"I really didn't think this story had a chance. I'd received so many rejections from publishers that I figured they knew a good story when they read one. Of course, they do. They just didn't like mine."
Wingate explained how she approached "just one more publisher" and that was the one who had faith in the story.
"I'd heard this story time and again. That a writer was ready to hand it in on their novel but that she sent out her manuscript to one more. Just one more. That's what happened with me, with Roberts Press. And, they've been wonderful and supportive."
After submitting the Advanced Reading Copy into the 2011 International Book Awards, Wingate forgot about it and wrote two more novels. When they announced the winners, she said she actually did the chicken dance, clucking and all!
The release date for DROWNING was May 18, 2011. Wingate is taking DROWNING and her September 2011 release, SACRIFICE AT SEA (no. 3 in the Bobby's Diner Series) to the BookExpo in New York City this May 23rd.
At the BookExpo, Wingate will be signing both books at Table 8, Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. She's also being interviewed by Brian Felsen, the president of BookBaby.com. You will be able to find Wingate at her publisher's booth #4126.
When we asked Wingate what she had in store for the next coming months, she responded, "Oh gosh! A whole list of things! More workshops at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, the PNWA Writing Conference in Bellevue, the WOTS conference in Edmonds and I'm gearing up for a whole ongoing workshop series that will be offered through the PNWA Writers Cottage in Issaquah. Joining the teaching staff for these workshops will be authors Anthony Flacco and Sheila Bender and agent Jill Marr. And, that's just to start."
For more information about Susan Wingate, you can find her on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, plus you can check out her website at susanwingate.com.
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Wingate is a writing professional. As an award-winning novelist she often spends her time teaching other emergent writers at workshops, conferences and libraries around the States. You can visit Wingate's website at: www.susanwingate.com.