First, Terese Ramin picked my manuscript out of the electronic version of the slush pile. I’d worked with an editor at another publisher almost a year to get Surrender published with them before she rejected it. I didn’t want to give up on it and submitted it to Entangled. Terese saw something even in that early version and offered me a contract. Soon after, health concerns forced her to quit editing, but I’m so grateful that she had vision for my story.
By the time I met Laura Stone, quite a bit of time had gone by since I’d looked at the manuscript. When she sent her first round of comments, I looked at my story and hated it. I wanted to track down Terese and say ‘what did you see because I’m not feeling the love.’ Laura talked me through the changes, making wise and valuable comments to help me fall in love with my story again. It wasn’t easy for me to hear and probably wasn’t easy for Laura to find a way to communicate with me, but she never let go. I’m so grateful to her for her persistence. She helped me strengthen my story and my vision.
Unfortunately, she, too, left Entangled (I hope not because of me!), and Alethea Spirion took up the challenge of seeing Surrender to publication. She urged me to put on those finishing touches that could have gotten lost in the crunch to get finished. I’m so grateful for her fresh perspective on a book that took me far too long to finish.
Terese. Laura. Alethea. Amazing women all. Thank you. You helped me with more than a book. You helped me make my dream come true.