Welcome to the official blog of Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America! We're a local writers' group in the Toledo, Ohio area. Most of us write romance, but we also have members who write other genres too. New members are always welcome to visit or join the group. See the meetings page for details. We post every Monday and Friday about all things book-related. Whether you're a writer, reader, or both, we hope you'll stop by often and get to know our dozen contributors.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Good News!!!

It’s raining love and goodness here in the Maumee Valley!!!

And it’s about time!

After what was a tumultuous end of last year/beginning of this year for a lot of us previously un-pubbed MVRWA members, things have turned around in a big, BIG way.

My own year started with a calm optimism I hadn’t felt in too long. I’d spent part of the morning on New Year’s Eve having a promising e-mail chat with the editor from Ellora's Cave who'd received my submission, asking if I'd be willing to revise and resubmit. (Pfft! Of course!!)

I'm happy to say that editor is now my editor, and that submission became my first published short story, Saving the Best for Last.

I remember going to Prison the morning after that initial chat feeling as though it was going to be a very good year, and not just for me. It seems like the wave hit fast after that.

It wasn't too long before Kristina Knight broke the big news that her first contemporary romance, What a Texas Girls Wants, had been picked up by brand new e-publisher Crimson Romance as part of their June 4th launch.

Very shortly thereafter, Constance Phillips made the major announcement that her paranormal romance Fairyproof had been accepted by Crescent Moon Press.

Hot on her heels, Jenna Rutland set our inboxes ablaze with word that her first, yet-to-be-named contemporary category romance was bought by Entangled Publishing for a Spring 2013 release.

Then—seriously, check this guy out—not only did Ray Wenck contract his book Teammates with Rebel ePublishing, but he sold a second book, Random Survival, to Musa Publishing TEN DAYS LATER!


All of these first sales have effectively brought our number of published writers up from one-third to half. Half, people.

At meetings I now find myself looking excitedly at the other members of my group and wondering… who’s next?

Keep your eye on our NEWS page for release dates on all of the above titles. And watch for more big announcements in the future, not only from our aspiring writers but the hugely talented, multi-published, award-winning authors who blazed the trail ahead of us as well. You can keep track of all the latest news and releases from our authors through their websites, blogs, facebook and Twitter by going to our MEMBERS page and clicking on their name.

Happy reading!

Jayne Kingston is a fledgling erotic romance author who writes stories about people with a lust for life in pursuit of love hereafter. You can find her hanging around her Blog, on Facebook, and at Goodreads. Stop by and say Hello any time.


Jennifer Shirk said...

WOW, great news all around!!

Constance Phillips said...

Thanks, Jayne. 1) for helping to shake off that negitave mo-jo that clouded the end of last year and 2) for always being so supportive. We should celebrate again by going to a concert. SOON!

And, I agree that all of us at MVRWA owe a debt of gratitude to our other published members who have always been so willing to critique, coach, and share what they've learned. I LOVE how supportive our chapter is.

Jayne Kingston said...

Jennifer - Thanks so much for stopping by to share the good news happening here in our group!

Constance - I know without a doubt that I wouldn't be where I am right now with the support and knowledge I've gotten from this fantastic group of people.

Shay Lacy said...

Jayne: The excitement feels wonderful. There's as much to learn watching the newly pubbed as listening to the multi-pubbed in the group. Congratulations!

Tracy Madison said...

Huge congrats, Jayne! I'm so proud of you and everyone else for working toward their goals. A sale is awesome and is something you'll always remember, but I also want to tell those members who haven't sold yet--keep up the good work. You're all doing fabulously!