Archive for Publication

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 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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January 20, 2010

Why I Dearly Love Revisions

Yes, I know, isn’t it easy to say when after the fact? Well, yes, it is. Hindsight, after all, is a brilliant and wonderful thing. Ahem. My lovely, gorgeous, lovely editor who I LOVE emailed me today, and yay, she liked what I did with my partial. And here I was, only a few weeks […]

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December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas To Me! (Revisions!)

So funny that I happened to do a post on revisions right before receiving a fresh new set of my own! I felt immediately compelled to come to my own web site for a reminder of why revisions are good. đŸ™‚ Christmas Eve morning the revisions for my second submission to M&B landed in my […]

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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 15, 2009

Character and Building it

There’s been a lot of discussion over at http://jackieashenden.blogspot.com/ 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: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp After […]

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December 14, 2009

Professionalism

I’ve often joked that the process of submission, rejection, revision, submission, revision…so forth…is like the world’s longest job interview. Your submission is your resume and the ensuing revisions and contact with the editor are like your interview. Can you take direction? Do you meet deadlines? Are you easy to work with? Or are you a […]

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November 30, 2009

Get Published Quick! Write a Romance! (or…hahahahahahaha!)

We had an interesting discussion in my crit group yesterday about loving your genre. Because if you don’t, your reader will notice. If you’re cynical about romance, or find the genre to be beneath you, the reader will notice. Now, I think the majority of romance writers really love the genre, but I do think […]

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November 23, 2009

The Internal Conflict, and How it conflicts Me Internally

I’ve done a post on internal conflict before, but it bears repeating. I give the whole subject a lot of thought, after all. As we all should, since getting it wrong seems to earn a lot of very talented writers some very fast rejection letters! I was fortunate that my own conflict issue has only […]

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November 12, 2009

Building Character

So, I’m starting a new MS and of course, this means I’m creating a new set of characters. Ideas always come to me a little bit differently, sometimes the characters come first, sometimes a scenario comes first. When the scenario comes first I tend to think ‘well, okay…what characters would have the most conflict with […]

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