Author Spotlight!!! Robyn Peterman!!!!

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Welcome Robyn Peterman!!!

NYT and USA Today best selling author, Robyn Peterman writes because the people inside her head won’t leave her alone until she gives them life on paper. She writes snarky, sexy, funny paranormal and snarky, sexy, funny contemporaries.
Her addictions include laughing really hard with friends, shoes (the expensive kind), Target, Coke Zero Cherry with extra ice in a styrofoam cup, bejeweled reading glasses, her kids, her super-hot hubby and collecting stray animals.
unnamedA former professional actress, with Broadway, film and T.V. credits, she now lives in the south with her family and too many animals to count. Writing gives her peace and makes her whole, plus having a job where she can work in her underpants works really well for her.

My Journey

The crazy, mixed-up tale of how my first book came to be

– also known as, WTF? I’m getting published.

I’ve been asked how I got published. The answer is simple…I lied. That’s right, I lied.cHpJWosh

I wouldn’t recommend it, although it worked for me. It certainly could have blown up in my face, but whether it was sheer will and determination or dumb luck, I’ll never know. Here’s how it went…

I pitched a very unfinished novel (as if it were done) to major NY publishers and agents at a writers conference in Chicago. I was shocked, delighted and appalled that everyone I pitched to asked for a full manuscript. After a brief and hopefully unnoticeable panic attack, I very logically explained to them that I needed to get the book professionally edited (real meaning–write it) and would have it to them in three weeks. What the hell did I have to lose? My sanity had been gone for years.

Having been an actor for umpteen decades came in handy. Clearly, pretending to smell delicious imaginary aromas in commercial auditions and becoming one with my inner lawn gnome in acting class, made my fear of telling ginormous lies nonexistent

iStock_000010327756Medium-760x506The next part of the story goes like this…I went home and wrote it. I didn’t sleep for three weeks, my family ate a lot of peanut butter and jelly and no one in the house had any clean underpants. I loved every minute of it. I ended up with several offers and went with a three book deal with Kensington Publishing. I am now what you would call a hybrid. I am both traditionally published and indie published. My contemporaries all traditional and all my paranormal is indie.

That’s my crazy story, but the real answer to getting published is to write. Just write. Everyday. Every writer I’ve had the good fortune to know says the same thing. Oh, and read…tons.

Writing groups are a great idea too. I promised myself I would join one when I got 61X+C2mGa7L._UX250_three quarters of the way through my first novel. That would be my waaay too long (150,000 word) paranormal romance that everyone and his mother rejected. Joining a writing group was one of the smartest things I did. I was such a nervous wreck about going to my first meeting with real writers that when I couldn’t find a parking space, I turned around and drove home.

Thankfully, I grew some bigger testicles and went to their next meeting. I met some of the neatest and most generous women. My unpublished status and huge pile of rejection letters were greeted with similar stories that made me gasp, laugh and cringe (all at the same time). I learned to embrace my rejections, look at my writing with a more critical eye and grow thicker skin. In this group of amazing women, I found critique partners, cheerleaders and friends.

It’s empowering to be with others who share your passion, no matter where you are in your career. I highly recommend it.

I do believe writing the book of your heart (i.e. my grossly overwritten vampire tome) is important, but knowing what’s marketable is not stupid. I wanted more people than just my mom to read my books! So I just kept at it, read industry blogs and entered contests…

Oh, and I lied.

The publishing industry has changed and continues to change. With digital reading devices now in the game, viable options for writers are endless. I have extremely talented friends who publish traditionally through NY and equally as talented friends who are publishing independently. Many writers (like me) are doing both, very successfully.

The bottom line is that you have to write a good book and then you have to never give up. And while you’re ‘never giving up,’ you have to write more good books. It’s a wonderful thing to have a job where you can work in your underpants.

51aOkS91BLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Writing may seem like a solitary sport, but it’s not. A critique partner, other writing friends, spell check, Coke® with extra ice in a Styrofoam cup, an awesome cover
artist and a great editor are just a few of the things I think every writer needs.

So that’s my story. I’m not sure how good the lesson is, but the ending is happy. I love happy endings.

Book Links  SWITCHING HOUR

Switching Hour By Robyn Peterman

Shift Happens Series   Shift Happens Series

Hot Damned series Hot Damned Series

Handcuffs and Happily Ever After series Handcuffs and Happily Ever Afters series

Website and Social Media Sites

Capture www.robynpeterman.com

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