Romance author Rachael Stewart is spilling the beans about her writing journey today. Welcome Rachael, how did you become a published author?
I have always been a lover of romance and more specifically Mills & Boon (M&B), I grew up reading the books in my teens and my dream to write for them has never waned (my teens were a looooong time ago now!).
About 10 years ago, I submitted an Historical to M&B and received a lengthy rejection letter. I dismissed it as confirmation that I couldn’t write for toffee and parked the idea, believing it was a pipedream. It wasn’t until later that I realised the encouraging words in that letter meant something and that I should have ploughed on.
Fast forward to the fifty shades phenomenon and I decided why not give self-publishing a go, what have I got to lose! I released a novella in early 2015 which reached the Amazon.co.uk top ten list in its category and this encouraged me to give it another whirl on the traditional publishing route.
In 2017, I had two books on submission, one with M&B Modern, and one with a Canadian publisher, Deep Desires Press (DDP). M&B asked if I would consider resubmitting my book to their super-steamy, brand-new line, DARE (launching in January 2018) and around that time they launched the Dare Submission Blitz whereby you submit one chapter and a synopsis, and they feedback to you within a month. I was straight in there! I already had the book written and was keeping everything crossed. However, it turned out that the plot wasn’t an ideal fit, they loved my voice though – yay! So they asked if I would come up with three plot ideas and they would choose my strongest. Two months later, I was signed on three chapters of my new book and that became Mr One-Night Stand which released by M&B in Feb/March 2019.
While this was ongoing DDP also came back and signed Unshackled (it’s an extended version of my 2015 self-published novella) and it was released in May 2018, climbing to the top of the Amazon UK charts in its very first week!
Even better, DDP loved the book that M&B said wouldn’t work for them and they took that too! The Good Sister came out in August 2018 and its sequel, The Bad Sister, released in April 2019.
Since then I have also released another M&B DARE, Mr Temptation, and have a further one, my first Christmas book, Naughty or Nice, coming out in December 2019.
Suffice it to say, it has been a busy, amazing and totally unbelievable few years and I wouldn’t change it for anything. My journey also proves the rule that what doesn’t work for one publisher could be perfect for another, so don’t give up after that one rejection! I wish I hadn’t given up a decade ago, heaven knows how many books I’d have out in the wild now if I hadn’t!
That’s an amazing journey, Rachael, and great advice! Never give up, folks! Always believe that you can achieve your dream.
Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories from heartwarmingly romantic to wildly erotic. She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on pages in her loft will attest to. A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her very own hero and three awesome kids, and if she’s not tapping out a story, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors.
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Here are some of Rachael’s books
Naughty or Nice (Out Christmas 2019)
Universal Pre-Order link for Amazon – https://mybook.to/naughtyornice
Mr One-Night Stand
Universal link for Amazon – http://mybook.to/mronenightstand
Universal link for Amazon – http://mybook.to/mrtemptation
Rachael is hosting a ‘give away’ on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor) the prize includes a festive gift and a signed paperback of Naughty or Nice. This copy is exclusive to the author and cannot be purchased in the shops. Closing date for entries: 1st November 2019.
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