I attended another Friday Night Writes at the local bookstore, Dog-Eared Pages. I’d missed a couple of weeks for one reason or another. I’m glad I didn’t miss this one.
Cathy McDavid is a published author with numerous Harlequin books and others to her credit. She talked about her first writings in high school and the gaps between writing episodes before she finally buckled down and decided to make writing a career. She made some mistakes along the way, some because she didn’t know any better, but oftentimes they worked in her favor.
She set her goal to write for Harlequin and went after it. No agent. She just submitted one, two or more and eventually it paid off. She is now a New York Times bestseller.
Cathy works hard and stressed that as the most important part of being a successful writer. She polishes her work, even after a few years of writing for her publisher. It makes the difference between the editor choosing to work with her over another comparable writer who doesn’t make that effort.
She had us read the opening lines from a few books near us on the shelves. Which ones grabbed us? Which ones didn’t? Why? A valuable lesson for all writers. Those first lines and paragraphs are essential for all writers; especially those who are trying to break into being published.
There is so much to learn in the writing and publishing fields. I’m glad there are so many local authors willing to share their experience.