Paths to Publishing: For the love of words by Barbara Edwards #amwriting

Paths to publishing

I love words. My father would read the classics to us at bedtime and I heard Tarzan, Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn one chapter per night along with dozens of other books. Just closing my eyes and listening let my imagination tour the world and I wanted to create those stories.

I can’t claim to have written my first book in my childhood. I didn’t write until I was married with children. I wrote poetry. I took a creative writing class and the teacher told me to write for myself since I wasn’t very good. That hurt and I didn’t write for a couple of years, then found myself wondering if I could take a story out of my head and put it on paper.

A short article in the newspaper about an upcoming series of classes from the area Romance Writers chapter caught my eye. The rest is history. I went, joined and set out to write a novel in a month or two. How hard could it be?

I’m not sure how long it would have taken to finish that first book if I had treated it like a job, not a hobby. Life involved children, work, a husband and those squeezed in minutes devoted to writing. It took me three years to actually find ‘the end’.

As every author has to learn, the finish is not the finish. The you need to find a publisher, get a contact and do the edits required to polish the word so it shines.

I was almost finished with my second book when I got a nibble on the first. Harlequin Historicals was interested. I did some rewrites and it got sent up the chain. At the final committee it got hung up because they didn’t like the villain being involved with the mother. Yikes what to do? I couldn’t think of a way to make the changes they wanted. The entire plot hung on the mother’s betrayal. I refused and they turned me down.

I was hurt and took it with a whimper.

After I was on a internet loop when they started sharing rejection stories. I threw out mine and got an email from an editor at an ebook publishers. They published my book in 2001. I can brag about being a pioneer in the field. The book, Another Love, got reviewed my Romantic Times and got 4 1/2 stars. I sent a note to the editor who wanted to buy it and hope she passed the information on.

I learned from other writers. I took classes. I went to conferences and I worked hard to create my books. The lesson I learned was to treat writing as a regular day job. Write daily, consistently. It’s hard work but worth every minute.

I hope you enjoy my latest release, Ancient Curse.


Evil never dies; and for psychic Rainie Gamble who accepts a job to weed out evil artifacts, this could not be more true. When she arrives at the home of Thomas Broquette, her new boss, she isn’t sure what to expect. But the handsome and intriguing Thomas is only the tip of the paranormal activity she encounters while going through his library.

After several near misses when Rainie is injured by evil forces, she wonders if her new boss is hiding a secret? What does the previous owner Mason have to do with the threads of doom encasing the estate? And why does Thomas bring her father, a well-known art thief, into their midst.

The attraction she feels for Thomas grows, as does the evil winning its battle against the inhabitants of what could be her new home. Rainie wonders if she will find and defeat the inhuman force causing all their problems before she and Thomas are sucked into its evil forever.


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Excerpt, Ancient Curse


Changing took a few minutes. She pressed her hand to her throbbing forehead and studied her reflection in the mirror. Pain lined her forehead. She wondered why Thomas’ touch eased it. Her tangled hair had escaped her twist and needed combing. Humming, she took the time to neaten it.

Silence enveloped the second floor. With the power off, the soft music she played in her bedroom had been silenced. She half expected her footsteps to echo when she exited the room and walked down the hall.

Thomas had probably finished mopping up, and she needed to lock her computer and file her notes before the back-up battery failed.

Her pulse beat faster. She looked forward to spending some time with him. Hopefully, he was still in the library. She shook her head. She paused as the hair on her nape stirred like she was being watched.

A cool draft washed over her nape and she glanced back along the hall. All the doors had been closed. They still were. She frowned, and then shook the feeling off. No-one watched although her skin itched.

Pausing to enjoy the light emotions held by the smooth banister, she stroked the wood.

A violent shove between her shoulders tumbled her down the stairs like a thrown doll.


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Late for the Wedding (Twelve Brides of Christmas Book 2) by Barbara Edwards


ScannedImage 2I’m Barbara Edwards and a native New Englander. I’m a graduate of the University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. I write poetry for myself and novels when I need to tell a longer tale. I’m fascinated by the past so naturally turned to writing historical romance. The dark paranormal stories evolve from nightmares. The romance comes from my belief in people’s basic goodness and longing for love.

  •    I lived in Florida for several years and am past president of the Central Florida Romance Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America.
  •   When I returned to Connecticut, I founded the Charter Oak Romance Writers, a Chapter of Romance Writers of America, along with several close friends.
  •   My husband is a retired Police Sergeant. We share an interest Civil War re-enacting and travel the Eastern states to participate in events. I love visiting museums, galleries and battle sites, gathering information for my stories.
  •   I taught Romance Writing at Manchester Community college for three years.
  •  I’m fond of gardening and growing antique roses with limited success.
  •  Most of my exercise is when my Belgian Shepherd, Dixie, demands a walk.

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20 thoughts on “Paths to Publishing: For the love of words by Barbara Edwards #amwriting

  1. Persistance! A common theme so often. Glad you stuck with it. Good luck with your new book. Sounds intriguing.

  2. Many of us have been through some of this. Enjoyed your insights

  3. I love hearing about other writer’s journeys. I agree with Jennifer about persistence, but I think it is so much more than that as you demonstrate: resilience, flexibility, negotiation, knowing how far to bend, learning and improving … and a darned fine story helps too : )

  4. So glad you persevered and didn’t give up that dream, Barbara!

    • Me, too. I love sharing my stories and knowing people enjoy them.

  5. Great post. We’ve all been there with the old crabby fellow called, “Rejection.” I enjoyed your excerpt. Good luck with “The Ancient Curse.”

  6. Great post, Barbara, thanks for sharing, So glad to have been part of the Brides of Christmas with you! Wishing you continued success in 2015!

  7. Iona Brodie

    wise and encouraging words. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Melissa Snark

    Hi Barb,
    Welcome back to the Snarkology. It’s always a pleasure to have you visit with me.

    Boy, the part about trying to find ‘the end’ resonates with me. I have a story just like that. It’s over three years old and I just can’t figure out how to end it.

  9. Could empathize with your Harlequin Historical experience–big time!!! I wrote 2 complete books for them because they requested them after three chapters and a synopsis. Then they turned them both down, but they were both published elsewhere. Makes you wonder what goes on with Harlequin? I could never figure out what they wanted, so glad you found TWRP and are writing what you want and getting recognition, too. I love TWRP. You go, girl!!!

    • Hi Hebby,
      The best thing about ebooks is the variety. Glad it happened.

  10. Barbara Bettis

    Love your story of perseverance. It definitely paid off for you!

    • Hi Barbara,
      Now if I can just keep up with all I want to write.

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