Posted by Julie at Sep 25, 2010 6:00 am
I’m so excited that the very fabulous, LOUISA EDWARDS, the daring and darling author of sexy, contemporary romances set around the world of restaurants and celebrity chefs has agreed to join us today! I absolutely love her books, even if they do make me very hungry! Louisa has been in publishing for a while…first as an editor, then as an author. In other words, she’s knows what she’s talking about! So Louisa…please tell us, WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISHED YOU’D KNOWN THEN?
Thanks to Julie and the other Plot Monkeys for having me! I love this blog.
I was lucky enough to land a job in publishing right out of college, so in some ways I had a leg up already by the time my first book came out a year ago. Today, three books later, I sometimes wonder if I actually know less now than I did then!
Itâ€™s partly that the industry is forever in flux, never static. People who bemoan the swiftly changing tides of modern publishing, and long for the good old days, should go back and read some first person accounts of those good old days. Itâ€™s always been a difficult, wacky, irrational, reactionary thrill ride of a business. Thatâ€™s what we love about it! And hate, too, sometimes. I do my best to accept that Iâ€™ll never understand it completelyâ€”I sleep better that way.
There are a few things Iâ€™ve learned, however. And if I could go back and be told One Thing about this business before starting out, Iâ€™d like someone to let me know up front how incredibly important it is, in publishing more than any other business, to have good friends.
I know, no brainer, right? Of course, friends are wonderful things to have aroundâ€”to laugh with, to toast the highs and commiserate over the lows. But in the ever-shifting world of publishing, friendships with other writers, who understand intimately what youâ€™re going through, can be the solid center around which you revolve.
So thatâ€™s the advice Iâ€™d give my pre-published self. Find one or two, or even a circle, of trusted confidantes. Theyâ€™re your vault. Your sounding board. Your judgment-free zone. Your partners in crime. Your backup. Your cheerleaders. Your personal board of trustees.
They are your friends. Treasure them.
Truer words were never spoken, Louisa! And readers, check out Louisa’s new book, which is in stores now!
He has a hungry mind.
Bad-boy chef Wes Murphy dreads his final semester cooking classâ€”Food Chemistry 101â€”until he meets the new substitute teacher. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast for the eyes, though her approach to food is strictly academic. So Wes decides to rattle her Bunsen burner by asking for her hands-on adviceâ€”on aphrodisiacs . . .
Sheâ€™s got love down to a science.
Rosemary is a little wary about working with Wes, whose casual flirtations leave her hot under the collar. But once they begin testing the love-enhancing power of chocolate, oysters, and strawberries, it becomes scientifically evident that the brainy science nerd and the boyish chef have some major chemistry togetherâ€”and itâ€™s delicious . . .
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