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May 2017 Meeting

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Building a readership base

Presented by Jennifer Snow

Jennifer Snow is an award-winning author of sweet and sexy contemporary romance. She received her first rejection letter at fifteen years old. She’d written a sweet YA romance the summer before and had submitted the manuscript along with a query letter to Harlequin. The wait had literally felt like a lifetime, but finally their response arrived. She was sitting on her front step, enjoying the late August heat with friends when the mailman handed it to her. Seeing the Harlequin logo on the envelope, Jennifer stopped breathing for a second. Ripping it open, she was convinced Harlequin was going to publish her book. Spoiler Alert – they didn’t. 🙂

It was a rejection (the first of many to come), but it was a great letter. The editor had actually taken the time to read Jennifer’s manuscript and offered feedback and advice on how to make her writing stronger. Jennifer took all of their notes to heart and throughout high school, continued to hone her craft. Jennifer credits that encouraging letter for her perseverance in never giving up on her dream of becoming a published writer. 17 short years and many detours in life later, Jennifer received a different kind of letter from Harlequin – this one a revision letter after they bought her six book small town Brookhollow series.

Jennifer still has that first rejection letter and reads it whenever she feels discouraged. It was the beginning of her writing journey and she is so proud of her fifteen-year-old self for having the courage to submit a far from perfect manuscript in pursuit of a dream. Jennifer is represented by Stephany Evans of FinePrint Literary Management, and she currently publishes with Harlequin, Grand Central, and Berkley.

Details

Date:
May 16
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Organizer

Emily Vale