Hello, Cate Nolan here.
In my non-writing life I'm known as Mary Curry, but I’m trying to get used to life as my writing alter ego, so my posts here will be done as Cate.
This time last year I was under a major deadline crunch, racing toward the finish line to complete a manuscript for Love Inspired Suspense’s Killer Voices competition.
Not only did I make the deadline (Phew!!! *wipes brow*), but a little more than a month later, Emily Rodmell called to buy my book. Christmas in Hiding by Cate Nolan (me :) ) will be out in October of this year.
You can be sure I’ll have a lot more to say about that as my release date draws closer, but today I’d like to turn the spotlight on some friends. You see, I wasn’t the only sale. Five other lovely ladies sold with me at that time and two others have gone on to sell since.
I thought it might be fun for my debut Craftie Ladies post to introduce you to my Killer Voice sisters.
April saw the launch of three authors - Michelle Karl, DanaR. Lynn and Tammy Johnson. Their books are still available online.
I asked if they had anything they would like to say about their releases or the year since their first sales.
This debut novel, from first draft to finished book, has taught me that persistence is key. Whether you’re having a good day or bad, whether the revisions are tough or a breeze, you must persist and keep moving forward in order to succeed. Talk about a rollercoaster journey!
Dana had this to share:
I sometimes have to pinch myself to believe all that has happened in the past year. I'm constantly amazed at how God has worked in my life. One of the best things about this whole process has been the relationships I have developed with other authors.
It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since the call that made my dreams of becoming a published author come true! I'm so appreciative of Harlequin and all that the editors do to help new authors and the way they encourage and actively look for new authors. Seeing my book on the shelf last month was amazing and every time I hear from someone who's read Royal Rescue it makes my day! I am working on a second book and can't wait to be able to share it with everyone.
Mary Ellen Porter was up next with her May release and in June Lynn Huggins Blackburn's debut hits the shelves.
"There have been so many "I can't believe this is happening" moments...the day the contract arrived, the day the advance arrived, the day the books arrived. But I think the one I'm most anxious for is the day I walk into a store and see Covert Justice on a shelf. I think that may be the moment I finally believe I'm not dreaming."
I’m not allowed to share my cover yet, but you’ll see it here as soon as I can! The release of Christmas in Hiding was postponed until autumn because of the holiday theme. Even though I can't show you the cover, I can quote the blurb that is up on Amazon.
Since the initial five sales, Meghan Carver and Jenna Night also sold to LIS.
Over the years I have been so impressed by all the great opportunities the Harlequin editors offer to new authors through these contests. Just last Friday, 30 writers found out they’ve moved on to the next round of #Blurb2Book. I’m so excited for them and happy to offer them encouragement! Hopefully we'll be seeing lots more great Love Inspired books in all three lines with their names on them!
All of this got me to thinking -
If you're an author, how did you land your first contract with Harlequin?
If you're a reader (or an author and a reader) what kind of books do you like best? Is there a particular theme? Do you like suspense, historical, contemporary? I'd really love to hear from you.
Ooops - the date says Monday because I'm posting from the East Coast.