I'll pick up where I left off...in a sea of rejections...
After enough rejections to create my own personalized roll of toilet paper, I decided that I needed more education on both the publication market itself and on the craft of writing in general.
So, I started taking classes on how to break into the industry. That was when I discovered an amazing and startling factoid. I learned that romance book sales make up around 70% of all book sales!
This little tid bit of information changed my views entirely. I had planned to be a legal thriller/mystery author but when I read this statistic I immediately considered a genre change. Perhaps I could incorporate my love of the law into a romance book?
I'd always been a fan of romance books but I'd never considered writing one. I decided then to not only start writing a new book but I started searching for classes to attend both live and online.
I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to educate yourself. The craft of writing is much more complex that just putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). I recommend the following resources (although there are way too many to list here--these were extremely helpful to me, personally):
- The Everything Guide to Writing a Romance Novel: From writing the perfect love scene to finding the right publisher--all you need to fulfill your dreams By Christie Craig & Faye Hughes
- Writing for Love & Money: How to Become a Successful Romance Writer (online course)
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft By Stephen King
- How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author By Janet Evanovich
- Discovering Story Magic: Pull Together all the Puzzle Pieces of Storytelling (online course)
*Click the titles for direct links to purchase these resources!*
In addition to that, I started attending book signings for my fave authors so that I could chat with romance fans and find out what they liked to read. I attended several reader luncheons in the area hosted by local RWA chapters. Of course, I didn’t know what RWA was back then but I soon found out.
For those of you who don't know...RWA (Romance Writers of America) is the national organization that helps educate and support romance authors. I highly recommend joining as it opens up a whole new world of resources, eduction, and contacts that would not otherwise be available to you.
I didn't join right away but once I joined I learned about chapters and their contests. I have a lot of experience with contests and I'll delve into that in my Journey Part III (next Monday). Be sure to come back for my exciting conclusion!
Today I’m adding to the "Journey to the Call" prize pack which already includes the following prizes:
- A book entitled: How to Write Attention Grabbing Query & Cover Letters;
- (1) free critique of your query letter; and
- (1) free copy of my first published book entitled Miss Taken
- (1) free online writer workshop (details to be provided);
- (1) free critique of the first 3 chapters of your manuscript; and
- (1) free copy of my award winning romance novella entitled The Saucy Celt
In order to be eligible to win the prize pack, you must follow my 3 part blog post journey (every Monday for 3 weeks) here at the Book Boost Blog. You’ll gain entry to the prize pack drawing only if you post a comment or question each week for each week of the post. If you missed week one, there is still time to comment!
The entire prize pack bundle is designed to help “pre-published” authors who are still seeking that elusive “call”.
Next week, I’ll wrap up my journey and announce the third and final set of prizes to be added to the prize pack bundle.
In the meantime, share with me questions about writer education or tell me about writing classes you've taken in the past! I look forward to hearing from you!