Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Guest Post: Path to Publication by Marie Meyer

Hello, Everyone! I’m honored to be a guest blogger on Lynn’s blog today! Thank you for the invitation, Lynn! I’m Marie Meyer. I write new adult romance. My debut NA contemporary romance, ACROSS THE DISTANCE, comes out on May 5, 2015! I’m very excited to share Jillian and Griffin’s story with everyone!

My publishing journey began back in the fall of 2008, when I co-authored my first novel, a YA paranormal romance. After sending out at least 100 query letters to agents over the course of three years, my co-author and I kept getting the same responses: there were too many paranormal romances on agents lists at the time. With the saturation of PNR, we cut our losses and shoved the YA into a drawer.

But, I wasn’t ready to give up on writing just yet. After reading Tamara Weber’s Easy, I was hooked on new adult! This was the genre I wanted to write! I loved the age (18-25), the decisions and situations characters are faced with, all of it!

In January of 2013, I sat down and began my first draft of what would become ACROSS THE DISTANCE. Four months later, I finished AtD and started polishing and revising.

And polishing and revising. And polishing and revising.

And polishing and revising…

You see a pattern, I’m sure! ;)

When I looked up from the computer screen, it was November. ACROSS THE DISTANCE was as shiny as I could make it (but not nearly as shiny as it would become). That’s when I came across a tweet from Brenda Drake, announcing her upcoming Pitch Wars contest. I wondered if I should enter AtD (which was titled something else at the time). Throwing caution to the wind, I entered AtD into the Pitch Wars fray, not expecting much.

But, come early December, when Pitch Wars mentors announced their teams, to my astonishment, Lady Lioness (mentor extraordinaire) had chosen my entry!

Over the course of the next two months, under Lioness’s kick-butt editorial guidance, I ripped my manuscript to shreds and pieced it back together, hoping an agent in the Pitch Wars agent round would love it.

Sure enough, an agent did! In February of 2014, I was offered representation by Louise Fury at the Bent Agency. Louise championed AtD and it eventually found a home with Grand Central Publishing! Not only did Grand Central love AtD, they also wanted its companion novel, CAN’T GO BACK (Griffin’s story out August 2015), and an untitled NA contemporary I’m currently working on (releasing in November). At the end of 2015, I will have published three
novels! Unreal!

Writing takes patience. I’m just beginning my publishing journey with the release of ACROSS THE DISTANCE. But, I’ve been working toward this goal for six years. Every rejection letter, every rewrite, every revision spurs me on, and makes me want to do better. Writing takes hard work and dedication and in order to get better, a writer must write.

If you have ever dreamed of writing a story you want to share with others, don’t give up! One day, your story will be in the hands of readers! Oh, and participate in contests! If I hadn’t done Pitch Wars, I don’t know where I would be today.

Again, thank you, Lynn, for giving me the opportunity to share my story!

Keep Writing!

<3 Marie

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Marie’s New Adult Contemporary Romance Titles:
Across the Distance (Forever Yours, May 5, 2015)
There’s a drawer I never open. It holds a picture I never look at. It reminds me of a day I hate to remember, but I’ll never forget.

I’d give anything to be like the other girls on campus. Going to parties, flirting with boys, planning for a future. But that’s not me. And hasn’t been since the day my parents died. The only thing that got me through was Griffin. Even though I didn’t have my family, I always had him. Only, now I’m not so sure I do.

It’s not just the eleven hundred miles separating us now that I’m at college. And it’s more than his band finally taking off, and all the gigs and girls suddenly demanding his time. It’s like everything is different—the way we talk, the way we text . . . the way he looks at me and the way his looks make me feel.

Griffin has been the only good thing in my life since that horrific day. I can feel our friendship slipping away—and I’m terrified of what will be left in its place…

Can’t Go Back
(Forever Yours, August 2015)
 When Jillian moved next door, she refused to get out of the car. I climbed into the backseat beside her and promised to never leave her.
Now, I’m driving her a thousand miles away, so she can leave me.

She has to go. What else would she do? Follow me and my band from one cheap bar to another, get hit on by sleazy promoters? Because Jillian would definitely get hit on. She’s the most gorgeous, talented girl I've ever known, and she doesn't even see it.

This scholarship gives Jillian the chance to study at the best design school in the country. It’s what she’s always wanted. I won’t stand in the way of her dreams, no matter how much it hurts to watch her go. I just wish she wasn’t leaving without knowing the truth . . . 

Marie Meyer

Marie Meyer was a Language Arts teacher for fourteen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt new adult romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member of RWA and the St. Louis Writers Guild. Marie's short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and binging on weeks of DVR'd television shows with her husband.