Archive for November, 2007

Harlequin Presents

November 28, 2007

Found this on Alison Kent’s Blog.

A brand new writing competition from the world’s best-selling romance series is about to hit the blogosphere!

It’s an exciting time for Harlequin Presents: from January 2008, there will be 12 of our intensely passionate romances available every month. And with this increase of titles comes a great opportunity for aspiring authors – we will be looking to buy more books for publication!

The old saying goes that first impressions are lasting impressions – and when it comes to reading a Harlequin Presents, that certainly holds true. If the first chapter doesn’t immediately grip the reader with its pace, passion and intensity, then she won’t continue to turn the pages.

So Presents is inviting unpublished writers to show us how they can grab the attention of our readership with first chapters that really sizzle. The INSTANT SEDUCTION competition offers prizes that are chances of a lifetime for the lucky winner and runners-up:

*First prize – win yourself an editor for a year!

*Two runners-up will be given editorial critiques of their first chapter entries and also a personal telephone consultation about their writing!

Visit the Iheartpresents.com blogsite for full details of the competition – and the chance to prepare for publication with an exclusive series of writing tutorials prepared by the editorial team at Harlequin Presents, including advice on First Chapters, How to Write a Synopsis, Loving the Alpha Male and Generating Emotional Conflict.

Entries for the competition will be accepted as on-line submissions only from 1st January until 14th February 2008.

Entries should comprise of the first chapter and a synopsis of a previously unpublished/unsubmitted novel aimed at Harlequin Presents.

Address for entries: instantseduction@hmb.co.uk

Pretty cool, huh? It’s definitely something to think about.

Word Meter

November 25, 2007

Does anyone know what the deal is with the word meter not working?  It’s beginning to annoy me.  *G*  Any info is greatly appreciated.

Writing To Write? Or Writing To Sell?

November 17, 2007

Lately I’ve been in a quandry. As you all know, I’m working on a witches story. Well, of course, the paranormal market is saturated, totally filled up, so I get to thinking: Will my book sell? Then I start second guessing my talent, is my writing good enough to make this book good enough to sell? Or should I write something else? Should I just focus on my contemporaries, finish the category books I’ve started, rather than keeping on with the witches even though I’ve now got the storyline nailed in my head?

All these “should I’s” and “what if’s” are ruining my writing mojo. Seriously. I’m losing perspective of WHY I’m writing. Hell yes, I want to sell a book so it gets published, but more than anything I want to tell my stories and share them with the world and hopefully they will enjoy them as much as I do. I want to tell them in my way. I want to tell my stories, the ones that are screaming in my head right now rather than the ones that would end up coming out mediocre because I wrote what I thought would sell.

Sigh. It’s so hard being a writer sometimes, knowing which path to take, which story to tell first when you’ve got ump-teen in your head just waiting to be told by you. This is where self-confidence and self-esteem come in… believe in your ability to tell a story that others will want to read, a story that editors know others want to read and will want to buy.

When self doubt comes creeping in, it’s never pretty and certainly never fun, and that’s where I found myself yesterday. Full of doubt in my abilities to tell my witches story well enough that the editors out there are going to like it despite the fact that the paranormal market is hard to break into. So I talked to my sister, Kate, and felt a little better. Then I chatted on Yahoo with gal pal and fellow Bradford Buncher Lauren Dane who had me talking it all out and explaining the why’s and how’s of it all, a conversation which I walked away from feeling much, much better about myself, my writing, and my ability to tell a story.

So today, after I finish working the day job, I’ll be getting back to my witches story as I’ve now regained the confidence to do so, the confidence that unwillingly seeped away for a brief period of time and will undoubtedly do so again in the future.

But you know what? I’m a writer. I love it, and I’m going to tell you a story, one that I hope the editors will like enough so that I can share it with you, and one that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Dane Cook…

November 15, 2007

He’s so effing funny. I had to share this.

Parenting Part I

Parenting Part II

Dear Reed…

November 13, 2007

Blatantly stolen from Amie Stuart at Naughty & Spice.

I want you authors (and hey even readers can participate) to write a letter to the character(s) in your current wip.

Dear Reed,

The reason why Lily and her sisters are so hostile toward you now and were back in high school is because you were a cowardly jerk… or as Lily would say, Jackass.  One little slip of magic from Lily and you run away.  So she read your mind when you thought “I love you” and she responded by telling you she loved you too?  So the earth literally shook when you kissed.  BFD.  Dude, I hope you’ve grown a set since you’ve seen her last.  You’re gonna need ’em.

Marissa

Congrats, Lauren!

November 9, 2007

Congrats to our dear friend Lauren Dane! She’s signed a two book deal with Berkley Heat, an amazing publisher!

WOOT! We knew you’d do it!! *Happy dancing for Lauren*

Sven Update

November 4, 2007

I have to say, I’d given up on Sven. I have a LOT of things going on in my life right now, and writing had to take the backseat. I anticipated not having the time to write until the end of January. I had accepted it. With sadness, but accepted it.

And then Saturday morning happened. I had 4.5 hours where I had nothing in front of me but a pad of paper and a pen. No computer, no dishes, no work. Nothing but the pen and paper.

And I wrote. I managed 2,096 words on my current WIP, and when that stopped flowing, I got over 1k on the beginning of the sequel.

All in all, I’m pretty stoked right now. 🙂

Blogging At The Bradford Bunch Today…

November 2, 2007

Talking about descriptives.  Stop over and give me your opinion.  🙂