plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

The more it changes, the more it remains the same indeed!

 This is my beautiful person-dog, Finlay in 2007. During my life I have been blessed with the most wonderful dogs, and Fin was one of my very special friends. We all miss Finlay. She was truly the most faithful person-dog ever- so clever, so kind, so loving. I miss you baby.

Here’s a Blog I wrote back in 2007! I thought it was particularly appropriate for NaNoWriMo 2017, and that you might be as interested to read it, as I was when I found it again today…

Writing for Harlequin Mills and Boon

Writing for Harlequin is a dream come true, but every published author you care to name was once unpublished.
We all dreamed the dream, and along with the dreaming we worked our socks off and still do.

(The Greek’s Bridal Purchase was a February 2007 Harlequin Modern/Presents release)

I promise every manuscript is read and given due consideration by an outstanding editorial team.
If you receive anything more than a standard rejection slip, soak in every tiny bit of advice you are given in the letter.
If you do receive the standard rejection slip, don’t give up- your next book may be the one that tugs at an editor’s heartstrings.

Please remember that some of the best guidelines out there are available from and many of the associated sites.

Join your local chapter of the RWA, RNA, or whichever writers’ group you have in your country to share your highs and lows, and to know that you’re never alone.
Listen to all criticism, even when it hurts; there may be a grain of truth in there somewhere.
Accept praise with modesty, but don’t think about it too much as you don’t want to become complacent!

Finally, there are many self help books out there to guide you along the road, and one of the best is by my dear friend, Kate Walker. (Kate’s 12 point guide is still one of the best self-help books out there)

I hope this has given you a boost. And my final piece of advice is of course, NEVER GIVE UP. And that goes for today in 2017 every bit as much as it did in 2007!

Hope you enjoyed this dip into the archives❣️

Love to you all,

Susan xx

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