Gracious words are a honeycomb. Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 I'm excited to send out my first newsletter and I'm grateful to each and every one of you for all your support. If it wasn't for you, my readers, this wouldn't be possible.
I fell in love with writing over ten years ago and it's been an incredible journey. And it wasn't until last weekend that I FINALLY attended my first writer's conference. I had a wonderful time, gained so much knowledge, and made some new friends.
I was so nervous at my first pitch meeting, I was shaking uncontrollably. But the publisher listened with intent and sounded really excited about the project I was pitching. I then went on to pitch to a publisher, an acquisitions editor, and an agent. The publisher and agent both want me to send both books I pitched and a proposal. Neither book is finished, so I'll be working hard in the next couple of months to get them done.
They are different than my other three current books. One is a contemporary romance and the other a historical romance. I'm excited about both projects and honored they both want to see more.
One of the most important lessons I gleaned from my time was that it is authors have to have a platform. In fact, the agent that's interested in my next two books told me to work on growing my platform. Marketing is vital in order to get more exposure.
There are many ways you can help me grow as an author and broaden the number of people I can reach if you enjoy my books and want to read more. If you tell your friends and family who also enjoy reading to give my books a try. They are available to read for free in some local libraries. If your library doesn't have copies, you can request them. You may also request copies of my books in your local book stores. If you enjoyed one or all three of my current books, leave a review. It doesn't have to be long, it doesn't have to be perfect. Just a brief reason why you enjoyed it.
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Thank you so much for reading. I will announce the winner in my next newsletter. Don't forget to subscribe so you'll get the newsletter. If you have trouble, let me know. Thank you so much and I appreciate all of you who have already subscribed!! Take Care, Cindy Patterson