A Fresh Page (SSYL New Year’s Eve Blog Hop)


Welcome to the first Annual Smile Somebody Loves You New Year’s Eve Blog Hop. This is my first time participating in a blog hop and I’m very excited! SSLY was started in 2013, so what better way for them to kick off the New Year than with a new adventure! There are over 40 participating blogs, all giving away some awesome prizes. Please visit everyone and meet these wonderful women and men. They are terrific and you may find a new “favorite” author among them!

The grand prize, which will be chosen from the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page will include: a $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winners choice) SSLY Key Chain, a signed copy of Bohemian Grove by T.M. Williams, an E-book of Maverick Touch: The Cat by Ashley Nemer.

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

I mentioned to my husband that I was pondering the question, “What are you looking forward to in 2014?” for a blog hop I’d be participating in.

“Well, that’s easy,” he responded. “You’re looking forward to getting your book published.”

I thought about it for a moment. Getting my book published – or at least inking a book deal – is the biggest thing on my mind lately. I’ve been working my butt off and I’m closer than I’ve ever been. My novel is on submission with a dream editor and another dream editor is in the wings, but I’m still not there. I just started a new round of revisions and while I’m very excited – after sixteen (sixteen!) rewrites, I know it will be a long haul.

In March of last year I decided to put this novel in the proverbial drawer and work on my next novel. I vowed to let it sit for a bit after about a dozen rejections (I know – that’s nothing compared to the hundreds some receive). But then, something unexpected happened – I met a fantastic agent on Twitter who still has my novel. Every agent before gushed that my writing was fantastic, but the plot needed work. Each was a pass. And yes, the rejections were all (or at least mostly) very nice – but, they were still rejections. This agent offered me a revise and resubmit. She took the time to see past plot issues and consider the quality of my writing and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful, even if a partnership between us doesn’t work out.

And then, there was the other unexpected development – I met an equally fantastic editor a few months later who has been extremely patient while I revise, revise, revise. I’ve probably sent her three versions already and I can only hope that this next one is the last.  Again, even if it doesn’t work out – I’ll always appreciate her time and interest. And last, but not least, there is yet another awesome editor who requested that I send her the first few chapters when the final touches have been put on the final revisions. I couldn’t have anticipated such an amazing surge of interest in my work after I had all but given up on it.

So, in answer to the question, “What am I looking forward to in 2014?” I’d have to say – seeing how this journey I’ve been on with this book that I’ve poured over six years of my heart and soul into turns out. I could receive more rejections. I could decide to self-publish. I could even get that coveted offer, that dreamed about phone call. It seems like anything is possible – like the slate is clean. The rejections of the past are just that – in the past. And, that’s not just because the calendar is turning over to a new year. It’s because every day is a new page – we only just tend to remember that as the new year beckons.

As part of the Blog Hop, be sure to visit my Facebook page and like it for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card! Winners will be chosen on Friday, January 3rd. Thank you!

Participating SSYL New Year’s Eve Blog Hop Authors!

Smile Somebody Loves You

Tonya Renee Callahan

Madison Sevier

Tricia Andersen

Cate Masters

Tabitha Shay

Paula Millhouse

Hunter S Jones

Magella Troche

Tory Richards

Deena Remiel

Evelise Archer

Ashley Nemer

Roxy Wilson

Inner Goddess Forum

Literal Hotties

TM Williams

Jayn Wilde

Victoria Pinder

Eden Connor

Elise VanCise

Andrea R Cooper

Adriana Kraft

Leigh Ellwood

Lisa Carlisle

Andrea Cooper

Sherry Gloag

Natasza Waters

Kathryn Beyerle Lively

Sugar and Spice Reviews

Jeanine McAdam

Morgan Wyatt

Naomi Bellina

AJ Williams

Lyncee Shillard

Beth Barany

Candy Caine’s Corner

Shauna Aura Knight

Kimmie Easley

Fiona McGeir

Donna Michaels

Tiffany Clark

Brenda’s Book Beat

Reading by the book

Tuere’s not so

Random Thoughts

Flossie Benton Rogers

Stephanie Kepke

Debora Dennis

Samantha Holt

Heidi Sieverding

Visit the rafflecopter for awesome prizes, including a $150 Barnes and Noble or Amazon gift card!



27 thoughts on “A Fresh Page (SSYL New Year’s Eve Blog Hop)

    • stephaniekepke says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words and for liking my Facebook page! I appreciate it 🙂 If you have a Facebook page, paste it here and I’ll like it too!! I haven’t gotten too! Happy New Year!

  1. stephaniekepke says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement! I hope you meet all of your goals this year! Thanks for liking my Facebook page – I’ll hop over to your blog above and like yours too! Happy New Year to you and yours 🙂

    • stephaniekepke says:

      Thanks so much! Hope you meet all of your goals too! Thanks so much for hosting the hop! It’s been great! I’m finally getting a chance to “hop” around now – had family visiting and my son’s birthday. Looking forward to discovering new blogs 🙂

  2. Tina Becker says:

    Thank you for sharing that, Stephanie! Good luck with your endeavor.
    It’s great that you are not giving up. 🙂
    Glad to hear that you have met some wonderful people who can possibly help you. I wish you the best.
    I look forward to buying our first house this year!
    Happy New Year!
    Thank you for the giveaway also.
    Liked you FB page ~ Tina Becker

    • stephaniekepke says:

      Thank you so much! Wow – what a wonderful thing to look forward to, a new house!! Best of luck – hope you enjoy many happy years in it! Thank you for liking my FB page! I’ll be announcing the winner in a few minutes 🙂

  3. michellewillms2013 says:

    2014 is going to be your year. Good luck – you have earned a contract, no matter how this turns out. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m looking forward a better year than last year for our family. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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