Please buy my mom's books

A daughter wants her mom's books to be runaway bestsellers. Wouldn't you want the same for your mom?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

About my mom, historical romance author

<-- This is my mom.

She's a published romance author.

Her pen name is Edith Layton.

But once upon a time my mom was just another unpublished, aspiring author. In the 1970's, mom wrote books on the kitchen table, on an IBM Selectric, while my brothers and I were at school. Then she'd pack up her work and make dinner. Nothing fancy, always tasty, usually a roast chicken, some veg and potatoes or pasta. Actually we had chicken so often, it became a signature dish of hers we called, "Chicken Again."

My mother started with no agent, and no connections. She had written a romance novel, a horror novel, and a fantasy. She decided to go with whatever genre sold first.

Nothing sold.

At one point, after enough rejection slips to "wallpaper a bathroom" (her words), mom gave up. When she did, my father started secretly sending her manuscripts out under the dog's name. Little did editors know they were sending words of encouragement, critiques and rejections to Gustav and Otto -- our German Shepherds.

It's a long story. But the short of it is she first got published in 1984, without an agent. Here, in 2003, are some FAQ I wrote about my mom's books.

My mother is still writing. In fact, she has a new novel and a new novella coming out next month. She's currently hard at work, under contract for a trade historical and more historical romances.

She now has enough awards to fill a bathroom.

She writes a great book. All I want, is what she wants: for more people to read and enjoy them. She loves writing books, but truth is it's a lonely job. It's not glam and 99% of the time, you don't get rich writing romances. If money is your goal, I'd tell aspiring writers to get out now. Mom's been continually publishing romances for over 20 years, is published in many languages and most middle managers out earn her. And plus, Oprah has said she won't recommend books with happy endings, so whatayagonnado?

This blog is my mash note to her, to show my support and admiration. It is also my blatant attempt to generate publicity for her. But since I think she deserves it so much, and the product is so good, there's nothing skeevy about it. My advertising budget is zero-whatever comes out of my husbands pockets when I do the laundry. Before you get the wrong idea, he does the laundry too. It's just that he checks the pockets first, and I don't.

That's about it for now. I would love it if you would scroll down to see her upcoming books and then take a look around my mom's website (she's even blogging!) and then, I'd be overjoyed if you gave it a whirl and ordered one of my mom's books or looked for them at your local bookstore.

PS The fabulous pic of mom was taken at my apartment by my friend Lisa Whiteman. Mom's had no surgery or "injectables", had no makeup artist during the shoot (although I insisted she try my favorite lipstick), and is seen here in natural light. She's beautiful, but doesn't know it. Which makes her... a woman I guess.

UPDATE: I bought an ad on Dooce (and Dooce only) for 1 week as an experiment and it started running today. I did it simply because I really enjoy Dooce's site -- I'm addicted more like -- and I thought her readers might be able to relate to this -- my flimsy but sincere Internet sandwich board for my mom.


At 3:33 AM, Blogger Angela said...

I found your site through your ad on Brilliant idea! How sweet are you for doing this for your mom? So sweet!

I'm an aspiring author who also cooks chicken way too often (there must be a link!), so I can identify with your mother. I hope to be published one day and that my stepdaughter would do something so awesome as to advertise on a site like Dooce for me.

At 4:28 AM, Blogger Susie said...

Thanks Angela! The chicken/writing link -- love it!
I wish you all the success in the world, and thanks for checking out the site.

At 6:43 AM, Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Dang, I'd've had kids if I'd thought they'd grow up to be as thoughtful as you are. Found you via the Dooce link. I'm a writer with a day job, so I get out of the chicken cooking duties. :)

Hope your mom sells a ton via your advertising!

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Susie said...

Hey thanks Bucky and holy crows I checked out your site and I adore the miracle of the Groucho grits!

Hilarious. I hope someday I am equally blessed and find Eddie Cantor in my oatmeal.


PS I just noticed my thumbnail pic gets all smoshed in the comments and I look angry and evil. Rats!

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Carly said...

Hi... I read your ad on Dooce

I will check out your mom's stuff

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

i got here off dooce too. :)

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Thanks Carly & cheers Michelle!

At 6:13 PM, Blogger yoli said...

Do you need someone else to tell you that they found you off Dooce? ;) Love Regency romances and will definitely look for you mom at the library before taking the plunge. (Am one of those poor student types.)

It's really sweet of you to do this for your mom and her books sound fabulous so thanks for the recommendation too!

At 5:21 AM, Blogger Susie said...

Yoli -- I love to hear it, and never get tired of hearing from people who've found this, so thanks for saying. Regency is mom's specialty and checking her out at the library would be awesome. I'm no longer a student, but still an active member of my local library.

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Caryn said...

This is the sweetest thing I've ever seen! I saw your ad on Dooce and was so curious I just had to stop by. I took a look at your stepmom's blog, too, and at her books. I'll have to look into them more thoroughly when I have the chance. (I have the flu right now and can't be up much longer.)

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Flippy said...

I confess, I'm not a big romance novel reader; however, I loved your ad/blog entry. I'll check out the books, and even though I don't have a big readership, hey I'll give you a push on my blog too. For you, your mom, dad and the German Shepherds (we have one too). I'll have an entry up in the next day or so. First, pizza. :)

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Claire said...

Another Dooce reader here... love Regency novels too, so I'll be sure to check out her books on my next Powells run (one of the more perkier perks of living in Portland OR!)... Just wanted to say this was a great idea - such a nice thing to do for your mom!

At 12:39 AM, Blogger s said...

that was very touching and sweet. i will put up a link on my blog site to yours, although its just two posts old. good luck!

At 5:14 PM, Blogger pixielyn said...

Very Very romantic and sweet and very loving!!! (via the ad on Great ad! Great idea! I'm going to go check out your Moms books right now.


At 2:54 PM, Blogger Turtlellini said...

Hi, my name is Turtlellini and I too, am a Dooce addict.

Thank you, Susie--for providing me with yet another benefit of having kids that I can write down and refer back to whenever I find myself anointed yet again by any number of the various baby excretions. You are such a sweet daughter!

I'll go check out mom's books now!


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