In 1985 when the miniseries North and South first aired on TV, my mother worked for a lady named Miss Rose Cauthen. North and South, for those previously spared by youth or ignorance, was based on a series of historical novels by John Jakes about two wealthy and heroic white guys who meet at West … Continue reading North, South, East, West, and the Romance Writers of America
One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2019 was to be more productive and disciplined in my fiction writing. I’d spent the last three months of 2018 finishing a project that I’d been working on sporadically for years and ignoring everything else, and that had taught me that I actually produce more and better story … Continue reading Taming Plot Bunnies and Getting It Done
The Romance Writers of America has released the names of the nominees for their yearly RITA Awards, and, you guessed it, they’re about as diverse as a glass of milk beside a plate of sugar cookies with white chocolate chips. So all of us writing and publishing types have taken to the Facebooks and beyond … Continue reading The Excellence You Swear You Cannot See
You know how to write a great story, but you still need to fix the damned commas!
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)
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
Dear Mr. Bezos, I was very excited to receive your Email request this morning, asking for my help in your battle against Hachette. Not since Carrie White got invited to the prom has a girl been more pleasantly shocked to be included. And you’re right; those big publisher types are just fuckers. I was a … Continue reading A Letter to Amazon
When I first heard that the Bound in Darkness series was being translated and released by foreign publishers, I just assumed they would use the same covers as the original American version from Pocket. Boy howdy, was I wrong. Here's what the first book, My Demon's Kiss, looked like at your local American Barnes & … Continue reading Everybody’s got their sexy . . . .