Confessions Of A Regency Miss  

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Here’s my confession (and no, I am not a regency miss, I’m not a miss at all though I do miss a lot in my aged state). Back in the day when Miss D. was freshly minted, between the time I was rejected by the last major publisher still publishing regency romance and laying her to rest in her cardboard box, I playfully submitted her/it to a woman who decided to start her own publishing company, specifically to publish those great books out there that were all dressed up for the ball and no place to go.
Clearly, power corrupts. This is what her rejection note said: “Heidi, I know you are a good writer but this is so bad I can’t even get past the first paragraph.”

This is where words sorta defy me. Or is it, desert me? well! . .

I have the means with which to contact this woman and every time I get a good review on Miss D., I just want to poke a sharp stick in that woman’s eye. Or forward a link. One or the other, I can’t decide. Truly, though, she did me a favor as her little publishing company is nothing and very few would have ever known Miss D. existed if she had managed to get past page one.
Speaking of reviews and kind words, today is day three of the Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind Book Blog Tour, hosted by Becky of Scripture Mom. Becky has published her own book, Adventures With The Word Of God, a wonderful tool for making learning about the bible with your children easy peasy. It is full of snappy illustrations and easy to follow instructions. In addition, every Friday, Becky hosts “Police Beat,” a compilation of the past week’s calls to the police station near/at BYU. It makes for hilarious reading. One of my recent faves was about the woman who called police to say her car had been stolen. They drove her to a neighboring parking lot and guess what? (I’ve so been there. Minus the police.) However, today she is having a little "do" for Miss D, instead.

So, here is my last confession of the day. But first, click on the link to read what Becky has to say and what she asked me to say. I’ll wait. You’re back? Okay, here it is: when I first heard about a book blog tour and made the ultimate decision to do it, I thought it was a fab idea and now that we are here, I truly am enjoying it. Only, I wonder if perhaps all of you are sick to death of hearing about Miss D. It all seems more than a tad narcissistic and all about me, me, me and Miss D. and paranoia is setting in. For those of you who stick it out, I hope you will get something out of it by perhaps being introduced to one or two awesome bloggers throughout the tour whom you might not have read before.

Meanwhile, I am upping the stakes (because, after all, my blog). If you want to be entered to win one of two signed copies of Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind, click here. However, if you choose to be one of my followers (no changing IDs in order to follow again as someone else--this means you, Rott!) you will get another entry just for that. What could be easier? (Becky’s scripture book, that’s what!)

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28 wise, witty and wonderful comments

Hey!! Just lemme at that lady who couldn't get past paragraph one!

I am excited to head over and read Becky's review.

Have a great day, and remember to stay away from the candlesticks when you are swaying to the sound the sound of your own voice.

December 5, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Can't wait to read your book!

December 5, 2008 at 10:10 AM

your side bar looks so full and beautiful, like thanksgiving :)

December 5, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Wait . . . how did I forget to be an official follower before?! You were on my reader already. But duh. Thanks for the reminder.

December 5, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Kazzy--I know! It is so darn hard to remember NOT to sway to the sound of one's own voice. Abra--thanks! Stacey--I guess the challenge was to call attention to them, huh? Annette, you sly fox, you! Now you can get another entry just for pushing a button. There is a method to your madness.

December 5, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Um, yeah . . . sure . . . I had a plan and everything . . . (Were that I was so clever.)

December 5, 2008 at 10:42 AM

I think Margaret Mithchell was turned down for Gone With The Wind about 35 times (if I remember correctly) before she found a publisher. Imagine all the eyes she wanted to poke out with a sharp stick!

December 5, 2008 at 11:05 AM

By the way, I posted about you and your book on my blog, so that means I get two chances to win, right? Oh wait--I linked back to you. Three chances! Wohoo!

December 5, 2008 at 11:11 AM

It is funny since you are on my daily reaing sidebar...I never thought to follow you...but for an extra chance to win, I changed my mind!

December 5, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Thanks for the great plug--and go ahead and poke her a few times just for fun :-). I won't tell.

December 5, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Annette is very clever--click on her her name now to go to her book giveaway. Nevada--I know! Good thing eye poking was illegal in those days, as it is these days. Drat! Melissa--please everyone visit her photography blog! Breathtaking! And the cutest baby that ever lived! Gorgeous brides! You'll be glad you stopped by (and stop by her regular blog, too!) Christine, another sly fox who possesses much prescience (thanks!) Becky--are you sure? Aren't I already the prime suspect if someone does? Like, I mean, I have preconfessed on the internet. Even if someone else should do so at this point, I would be dragged off in cuffs. I don't think I ought to risk it. ;)

December 5, 2008 at 11:35 AM


Jen is the girl Tyler is dating...They are NOT engaged, but he likes her a lot. She actually has a missionary that's getting home Feb 2nd, so it's kind of like a competition between him and Tyler. I hope everything works out for him. I think he'll be pretty devastated if she picks the other guy. And we stayed here in our own little Payson home for Thanksgiving, then decided at the last minute on Friday to head up to ID so my dad could meet Elise while she's still small. I feel bad for him - he gets shafted in the "meeting the grandkids" department. I, by the way, am super excited about your blog giveaway - odds are (of course) that I will lose, but the chance that I might win is very exciting. I need a good book right now. :) And how are all your Christmas plans going with all the Miss D stuff, too?

December 5, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Ok you must send that woman a copy of your reviews! I mean she could have rejected it but not had such rude words to say.

I personally am not sick of Mrs. D. I think it's all very entertaining!

December 5, 2008 at 11:55 AM

I want to poke a stick in her eye too.

I'm off to check out all this great stuff.

December 5, 2008 at 12:56 PM

I think you should send her all of your rave reviews.

And...what if we were already following your blog? Hmmmmm?

December 5, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Jessica--I was so that girl! I shafted the guy I was dating while Roy was on his mission. Poor Tyler. Tho, odds are, she won't marry her missionary, statistically speaking. I did but I'm just odd. Jen--I have to say, I am so tempted to do that. I don't know if she would bother to read them, though. I might end up just looking like I am kicking her when she is down (because her publishing company didn't go anywhere)but I like that you said it! You too Heather! You too Lara! Hmmm, already following . . .first, thanks! Second, there are people who read who don't have blogs and can't post my book cover or do links, so that was kind of to make it more fair for them. I can't remember if you put stuff in your blog--but if you did, you already have three entries. Sorry! Garsh, now I feel like a bad author. I just got back from having "coffee" (I had hot chocolate) with a college student who interviewed me for a research paper. I was feeling so grown up and full of myself. I guess it was good to be made low and humble once again.

December 5, 2008 at 2:01 PM

The lady who turned down your book sure is regretting it now, isn't she?

December 5, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Seriously, did you send her a copy of the book?
I totally would have. Well, unless I had to buy the book, and then no way.

December 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Well hello! Silly publishing lady... you need to PUBLISH books to establish yourself!?!
She totally should have come to me for advice...
I would have let her in on that secret - AND published your book!

December 5, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Erin, honestly, I don't know if she has a clue. I told her but I'm not sure if she really puts it together that it is the book she turned down. Randi, yes, I would have to send her one I bought (at my discount) since I had plans for my free author copies already. So, yep, revenge is sweeter if it's free! Abra--she did put together a book of short stories, but other than that, I don't know if she actually did anything else. I totally agree with you. It was like, now that she had the power, nothing was good enough for her. But hey, I have a book that I wrote between covers and she doesn't (I don't think), so all's well that ends well, right?

December 5, 2008 at 9:47 PM

I think it's wonderful you had such discipline to write your book on those days. I probably would have frittered that time away on something less important.

And to go on despite the unfortunate rejections!!

Well-deserved success. You are an inspiration to me. Your book sounds fun. I haven't in a loooong while, but I used to bring home regency romances by the bagful from the library.

December 6, 2008 at 5:58 AM

In the creative field it is always good to have a healthy dose of perspective. My husband has a similar story where he submitted some samples of his work to an "up and coming rep" (these are the folks that find him work). He has submitted it in a box he glued all these images on (he was young). The lady sent it back saying that she liked the box more then what was in it! Ugh!

He also worked on a job up in SLC for Squatters Brewery where he did a label. I know, beer...LDS...conundrum. But, we could use the money. We were just married. So, he did the label and they looked at it and said it looked like someone in Jr. High did it. Perhaps Heavenly Father as looking out for us, because he only got the kill fee for the job. So much for Squatters.

I love 20/20 hindsight because it means you have progressed and can look back at the rough times and laugh a bit. Congrats!

December 6, 2008 at 6:36 AM

Oh, I forgot to add with the Squatters job that he also was very sick. We ended up going to the Dr.'s and he was given some cough syrup with codeine. I don't promote opiates, but I have to say, never were some opiates needed more. He ended up sleeping off his flu over the next two days and felt much better about the whole thing later.

December 6, 2008 at 6:40 AM

I'm get on the ball and look at your bloggy tour. However, at the moment I have the flu and may throw up at any moment. As soon as I'm back to myself, I'll read it.

I'm so happy for you! And tell that lady to suck it! Mature, right?

December 6, 2008 at 7:13 AM

Hey I like these confessions.


Questions coming soon.

December 6, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Jewel/Pink--yes, mine is like the oldbagful kind--i.e., clean (which they aren't so much these days)Katie, that is a story for the ages! I hope you have that written down somewhere for your kids along with illustrations and photos, Alyson, thanks but I know where your priorities lie. I saw you endlessly partying in Crash's comment box, flu or no! ;) Crash, thanks! I will be looking for them! (I'm so glad you remembered)

December 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Hey, I woke up sick. I wasn't sick last night, which is when I wrote on Crash's comments.

Thanks for the sympathy...NOT.:-)

December 6, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Ah, mystery solved! Now we know what made Alyson sick.

December 6, 2008 at 11:01 AM

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