Saturday, November 5, 2011

New News is Good News!

It's been a busy few months - thus, the dearth of scintillating blog posts - but I'm finally to a point now where things are settling down. Here's hoping that the lull will continue at least until the holidays hit! 

October marked an incredible month of firsts.  I'm still reeling from the multiple emotional highs. :)

(1) I blogged for the first time on the I Heart Presents blog, recounting my call story.
You can find it here: http://www.iheartpresents.com/2011/10/my-call-story-by-debut-author-natasha-tate/

(2) Book #1, AN INCONVENIENT OBSESSION, received a 4-star rating from Romantic Times. Yeah!!

(3) I saw my first book in the local Walmart, B&N, and Fred Meyers stores.  Talk about an amazing thrill!

(4) I presented a workshop, "22 Years from Start to Sold!" at the Emerald City Writers' Conference in Seattle with my good friend Candis Terry. (She wrote SECOND CHANCE AT THE SUGAR SHACK, which is a fabulous read, by the way, and can be found at http://candisterry.com/)

(5) I had my first ever book signing at the ECWC, and it was wonderful! I was so worried that I'd have to gamely smile while all the crowds passed me by and avoided eye-contact, but I actually sold books!  I especially appreciate all the lovely CBCers who took the time to stop by, and a special shout-out goes to Susan Mallery, to whom I owe EVERYTHING! Were it not for her, I'd still be writing those westerns that wouldn't sell!

(6) AN INCONVENIENT OBSESSION was on the Bookscan list of top 100 romance novels for two weeks running!! Woo hoo!

(7) Book #2, ONCE TOUCHED, NEVER FORGOTTEN, received a 4 1/2 star review from Romantic Times magazine.  The review said "Tate is to romance like peanut butter is to jelly, and she proves it once more in this breathtaking story featuring an unforgettable couple." I'll be quoting that one for years!!

(8) Book #4 was accepted for publication, with only one small round of revisions.

(9) I entered Romance Writer's of America's RITA competition with TWO books! I've only entered the Golden Heart as an unpublished writer, as my eligibility for more was limited by my publishing status. Entering the RITA as a published writer is a giant step in a romance author's career, and I'm thrilled to make yet another inroad on that well-groomed path!

(10) I've been offered another contract with Mills&Boon/Harlequin, only this time, it's for FOUR books!  Squee!  I feel like I've truly entered the ranks of the published, and that I can start calling myself a "real" author now!


I'm off to try my hand at Scrivener with book #5. I've heard such wonderful things about the software that I can't wait to try it out! Wish me luck, and I hope I can check back with you before another four months of silence elapse!