Writer Wednesday Welcomes Rachel Brimble!!

So, I have the great honor of being lit sisters with the lovely and talented Rachel Brimble. I am so excited to have the opportunity to introduce her to any of you who might now know her, Rachel lives across the pond and chatting with her is doubly fun for me :) I know you’ll love her. It’s conference season around the world and people everywhere are taking the plunge to call themselves writers and pitch their latest WIP. Rachel did too, and she’s stopped by to tell us all about it! First, meet Rachel :

Bio

Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK.  Having always believed there’s someone for everyone, Rachel started writing her own tales of love once her children were at school.  Since then, she’s had several books published with The Wild Rose Press, Eternal Press and Lyrical Press.  She has recently acquired a US agent with her second Victorian historical. A member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, Rachel cannot imagine her life without romance or writing!

When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family.  And in the evening?  Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…

 

My First Pitch

When Julie invited me to guest blog on her site, I initially had no idea what to write about but then being the lovely lady she is, she helped me get through my nerves of my very first editor pitch. I knew Julie had pitched at a conference this year and asked if she would mind giving me a few tips…or at least warn me about what to expect!

She sent me an email telling me about every step of her experience and it really helped put me in a better frame of mind. If nothing else, I have learned that writers are HUGELY generous with their time and experience if it helps other aspiring writers. Please always ask any writer, anything and nine times out of ten they will be more than happy to help.

Nerves are, and also have been my downfall in progressing with regard to my writing career but this year I made a New Years resolution to fight through them. Hence why I signed up for a one-to-one pitch session with a Mira editor at the UK’s Romantic Novelists Association annual conference (RWA equivalent).

Held in Wales’ Caerleon university, my pitch was scheduled for the first day of the three day conference – an hour after I arrived. I was petrified. And not only that, my nerves veered to fever pitch when the organizer came to find me half an hour before my allotted time as the two appointments prior to mine never showed up.

I realize now that my unexpected thrust into the interview room was probably a good thing, although there was no telling me that at the time, lol!

I followed the editor into the room babbling about my nerves and sweaty palms, which I’m sure didn’t do me any favors but the editor was lovely and soon put me at ease telling me how much she loved my first chapter (we had to submit this and the synopsis before the conference).

After ten minutes of discussing plot, where I saw my career in five years and had I any ideas for a series (!!), the bell dinged indicating the end of the session. My brain was still spinning and the whole thing passed in a panicked blur.

But then the editor scribbled her personal email address on her business card and asked me to send her the full manuscript whenever I was ready! Yes, I nearly passed out and then followed her back out to the reception area babbling even more than when I’d followed her in…sad, but true.

So, the moral of the story – grab those nerves by the scruff of the neck and go for it! These opportunities are everywhere and us writers are never going to get our show on the road unless we take them when they show up. After six years of writing I have had some fantastic success and I am very proud of every book I’ve had published but I’d like to think one day I will hit the big time. How am I going to do that?

By pushing myself forward and waving my hands in the air shouting, “Here I am!” wherever and whenever I can! How about you?

 

Rachel’s latest release is Getting It Right This Time, published by Lyrical Press.

 

Getting Time Right by Rachel Brimble

She’s back, but this time she’s a mother…intent on protecting her young.

Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her and her daughter.

A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though Mark lost the girl of his dreams to his best friend, he finds no hardship in being single. Or so he thought.

Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work.  But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him, being anywhere near her daughter?  Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?

http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_25&products_id=296

Thanks again Rachel for coming by and sharing your experience with us. I for one have no doubt you’ll hit it big one day soon!

Rachel loves to hear from readers and writers alike, you can find her here:

www.rachelbrimble.com

www.rachelbrimble.blogspot.com

www.twitter.com/rachelbrimble

15 comments to Writer Wednesday Welcomes Rachel Brimble!!

  • Hi Rachel and Julie

    Great pot – I have to confess to being terribly nervous – my first ‘pitch’ was on-line so that was OK but I’m sure I’d be a quaking jelly if I had to pitch in person.

    Great to meet another WRP author from the UK! I live in SW England although I’m Welsh and miss my homeland. (I was norn not too far away from Caerleon and would love to have made the conference, but have booked for the Festival of Romance in October, which is a bit closer to where I now live.)

    Wishing you every success with your latest release

  • Sorry, I meant great ‘post’ not ‘pot’ of course! LOL

  • Congrats on your release with Lyrical Press! I’m an author with them and they are a great company.

    I’ve never pitched to anyone in person, and it would scare me as well! You were so brave! Congrats on the request for the full. I loved reading about your pitch story!

  • Grace Hood

    Hm…your first pitch experience sounds strangely similar to mine, right down to the uncontrolled babbling and sweaty palms, hehe. It lead to a full request, which unfortunately didn’t sell. BUT I’d established a relationship with the editor. I sent in my next one, and it sold.

    So I would add perseverance to the jumping up and shouting “here I am”.

    Your blurb sounds enticing. I’m off to check out your backlist. (And how fabulous is it that you have a “backlist”!!)

    Cheers!

  • Thanks, Aubrie! I was shaking like you would not believe, lol!

    R x

  • Hi Rachel!! **waves madly** Lovely post. You’re much braver than I. This ol’ gal will let her agent do the pitching for her. Much success to you, hon.

    Julie, hi!! **waves like a loon** See you on Twitter soon.

  • Hi Rachel and Julie,

    I totally remember my first pitch. One of the scariest things I’ve ever done! But, I made it through and the editor asked for a full. The mss was eventually rejected, but I did get a personal letter, not a form one from the editor. All in all it was a great learning experience. Since I’ve sold to Wild Rose (where everything is done on line), the only other ‘live’ pitch I’ve done was to my TWRP editor when she was at my RWA chapter’s conference last year. It was really great to meet her in person.

  • Rachel, you are such a fun, bubbly person in cyberland. I bet you’re more so in person. You undoubtedly impressed the heck out of her! Huge congrats on getting yourself out there and getting noticed!

  • Good for you! You got past the nerves and were rewarded. I know how it feels. I used to act on stage in NYC and every single time I got out on that stage I was terrified. But I developed somehow a way to ignore the nerves screaming at me in my head and was to the audience a totally relaxed looking actor, very natural. Anything in life you are afraid of, but is necessary, just do it! That’s my motto. Good luck with your books.

  • Thanks for sharing the story of your first pitch Rachel. Nerve wracking. I quiver at the thought of having to do one in person.

  • Wow, thank you all so much for coming by and showing such fantastic support! I’m glad you enjoyed my post and that you can all relate. Isn’t it just great having other writers to share this stuff with? Fingers crossed, the editor will love but if not, onwards and upwards!!

    I’ll keep you all posted.

    Julie, thanks so much for having me, I’m having a great time!

    R xx

  • I’m a mystery writer, but pitches are pitches. My first pitch was a total disaster. My glasses broke as I sat to join the editor and I was completely undone. Much stuttering later on my part, she asked where the ladies’ room was. She had no sympathy for me at all. I clearly wasn’t ready. But I learned from that experience and kept at it and am now published. Of course, my agent was the key I needed. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I think many of us can relate. Best wishes to you and your projects.

  • Hi Rachel and Julie,
    It’s been a while since I came to visit and when I saw that Rachel was the guest, I knew I had to come and say hello. It’s cruel what they do to us authors when it comes to pitching, isn’t it? My first experience, I memorized (yes memorized!) 8 pages (double-space, mind you) of a pitch and when I met my roomate who had a half page, unmemorized, I couldn’t believe it. So I went to the pitching workshop they held the first night and found out when a ninny I’d been. Needless to say, I sat up half the night rewriting a one-page pitch, memorized that and then when I entered the room – I babbled like a fool, giggled like a hyenna and read it all cause my mind went completely blank…sigh!!She asked to send it on, thankfully then I waited for a year and finally had to phone them to ask for my rejection letter so I could become an RWA pro.
    This business is crazy!!
    Love you cover, Rachel and can’t wait to read the book.
    xo Mimi

  • Great post Rachel! I’m terrible at pitching too! I’m so much better on paper, lol. I was pleasantly surprised by how generous other writers are too. It’s helped make the whole experience so much richer!
    Congrats on getting the editor’s request for the full mss! Best of luck with the sub!

  • Thanks for stopping by Coco, Mimi & Cate – your good wishes are so appreciated! Mimi, you have really made me laugh – god, aren’t we all just a nightmare?? There is a reason why writers like to be alone in a room all day!!

    Rachel xx

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