Whitney's "Frequently Asked Questions"
1. Should I read your books in a certain order?
It depends on what you are reading. Always the Bridesmaid, Here Comes the Bride and First Comes Love are a series. They don't have to be read in order -- they'll still be fun on their own-- but you'll probably appreciate the adventures of Cate Padgett more if you start with Always the Bridesmaid and end with First Comes Love. My books for teens (Party Games and Love Off Limits) are not a series and can be read in any order. Though I've had a ton of requests for a sequel, Roommates is also a stand alone and is not linked with any other books.
2. How do I get published?
This question could be answered
in an entire book, and luckily there are many devoted to this topic. Every
aspiring author should purchase an updated version of Writerís Market (the
book), and an updated version of Guide to Literary Agents. Theyíre massive, but
offer plenty of great advice on getting published, submitting to agents
and finding the right agent and publisher for
3. Iím thinking about writing a book. Any advice?
If writing is something you really enjoy doing,
why not? Iíve never needed much encouragement and have always felt most
safely tucked behind my computer, creating
characters, and sorting out all their problems. Iíve also never been the ďclock
in, clock outĒ type of person so I knew writing professionally would fit my
lifestyle. However, I always wrote for myself. Getting published is very
difficult, so if youíre writing a book for the money and not because you simply
love to write you may want to think twice.
4. I wrote a book. Will you read it?
Itís always a great idea to seek guidance from someone with editorial expertise. With that in mind, authors and editors are two different breeds, and youíd benefit more from sending your work to a professional editor. Even now, I still like to have an honest and critical set of eyes read my material before I show my manuscript to my agent and editor. Authors often get too close to their work to be able to critically dissect it. There are lots of people who are so brilliant at giving feedback and helping authors get published they do it for a living. I recommend Mike Sirota: www.mikesirota.com. Heís provided much guidance for me as well as several other published authors over the years, and never fails to give me excellent advice.
5. Were you on Jeopardy?
No, but to my great delight, I was one of the answers that Alex Trebek read off! Read about my little moment of glory by clicking here.