Monday, June 25, 2007

The Power of H

As I sit here packing up goodies for my lucky June contest winner, who will be chosen on Wednesday, I’m reflecting on the letter H. I have a hobo handbag (which was a happen-stance surprise), a pack of highlighters, heart bath fizzies, hot pink heart post-its and Hubba Bubba (watermelon of course!). Hershey’s may also be thrown in, but I haven’t decided 100% because of the humidity filled heat wave here in NC.

All week, I’ve been thinking—what can I include that starts with H? Heart shaped items were my first hit. Then I thought of honeymoon, but that’s a little out of my price range for a monthly contest. ;0)

Then my mind shifted to book elements starting with the consonant. Heroes and heroines, as well as hunks and heartthrobs who were of course “hot”. Then to add conflict an author must include hurdles to overcome. And finally what everyone reads to get to—the HEA (Happily Ever After)!

And not far behind I thought how the letter corresponded to my career. Heart-stopping moments, like when I went in for my first pitch session (and wrote about in LOVEMAKER’s query letter). Or how about the first time I got a request for full and couldn’t stop smiling as I heralded the good news to my mom? And I’ll never forget the night my eyes were hazy from editing and I clicked on my Hotmail account’s inbox. There sat the first request to buy TAKE ME IN YOUR HEART! Finally my hundreds of hours spent writing had paid off!

Afterwards I was in for some hard work (some say Hell) with revisions, but I hung tough. I wasn’t about to give up on what I’d hungered to attain for so long. And when RWA proposed changing PAN standards I handled myself like a professional and stated my case humbly. (As they say, you’ll catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar…or harassment!)

Though now all I’ve harped about with happiness has led to heartache. My publisher announced it’s filing bankruptcy, so TIES OF VALOR won’t have its day of hoopla. And sadly, I can no longer call myself PAN—a handle I had cherished.

I could be hostile, I could be hateful, but that would get me nowhere. Nor would it heal the hurt. In the aftermath of Wednesday’s happenings and the fallout afterwards one thing keeps me going—HOPE. And it doesn’t just hum from me. My friends have heaped encouraging words, positive premonitions, and heartfelt advice on me. With their help, I’ve hit the ground running (or should I say writing/typing). Hopefully some day soon I will once again be holding my head high as I holler, “I sold!”

How about you? Got any H’s related to writing you’d like to add?


Marcia Colette said...

How about "handle your business" girlfriend? You caught the eye of one editor, so I have no doubts you'll catch the eye of another. :)

Skylar Masey said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence Marcia!

Sonja Foust said...

Give em hell. :-) You might be hampered at the moment, but you'll be happy again soon. ;-) (I liked your post! What an amusing way to say "this week sucked.")

Lynda K. Scott said...

Skylar, you're terrific!

And you *will* get TOV published. I'm sure of it.


Skylar Masey said...

Sonja & Lynda,

You ladies truly make me smile!
And I love your profile graphics.

As for "this week sucked", today started off with another horrible discovery which I will not share here. ;0) Hush, hush and all that.
And I find myself wanting to huddle under my covers, and not have to worry about hateful laws. But alas, perhaps the time has come to heft my dukes. So far waiting idly has gotten me nowhere.

But tomorrow is another day and I shall hand my sister's contest entries to the postmaster with the wish that she fares better in her luck. ;0) One can only hope, right?

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

{{Hugs}} Skylar. I'm sorry you're having a horrendous week. Hopefully things will improve and you'll find happiness just around the corner. I hate to see you having a hard time.

Loved your post, btw! Hilarious and heartening.

Xandra Gregory said...

Oh, Skylar. Hugs and heartfelt wishes that you will bounce back--in fact, I know you'll bounce back. TOV will find a better home. Setbacks and adversity are no strangers to this industry, and we have to weather them with grace and strength, and you are doing just that, and with style as well.

Cassandra Kane said...

((hugs))Skylar, I'm always impressed by your wonderful posts. I've no doubt at all that TOV will find a home with a publisher that's deserving of it.