Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Story Behind the Story - Not Anymore by Em Woods

Stats - Submitted to Total-E-Bound Publishing on March 22, 2010. Contracted on April 1, 2010. Released on September 27, 2010.

Little Known Fact - Logan and Dan were so easy to write. They practically poured onto the paper! But they started out in first person. Which turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. LOL. On one hand, oh man, it needed work! But on the other, the editor from another digital publisher thought it was worth enough to send a page & a half rejection letter , which basically said, “Go third person and this is a winner”. She was right.

Extremely Little Known Fact – Logan’s name started out as Matthew. As it turns out, the only request dear hubby has ever made is related to this. He read the opening scene and said, “Honey, I love you. But can we not name characters after our kids?” Um…. Yeah. I can accommodate that. LOL.

How did I get the idea for the book? - I frequent a Writer’s Digest blog called Promptly, and one of the prompts there sprouted this story. It’s truly a testament that you never know where a great idea or story will come from. This one came from five-hundred words or less.

If I could edit the book now, what would I change? – Hhmm… I have to say that I’d like to describe the waterfall scene in more detail. And to make it longer. Logan and Dan are so amazing that I would have liked to give them more airtime. But there’s a next in that series with their friend Jared… so we’ll see them again!

Miscellaneous Stuff – I received the offer for the book just after midnight on April 1st… I swear I sat and stared at the email for hours waiting on the words to change or a follow-up email saying, “April Fool’s!” *grin* But all that came was the contract. Whew!

And of course, I have to echo Andi Anderson’s words in that Ava is a wonderful person who encourages newbies like us to keep at it. Thanks, Ava, both for the encouragement and the opportunity to guest blog today.

Not Anymore - Now Available from Total E-Bound
Programmer Dan Perry needs a vacation. He talks his boss into giving him a week off to fly to Hawaii with his sister and her boyfriend. He knows he’ll be the third wheel but he has to get out of the office and away from his abusive ex.

As the second partner in the software firm where Dan works, Logan has wanted him from a distance for over a year. Now, Logan intends to make his move but things heat up when Dan is abducted. Can Logan save Dan and convince him that love is worth a shot?


  1. These posts are always so interesting. Thanks for sharing about your book, Em! The story sounds really interesting and I loved the bit about your hubby and the name. :)

  2. Yay, Em!

    Best of luck to you on your debut book. I love knowing the behind the scenes stuff.


  3. Good luck with the sales, EM. Love to hear how authors come up with their ideas.

  4. Lily, my promise lasted four stories... LOL... But Matthew is such a great name, I couldn't hold out forever!

  5. Thanks Gin, Anon & Cindy!! It was so much fun doing this post.

  6. I would have had the same reaction if I got a contract offer on April Fool's Day! LOL. And I remember that 500 word Promptly post - it was a good one ;)

    (hugs) and thanks for doing the post!

  7. Ok, that story about your husband and the name is awesome!

  8. Loved the insider info! I don't think I could name a character after one of my kids, either.

  9. Thanks for the intro Ava...

    Must go look for this book..


  10. Great posts! I'm going to have to add this book to my list.

  11. Thanks, y'all! I hope you enjoy when it makes it to the top of your TBR pile. *grin*

    ((hugs)) Ava. You're the best.

  12. Your story behind the story was great, Em. And what an excellent feature for a blog, Ava. Really enjoyed it and have Not Anymore loaded on my Kindle and ready to read!

  13. Love the back story. This is my first visit to your blog it will not be my last. Love the love and feel of your spot nice!