How to Build your Romance Writing Career with Shayla Black 

The Kobo Writing Life team is excited to announce our latest Live Q&A on March 31st, 2022, from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST. KWL Director Tara will be chatting with Shayla Black. If you can’t make the takeover, feel free to comment on this post with your questions and we can ask them for you!   

Hi authors!  

I’m delighted to be chatting live with Shayla & William Black this month. Shayla is a titan who has written more than eighty books over two decades. As an author with such a prolific romance writing career, I’m going to be chatting to Shayla about the following: 

  • How she got started with romance writing and how she became a queen of the genre! 
  • Tips for authors who want to start building a writing business 
  • Her advice on being a hybrid author, what are the pros and cons of this approach 
  • What she’s done to build such an engaged reader base of superfans 
  • Predictions for what’s next in romance 

I love tuning in to Shayla & William in their live Wine Wednesdays hosted in Shayla Black’s Book Beauties on Facebook. They’re a real hoot and I’m delighted to be able to chat to both Shayla & William in our own live event. 

And you may have heard that KWL is turning 10 this year! To commemorate this, I’m also going to be asking all of our guests about where they were 10 years ago and what they wish they knew. 

Be sure to join live and bring your questions! It’s an event not to be missed.   

Happy writing,  


Director, KWL 

Tara runs Kobo Writing Life (KWL), Kobo’s independent publishing platform. As a subject matter expert in all aspects of indie publishing, her aim is to make KWL the greatest and most user-friendly self-publishing platform available and always looking for ways for indies to reach a new audience of readers.  

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than eighty contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.As an only child, Shayla occupied herself by daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and started pursuing a publishing career. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America, her heart was with her stories and characters, so she left her pantyhose and power suits behind.Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, gaming, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.


Shayla’s Books




Shayla and Tara at Romantic Times in Reno back in 2018! Photo was taken by William.