! The query-go-round is soul-sucking. Hearing from avid readers really helped.
I took that confidence and ran with it. I firmly believe attitude affects presentation, and now I had a more positive attitude.
2. Tell us what your journey has looked like from your Authoress/MSFV Success Story until now.
Long. Hard. Tiring. Exciting. Did I mention hard? While the Secret Agent whose contest I won did not ultimately offer to rep me, I did find an agent about a year later. This agent brokered my debut 3-book deal with Midnight Ink. I proudly say I made my mother cry in public over that: I was performing with Denver and the Mile High Orchestra and waylaid my parents in the lobby before the show to give them the news. Sorry not sorry.
Things change and Midnight Ink dropped me after those three books. I stocked up on coffee and worked my heinie off to sell the series to another publisher. I'm pleased to say that Henery Press picked up the series several months later (that was a nerve-wracking phone call! I'm not a natural salesperson).
Things change, and that agent and I moved in different directions. I negotiated my next contract extension myself (there is NOT enough wine in the world for those phone calls), and recently Henery extended the extension for a total of ten books. I'll be busy for the next few years.
None of these books have any connection to the book that won the Secret Agent contest. After more rewrites, I sold the book to Dark Recesses Press. It was published in 2015 under the title The Redeemers. If any book is close to my heart, it's The Redeemers. It was my learning curve and it contains my favorite villains. I published it under a pen name--Kate Morgan--because my mystery brand is light and funny. I didn't want to scare my mystery fans.
3. What has been the best part of your experience as an author? What has been most difficult/challenging?
The best part is connecting with fans. I meet so many fans at conferences and signings and I love talking with them. I will say that writing "TheEnd" on a WIP is incredibly satisfying.
The most difficult was learning to fly on my own without an agent. That wasn't a learning curve, it was a learning bungee jump into the Niagara Gorge. "I Will Survive" is one of my theme songs now.
The most challenging is keeping a series fresh. If I'm feeling worn out, the characters will too. That's not the way to engage fans. After 3 books with Henery we changed up the series from humorous PI to humorous ghost-hunting PI. The research has been so much fun! I may be making a spirit box next. Buffalo has some famous cemeteries.
4. What's your latest offering, and where can we find it?
My latest mystery is The Clock Strikes Nun. It's everywhere: Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play. And please don't forget The Redeemers by "Kate Morgan"!
5. Please leave us with some words of wisdom for all aspiring authors.
Never give up! Never surrender! This is a career. Treat it as one: Work at it. Network, improve your craft, research, write--and READ. Don't neglect reading. It refills the creative well when you get burned out. I reread some of my favorite books when I can't find a new word to add, and those favorites make me remember why I love reading and writing.
|The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey|
I am so inspired, Alice! I was just talking to my husband today about how much of success is hustle. If you want writing to be your career, you really do have to do everything you can. And you have, in spades!! Keep being awesome!ReplyDelete
Awesome! Congrats, Alice, and thank you for sharing some of your journey and words of wisdom. Thank you, especially, for telling us that you racked up about 200 rejections. That makes me feel better! :)ReplyDelete
Great idea, Authoress!
Thank you, Maggie and Tiffany. :)ReplyDelete