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Things You Can’t Escape As A Romance Author

There are two things that you can’t escape as a romance author.   First, everyone who reads your book will automtically assume your hero is modeled after your spouse or significant other.  No matter what you say, they will be convinced otherwise. Second, readers will infer that the bedroom scenes are based on your ownContinue reading “Things You Can’t Escape As A Romance Author”

I Promise I’m Not An Author-Stalker!

I’m a little bleary-eyed as I write this.  It’s been a looooong day for me.  I woke up at 4:00 AM because I couldn’t breathe (damn forced air).  Then I tossed and turned for about half an hour before I gave up on any hope of getting a few more winks.  By that time, myContinue reading “I Promise I’m Not An Author-Stalker!”

I Need A Hero! Wait…No I Don’t!

I hate a weak heroine.  Really, the whole “damsel in distress” thing is so irritating.  I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands.  With three children, a full-time job and aspirations to become a bestselling author, my plate is pretty full.  If I’m going to give up a few hours of myContinue reading “I Need A Hero! Wait…No I Don’t!”

I Left My Beloved Laptop In A Fitting Room Yesterday…Senility Is Setting In Sooner Than Anticipated

I would say that I get one solid hour of stress-free, uninterrupted writing time per week.  That doesn’t mean I only write during that one hour; it only means that I don’t have seven other things cooking simultaneously.  I can’t tell you how much I love this time.  My daughter throws back handsprings.  I type.Continue reading “I Left My Beloved Laptop In A Fitting Room Yesterday…Senility Is Setting In Sooner Than Anticipated”

Look Out Hollywood! This Book’s Got Silver Screen Potential!

Someone recently asked me if i could see Unlikely Venture made into a movie at some point.  I suppose that would naturally come after it lands on the NYT bestseller list, right? I’m sure it comes as no shock to anyone (especially fellow writers) that I most certainly think it has silver screen potential.  Heck,Continue reading “Look Out Hollywood! This Book’s Got Silver Screen Potential!”

Getting To Know My Next Hero…It’s All About The Character Sketch

When I decided to write Unlikely Venture, I just WROTE.  I made some notes here and there but for the most part, I found out what was going to happen as I typed.  I didn’t have the whole story mapped out, didn’t use an outline.  But that style kind of suits me.  I’m impulsive soContinue reading “Getting To Know My Next Hero…It’s All About The Character Sketch”

Sometimes It’s Good To Take A Few Steps Back Before Moving Forward

My editor recently told me that publishers don’t like the “s” in “towards,” “backwards,” or “forwards.”  Add this to the ever-increasing list of things I didn’t know about writing.  So I thought the title of this post was kind of apropos. It’s come to my attention that the first few posts here sent somewhat ofContinue reading “Sometimes It’s Good To Take A Few Steps Back Before Moving Forward”

What’s In It For Me?

Let’s face it, contemporary romance novels are ubiquitous.  So how can you differentiate yours from the rest?  This is a big part of the value prop for an author but you don’t always get an opportunity to deliver a full Power Point presentation complete with charts and Smart Art explaining why your novel commands attention. Continue reading “What’s In It For Me?”

What’s Your Value Prop As An Author?

We’re basically all salespeople, in some form or other.  There’s always a pitch to be made – whether it is selling a product, an idea, a service or a project.  If you want to be successful, you need a compelling value prop to entice potential customers and expand your reach. As authors, we have toContinue reading “What’s Your Value Prop As An Author?”

Welcome

It starts with one word, then two, with several more to follow. Before you know it, you’ve written a book.  You can call yourself an author!  Then comes the daunting task of delivering your story to the masses.  Don’t be fooled; writing the book is the EASY part.  Now you need to prove your worthContinue reading “Welcome”

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