Saturday, 11 August 2012

Press Enter!

Two years ago I pressed enter and submitted my first story to Dreamspinner.
The end.
That’s what I did, what more do you need to know?
Why did I decide to take the plunge and see if anyone would publish my writing? Ah, well, that is because I saw my friends getting published, and thought if they can do it, I can. I haz skillz.
Two years, many more stories, and I still get the wibbles whenever I press enter. But I also get that thrill running through me—look at me, I have created this!
I am not creative at all. I can’t cook, sew, knit, paint, photoshop, garden—anything at all. But I can write. More to the point, some people like my writing enough to fork out their hard-earned cash. Thank you, dear readers. If I could hug each one of you I would.

So… I have suggestions for people who want to get published. They are simple, and in Sue style, very easy to follow.
1.       Write the damn book.
2.       Finish the damn book.
No, I’m not kidding how many people tell me they want to get published but the book is either still in their head, or worse, half-written. You have a story that’s taking up space in your head. Get it written and finished, and then you might have room for another story. The world won’t see how brilliant your story is unless you finish it. I am begging you (and by you, I am specifically aiming this at the double glazing surveyor), FINISH the damn BOOK!!
          3.       Find the publisher that suits your genre.
Seriously, it is no use sending your book about sailing to a romance publisher. They won’t read it and more to the point you’ve wasted your valuable time.
4.       Read the submission guidelines.
Now this may seem obvious. And yes, they scared the living daylights out of me when I first looked at the various sites. All the publishers have their own guidelines. Unfortunately, one size doesn’t fit all. So, taking a deep breath, read them, and if you need help, ask a friend. I had a friend *waves to RJ*. Once you’ve sent a few stories off to various publishers, they aren’t half as scary anymore.
5.       And finally, once your story is formatted, and you have the blurb PRESS ENTER!!
Good grief, why is your story still sitting there? Press ENTER. Have a glass of wine if you need to work up some courage, but do it. The world will never read your story unless you press enter.

So have I said anything you haven’t read a hundred times before? Of course not. But I have shown you that becoming an author is as simple as that. Okay, I haven’t discussed rejections/editing/cover art/royalties/promotion and all the myriad details that also take up my time. But that isn’t important here.
What is important is you, and your creation. Because readers like me want to read your book so PRESS ENTER.

 Sue's Giveaway

Leave your name here on my blog and you can have your pick of a book from my catalogue. Scan the list on the right-hand side and, if possible, let me know which one and the format in your comment.


This blog is part of RJ Scott's Anniversay Blog Hop.  Go to her post for all the other wonderful authors participating this weekend.


  1. *Waves Back* Thanks hun... at the end of the day pressing enter is what it's all about! X

  2. Hey you,

    It certainly is. I've just added a link to your site on this post.

  3. I love this advice! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go press enter!


  4. Hi Sue!

    You keep writing the damn books and I'll keep buying them. Promise!!


  5. Hmm - they all look good. Isle of where as PDF if I'm lucky! And yep, you're quite right - until you let your baby fly, you can't succeed.I remember that first time pressing Enter and imagining the email swimming, flying, zipping through the sky - and the no thanks that came back about fifteen minutes later. LOL Mind you, that was before I started to write erotic romance.

  6. What a wonderful thing it was for us when you hit enter! Thanks Sue

    Karen C

  7. taking chances by hitting enter can be good.

    and for me..i have a lot of your books already (loved morning report btw) but i'd have to pick the night porter in pdf if i had to choose

  8. Working on the finishing part! :-) Thanks for the great advice, Sue.

    I'd love Nothing Ever Happens in PDF format.

    Hunter Frost

  9. I like that you've stripped it down to the basics. Finish! LOL No mentioning of beta readers, though? Do you not use them?

    If I win, I'd like Final Admission in mobi/prc (Kindle friendly, whatever), please. :)

  10. OMG I love love love your books!! Thanks for the post! and the giveaway!!!

  11. After scanning your list and mine the book I am missing is Final Admission...Keep writing because I love your work!

  12. thanks for the contest

  13. Lovely post. Ummm I won't select as book as i seem to have them all.....looks around for a gap...nope can't find a gap. Just keep writing please, i love your books.

  14. Sue, thanks for all the beautiful stories and please keep writing!We'll all be waiting :)

  15. Thank you so much for the wonderful advice! If it were in your power I would love to get my hands on The Fitzwarren Inheritance if not than The Isle of Where would be wonderful. Either in epub please.


  16. The Isle of Where in pdf if you please. Bless that enter button.

  17. I love your first two suggestions!! Best advice I read so far! LOL! Wow just like RJ you have been writing ONLY two years! WOW you guys rock getting all your books out!! Love love love Report series!!!

  18. Simple direct and to the point! I love write the damn book! I can't believe how many books you and RJ have written in 2 years! Thanks for the post and the giveaway! If I win I would love to get The Isle of Where? in PDF if possible!
    OceanAkers @

    1. Congratulations on winning the giveaway. I have emailed you.

  19. Great straight forward advice to newbie writers. Would love to win "Final Admission" in mobi/prc.

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

  20. Count me in please, Isle of where as PDF would be my choice.

    moonsurfer123 at gmail dot com

  21. The Isle of Where as Epub would be nice ;)


  22. And thank you for pressing enter! I love Nothing Ever Happens...and I have all of your books...Great post :)

  23. There definitely comes a point where you shouldn't second-guess yourself anymore. Thanks for the advice! CHANCE TO BE KING for Kindle would be my choice.


  24. Appreciate the short and direct advice Sue! I've always wanted to write, but was always hesistant about what others would think and If anyone would actually like It. Guess I need to take that leap and fine out. Won't know unless I try.

    Keep on writing and I'll keep on buying! :D You are the reason I started reading M/M erotica and have been hooked ever since! Definitely makes reading a more enjoyable experience.

  25. Lovely post Sue and thanks for the great advice!