Hello Fellow Writers!
Yesterday I emailed Harlequin Presents author Caitlin Crews, who was kind enough to write back! She also writes as Megan Crane. I asked her how she first got published, and what her advice to aspiring writers would be. Here is her email (with her permission):
There is so much truth in these words! And on that note, I am going to get some writing done today. Wish me luck, and good luck to you too!
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book! Thanks so much for letting me know!As you noted on your blog, I've written other books, but this is my first romance novel and I've been anxious to see how it would be received!I'd be happy to answer your questions.How did I get published?I wish I could say there was a secret password or something, but if there is I don't know it. Both when I first got published back in 2004 and when I first got published with Harlequin this year, it was the same story: I wrote a book, sent it out, and hoped hoped hoped. Neither was my first book-- I spent a lot of time writing and revising and starting over and writing and revising and starting over. You don't know how to write books until you've written books. And the only way to get better at writing books? Is to write more books.Advice for aspiring writers?Keep writing. Finish the book and then start a new one. View rejections as a challenge, not commentary on your worthiness. And believe this, if nothing else: no one can tell your stories but you. No one can write your books but you. So really, you have no choice but to write!Let me know if you need anything further!Thanks!Caitlin--
PURE PRINCESS, BARTERED BRIDE 2/2010
MAJESTY, MISTRESS... MISSING HEIR 5/2010