We all know that writing is a fickle thing. In your mind, you have the greatest plot and the yummiest hero, but when it goes down on paper, this crazy thing happens: it's not exactly how you saw it.
When I wrote my very first MS, I wanted to write the coolest NASCAR romance ever. (I still think it's pretty darn good). I sat for hours at the computer, giving life to these characters that seemed like people I really knew. I worked and slaved to make sure the grammar and such was good, got rid of all the typos I could find and then, Ta-da! I submitted it. Turns out, I was probably the only person who thought it was that darn fantastic. Oh, the plot was good and the characters were engaging, but the grammar I thought I'd figured out... who knew you weren't supposed to use passive voice. So I fixed the PV and tried again. This time I had troubles with the point of view. I head hopped so bad it wasn't funny. Sure, I see the issue now, but then... my world seemed to crash and burn.
But I kept at it.
I continued to craft NASCAR themed romances and branched out into other characters... I wrote about a cop and an actor and a writer. I never neglected my racing theme. Most all of my characters either race, or they enjoy some form of racing. In time, I learned that PV was not always good, that POV is essential and I got my heart broken a few more times through rejection.
Still, I never gave up.
I know there is a market for my work and I know there is someone out there (Kiss and Ashley) that are there when I need help to fix the bumpy spots in my work. I also know that I can't give up. Sooner or later, one of my MS's will be just what the editor's looking for.
The next key thing... Patience.
So now I wait. The editor emailed me about Right Where I Need to Be and asked if I would send the full. I hope its a good sign, but after all I've been through, I know I can't count my chickens just yet.
Keep your fingers crossed for me because I'm doing the same for you.