We are lucky to have two author visits today! First I'd like to welcome author Julianne MacLean who is stopping by with an inspiring post and a great giveaway! I've recently reviewed two of her novels, Claimed by the Highlander and Captured by the Highlander, click on the titles to check them out!
Julianne MacLean - On Not Giving Up
Last week I released a new e-book called The SEXY GIRL'S GUIDE TO COWBOYS, and it is a testament to the fact that anything is possible - even if it takes time. But I’m a firm believer that if you keep working passionately toward your goal and developing your skill level, you will reap the rewards of your hard work.
My new release is a time travel romance I wrote in 1995, when I was still an unpublished writer and time travel romances were selling like hotcakes to all the publishers. When I finished it, however, that particular trend was on its way out and no one was buying time travels anymore, so after shopping it around without success, I shelved it and started something new.
After 5 years of writing and submitting to publishers, I got an agent and later sold my first novel (a western romance called PRAIRIE BRIDE) to Harlequin. Since then, I have published 17 romances, but I always had a soft spot in my heart for that quirky time travel I wrote back in the nineties when I was an aspiring author. The book no one wanted to publish.
So here we are in 2011, and e-book technology has made it possible for me to publish the book on my own. It took some effort, because I wrote it when I was a very "young" writer, and the prose needed some polish. (I believe this is part of the reason it didn’t sell back then.) But I’ve learned a lot about revision in the past ten years - it’s incredibly important - and I was able to bring it to whole new level.
Which brings me to the theme of this blog. Fifteen years ago, when I started writing this book, I had high hopes for it. When it didn’t sell, however, I soldiered on. I WROTE MORE BOOKS. If someone had told me it would take me 6 years and four unsold manuscripts before I became published, that wouldn’t have stopped me either, because the time is going to go by anyway, right? And I loved writing romances. It was time well spent.
Nowadays there are more options for writers because of the indie revolution and the new technology which makes it possible to self-publish. In many cases this is a good thing. In other cases, it may result in writers publishing their work before they are ready, just because they can.
No matter which road you decide to take, the important thing is to keep writing and honing your craft. With each book, your storytelling abilities will get better. So always make improvement your goal. Even after 17 novels, that is still my goal.
So let me know what you think of these issues, and I’ll give away a signed copy of THE COLOR OF HEAVEN (another indie book of mine) to one lucky winner!
As Julianne mentioned above, she is giving away one signed copy of her novel, The Color of Heaven.
To enter, just leave a comment answering the question at the end of her post AND fill out the form below.
Giveaway will end at 11:59pm on July 8th when one winner will be selected at random and contacted via email.