Laura Drake The Sweet SpotWelcome Laura Drake,

Author of The Sweet Spot

 

The Sweet Spot is a Romantic Times Top Pick!

 

 

Laura Drake head shot with flowers Laura has always been a  storyteller. She began on her front porch, telling ghost stories to the neighborhood kids. They ran screaming, but kept coming back for more. If she wasn’t telling a story, she had her nose in one, bumping into students in the halls on her way to classes.

 

 

Her settings are Western, but Laura grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit.  A tomboy, she’s always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into their Pintos and moved to California, sight unseen. There Laura met her husband, a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie, and her love affair with the West began. You can visit Laura at Lauradrakebooks.com. Like her on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter at @PBRWriter. And find her blogging at Writers in the Storm.

 

 

I am excited to debut Laura Drake on my Pubbed Margie Grad Blog today!

 

Laura is a multi-Margie-grad, and an Immersion Master Class grad too. It has been my joy and my honor to watch her grow her writing craft, get an agent, and get offered three contracts for a total of seven books.

 

KUDOS to Laura Drake!

 

Margie Asks Laura :

 

Please share your road to publication. Other contests?  Rejections?

 

I began 16 years ago, with an idea that wouldn’t leave me alone. But who was I to write a novel? I didn’t have the guts to try until I realized I had a ‘Delete’ key. I could get the story out of my head, and after typing The End, I could hit delete and be done. 

Of course, a year-and-a-half later when I typed The End, I had a new goal. I wanted to hold a book in my hands with my name on the cover. Fifteen years, three books, and 413 rejections later, I realized that dream. Yes, I’m stubborn, and a bit obsessive. But it was worth it – It’s been more rewarding than I could have imagined!

 

BLOG GUESTS: You noticed - Laura received 413 rejections. And now she has 7 books contracted.

 

Never quit writing. Never quit honing your writing craft. Never quit querying.

 

Check out this time line:

 

May, 2011 -- Laura attended a 4-day Immersion Master Class with Margie in Colorado

July 2011 -- Laura got an agent, Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill AssociatesLaura and her agent Nalini A 

 

Photo: Laura and her agent, Nalini Akolekar, at RWA National, 2012.

 

 

January, 2012 -- Laura landed her first contract, a three-book deal with Grand Central.

June, 2012 -- Laura got another contract, this time for a Superromance.

March, 2013 -- Laura nailed a third contract for three more Superromances!

 

 Laura and Ro in Immersion Class

Photo:

Laura, Faye, and Margie's miniature dachshund acting out a scene in Immersion class.

  

 

BIG QUESTIONS:

 

Why was Laura offered two additional contracts before her first book was released?

 

Before publishers could check her sales?

 

Read the opening of The Sweet Spot, and you will know the answer.

 

The Sweet Spot is set in the world of professional bull riding.

 

Chapter 1

 

The grief counselor told the group to be grateful for what they had left. After lots of considering, Charla Rae decided she was grateful for the bull semen.

 

Charla Rae Denny wiped her hands with her apron and stepped back, surveying the shelves of her pantry. This month’s Good Housekeeping suggested using scraps of linoleum as shelf paper. It had been a bitch-kitty to cut, but cost nothing, would be easy to clean, and continued the white-pebbled theme of her kitchen floor. And for a few hours, the project had rescued her weary mind from a hamster-wheel of regret.

 

The homing beacon in the Valium bottle next to the sink tugged at her insides.

 

She sipped a glass of water to avoid reaching for it and glanced out the window to the spring-skeletal trees of the back yard.

 

Her gaze returned to the two-foot wide stump the way a tongue wanders to a missing tooth. Tentative grass shoots had sprung up to obscure the obscene scar in the soil.

 

She hadn’t thought that an innocent tree could kill a child.

 

She hadn’t thought that an innocent coed could kill a marriage.

 

And if those pills could kill the thinking, she’d take ten.

 

Kudos to Laura!  Stellar opening!

 

What makes Laura’s opening so powerful? I’ll share my Deep Editing Analysis, and ask Laura some questions about her writing.

 

Laura loaded her opening with power words. She used 25 psychologically empowered words in 202 words. Kudos to Laura!

 

Power Words: grief, bull, semen, bitch-kitty, rescued, weary, regret, homing beacon, Valium, insides, avoid, spring-skeletal, stump, tentative, obscure, obscene, scar, innocent, kill, innocent, coed, kill, marriage, pills, kill 

 

What else did Laura do to add power to her opening?

 

Fresh writing.

 

Strong imagery.

 

Strong cadence throughout.

 

Rhetorical Devices: Alliteration (several times), simile, parallelism, a cadence-driven double (She hadn’t thought that an innocent _____ could kill a _____)

 

White Space

 

Emotion-themed (grief-themed) Words:  tentative grass shoots, spring-skeletal trees, obscene scar in the soil

 

Visceral Response:  tugged at her insides

 

Slipped in Backstory in a compelling way.

 Laura, working in Immersion class

Kudos to Laura!  Your deep edited opening is guaranteed to wow readers and reviews.  It’s enviably stellar!

 

Photo: Laura working, in Immersion class, May, 2011.

 

 

BLOG GUESTS:

 

The Sweet Spot has strong teaching examples on every page.  Here are some of my favorite dialogue cues.

 

      Bella’s voice could freeze meat.

 

His deep rumbly voice held no sleepy edges.

 

“We’ve missed you in church, Charla Rae.” Reverend Mike’s deep voice wasn’t accusatory, but she felt caught just the same. That would teach her to pick up the phone without checking the caller I.D.

 

The concern in his voice and calm, assessing look had her nerves dancing like water drops on a hot skillet.

 

IMC May 2011 Darcy Margie Kate Laura on Point

 

   She yelled over her shoulder in a New York truck driver voice, “Hey,  Russ, the cavalry is here!”

 

   “What hat?” Her voice went all skinny.

 

 

 

 

Photo: Laura's Immersion class on a break, a five minute walk from Margie's house.

 

Margie Chats with Laura:

 

Your dialogue cues are so fresh and fun and fantastic!

 

Do you go back and layer them in? 

 

Do you amplify some of your dialogue cues in subsequent drafts? Or does your brain pop them out fully-powered?

 

Laura Responds:

 

Oh, I wish! 

 

I edit as I go. I’ll write a sentence, or a paragraph, and go back over it. Then the next morning, I review everything I wrote the day before. That’s when I catch boring, overused tags. Reading it over puts me back in the scene, warms me up for writing, and I’m fresh enough to think of something to replace those tired tags. Some of my best writing is rewriting!

 

Laura holding Calypso

 

Photo:

Laura threatening to take Calypso home from Immersion class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLOG GUESTS: Check out these descriptive paragraphs.
 

      Just where do you go to get an outfit like that? Red shortie cowgirl boots, a lacy black square-dance miniskirt puffed with petticoats, a white bustier cut down to there, and a black lace bolero jacket. Char swallowed, attempting to focus on the woman’s features. A nimbus of black curls overwhelmed her deathly pale, sharp-boned foxy face. Huge dream-catcher earrings bobbed with her every move. She looks like Dolly Parton gone Goth.

 

     She had to smile at Junior’s massive backside in overalls, waddling beside her tall, lean father. Their personalities were the flip sides of a coin as well; her dad’s Atticus Finch to Junior’s Vinnie Gambini.

 

Margie Asks Laura:

 

Can you share any tips for our blog guests regarding writing descriptions, or using a physical trait to trigger comparisons?

 

Laura Responds:

 

To me, the main thing is to match the type and amount of description to the character. If you describe everything about every character, the reader will skim. The ‘Goth Dolly’ character described above became the protag’s sidekick, and she’s very different than the heroine, so I gave her a vivid, detailed description.

 

She’s also an Italian New Yorker with an attitude, so I went for a funny, flippant description, which sets up the tone of character.

 

I thought I’d overwritten Bella, but she turned out to be a reader favorite. That taught me; push just beyond where you feel like you should, and it’s probably right on. Trust your crit group to tell you if you step over the line.

 

 Laura and Margie at Sawdust Art Festival July, 2012Laura --So glad you made Bella's character   extra-quirky. She's as memorable as she is fun. 

Plus, quirky characters sell books.  :-)

 

 Photo: Laura and Margie are quirky too.

Having fun at the Sawdust Art Festival before RWA National, 2012.

 

 

BLOG GUESTS: One more example for you. This is a Power Internalization.

 

 

There’s comfort in knowing someone as well as you know yourself. 

 

Her new life was so precarious. At any time, a prize cow could die or a hay crop could fail. She was one bad decision, one unlucky break away from disaster. Char propped her elbows on her knees, and rested her chin in one palm. Oh, she knew a relationship was a flimsy shield against life’s pain. She’d learned that lesson the hard way. It would be nice to be half a team in the traces though, sharing the yoke of responsibility. The sweet burden of power is better shared. 

 

Yeah, right. Maybe in a Disney movie.

 

Disaster had hit them like a Kansas cyclone, and instead of her and Jimmy hunkering down together to weather the storm, it tore them apart. She’d poked her head in a Valium bottle, and Jimmy’d lit out for another woman’s bed. Worse yet, a girl’s bed. Frozen frame pictures of Jimmy, knocking boots with the little blonde shot through Char’s brain like machine gun fire.

 

Margie Asks Laura: 

 

Can you tell us about your process, how you dug deep to capture that powerful piece on the page?

 
 

Laura Responds:

 

This was a turning point in the book. It's a scene where Charla shifts from seeing her ex-husband as the big-ego cheater that he's been the past few years, to seeing him as he is now; a grown-up version of the boy she fell in love with so many years ago. It's one of those times that subtlety and nuance wouldn't do -- I had to lay out her reasoning in a natural, seamless progression. I used what I call the 'teeter-totter:'  the first paragraph is her wishing things were different. Then, why she'd be a fool to consider it.

 

Farther into the scene Jimmy stakes his claim by singing her a love song. It gives her hope that he has changed. Laying the groundwork for her falling in love with him again.

                                                                                                                          

 Thank you for sharing your process. Excellent!

 

Laura’s Power Internalization is from page 189.

 

The Sweet Spot doesn’t have a sagging middle. Its beginning, middle, and end are all page-turners.

 

Margie Asks Laura:

 

Did you have some scenes that made you crazy? If so, what did you do to get through your angst and make them strong?

 

Laura Responds:

 

Men are my nemesis, in more than the usual ways! I have a hard time digging deep into their thoughts, because I feel like I don’t belong in their heads. I tend to want to write the surface only. My crit group and I joke about my first couple of heroes – they were handsome, but you could have stood them up in the corner; they were cardboard!

 

I still have to force myself to dig deeper with my male characters. Knowing it’s a weak spot, I spend a lot of time rounding out the male characters, trying to make them as rich and well rounded as the women. 

 

Margie Asks Laura: 

 

What did you learn from me that strengthened your writing? 

 

Laura Responds:

 

I took more than the requisite three classes from Margie before I attended Master Immersion Class. I treated Margie’s online classes like college courses, doing the homework and sweating over every word. I think what helped was seeing her before and after examples. They really helped me understand the lessons.

 

I knew I needed emotion on the page, but hadn't a clue how to do that. Your Empowering Emotions class taught me to use non-verbal communication (powerful!) The four levels of powering up emotion and when to use them really helped too. Visceral responses, writing fresh, rhetorical devices...they all combine to amp up the emotion.

 

But even so, spending 10-12 hours a day, ‘immersed’ in a small group and working with Margie one-on-one in four days of an Immersion class was an epiphany.

 

Something clicked. My mind had fully absorbed all the lessons into my subconscious and it began flow out on the page. 

 

My crit group was amazed at the difference in my writing, post-Margie. To me, it was as though I wrote in black and white before, and now I write in color!

 

 Laura, ThanLaura Drake Her Road Homek you. I love working with you, and I know I'll get to work with you in another Immersion class too!

 

Congratulations to Laura for The Sweet Spot. Her story and her writing are both superb.

 

I can't wait to read Laura's first Superromance, Her Road Home, will be released in August. It's Laura's biker chick novel!

 

Laura Drake and Motorcycle

 

 

BLOG GUESTS – 

Post a comment for the drawing by Sunday evening,   June 2nd, to win

a free online class from Margie Lawson

or one of two copies of The Sweet Spot from Laura Drake!

 

 

FYI:

Laura teaches an online class for Lawson Writer's Academy:

Submissions That Sell!

 

After taking Laura's class, Jennifer Goodnight finaled in the Music City Romance Writer's Pitch Contest.

 

Laura's teaching Submissions That Sell! again in September.

 

Comments  
Donnell
# RE: Laura DrakeDonnell 2013-05-31 05:59
Laura and Margie, this is fascinating. Laura, I have to agree with Margie. What a mind-blowing compelling start. Can't wait (as you know) to read THE SWEET SPOT. You rock!
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Laura Drake
# Hi Donnell!Laura Drake 2013-05-31 10:19
Thanks for stopping by! I feel like a Disney Princess, being here -- squeee!
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Margie Lawson
# RE: Laura DrakeMargie Lawson 2013-05-31 15:07
Hey Donnell!

You'll love THE SWEET SPOT!

And I'll love featuring you on the Pubbed Margie Grad Blog too. :-)
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Greg Henry
# Greg HenryGreg Henry 2013-05-31 07:18
Laura,

Your writing is great and I'm a big fan. I've started THE SWEET SPOT.
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Laura Drake
# Hi Greg!Laura Drake 2013-05-31 10:22
Hi Crit-partner Greg!

I was amazingly lucky to meet Greg in a Margie Fab 30 Class, and we've been together ever since (no, we're married to other people, and I'm NOT a cougar!)

Don't forget his name, because you'll see it on a book cover someday -- he challenges me for persistence!
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Margie Lawson
# RE: Hi Greg!Margie Lawson 2013-05-31 15:09
Greg --

I agree with Laura. You'll get THE CALL, and I'll get to show off your strong writing on this blog!
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Abbie Roads
# RE: Laura DrakeAbbie Roads 2013-05-31 11:37
Laura,

Congratulations on all your success! You definitely deserve it! I love love love "She looks like Dolly Parton gone Goth." With just those few words I have a complete visual. Made me smile.
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Margie Lawson
# RE: Laura DrakeMargie Lawson 2013-05-31 15:12
Abbie --

Your stellar writing makes me smile!

You'll be here too!
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 17:41
Thanks, Abbie! If Margie says it, I believe it!
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kimberle swaak
# RE: Laura Drakekimberle swaak 2013-05-31 13:00
I'm reading The Sweet Spot now and loving it! There are so many more examples than the ones listed here. Congrats, Laura, and I can't wait for the next book.
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Margie Lawson
# RE: Laura DrakeMargie Lawson 2013-05-31 19:11
Hey Kimberle --

I've marked hundreds of examples in THE SWEET SPOT. All could be used for Teaching Points!

You'll get your turn on the Pubbed Margie Grad Blog too!

Can't wait to see you this summer!
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 19:49
Ohhh Kimberle, sounds like you're Immersion-bound this summer . . .I'm jealous!

At least I'll get to see Margie at RWA National.
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Yolanda Barber
# RE: Laura DrakeYolanda Barber 2013-05-31 13:33
Laura,

What a compelling opening. I was hooked at bull semen.
Congrats on your success. Your story inspires. Thanks for sharing.
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 17:34
Ha, Yolanda! Yeah, I'll admit to wanting to snag your attention with that!
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Margie Lawson
# RE: Laura DrakeMargie Lawson 2013-05-31 19:14
Yolanda --

Ha! Bull semen is a powerful backload!

Laura learned well, and applied well. :-)

Looking forward to seeing your work in print. Keep deep editing!
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Brinda Berry
# RE: Laura DrakeBrinda Berry 2013-05-31 14:03
Hi Laura,
I love your writing and can't wait to read The Sweet Spot. Congrats on all your success!
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 17:34
Oh Kimberly, thank you! As an author, you knowthat's music to my ears (okay, cliche alert, Margie, but I'm too excited to think of something clever!)
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 17:43
Thanks Brinda! I follow your blog! It's a great one people, you should check it out!
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Margie Lawson
# RE: Laura DrakeMargie Lawson 2013-05-31 19:17
Hey Brinda --

Miss you!

I hope you're finding time to write. Looking forward to your next release, and featuring you here!
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Lori Ann Freeland
# RE: Laura DrakeLori Ann Freeland 2013-05-31 14:39
I love your publishing journey stories and your incredible Margie examples! Congrats on your debut.
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 17:36
Thanks, Lori - from the looks of all your contest wins, you'll be next!
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Lori Ann Freeland
# RE: Laura DrakeLori Ann Freeland 2013-06-01 03:32
Can't wait to celebrate with you if I am :)
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Margie Lawson
# RE: Laura DrakeMargie Lawson 2013-05-31 19:20
Lori --

With all your contest wins, you're so close to being published.


Keep breathing. Keep editing. You will get THE CALL!
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Christina Delay
# RE: Laura DrakeChristina Delay 2013-05-31 15:28
Laura, I love your writing. You are so talented in producing a visual for your reader with just a few words! Congrats on your success!!! :lol:
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 17:39
Thanks, Christina. I work hard on short and pithy. Sometimes I have to remind myself of the longer versions of Margie's powering up emotions, or expanding time in key scenes to go deeper.

I'm just so in love with new, fresh one-liners. Jodi Piccoult is the master at that!
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L.A. Mitchell
# RE: Laura DrakeL.A. Mitchell 2013-05-31 16:51
Congrats fellow Immersion grad and fellow Laura ;) I'm so happy for your success. You had me at bull semen...lol.

A shining example of tenacity and talent! Good luck with your sales :)

Laura
L.A. Mitchell
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 17:48
Thanks Laura - your mouth to God's ears!
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Barbara Rae Robinson
# RE: Laura DrakeBarbara Rae Robinson 2013-05-31 17:42
Congratulations , Laura, on your success! It's wonderful to see Margie grads doing great!

Barb
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 19:51
Well, it's not really fair for everyone else, Barbara - we've got a leg up, with Margie's help, right? ;-)
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Marsha R. West
# VERMONT ESCAPEMarsha R. West 2013-05-31 18:57
"The homing beacon in the Valium bottle next to the sink tugged at her insides." My stars and garters, Laura! What an awesome line! It hooks me on so many levels. Love reading your comments at WITS, but this post was especially awesome here with Margie, who is, we'd probably all agree, a magician. She waves her magic wand over us and we sell. I sold my first book after spending a summer with Margie's packets and then on The Mountain in September. Truly life changing experiences. I don't need to say good luck with sales, Laura. With this kind of writing, you'll be off the charts in the blink of an eye! (Sorry, Margie a bit of a cliché.) How about "two shakes of a lamb's tail?" It will be new to all the youngsters out there. LOL
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Laura Drake
# RE: VERMONT ESCAPELaura Drake 2013-05-31 19:53
Oh Marsha, you made me laugh with "Stars and Garters!" Sharla from WITS (who let me use her name for the heroine in TSS) used that in one of her American Historicals!

Thanks for the best wishes - same back attcha!
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Jaxine Daniels
# RE: Laura DrakeJaxine Daniels 2013-05-31 22:11
I loved the "hamster wheel of regret" This is such an inspiring blog post. At the same time, the hamster wheel of deep editing might be dread full. :) Thanks Margie and all.

Jax
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-05-31 22:55
Love the 'Dread full,' Jax! Love your name!
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Bonnie Gill
# RE: Laura DrakeBonnie Gill 2013-06-01 01:50
Hi Laura & Margie,
Laura, I love the fresh writing and DCs. I have to say the Dolly Pardon gone Goth line is awesome. I'm going to pick up a copy of your book because of these and the other excerpts Margie used in her classes.
Also, I noticed that during Immersion this past May I sat in the exact same chair you were sitting in. I'm hoping it's the magic woo woo chair. :-)

Margie,
Your interviews are so wonderful. I learn something from each one. Thanks for the interview and insights.
Please give Calyipso massive kisses for me.
*hugs*
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-01 02:24
Bonnie - you've been to the mountain! Wasn't it just the best?!

It isn't the chair, Hon, it's all your hard work and Margie that will get you there!
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Kristin Meachem
# Re: Laura DrakeKristin Meachem 2013-06-01 04:07
Congrats on all your success Laura, you've worked hard for it. :-) Did you drink from the frog cup at Margie's? I did, I'm hoping it's a magic cup.
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Laura Drake
# RE: Re: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-01 11:23
Okay, I missed that one - Maybe it's because I was so busy playing with Calypso!

Kristin, I wish there was magic - but it's mostly just sweat! Keep at it - you'll get there!

It's like Randy Pausch said - Walls are there to keep out people who don't want it as badly as you!
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Marion Spicher
# RE: Laura DrakeMarion Spicher 2013-06-01 04:31
Possibilities! 'll be attending an Immersion class in late July.

Hearing about the number of years and rejections showed me your determination, and helped me roll up my sleeves a notch or five.

Thank you for emphasizing the importance of the pre-requisites for the immersion class. Studying the lecture packets I've scanned before, and having attended Margie's workshops and seminars over the years, reviewing the fabulous material again is like prepping for a bungie jump.

I am heading out to purchase "The Sweet Spot". Congratulations Laura, and Margie, what a gift you are to the writing world!
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-01 11:27
Thank you for the support, Marion! 'Margie's Army' is a force of nature, isn't it?

I'd highly recommend studying before you 'go to the mountain.' That way you've got the basics down, and your brain can relax, and soak up the nuances and details.

You're so lucky to be going this summer - kiss Calypso for me!
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Kate Wyland
# RE: Laura DrakeKate Wyland 2013-06-01 15:36
Great opening. Wonderful dialogue tags. Loved "hamster wheel of regret."

I'm sure you'll have lots of success with your books.
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-01 23:14
Thank you Kate!
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Eliza Evans
# RE: Laura DrakeEliza Evans 2013-06-01 16:24
I've been hearing about Margie's classes for years now, but what convinced me that I finally needed to take one (at least...) was seeing what Laura has done. Everything being spelled out in this blog post makes so much sense.
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-01 23:15
Oh Eliza you've made a wise decision...you are going to be amazed at the change in your writing!

Clear the decks and get ready to work, Lady!

Welcome to Margie's Army!
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tricia sanders
# RE: Laura Draketricia sanders 2013-06-01 19:29
Strong writing. Loved the opening scene. Can't wait to read the novel.

Are you in awe when you go back and read your first drafts of the
Novel?

Many blessings for your future books.

Tricia
A thankful Margie grad!
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-01 23:18
Tricia,

One of the coolest things is holding my book in my hand, opening and reading a paragraph that I feel nails it, and I think, "Wow, did I write that?"

Now, if I can just do that on my current WIP...I'm finding your favorite book is the one you're NOT writing now! :P
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Tricia Sanders
# RE: Laura DrakeTricia Sanders 2013-06-04 00:06
Laura,

Isn't that the truth? I have one that I'm editing now, but I feel myself wanting to move ahead to a WIP. It will be my reward for finishing this one. At least that's what I tell myself :-)

Tricia
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Sherry Nelson, Ph.D.
# InspiringSherry Nelson, Ph.D. 2013-06-02 01:34
Hi Laura,

I love your opening in The Sweet Spot, and your story to publication is simply inspiring! Thanks for sharing a bit about your process and how some of your best writing is rewriting.

Knowing what you know now, are there any tips you could share with a brand-spankin' newbie that might make the submission process and learning curve less arduous?

Thanks again, and thank you, Margie, for another insightful interview.

Sherry
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Laura Drake
# RE: InspiringLaura Drake 2013-06-02 11:46
Sherry, This is going to sound like a commercial, but, in a word, Margie. I took all her classes, Fab 30 more than once, then an immersion class.

Submissions? I'm teaching a class in September that goes over not only the query, but everything you need to know to submit, along with tools for staying organized!

Oh, and keep writing! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!
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Temple Couch
# RE: Laura DrakeTemple Couch 2013-06-02 03:43
Laura and Margie, thanks for sharing Laura's fresh and marvelous writing. It's amazing work, Laura. If you learned that in a Margie Immersion class, then I need to go ASAP! I've taken several Margie classes and hope to add an immersion class in the near future. Laura, your work truly stands out and is a testament to Margie's teaching. I'm honored to study with the best. Blessings to you, Laura, for continued success.

Temple Couch
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-02 11:48
Temple, Sounds like you're on the right track...and thanks for the support - your mouth to God's ears!

Best to you.
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Maureen Marty
# RE: Laura DrakeMaureen Marty 2013-06-02 13:50
Hi Laura,

Love your writing! Margie's an awesome mentor. Congrats on getting published - and getting such a good deal. You give the rest of us hope. :)

~~Maureen
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Susan Baker
# RE: Laura DrakeSusan Baker 2013-06-02 14:37
Loved the last line of the first paragraph. Bull semen. What a hook!
This book will b a great read. Going to add it to my list.
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-03 12:54
Thanks so much, Susan! Hope you like it...
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anna alcott
# RE: Laura Drakeanna alcott 2013-06-02 19:35
Great descriptions..I t's inspiring
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Laura Drake
# RE: Laura DrakeLaura Drake 2013-06-03 12:54
We can't lose if we don't quit, Anna!
Write on!
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Margie Lawson
# RE: Laura DrakeMargie Lawson 2013-06-04 01:41
HELLO EVERYONE!

I'm so glad you all got a taste of Laura Drake's writing. Looks like you all want more. And more. And more!

And -- you want to know the names of the THREE WINNERS!

Laura offered to donate TWO copies of THE SWEET SPOT!

I'm offering a free online class from me.

I'm teaching a NEW CLASS in August:

VISCERAL RULES: BEYOND HAMMERING HEARTS.

I just clicked over to RANDOM.ORG to select our winners.

The lucky winners of THE SWEET SPOT are:

KATE WYLAND and BARBARA RAE ROBINSON!

The lucky winner of an online class from me, is MAUREEN MARTY!

Kate, Barb, and Maureen, please email me to coordinate your prize!

A BIG LOVEY THANK YOU TO LAURA DRAKE for sharing her talent, her time, and her enthusiasm.

I hope you all work as hard as Laura to strengthen your writing. And I hope you all have Laura's success!
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PK Hrezo
# PK HREZOPK Hrezo 2014-02-07 20:52
That is so great, Laura! And Margie too!
I feel like I'm learning so much from the Deep Editing course.
Excellent writing Laura!
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Julie Weathers
# RE: Laura DrakeJulie Weathers 2014-02-08 20:55
I notice most of these comments are from last year, but the facebook comment is recent. I'm using he Empowering Characters Emotions now on my manuscript and my crit partners have really noticed a difference in the last chapters I've sent them. It is amazing the way it makes you really dig deep.

I've read several of Laura's excerpts and...wow. Good job
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Melissa Borg
# RE: Laura DrakeMelissa Borg 2014-02-09 20:25
Great writing and Laura's hard work is evident on the page no ho-hum about it.
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