Earlier this week, I got my royalty statement for Little Red Hen Romance for September 2015 from Amazon and went into a full-blown fidget. In spite of the fact that we had outsold our previous best-selling month, June 2015, by more than two to one, moving more than twice as many books to paying customers … Continue reading The Shocking Truth About What Writing Fiction Pays (a personal comparison)
The biggest news in romance writing the past month or so has been the publication of Grey, author E.L. James' follow-up to her wildly successful Fifty Shades trilogy, written from the point of view of her problematic hero, Christian Grey. When I heard this book was coming out, my first thought was, "Jeebus Krispies, you mean … Continue reading If she could read his mind, love – A romance writer’s take on POV
Like more than 20 million other people, I read e-books on a Kindle, and my favorite genre is romance. A quick search on Amazon for romance titles this morning yielded me 365,065 options to choose from. I know from experience that there are treasures to be found all the way up and down the charts. … Continue reading Because life is too short to read crap
My mama was always my first reader and main support system as a writer. And whenever I would get discouraged and start complaining that this whole becoming a New York Times bestselling author thing was taking too damned long, she would remind me that Helen Hooven Santmyer was 89 years old when her third novel, And … Continue reading And ladies of the club . . .
As a writer, I've only made one New Year's resolution for 2015: To enjoy the process more and worry about the product as a product less. Publishing right now is batshit crazy, and it's changing so quickly, I seriously doubt anybody can really keep up. When I started writing seriously with the intention of profit, … Continue reading For the Love of Writing
In a recent writers roundtable over at comic and fiction writer Sean H. Taylor's blog (Bad Girls, Good Guys and Two-Fisted Action, and if you're not reading it, you're missing out), we talked about the best and worst advice we've ever received as writers. More than half of us piled on the hate for that … Continue reading In defense of “Write What You Know”
Without writers, publishing as an industry would not exist. Well, duh, you may well say; how obvious; how trite; how could any sane person not know that? And I would agree. But I begin to suspect that this truth we declare self-evident is in fact the greatest of mysteries to the rest of the monstrous … Continue reading Rise Up, Kittens! Or at least stop lying down . . . .