In which Lauren Layne addresses:

Frequently Asked Questions

—last updated June 17, 2020

Where can I find {book title} in paperback?

Many of my books, including fan-favorites like Blurred Lines and the Stiletto & Oxford series, were published by a digital-only imprint of Penguin Random House and are not available in paperback in the US.

Please note that print rights differ by country—books that are ebook only in the US may be available in print in other countries, at my international publishers’ discretion.

How can I get a review copy/ARC of your upcoming books?

I do not personally distribute ARCs. If my publisher decides to distribute early copies for reviews, they can be requested via NetGalley, or via the publisher directly.

Why are your books all different prices?

My book prices (with the exception of The Prenup, which is self-published) are determined by my publishers. I have multiple publishers, each with a different pricing strategy. I am not included in pricing discussions, but I do know my publishers work hard to ensure my books are available in libraries, so if a particular price is out of your comfort zone, be sure to check your local library!

Will Marc and Elena from New York’s Finest be getting their own story?

I’d hoped so at one time, but as of now (June 2020) the answer is: probably not. I wrote the New York’s Finest series 6 years ago, and the “world” isn’t fresh enough in my mind for me to feel I could tell those stories as well as they deserve.

Will you ever write an epilogue or sequel to {book title}?

Probably not. I don’t really enjoy reading sequels and epilogues myself, so I’m not confident I could write them particularly well. Good stories need tension, which is why we feel that wonderful happy release when characters in a romance finally say I love you and get their HEA. To recapture tension in a sequel, I’d have to introduce fresh conflict for my beloved characters. Some authors do this very well. I don’t think I’m one of them.

How did you find your agent and publisher?

The old-fashioned way! I wrote a book in 2011, and when it was polished and ready for submission, I wrote a query letter and sent it to agencies representing contemporary romance. In 2012, Nicole Resciniti replied to my query, saying she liked my voice and offered representation. I’ve been with her ever since! Once I signed with Nicole, she sent my manuscript on submission to New York publishing houses, and I signed contracts with Grand Central Publishing and Random House in 2013.

I’m not in the US. How can I find your books in my country/language?

I’m actually not usually notified when one of my books becomes available in another language, or in a country outside of the US. International rights are generally managed by my publishers, so the best advice I have is to check your local retailers for availability. Sorry that’s not particularly helpful!

Why can’t I find the ebook version of 21 Wall Street or Man of the Year books for Nook, Apple or Kobo?

Both of those series are published by Montlake, an imprint of Amazon Publishing. As such, the e-book format is exclusive to Kindle.

I have a great book idea—can I send it to you to write?

While I’m delighted you’re feeling inspired, please don’t send me your idea! Not only do I have more than enough of my own ideas to contend with, but I firmly believe the best person to write a particular story idea is the one who came up with it! Be brave. Write your own story. Don’t know how to write? Practice. Practice some more. I don’t believe people are born writers, I believe we become them.

Why can’t I find you on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or Goodreads?

I am not on social media. If you’d like to get notified when I have a new book release, cover reveal, etc, please sign up for my email updates.

Any advice for beginning authors?

Whenever I get asked this by true beginners, I always say the same thing: finish the book. It’s okay if it sucks. It probably will suck. Finish it anyway. Nothing taught me as much about writing a book as actually writing one.

If you’ve already written a book (or several) and are wondering “what’s next,” I’d advise this: know what success looks like to you, and get specific in that vision.

Why are you embarking on a career as a an author?

I didn’t do this early on in my career, and as a result, I ended up exhausted, unfulfilled, and creatively frustrated, even as I was checking off several “big-time” accomplishments. I chased “bigger” for its own sake, only to realize that I was actually happiest at the start of my career, when I was writing for the sheer joy of it.

Now, I ask myself with every career decision, with every minute I put towards my career: why are you taking this particular action, or spending time on this? If I don’t have a good answer, I stop.

Life is about the journey, not the destination. The same is true of a career as a writer. If you’re not enjoying yourself, at least a little, what’s the point?

PS: I have a resource page for my fellow writers here.