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February 4, 2011

Waiting, Angsting, and Pondering Revisions (it’s a Maisey Ramble!)

Yes, I am waiting. (see Writer V Email) But it’s okay. I’ve been keeping busy…and not angsting at all. Nope. Not. At. All. Okay, I am. I’m a ball of barely contained angst wrapped up in ‘MEH!’. So much so that when my ed emailed me to say she would be out of the office […]

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March 12, 2010

Rewrite Update

I’m working on rewrites for book number three, and I submitted the rewritten partial to my editor about two weeks ago. Of course that’s always nail biting and I think I might have worked out what makes major revisions, to me, so hard to get a good read on. I think going through revisions, or […]

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March 6, 2010

The Path To Publication

This post was inspired by publishing myths over on Writer Beware ( a great resource for writers!) where she was talking about the myth that you have to know ‘someone’ to get into the biz. So I wanted to talk a little bit about my journey from slush to shelf, and all of the stops […]

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February 25, 2010

More Editor Gold

My editor is a genius. It’s true. No really. She gives great revisions and she’s helped me make everything I’ve submitted to her SO much stronger. And today, we had a really nice talk on the phone, which is always great. She offered me a new contract (yay!) and some really solid revisions for book […]

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February 12, 2010

Characters, Conflict and Plot! (Oh, my!)

Seems like a simple thing, you make up a story, you write it down. (Those of you who have been doing this for any length of time are laughing already…) There’s a lot more to it than that though!! And even though I know a lot of the tricks and rules, I still find myself […]

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February 8, 2010

Love Scenes

This is a discussion that came up in my crit group a little while back, and Jackie also discussed it on her blog recently. So I wanted to continue on the topic, because, let’s face it, in romance, this is kind of important. Of course we know that romance isn’t about sex. It’s not one […]

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December 22, 2009

More On Revisions (Since I’ve Done My Share)

I’ve been reading on blogs that a lot of people have gotten revision letters lately, or rejections with revision suggestions, and since the topic is so near and dear to me, I thought I’d offer up some more thoughts on the subject. Yes, it can be daunting to stare down the barrel of a revision […]

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December 17, 2009

Ever Changing Conflict

One of my dear CPs brought up a very interesting point yesterday as we were discussing the changes His Virgin Acquisition had to go through during revisions. I was trying to explain how, during revisions and a half rewrite, the conflicts of the hero and heroine had changed. She said maybe the internal conflict had […]

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December 15, 2009

Character and Building it

There’s been a lot of discussion over at about characterization. One of the commenters suggested using astrology to help nail down a character, and that got me thinking of all kind of fun things a person might try… The Myers-Briggs personality test…taken as your hero or heroine of course! Here’s a link: After […]

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December 7, 2009

Music and Writing

This conversation got started on Twitter and I thought I’d move it over here. For me, music is just about the ultimate inspiration. I’m from a musical family, married to a musician, and it’s always been a hugely important part of my life. (right up there with books!) I have a playlist that is home […]

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