From Debbie’s Desk
– Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
Today I was invited to attend a live dialogue between the lines, with author Debbie Macomber, and it surpassed all of my hopes as to what I would get out of this interview. Half an hour packed full of this wonderful author sharing her experiences and giving so much to those that attentively listened. Her explosive secrets shared to those that had the time to tune in. Was I in the right place at the right time? You bet I was.
Asked if you should follow trends when beginning a book, she didn’t hesitate. Told her listening audience that once a trend is here, e.g. when the vampire phenomenon hit and after you write a vampire novel, forget it, it’s already too late and you will never sell it.
- Look at what is happening say in England as new trend develop from them first, then they hit America and trickle down to other countries.
- Pay attention to catalogues. Debbie kept seeing angels in them. The idea had her intrigued and gave her the idea for one of her new writings.
- Watch what is happening with Hollywood movies and follow Entertainment Weekly. What is coming up will give you an idea of the new trends readers will be interested in reading.
When asked the best way for budding writers to get accepted by publishers. Her first comment was, don’t be afraid to get to publishers through the back door.
- Enter writing contests – Debbie mentioned she knew a top selling author that was offered a contract through an entry submitted on a short story.
- Find an editor’s name that edited a book you love. Find out where they are speaking and book in. Then email them with three things you learned from their talk.
- Ask the editor if it would be okay to send a query letter. (Editors buy – not publisher)
When asked about the craft itself when writing romance. Debbie followed up quickly with her answer, ‘it’s always the story.’
- There are the natural born writers that show the beauty in words. They are the ones that always got honours at school. Everyone wished they could string words together as they did. But they were not necessary great story tellers.
- Then there are the natural born story tellers. Debbie put herself in this bracket. She said they struggle with the process and sometimes start out unable to spell. She said it was the hardest thing she had to do, was to sell her first book.
- She mentioned a third category. The writer that can not only tell the story, but they know how to write the words beautifully. These she said are the stories that sell straight away.
Lastly she left us with some wise words;
As writers, you are on a grand adventure. Celebrate little achievements. A writing competition won is validation of the great writer you are. Don’t get discouraged. Believe in the power of your dreams and celebrate your successes.
Her new novel – Blossom Street Brides – is author, Debbie Macomber’s latest novel and will be out in May. http://www.debbiemacomber.com/books/blossom-street-brides
Thanks Debbie for word of gold in this live interview. Here’s hoping my writing up of it has done it justice. My scribble on the writing pad as you spoke was illegible at best so most is by memory.
From Debbie’s Desk