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Don’t Assume Everyone Knows

by on May 6, 2013

For eighteen months, I had my dream day job. I was a Sales and Catering Manager for a hotel in New Orleans, hired specifically to develop the SMERF market within the business travel hotel.

Not sure what a SMERF market is? Well, you’re not alone.

When I began writing the short story, Cheers, I had honestly forgotten that there was a time when I didn’t know anything about the hospitality industry. And the story presented to beta readers brought up a lot of questions about the heroine’s job.

Is she working on tips as a manager? No, but the net amount of the event’s proceeds figure into her bonus.

If this is the busy season, how does she get paid for the rest of the year? Darcey is a salaried employee for the hotel, however the bonuses are very important.

Luckily I had the beta readers and was able to tweak the manuscript and answer those questions before it went to editing. Whew!

Well almost, we apparently didn’t get it exactly right. As one reader said, by page four, she still didn’t know what the heroine did for a living and what her connection with the hero was.

I apologize to the readers and my writing lesson has been learned – Don’t Assume!

Check out Darcy and Vincent’s story and let me know where I dropped the ball on this one. Honestly, I’d really like to know! Find them on Amazon:

Cheers (FINAL)As a successful Sales and Catering Manager for the posh Hayden Court Hotel located in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, Darcey St. Claire is absolutely thrilled to be working on New Year’s Eve. The commission and bonus she’ll receive from the two day Guidry Construction event will not only fund her spring trip to New York City, but buy a cute pair of shoes for the plane ride!
Her enthusiasm quickly turns to barely disguised irritation when Vincent Guidry arrives hours early for his scheduled check-in, demanding access to his suite. After he slashes the budget for the event, not even the crystal blue eyes of the former quarterback can quell the anger surging in her chest.
That is until he walks into the Chat Noir where she is trying to regroup after her irksome day.
In the private enclave known as the Cristal Room, Vincent willingly lights up Darcey’s New Year’s Eve and may have lost his heart in the process to the young woman who isn’t looking for anything serious.

The Youtube trailer for their follow-up, Dèjá Vu, can be found at

P.S. – The SMERF market is banquet and meeting space booked by a Social, Military, Educational, Religious or Fraternal organization.


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One Comment
  1. I have that problem when it comes to boy scouts. Thank god for betas asking questions.

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