I’m nearly done with copy edits for Heart of Darkness. I’ll tackle the last 30 pages this morning, do the acknowledgments, dedication and a tracklist, etc and then write the opening of the next book, Rising Darkness. And then it’s back to Captivated, which I hope to have finished by Tuesday of next week or so.
When I opened the document this morning I scrolled past the Berkley Titles by Lauren Dane page and had to pause. Because by November, when Heart of Darkness comes out, I’ll have TEN books out with Berkley.
When my agent first started pitching my books in NY I had a dream publisher list. Then of course I got rejected a crapton. Wrote another book. Got rejected more. Sold a novella to Harlequin (one of my dream publishers) and then I sent a futuristic idea to my agent. Who said, “futuristics are a really hard sell, but I think this book might just be the one.”
And it was.
I still have the 3×5 card I wrote the details on as I cried like a baby when she called me with the offer. Berkley Heat wanted Battlefront (which you all know as Undercover). Berkley was on my dream publisher list as well. I had friends with them, authors I admire. That I would be able to write for them too was unbelievably wonderful. That was in 2007, November of 2007 as it happens, and I have watched the “Berkley Titles by Lauren Dane” page grow.
In November of 2007, everything seemed so far away. The production process seemed so long and far into the future it didn’t seem real. And here I am, four years later and I’ve got 10 titles on that page with more to come into 2013! And everything seems far more condensed, LOL.
And I still find joy and wonder in the amazing fact that I’m a working writer. That I write for my dream houses with publishing professionals who leave me amazed and impressed every single day.
Thank you, readers, for buying my books. Be they digital, mass market, trade, audio, whatever – thank you all so very much for your support over the years. For the word of mouth. For your myriad kindnesses.
June 15th, 2011 at 10:20 am · Link
Lauern – Congratulation for all your accomplishments. I discovered your books back in Dec. 2009 via one on the teasers
that books have at the end of them. I read some of Chased and
proceed to buy the whole series. I think I have everything of your except the Witches Knot and a few of the Ellora’s Cave books. One of the highlights of this year was getting to meet you when you came to LA. Your writing makes me happy..so for that I am thankful that I found you. Thanks again!!
June 15th, 2011 at 10:58 am · Link
Congrats you so deserve it!!! And thank you so much for your wonderful writing and sharing your amazing worlds with us. I have loved everything I have read from you so far. While Brown siblings are my favorite I truly love them all!!
June 15th, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link
Lovely post and congratulations on your success. Well deserved. 🙂
June 15th, 2011 at 1:53 pm · Link
Lauren you so deserve this 🙂 you know how much I love you and and your books and I have from the beginning :).
June 15th, 2011 at 7:32 pm · Link
Congratulations! And your success is only for our good!