Path to Publishing by Vicki Batman
I blame Susan. (Yes, she knows and gleefully takes credit where credit is due.)
Once upon a time... Several girlfriends and I were on a getaway. When our merriment had died on the way home, Susan suggested we play her version of car games—basically, she asked nonsensical questions, and her captive audience answered. For example: pick one-Tom Jones or Englebert Humperdink? I went with EH because he seemed more romantic. The others picked Tom because he was wilder.
Then she asked us to write the opening paragraph to a book using the word window. I panicked because she knew how I had toyed with the idea of writing. At the moment, the words did not come to me. So she left me off the hook and said, "Email something later."
Two days had passed when I sat down to fulfill my promise. My fingers began to fly. I kept returning and returning to the doc. After eight chapters, I got brave and gave it to Susan. She read what I'd written and said to keep going.
I knew if I wanted to continue and make something of my work, I needed help. I turned to RWA and my local chapter. There, I made friends like me! I submitted to contests, one of which asked why I was writing?!!! (That had my crying for two days. After that, I put on my big girl panties and thought "no one is going to define me!") I submitted to agents. I subbed to editors. And finally through critiquing for a friend, I discovered writing short fiction.
I've written twenty-seven short fiction pieces, essays, and three books. This year, my first book, Temporarily Employed, the one I showed my friend will be published. What a glorious ride!
Title: Bug Stuff…and other stories
Publisher: Vicki Batman
Date Published: 02 04 14
Genre: Contemporary romantic comedy
Word Count: 2,512
Three short and sweet romantic comedies by sassy writer gal includes: "Just Desserts": a political dinner gone disastrous brings together a reluctant attendee and her handsome seat-mate. "Bug Stuff": A cute accountant unites with his co-worker to fight a pesky adversary. "With This Ring": When a wife forgets her little black dress, all turns into something utterly romantic and unforgettable in the end.
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Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm--the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to TRUE LOVE, TRUE ROMANCE, TRUE CONFESSIONS, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING, LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, MUSEITUP PUBLISHING, and THE WILD ROSE PRESS. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"