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Kat Martin | Is There a Trick to Getting published?


Unfortunately, the biggest trick is finishing the book!

This year marks the release of my 50th novel (or more, depending on how you count them).  AGAINST THE STORM, Houston cowboy Trace Rawlins' story, hits bookshelves October 25th.      

But getting the first book sold wasn't easy.  I'm sure every author has an interesting tale of how he or she got published.  In my case, my husband Larry had written an Historical novel titled SHADOW OF THE MAST, but he couldn't get it sold.  I loved the book, which was extremely moving and very romantic. 

Since I was a voracious reader of bestselling fiction and adored the book, I couldn't understand why publishers weren't grabbing it.  (I still have no clue as to how New York publishers actually think.)

I decided to see if maybe there was something I could do to polish it a little, maybe help it sell.  By the time I was finished, I was hooked on the idea of writing a book of my own. 

I chose a Western Romance because I had a western background and MAGNIFICENT PASSAGE was born.  Now both of us had a book to sell, which we tried to do by attending conferences, looking for editors who might be interested in our manuscripts, and trying to find an agent.

At a conference in Fresno, California, we met a woman who agreed to read sixty pages of any attendee's manuscript.  We sent the pages and the agent took both of us on as clients.

Unfortunately, those manuscripts were both summarily rejected by every publisher in NYC, and, as with all new authors, despair set in.  However, undaunted, we each stared another book.

In the meantime, months later, the very last publisher my manuscript had been sent to decided to buy it.  As luck would have it, Pageant Books made it the lead title for their new romance line, a great start for me. 

During that time, Larry's manuscript, his second western novel, TENKILLER, was sitting in the slush pile at Kensington where it had been for nearly a year.  It was picked up, read, and purchased.  After all the waiting, we were published six weeks apart, which meant we could travel and promote our novels together.

Unfortunately for me, my first publisher closed its doors after just two of my books were printed and I was out on the street again.  Again, I was rejected everywhere.

Totally distraught, at the last possible moment, Berkely picked up the book, CAPTAIN'S BRIDE, and again, my book was chosen as a lead title.  Even then, it was no easy road.

Since those early days, I've written for nearly all the major houses.  Some were a real pleasure, others not so much. 

Currently, Mira Books is publishing my contemporary romantic suspense novels.  AGAINST THE STORM, my latest, hits bookstores October 25th.  The hero, Trace Rawlins, first appeared in AGAINST THE LAW. 

In Houston, Trace meets fiery redheaded photographer, Maggie O'Connell, who hires him to help find a stalker.  But Trace knows redheads are nothing but trouble and he doesn't trust Maggie.  Especially when he uncovers the dark secrets she's been hiding.  But what if Maggie is telling the truth and she is really in danger?

I'm really excited about the book, which is the fourth in my AGAINST series.  I hope you'll watch for it and look for the next two books, AGAINST THE NIGHT and AGAINST THE SUN, coming out in the spring of next year. 

Till then, all best wishes and happy reading, Kat


About the Book

Former Army Ranger, Trace Rawlins, knows that redheads are nothing but trouble.  But when fiery, red-haired photographer, Maggie O'Connell comes to him for help in finding a stalker, Trace reluctantly agrees to take the case.  Trace isn't sure he believes her story and his suspicions grow as he uncovers more and more of Maggie's dark secrets.

But what if the stalker is real and Maggie is telling him the truth?  Trace has no choice but to protect her.  Even if it means putting his heart at risk.

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52 comments posted.

Re: Kat Martin | Is There a Trick to Getting published?

I would not know how to begin a book let alone finish it.
(Mary Preston 6:19am October 17, 2011)

Maybe you should go to writer's conferences and then, if you can get a literary agent alone, and if you're any good at fanning their egos, maybe you can get the idea to them!
(Diane Brixius 6:43am October 17, 2011)

I certainly enjoy your books, so am grateful for your perseverance.
Has your husband published any other books?
(Marjorie Carmony 6:59am October 17, 2011)

I am just glad you did not give up - I love your books!
(Barbara Hanson 8:33am October 17, 2011)

I like your sticktoittiveness! Thanks for the great reads!
(Jane Limback 9:21am October 17, 2011)

Glad you didn't give up!
(Lisa Garrett 9:23am October 17, 2011)

I would love to win a copy of the book "Against Storm" by Kat reading her books they are so
(Lnda McFarland 9:59am October 17, 2011)

I would love to win a copy of Against the Storm. I loved the first 3 books of this series, and a huge fan of all her other books. I am very glad you did not stop writing because we would not have wonderful stories. Love the Raines Brothers. Also loved the necklace trilogy.
(Chris Bails 10:02am October 17, 2011)

I am always amazed when I read the stories about how some of my favorite
authors had such a hard time getting their books published. I often wonder
about how much talent never even gets a chance. I'm glad you were persistent,
Kat. Congratulations on your latest release.
(Debbie Burdeen 10:11am October 17, 2011)

Thanks for sharing your story. I've written my first and am
planning my second novel, getting then published is on my
someday list.
(Heather Pearson 10:50am October 17, 2011)

I loved reading the interview and after reading the description of the new book, I would like to be entered into the giveway. Thanks.
(Joan OToole 10:52am October 17, 2011)

Congratulations on #50!
(Maureen Emmons 10:56am October 17, 2011)

Hi,Kat! I loved your blog and your perseverence. If you hadn't persevered, the world would never have met you as a great author. So far, I have all your Against books, and love them. Looking forward to reading your newest one, AGAINST THE STORM.

Is your husband still writing as well? Sure hope so!
(Cathy Phillips 11:04am October 17, 2011)

Wow! Such great comments! A couple of you are writing your own books and going to conferences to try to get them published is a great way to do it. And don't be afraid of rejection. It hurts a little, but its worth it in the long run. Regarding my husband's books. He's written over 20. YOu can find them at Lots of westerns, some historicals, some contemps. Good luck to those of you who are trying to get published. don't give up! kat
(Kat Martin 11:55am October 17, 2011)

50th novel? Wow, congrats on that! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!
(Sebrina Cassity 12:17pm October 17, 2011)

This book looks great! I don't know how I missed the first 3 in the series, but I am heading over to get them now. I would love a chance to win this one. Thank you for all your wonderful stories, keep 'em coming please.
(Kerry Pacious 12:35pm October 17, 2011)

Congrats on the upcoming release, Kat. I'm so happy that there are more books in this series. Looking forward to reading Trace's book.
(Jane Cheung 12:35pm October 17, 2011)

i admire people who are successful writers! Anytime I am asked to write an article or essay, I cannot stop editing - I write, remove, write some more. Eventually I finish, but I always think I might have done a better job! YOU do a great job! Love your books and can't wait for Against the Storm!
(Marguerite Guinn 12:50pm October 17, 2011)

Hi - Very interesting to read about your road to becoming a successful author. Looking forward to reading your upcoming release!
(Jan Terry 12:59pm October 17, 2011)

I am so glad that you stuck with it, I love your books! I'm a born and raised Montana girl and I love the western theme's in your books. Best of Luck on the new book releases!
(Kris Bowers 1:03pm October 17, 2011)

Your readers Thank you for sticking to it. I think we take
good writers for granted so it's great that you tell us about
the trials & tribulations of what it takes to get a book out
to us.
(Diane Sallans 1:14pm October 17, 2011)

Can't wait to read this book!
(Minna Puustinen 1:19pm October 17, 2011)

At one time, I wanted to be an author, but I don't think my heart could take it. I'm glad that you hung in there, as well as your husband, and chose to tough it out!! I'm looking forward to your latest book, as well as the sequels. I love the new cover. It's very powerful and makes a statement. Congratulations!!
(Peggy Roberson 1:19pm October 17, 2011)

Sure I'm glad you didn't give. Love your books. Thank you
(Amy Milne 1:21pm October 17, 2011)

I have always wondered how an author got started getting a book published. The description of your struggles was fascinating to me. I've enjoyed your books and am looking forward to reading Against the Storm.
(Anna Speed 1:31pm October 17, 2011)

Congrats on #50! That is amazing!
(Colleen Conklin 1:49pm October 17, 2011)

I find it encouraging to read what happened and
that 50 books later your name is sought out. It's
also a testament that you and your husband
enjoy writing and encourage each other.
(Carla Carlson 2:41pm October 17, 2011)

It is hard to imagine writing 50 novel's! Congratulations.
(Kathleen Bianchi 3:06pm October 17, 2011)

It's always such fun to blog on this site. great comments. Have to say I can't believe I've written 50 books either! A lot of them are being re-issued over the next few months. Hot Rain is the first and it's one of my favorites. New Cover, out in January. It's a high action adventure, contemp romantic suspense. The Sinclair Sisters trilogy will also be re-issued next year. And of course, Against the Night, out end Feb, and Against the Sun, end of May. As you can see, I stay busy! kat
(Kat Martin 4:06pm October 17, 2011)

Wow! What a career! Thanks for an inspirational post. I'm no writer but I appreciate all the hard work!
(Erin Fender 4:12pm October 17, 2011)

I've read many of your books, this one sounds real good.
(Wilma Frana 4:50pm October 17, 2011)

I'm unsure if there is a trick to getting published, but as the saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Obviously, that's what you did and through your diligence in helping your husband, you succeeded. Congratulations on your 50th novel, which is quite an accomplishment! I love western-themed novels, and would love to win a copy of your new book, "Against the Storm." I love the cover of the book and am looking forward to reading the other new releases you have coming out next year. I'm sure you've worked long and hard to get these written and published.
(Linda Luinstra 5:05pm October 17, 2011)

I've read the other three books in this trilogy and can't wait to read this new one.
(Susan Shapley 5:22pm October 17, 2011)

So enjoyed reading just how you started writing. I love your books and always waiting for the next one to be published.
(Pam Alderson 5:26pm October 17, 2011)

I really love your books. I am so glad you didn't give up on your writing. I am not a writer and never will be and I so admire authors for their wonderful work.
(Gail Hurt 5:52pm October 17, 2011)

I have to say writing is really hard work. Who woulda thunk it? Seems like it would be lots of fun and when things are going smoothly it is. that isn't all that often. Also a problem trying to fit writing into all the other things you have going on in your life. Right now, I am itching to get back to the book I am on...hopefully tomorrow. kat
(Kat Martin 6:06pm October 17, 2011)

Your guess is as good as my.?
(Deb Pelletier 6:24pm October 17, 2011)

Thank you for so many hours of true enjoyment. So glad you didn't give up!
(Sandra Spilecki 6:44pm October 17, 2011)

Kat, you've been an autobuy author since I read "Creole Fires","Savannah Heat" and "Natchez Flame". Looking forward to reading "Against The Storm" and the following two books in the series.
(Mary Chin 6:53pm October 17, 2011)

Seems like I have been waiting for Against the Storm forever. So glad it will be out next week. I read at least 2 - 3 books a week and my husband is always asking me why I don't try writing them and not reading so much. I always tell him I would much rather sit and enjoy someone elses book.
(Judy Anderson 7:35pm October 17, 2011)

I love reading posts about authors and their writing. I love western romance. And the cover is yummy! Thanks for the giveaway.
(Jennifer Beyer 8:12pm October 17, 2011)

I haven't read any books from this series but there's a first time for everything, especially when the description sounds so interesting. Will definitely have to order some of the other books, and congrats on 50 novels!
(Jessi Mueller 8:53pm October 17, 2011)

Your history of struggle in the industry is inspiring.....your perseverance and tenacity are a model for any aspiring author.....and your talent in entertaining rewards us all. Continued good fortune with the rest of the series!!!!
(Carla Schuller 9:12pm October 17, 2011)

Hi Kat! I love your historical stories. Never read the suspense ones, but I'm willing to give one a try!
(MaryAnne Banks 11:11pm October 17, 2011)

Trick or not, you have what it takes. I'd love to have the talent to write a book, much less to be good enough to get one published.
(Lisa Kendall 11:33pm October 17, 2011)

How lucky for all of us that publishers finally saw the light and picked you up. It
is a difficult business to be in. The image of an author sitting at their desk in a
book lined study collecting royalty checks is true for very few,
I have enjoyed your book for many years and look forward to reading yje
AGAINST series,
(Patricia Barraclough 12:01pm October 18, 2011)

So glad you did not give up either. LOL. I love your books.
(Pat Lieberman 1:48pm October 18, 2011)

So glad someone finally wised up to publish you. Thanks for great books.
(Helen Livermore 2:19pm October 18, 2011)

In today's economy it must be even harder to get published for the first time.
(Sue Farrell 2:58pm October 18, 2011)

Love stories with a happy ending. Happy that it all work out in the end! :)
(May Pau 3:10pm October 18, 2011)

Would love to win a copy of this latest series. Love my heas.
(Joanne Vitale 1:57pm October 19, 2011)

Congrats on your 50th book. Love cowboy books - count me in for the drawing.
(Karen Triolo 3:13pm October 19, 2011)

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