Dare to Read

June 21, 2012

My Road to Publication: Becky Lower

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

Today, I want to introduce you to another of my fellow writers at Crimson Romance.

I hope you find her story as interesting as I did.

My debut novel, The Reluctant Debutante, is an historical romance sent in America as it is poised on the brink of the Civil War. I consider it a cross between Edith Wharton and Julia Quinn. Julia’s Bridgerton series is my true inspiration for this series, which focuses on the Fitzpatrick family’s nine children, who are all named for an herb or spice, as they come of age in a new country. The Cotillion tradition was introduced to New York society in 1854, so The Reluctant Debutante introduces the first of the Fitzpatrick females–Ginger–who will participate in the Ball and season only to secure the right for her younger siblings, not because she wants to.

The cover of my book was designed by the killer graphics team at Crimson Romance. They gave me two choices, and judging from the early comments I’ve received, I picked the right one. It has the right historical feel, the debutante is there, but vague enough so the reader can make her look the way the reader envisions her. The band of Indian print along the bottom gives a hint of things to come inside the book. The book is available for pre-orders on Amazon until July 2, at which time it will become available on most digital publishing sites. Plans are underway to make it available in print later in the year.

My road to publication was a long and winding one. I entered a lot of contests, and received valuable feedback from them. I sent it out to several publishers, who told me it was an odd time period since most people writing historicals set in America either focus on the Golden Age after the Civil War or they write Westerns. No one cares about New York in the 1850s, according to them. Also, it was advised that I change the name of my characters, since the name Ginger wasn’t common during this time period. I stuck to my guns about certain elements of the story and kept revising and tightening the rest of it. Crimson Romance is a new publishing house who is willing to take a chance on the not-so-traditional books, and I’m glad to have found a home with them. They’ve already signed me for the second book in the series, which will be out in December. My marketing plan is being formulated as I go. I have a new website, www.beckylowerauthor.com, and a blog attached to it, so I’m going to see about doing a blog tour. I’m being reviewed in my local paper, and an arts publication in Northern Virginia, where I used to work. I may also do some advertising.

My advice to anyone who has ever wanted to write a book is twofold. First, if you think you’re too old to start the process, I’ll quote George Eliot: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” To those who are younger and busy getting married, launching careers and nurturing children, I’d say, don’t let life get in the way of your dreams.

Ever since submitting my first screenplay to Bonanza at age twelve, I have had a love affair with the American west. Perhaps it has something to do with an old family legend that I have a Cherokee Indian great-great grandfather. That might explain why I tend to plunk my characters into the middle of momentous historical events that helped shape the United States. I pursue my passion for history by watching The History Channel, visiting old graveyards and civil war battle sites and by writing about it. I am a graduate of Bowling Green State University and currently live in Oberlin, OH with my puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary.

 

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6 Comments »

  1. I love that quote! And your cover is awesome! I’m a new CR author, too, and am so glad Jennifer took a chance on us! Here’s to geat sucess and best wishes for many sales!

    Comment by Teresa — June 21, 2012 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  2. Great read, ladies! Becky, I gave my older son the same advice on following his dreams. Then, I had to realize I needed to do as I say. Congratulations!

    Comment by Kay — June 21, 2012 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  3. I love the American West too and my family claims we have Cherokee indian blood somewhere down the line! Great post!

    Comment by Erin Richards — June 21, 2012 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  4. Great interview and Becky you are so right. It is never to late to pursue your dream.

    Comment by Galen Rose — June 21, 2012 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

  5. Loved getting to know you better! I too, had trouble getting my odd-ball book looked at by publishers and it found a home at Crimson. Thank heavens for Jennifer and her eclectic taste, huh? So fun to read about all of you. Thanks as always for sharing.

    Comment by pambmorris77 — June 22, 2012 @ 12:43 am | Reply

  6. Thank you Teresa, Kay, Erin, Galen and Pam for joining me to wish Becky the best of luck.

    Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — June 26, 2012 @ 5:56 am | Reply


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