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Lori Devoti’s call story and chance to win Football plates and more!

Today I welcome the awesome Lori Devoti who has the amazing knack to write across genres and do each one incredibly well. Her call story will be live today NOON until tomorrow Friday noon. Comment to win! What can you win? I have a list of license plates you can choose from one of these FOOTBALL teams — makes great gifts or you can use it yourself!

Carolina Panthers
Washington Red Skins
Dallas Cowboys
NewYork Jets or Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars
Phil Eagles
Kansas City Chiefs
AND you get a copy of Wrapped in Seduction and Santa Baby.

So comment to win and onward with the versatile Lori Devoti!

My first sale story is the tale of a lightning bolt hitting. I wasn’t supposed to sell that book, and certainly not when I did.
It was my second completed manuscript and first romance. Writing it was a complete learning process—meaning it was way harder to write than it should have been (if I’d had a clue).
I’d joined RWA in late summer, around the time I started the book, and forged ahead. Somewhere along the way I learned about things like antagonists (yeah, you need them) and GMC and all that other stuff that is like breathing to me now. I also learned about pitching to editors at conferences, and more importantly I learned from the RWAonline board that the editor who was taking pitches at my local conference was also buying new authors for a “debut” program.
The book wasn’t done, and it had been a mess to write (learning my way along as I did), but I decided I was going to finish it in time for the conference and pitch it. I’m insanely goal oriented and this got me moving.
So, I made my appointment, finished the book and wrote a pitch. I’ll never forget all these other writers walking away from those pitch sessions saying how well they had gone. Mine was horrible. I thought I was going to urp on Hilary Sares’ shoes, but she was nice and helped me fumble through. And at the end I thought there was no way she was going to buy my book, even though she had requested the full. She had even said things like “category is a good place to start.” Uh, Zebra doesn’t do category… But I sent of the full that Monday, and pretty much forgot about it.

Two weeks later, I was sitting at home waiting for two of my RWA friends to arrive to discuss chapter business. As I’m waiting, I bebop over to check email and there out of the blue is an email from Hilary saying, “Read Daisy Creek (retitled LOVE IS ALL AROUND), very cute, want to buy it.” I was in shock. I checked the sender’s address multiple times trying to figure out who faked the message and how—but no it clearly said Kensington Books in the return address. Then I realized if it was really an offer to buy my book she would have called too. So, I checked my voice mail and sure enough she had left a similar message on my voice mail.
I was home with just my five-year-old and two-year-old at the time (not a real understanding audience) and my husband (darn man) didn’t answer his phone at work, so I was left wandering around my house like an idiot—alone and in shock. When my first friend arrived I was standing on my front porch, phone still in my hand yelling “I sold my book.”
It was completely unreal.

Visit Lori at http://www.loridevoti.com/

PS Yesterday’s winner will be posted later today on Judi Fennell’s post!) :mrgreen:

15 comments to “Lori Devoti’s call story and chance to win Football plates and more!”

  1. Linda Henderson
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Great call story, I can only imagine your delight. Your covers are amazing and I will look forward to reading Christmas With A Vampire.

    seriousreader at live dot com



  2. Minna
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 2:20 pm · Link

    Great story!



  3. Desere Steenberg
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 2:22 pm · Link

    I just adore the book covers and the great reads. Thank you for giving us such wonderful reading pleasure !!!



  4. Melinda B. Pierce
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 3:54 pm · Link

    I love this “the call” story! Amazon Queen looks like a fun read – I’ll check it out.



  5. Yadira A.
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Hi Lori!
    Awesome prize pack you’re offering :razz:
    Awesome call story! I’ll have to “bebop” on over to your website to check out the awesome book covers you have displayed with your story. The Amazon Queen looks like a good one… I love that whole ‘Women rule.’ at the bottom of the title :smile:

    yadkny@hotmail.com



  6. Fedora
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 5:29 pm · Link

    What a terrific call story, Lori! Thanks for sharing! :)



  7. Judy Cox
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 6:16 pm · Link

    Great call story. Your covers are also awesome!! The Amazon Queen also caught my attention!!! Love to read it!! Great story on selling your first book!! How exciting I think that would be!!!



  8. Tabatha Basham
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 6:56 pm · Link

    I look forward to reading more from you. Great call story. I wish luck to everyone (and myself).



  9. Beth Wetherell
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Great call story! Looking forward to reading more and more of your books!

    Thanks!



  10. susan leech
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 9:32 pm · Link

    Loved this call story and I even saw my favorite football team listed which is a good sign. ha ha I truly enjoyed this tonight and thanks for sharing it. susan Leech



  11. Pat Cochran
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      · October 21st, 2010 at 10:52 pm · Link

    Very much enjoyed your call story! It’s proof though,
    that when you need someone you can’t find them! LOL.
    Continued good luck! BTW, where are the Houston
    Texan plates?

    Pat Cochran



  12. Lindy
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      · October 22nd, 2010 at 7:43 am · Link

    Great call story — what a nice surprise! My 5-year-old wouldn’t have understood the importance either, but he would have been willing to dance around the room with me! :>]

    P.S. I put the blog schedule widget on the bottom of my blog here: http://romance-aficionado.blogspot.com/ (would have put it on the sidebar but it wouldn’t resize to fit so it was overlapping on stuff) :)

    ~Lindy
    aromagik@gmail.com



  13. jennifer mathis
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      · October 22nd, 2010 at 9:34 am · Link

    awe thats such a great story and I’m glad they bought ur book I have read the unbound series and they have been fantastic

    meandi09@yahoo.com



  14. Jodie (JoJo)
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      · October 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 am · Link

    Hi Lori
    Thank you so much for sharing with us today!
    I just picked up Amazon Queen and can’t wait to start!
    JoJo



  15. Larena Wrium
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      · October 22nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm · Link

    loved reading about your first sale. LOL Love the covers on your books – very nice. :mrgreen:







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