How I got to be famous

Did you see this publicity blast this week from Ellora’s Cave?

We are very excited to announce that Ellora’s Cave will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning March 24 at 9:00 a.m. EDT! For those who like to sleep in, you can catch the segment on the show’s website athttp://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/ .
CBS Correspondent Bill Geist toured the Ellora’s Cave offices and warehouse, and interviewed CEO Patty Marks, author Desiree Holt and fans Joyce Ann McLaughlin, Joan Short, and Kristyn Warren. They also observed one of our famous cover photo shoots, so fans can look forward to seeing some of their favorite Cavemen plus some new cover models in the segment.

How, you ask, did all that come about? It still seems like a dream to me but it’s real! It’s really real!
As writers we labor in solitude, especially in the digital age. where we write, submit, edit and promote all from the seat in front of our computers (or in a comfy chair with our laptops precariously balanced. We live for the cons where we can interact with our readers, other authors, our wonderful editors and publishers. And we hope for that one moment when the sun will shine on us, separating us from the pack. The moment when people will see us and say, I have to buy her books.

For me the moment came through the graciousness of Ellora’s Cave, foremost publisher of erotic romance in the world. They created it, they branded it, they hold the standard for it. And I am so privileged to be one of their authors. I will always be grateful to Jaid Black who was forced to start her own company because the established houses didn’t realize what a gold mine they could have had.

Anyway, they have honored me in many ways since Cupid’s Shaft first hit the digital bookshelves. And when they asked me to be part of a promotional campaign I was thrilled, flattered and delighted. Lauren Covello of Smith Publicity skillfully guided me through all the radio and television interviews, the newspaper interviews, the sound bytes. I had to keep pinching myself that it was real. Smith, by the way, is an expert in book and publishing promotion and is managing an excellent campaign for Ellora’s Cave.

But the best was yet to come.

“CBS Sunday Morning is doing a piece on Ellora’s Cave,” Lauren called to tell me, “and we’d like to include you in it. Would you be willing?”

Was she kidding? When the producer called me on my cell I was at a lunch meeting in a restaurant and I think everyone there heard me scream. And that’s how host Bill Geist, producer Dave Rothman and Jerry, the fabulous cameraman, happened to be at my house on a Tuesday, taping me. It was one of the single most exciting days of my life.

They were all so great to work with. We talked about my books, about the granny who writes erotic romance, about the reaction of my kids (they promote it but don’t read it!) and about how I develop my stories. I had to make sure the camera wasn’t on when I was pinching myself to make sure it wasn’t all a dream.

I owe huge thanks to Ellora’s Cave, Patty Marks, Jaid Black, Susan Edwards, Raelene Gorlinsky, Kelli Collins, Marchae Grair. You guys rock. I hope I do you proud.

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8 comments to “How I got to be famous”

  1. S. J. Maylee
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      · March 22nd, 2013 at 1:59 pm · Link

    So exciting! I’ll be watching for sure. :D



  2. Desiree Holt
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      · March 22nd, 2013 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Thank you!!!!



  3. Kayelle Allen
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      · March 22nd, 2013 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Oh my goodness! I will not miss this!



  4. Lorna Collins - Author
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      · March 23rd, 2013 at 2:16 am · Link

    Looking forward to watching, my friend!



  5. Anonymous
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      · March 23rd, 2013 at 8:00 pm · Link

    Have my DVR set…can’t wait. Sounds like you had a good time and you well deserve this!!!!



  6. Rae M.
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      · March 24th, 2013 at 1:10 pm · Link

    I’m watching now! It’s so exciting. I’m so happy for you! YAY!



  7. Heather Coulter
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      · March 25th, 2013 at 1:30 am · Link

    Watched & Shared



  8. Cris Anson
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      · March 26th, 2013 at 6:51 pm · Link

    You did us all proud, my friend. Congratulations on your newest success as a spokesperson for Ellora’s Cave. I love being an EC author. I love the staff in Akron and my editor in NYC and all the other writers around the world who make EC the premier publisher of Romantica (TM) in the world. But the Cavemen…those, I dream about LOL