Elisabeth Naughton - Enraptured + Contest
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by Elisabeth Naughton
Thanks so much to Night Owl Romance for inviting me to stop by during the release of ENRAPTURED! ENRAPTURED, the fourth book in my Eternal Guardians series, recently garnered a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was named a Top Ten Romance for Spring 2012. I just got home from the Romantic Times convention in Chicago—my first RT—and had the chance to spend a lot of time with readers and aspiring writers. After a workshop I gave on crafting a memorable hero, I chatted with a few writers for a good hour and the question they all seemed to want to know was, how did you get your start?
Every author has their own path to publication story. For me, it was years of hard work, disappointment, but persistence that wouldn’t let go. It took me five years to sell my first book. Stolen Fury, a romantic suspense treasure hunt story in which the main characters are searching for three ancient Greek relics, was that first book. It finaled in the Golden Heart in 2007, but it didn’t sell until 2008, released in 2009 and eventually went on to be named a double RITA finalist in 2010 for both best first book and romantic suspense. It’s also the story that spurred me to write the Eternal Guardians series. I’d spent so much time researching Greek mythology for that book, I knew I wanted to write something set in that world down the line, and eventually I did.
Most people would say that was it for their path to publication. They reached their goal, everything was smooth sailing after that. But not me. My first contract was for three books, and Stolen Fury got a big promo push from Dorchester, but the next two books in the Stolen series—Stolen Heat and Stolen Seduction—didn’t. I knew something was wrong in January 2010 when Stolen Seduction released. Readers couldn’t find it on the shelf. Reviewers never received review copies. And then I started hearing rumors of Dorchester’s imminent demise. For me, this was a really hard time because I’d just agreed to write the first two Eternal Guardians books for Dorchester. They were excited about the new series. Were promising big things. But always in the background was this worry, and these lingering rumors. I didn’t know what was true and what was not.
Marked, the first book in my Eternal Guardians series, released from Dorchester in May 2010. It got great reviews. The B&N Book club picked it up as their free read. Readers who never would have bought the book started the series and fell in love. For the first time I thought, yes, it’s finally happening. And then Entwined released in August 2010, and excitement about the series and my books continued to grow. Until Dorchester announced major financial problems in the middle of that month and said they were changing their publication from mass market to trade.
Things quickly went downhill. Everyone knew Dorchester was in big trouble. There was speculation they wouldn’t be around by the end of the year. And yet here I was with this great new series that had just started and seemed to be going nowhere fast. My agent quickly shopped book three in the series to other publishers. And everyone loved it. But we heard the same thing from almost everyone—great book, great series, great writing. But we don’t know what’s happening with Dorchester and the first two books so we can’t pick up the series midstream. Everyone was afraid Dorchester was going to file bankruptcy, and those first two books would get tied up in bankruptcy court. Never to be seen of again (for at least seven years). I didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought that was it for my series and possibly my career. My path to publication wasn’t over. In fact, it seemed to be taking a major nosedive.
And then everything changed. My editor at Dorchester moved to Sourcebooks and called my agent to tell her she still loved my series and wanted to pick it up at her new house regardless of what was happening with my backlist books at Dorchester.
I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. Just when you think you’re out of options, a new door opens. I moved to Sourcebooks, and my series has taken off all over again. Eventually, I got the rights back on Marked and Entwined and republished them, and now readers can get all the books with no delay. My career totally changed directions, but I adjusted, which is what we all have to do when things don’t go as we plan. Sometimes I wonder where I would be if I hadn’t signed with Dorchester in the first place. I went through a lot there that most authors don’t have to experience. But I also learned a lot about the industry, I learned that nothing is 100% guaranteed, and I picked up readers who wouldn’t know my work otherwise. You can’t second guess the choices you made in the past, because you can’t change the past, you can only move forward. But I also firmly it’s how you adjust and move with those changes that proves what kind of person you are. Whether that’s business or personal, your future is what you make of it.
I feel like my path to publication is never over. Every change is a new step along the path. And every decision I make changes the course of that path. For aspiring writers I’d say don’t give up, no matter where your path may lead. And for readers, I would encourage you to follow your favorite authors wherever they go. Publishing is changing, but the authors you love are still writing the books you want to read. And at the end of the day, that’s the most important thing they do—just write. So you can read.
To celebrate the release of ENRAPTURED, Sourcebooks is giving away two copies of the book. Just tell me what your favorite Greek myth is to be entered in the drawing!
ENRAPTURED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES APRIL 2012
Orpheus—To most he's an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians—elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm—whether he likes it or not.
Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she's an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.
Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There's a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he's not the man everyone thinks... The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from her home in western Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the prestigious RITA Awards of Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, the Golden Leaf, and the Golden Heart. Her recent release, Enraptured, was recently named one of Publisher Weekly’s Top Ten Romances of Spring 2012. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ballpark, or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com to learn more about her and her books. Her next book in the Eternal Guardians series, Enslaved, will be in stores in November 2012.
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