Meet the Editors Podcast Debut – How I Became a Romance Writer

For some of you participating in SYTYCW today, the idea of becoming a multi-published romance writer – as a career – is a new one. Everyone has read stories about authors being willing to starve for their craft but never being able to make a living from their passion. The romance world can be the opposite. Almost half of all paperbacks sold in North America today are romance novels. And many, many New York Times bestsellers are written by romance writers. In fact, the NYT bestseller list from yesterday included these authors who are writing a version of romance: Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Lora Leigh, Nora Roberts, Ferns Michaels and Iris Johanson. (I didn’t include Nicholas Spark’s latest tome because I haven’t read it and can’t therefore classify it, but he generally writes tropes that do not fit into romance conventions, like the unhappy ending.)

In today’s podcast you will meet three new authors and learn how and why they decided to become romance writers. They have dedicated numerous hours in honing their skills, learning from other romance writers and receiving feedback. Now they share back with you. Listen to Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd interview three newer writers about why they decided to write romance and what their lives have been like since they published. Meet Harlequin Blaze writer Meg Maguire, Harlequin Historical author Jeannie Lin, and Harlequin Presents scribe Maisey Yates!

Click here to listen to the podcast!

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    November 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm
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    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Sabrina Shields, Jeannie Lin and Cara McKenna, Meg Maguire. Meg Maguire said: Ah, here's a snazzier #SYTYCW link for the first podcast: http://bit.ly/9A3fTC […]

  2. Catherine
    November 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm
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    Love to hear about those ‘Calls’! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Meg Maguire
    November 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm
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    Huge thanks to Birgit and Harlequin for organizing the interviews! I was on vacation in Minnesota at the time of the recordings, so I spent my appointed slot sequestered in my friend’s parents’ bedroom. Ah, the glamorous life of a romance writer.

    To all the aspiring, future Harlequin authors taking part in this week’s events—thanks for listening and good luck!

  4. Sandii
    November 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm
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    Loved hearing your stories, especially the goal setting and of course, the call stories.

    Thanks so much for your time.
    Sandii

  5. Cheryl Sanderhill
    November 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm
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    It is clearly a job and demands professionalism, even moments of vacation time, a terrific reality check and glimpse of what the future might hold for my dreams and aspirations, if I work as hard as you all. It was good to hear these stories. You are all three brave and creative, and hard working. Clearly, I need to write much more diligently, and consistently. And “Write forward,” great advice Jeannie, thanks for sharing it.

  6. RebeccaJ
    November 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm
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    The first page critique was a great idea, but I wish you’d have given us at least 24 hours, giving those of us who don’t even get home from work until 6 some time to read the post and enter.

  7. Birgit Davis-Todd
    November 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm
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    Hi Rebecca,

    Very glad you could join us! It’s tough coming home after a day of work to then focus on writing. But just to let you know…there is going to be a new challenge each day so watch for the details. You will have a chance to enter for sure!

  8. Lyla Dune
    November 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm
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    Such a treasure trove of useful information and inspiration. I’ll be returning to listen to these podcasts many times over. Thank you so much for providing this valuable and yet free education for all of us novice writers with dreams of becoming a published romance writer.

  9. Maisey Yates
    November 2, 2010 at 3:54 am
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    Hello all! Thanks for listening…glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  10. Monique DeVere
    November 2, 2010 at 5:56 am
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    I was so looking forward to the podcast and it did not disappoint! Definitely a podcast to listen to more than once.

    Thanks, Birgit, for putting together such an inspirational trio of interviews. 🙂

  11. Birgit Davis-Todd
    November 2, 2010 at 11:20 am
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    I had a lot of fun interviewing Maisey, Jeannie and Meg. Their stories of perseverance give us all a lot to think about. Writing is hard work–no question. But that’s what it takes to achieve a dream. Luck and timing are also factors. The right kind of book at a certain time. A chance meeting with an editor. Entering a contest.

    These three authors had great advice to anyone just starting out but also those who are on on the path to be published.

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