Everyone’s Story gives a warm welcome to author Tina Radcliffe. It’s my pleasure to host Tina this week because whenever I see Tina post on a blog or on Twitter she always brings a smile to my face and I’m hoping she’ll do just that for you. Check out Tina’s BookGiveaway of Rocky Mountain Reunion as well as the blurb for the novel, and take a moment or two to ponder about your Plan B as you read what Tina shares about hers and how she made it work. Both Tina and I look forward to hearing from you.
Tina is offering 1 copy (either print or e-book) of Rocky Mountain Reunion to 1 randomly chosen commenter, US or Canada only. The winner will be announced here on Friday, February 12th between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact form on the Contact Page to privately send me your email address).
Blurb of Rocky Mountain Reunion:
A Second Chance at Forever
Nurse Anne Matson’s structured life derails when a familiar patient enters her ER—the ex-husband she left ten years ago. Matthew Clark is the last person she expects to see in Paradise, Colorado, especially with a nine-year-old daughter. The single dad is running the town’s biggest expansion project, but one thing stands in his way—Anne’s Victorian home. When his daughter falls ill, and Anne volunteers to help with her care, Matt recognizes he’s never stopped loving the spirited beauty. But how can he get her back when he plans to take all she has left…or can Anne see she has everything to gain—the family she’s been denied?
What’s Your Plan B? by Tina Radcliffe
What a pleasure to be in the new home of Everyone’s Story. Thanks for having me.
2015 marked the sale of my seventh book to Harlequin Love Inspired and I sold my twelfth short story to Woman’s World Magazine as well! Sounds impressive, but the reality is it took me ten years of submitting before I sold my first story to Woman’s World. I was rejected by Harlequin for three of their imprints that don’t exist anymore and a handful of times by my current imprint before my first sale.
I keep a spreadsheet of submissions that includes contests and fiction. I started this spreadsheet in 1995. Twenty-one years ago! Right now it has 451 entries. That sounds impressive too. Not when you do the math. 451 submissions divided by 21 years and then by 12 months, ends up being 1.7 submissions a month over the last 21 years.
Life happened in those twenty-one years. There were productive years, and less productive years. There was illness, tragedy, success, birth and death. One thing I have learned is that life really is all about how your handle Plan B. When life is out of control, the important thing to remember isn’t what you can’t do. No, it’s really all about what you can do.
When your life is short on scheduled writing time, ask yourself what you can do. While you’re sitting in the doctor’s office, can you grab a notebook and doodle a character sketch for your next heroine? Or could you peruse the magazines in the dentist’s office and find your next heroine? Can you write an opening hook that you might use someday, while you are people watching at the airport? What about editing? Can you listen to a workshop while you are cooking dinner?
I have a full house and have always worked full-time outside of the home. One of my short story ideas was started on a morning when we all overslept. I tossed a raincoat over my pajamas to drive them all to school. As I sat in the drop off line, I thought…what if? That what if, quickly dashed off on a torn piece of paper in my purse, earned a thousand dollar check for a short story sale to Woman’s World. It was about a single mother who drove her kids to school in her bunny slippers with her pajamas on under her raincoat and had a fender bender in the school parking lot with Mr. Right. Remember this story when you’re in line somewhere.
Today I fretted. Great word, isn’t it? I fretted because I wasn’t making progress on a scene and valuable writing time was slipping away. What was Plan B for this situation? What could I do? Head-slap! I actually knew what the next scene was, so I finally realized that was the scene I should write to wisely use my time.
Do you know what the difference is between a Plan A person and a Plan B person? A plan B person knows when Plan A isn’t working.
It’s like that Einstein quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Those submissions over ten years to Woman’s World? I didn’t keep submitting the same story. The submissions to Harlequin? That’s right. I wrote a new book each time.
If your Plan A didn’t work in 2015, ask God what Plan B is, and then stop focusing on what you can’t do and get started on what you can do.
If you were rejected by a publisher/editor/agent in 2015 what’s your Plan B? Because Plan B is what’s going to get the job done. If your Indie book wasn’t received as well as you’d hoped, then stop and figure out what Plan B is. Don’t keep doing the same thing that isn’t working.
Embrace your Plan B pretzel self. We Plan B people are pretty amazing. By the way, the Bible is full of Plan B heroes that include Moses, Joseph, and David for starters. Hey, Plan B got the Israelites into the Promised Land.
So stop for a moment and tell me what your Plan B is for the New Year. Then pat yourself on the back and welcome to my world. Leave a comment and for a chance to win a copy of my latest Love Inspired release, Rocky Mountain Reunion. Winner’s choice, print or ebook (US & Canada only).
Tina’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:
Author Tina Radcliffe @TMRadcliffe: Are you a Plan A or Plan B person & why you should care. (Tweet This)
Everyone’s Story: Tina Radcliffe @TMRadcliffe shares secret of advancing in publishing. (Tweet This)
Tina Radcliffe @TMRadcliffe’s #BookGiveaway of Rocky Mountain Reunion. (Tweet This)
Tina Radcliffe is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. She currently resides in Arizona where there are two seasons, hot summer and cold summer.
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