I Sold My Book! Introducing Katie Meyer

Welcome to our first ‘Call Story’ of 2015, from the wonderful Katie Meyer! After finalizing in SYTYCW 2014 with her submission Paradise Found, she’s now been offered a three-book deal for Special Edition – look out for her debut book in October 2015.

Enjoy her story about her path to publication, and follow Katie (@ktgrok) to congratulate her on Twitter!

katiepreview1webGetting “The Call” with an offer for a three book deal was definitely a dream come true. But as exciting as that was, in my mind the real story is everything that happened before the phone rang.

My story starts over a decade ago, when I first decided I was going to write a novel. I bought a copy of Romance Writing for Dummies, turned my closet into a writing space, and started typing.  But, like many beginning writers, I fizzled out after a few chapters. I always planned to go back to it someday, but someday got further and further away. Months turned into years, then, in the process of moving house and getting divorced, my hard drive was destroyed. My book was gone.

Ten years and two children later, my husband, seeing me glued to my kindle yet again, said, “You know, you ought to just write your own book.”

I laughed in his face. What did I know about writing? Sure, I’d started a novel before, but I had never finished one. His response?

“You’ll finish this one.”

How do you argue with that?

So, with his support, and the encouragement of some friends, I did it. I sat down and wrote out the first scene.

Then I panicked, and deleted most of it.

I’m pretty sure I did that more than once, actually. But before long, I was typing more than I was deleting. And, more importantly, I was learning. I reached out to some friends that were writers, and then I found the Harlequin Community forums. Here was a place full of women like me. People that treasured the idea of happily ever after, and were working together to accomplish their dreams.

The first time I tried writing, I’d written alone in my room. This time was different; I had new friends all around the world, supporting, encouraging, and teaching me. I had online workshops, and blog posts.  And then, I had So You Think You Can Write, the contest that changed my life.

The SYTYCW contest gave me a reason to finish. A reason to push through the bad days­—and there were plenty of bad days—and make it all the way to “The End”. The contest also introduced me to new friends, remarkable women that I count on for ideas, critiques, and moral support.

Once the contest ended, it was tempting to push my writing aside, but those same women reminded me to keep going, to “write the next book”.  Which turned out to be really good advice, because when the call finally came, it was for a three book deal!

Now I’m learning what it’s like to be a Harlequin author, and it’s better than I ever could have imagined. Special Edition Senior Editor Gail Chasan is so incredibly nice and personable—she’s really made me feel welcome. And Carly Silver, also with Special Edition, is holding my hand and walking me through the publication process one step at a time. With them, and the wonderful SYTYCW community at my back, I’m sure to succeed.

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  1. Congratulations (again), Katie!

    I love that your husband believed in you. Family and friends are an integral part to the whole process, especially since writing can be a super solitary career.

    Besides how else can we keep sane with all those voices in our heads, right? 😀

    • Katie Meyer

      Exactly, and thank you! I’m REALLY lucky to have him. He has been nothing but supportive throughout everything.

      As for keeping sane…time will tell, lol. I have a few people willing to say it’s too late for that!

  2. What fun to read about your personal back story. I really love your husband’s comment of, “You’ll finish this one.” It just about brought tears to my eyes.

    And your dog looks GREAT! Well, so do you, but I remember that you were concerned about getting him all brushed up and fluffy for his photo shoot.

  3. Kathleen Loesch

    You’ve always loved words and the beauty of words. You were reading, no inhaling, books from the time you were five years old. I’m so glad to see you are now putting your own words into these books. We love you, Daughter!

  4. Chris Buono

    Even your Call Story flows! It’s a delight to read. The time that you’ve put into your writing is finally paying off. A three-book deal? Wonderful!

    I’m sure in quiet moments it’s still quite overwhelming. But the support that you show you have at home, reveal that you have gotten from Gail and Carly, and with all of us co-SYTYCW 2014 participants on your side, you no doubt will succeed.

    Still, you have to write the books. Just don’t forget your writing routine that has gotten you to this point. Because, aside from those around you, it is what has helped to keep you grounded and focused. You couldn’t have become a published author if that wasn’t the case.

    Your SYTYCW entry showed that you had a good sense of words and a knack for storytelling. I’m certain that your published books will also do the same.

    Onward and upward! Continued success!

  5. Nancy White

    Congratulations, Katie! You did it! I want to thank you for posting this story on how you became published. It inspired me. I’m going over to Harlequin’s website and checking out SYTYCW contest. I didn’t know there was a community of want to be writers associated with Harlequin. I learned something new today.