My road to publication ...

My road to publication has had many falling gates and speed bumps but thanks to RWA have finally reached my destinationJ Without RWA I’d still be an isolated writer and without attending the 2012 RWA conference wouldn’t have been at the right place at the right time. Not only did Harlequin announce the new digital-first Escape but on a panel the very lovely Beverly Cousins (Random House) offered to look at unsolicited manuscripts from RWA members.


So post-conference sent submissions out like they were Christmas cards and settled down for the long wait. In a matter of weeks Kate Cuthbert from Escape emailed with an offer on a category outback story. Speechless. And then Beverley Cousins offered on my drought-story single title. Gobsmacked. So here I am still pinching myself and so very thankful to RWA and all the fabulous people that make it the special place that it is.


What Love Sounds Like will be out in January with Escape Publishing and then in February Beneath Outback Skies will be a launch title for the new digital-first Random Romance list of Random House. And no matter how many times I write this, it still doesn’t seem realJ

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Comments: 16
  • #1

    Allison Butler (Wednesday, 05 December 2012 23:30)

    Hi Alissa,

    Love your road to publication story:) No matter how many obstacles you encountered, you were always going to reach your destination.

    Your 'Beneath Outback Skies' cover is gorgeous!

    Super Congratulations! Best wishes & giant HUGS xx

  • #2

    Alissa (Wednesday, 05 December 2012 23:34)

    Thanks so much!! Could never have done this without you:)

    Alissa x

  • #3

    Margaret Read (Thursday, 06 December 2012 03:49)

    Inspirational! How I'd love to take a trip down that road too! Can't wait to read the books. Love the name, by the way!

    With love and pride

  • #4

    Alissa (Thursday, 06 December 2012 03:57)

    Thanks so much Margaret!! Hope that winter weather is treating you kindly over there!

    Alissa x

  • #5

    Wendy Leslie (Friday, 07 December 2012 22:20)

    I love the story of your Call and can't wait to read your two stories in the new year.
    Wendy x

  • #6

    Alissa (Friday, 07 December 2012 22:30)

    Hi Wendy,

    Thanks so much for congratulations and for stopping by!

    Alissa x

  • #7

    Suzanne Brandyn (Saturday, 08 December 2012 09:32)

    Congratulations. Awesome news. Love the cover, it's beautiful.

    All the best,

    Suzanne :)

  • #8

    Alissa (Saturday, 08 December 2012 16:16)

    Many thanks Suzanne! The cover fairies were definitely smiling on me that day:)

    Alissa x

  • #9

    Ella Audrey (Sunday, 16 December 2012 05:14)

    Congratulations Alissa, what a gorgeous story of your path to publication, and it is definitely inspiring! Virtual "cheers" with some bubbly! Have a lovely Christmas.
    Ella xx

  • #10

    Alissa (Sunday, 16 December 2012 15:41)

    Thanks so much Ella:) And enjoy that lovely necklace you won too.

    Alissa xx

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    I like your story and can no longer wait to read your both stories best of luck.

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