Just wanted to share that I recently recorded an interview for a podcast as part of Harlequin's So You Think Can Write? event (November 1–5). Myself and two other new Harlequin authors are sharing our journeys en route to getting published in the recording titled How I Became a Romance Writer. It will be available for streaming and downloading on November 1 at 3pm EST, plus I'll be sure to embed it here on the blog if technology allows. Couldn't tell you what I actually said, as I was too nervous to retain any memories of the interview, but I'm fairly confident I didn't make an ass of myself.
The SYTYCW event is a great opportunity for aspiring writers targeting the romance genre. Here's the gist, from the Harlequin blog:
Does your imagination run wild with vivid characters? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a USA TODAY bestselling author? Well, our editors want to make those dreams come true. We are hungry to find talented new writers for Harlequin Books. Through podcasts, blogs, and discussions with our expert editors and current authors, we’re going to help you understand the appeal of the romance genre. And there’s a special daily challenge with feedback that will give some great insights into crafting the perfect story. So for the next week, come by to hone your skills and get started on the path to publication. So you think you can write? Here’s your chance to show us!
Awesome, no? I think this is a super-helpful thing for folks who are in the shoes I myself was wearing two years ago. One of the best tools I found when I was targeting Blaze was the Ask the Editors podcast series (I think the audio files may be having technical issues at the moment, but stay tuned). Those provide not only a glimpse at the various lines' requirements, but some insight into what the individual editors are interested in as well, nuances you won't find in the regular writing guidelines. Anyhow, I hope what I had to say will help another aspiring author embarking on this occasionally mystifying journey.