"And this is a delightful piece of writing – it’s well-constructed, and it gives us a wonderful portrait of a character."They'll be accepting entries from soon, so hurry! To learn more about the contest and for contest rules and guidelines, visit Rochelle's blog or the Contest page. Good luck, everyone! Chase the Dream Contest Rochelle Chase's Blog Leah Michaels Website If you're interested, go here (October 23rd Post) to see my blog post about the contest & Mini-Critique I won. *The contest pages says to check back on December 8th for updated information.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
- The Gunslinger's Untamed Bride by Stacey Kayne
- The Loner by Geralyn Dawson
- A Wanted Man by Linda Lael Miller
- The Rustler by Linda Lael Miller
- Scandalous Deception by Rosemary Rogers
- Victorian London by Liza Picard
- How the West Was Worn by Chris Enss
- The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- First prize: Gift package worth over $500, including a professional edit and critique of up to 15,000 words (value $450) of a single document; books on the craft of writing, including a bound copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook complete with reproducible worksheets ($25.00), The Little Brown Compact Handbook by Jane E. Aaron (fifth edition, $62.40), Marc McCutcheon's The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters ($14.99), The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic ($21.99); a magnetic copy of The Writer's Prayer ($3.00); set of ten Writer's Prayer note cards ($15.00); and 2 Inspiration for Writers pens ($2.00).
- Second prize: A certificate for 20% off any one service.
- Third prize: A certificate for 20% off any one service.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Good news, right? It is for us Western Romance lovers. :) When I first put pen to paper eight years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to write. I knew what I loved and I knew what I wanted to read and before long, I began plotting my very first Historical Western Romance, Dangerous Desires, which takes place in 1866 Texas and Mexico. But how and why did I decide to set it during that time? What did I know about this time period? I'll admit, at first, not much. Of course I knew this was just after the Civil War, but what else was happening? I didn't have a clue. I wanted something different for my story. I knew I had a LOT of research to do. I found there are quite a few things happening around this time. In fact, I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted my characters, Mairan O'Donnell and Travis Morrison aka Santa, to be involved in! So I read...and read...and read until finally, I found just the little piece of history I was looking for. There wasn't a lot of American History involved, but there was a lot of Mexican history. Did you know that in 1861, during the Civil War, Mexico was was involved in their own Civil War? France had invaded Mexico and, to the horror of the Mexican people, installed the Austrian Prince Ferdinand Maximilian and his beautiful wife Carlotta, on the Mexican throne. Maximilian had good intentions, but the Mexican people wanted to elect their own leader. They didn't want a foreigner as Emperor. Then a little Indian man named Benito Juarez and his band of rebels, the Juaristas, fought to overthrow the intruders, and with a little help from President Abraham Lincoln, , they won. The French realized the American Civil War was coming to an end, and since the American President, Abraham Lincoln sympathized with the Juaristas and helped them with money and arms, the French figured they'd better split. They moved their troops out of Mexico pronto. Exciting, isn't it? I think so. So when I decided on this part of history to use for my novel, I made sure there was lot's of action and plenty of romance. I bet you could think of a few different plots from this little piece of history, couldn't you? :) Westerns are what I love. To read. To watch. To write. Over and over through the years I've heard the advice, write what you know; write what you love. And that's what I did. That's what I'll always do. I may throw in a contemporary Western here and there, because hey, a cowboy in a pair of tight jeans is a cowboy in a pair of tight jeans, :) but historicals are my first love. And Dangerous Desires is what came out of that love. Whether or not it's something other's love, well, time will only tell. So, do you like Historical Western Romance? If so, what do you like about them? Do you think they're dead and buried or do you think they're making a come back? Come on folks, what do you think? Inquiring minds want to know. :)
Q. Are there any publishers out there besides Harlequin, Dorchester, and Kensington looking for historical western romance books? Why do those houses seem to have a corner on these types of books?
A. Interesting question because in fact I just had lunch last week with an editor at a house that was not Harlequin, Dorchester, or Kensington who would love to see more historical western romances. The trick is rising above what has traditionally been called historical western. To do this I think you have to make your book stronger and different and bigger. There are a lot of editors out there who love this genre and would love to buy in it, but to break in you really need to write something that transcends everything else. Because that’s an easy task [she says sarcastically].
*Dangerous Desires has been rescheduled for publication. It will be available in digital format soon, and then in print sometime in the winter of 2009. Watch for it!
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
- What fiction readers want
- Connecting the dots – how does deep point of view give readers a satisfying experience? How is the reader‘s experience different with shallow point of view versus a deep point of view?
- How to decide whose point of view to use for key scenes, and how to make the best use of that viewpoint.
- Deciding when and where and how to change point of view. Is changing viewpoint in the middle of a scene always bad?
- Author invisibility -- avoiding author point of view.
- Choosing details that deepen point of view
- Infusing dialogue with point of view.
- Point of view and character motivation – your char-acter has done a bad, bad thing – how can you use point of view to make the reader still root for him or her?
See ? for information.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
~~Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged~~~ The Long and the Short of It is very excited to be celebrating its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY -- and we're giving the gifts! Yep, that's right. On August 27, 2007, the website went live. What better way to celebrate than give away a $50 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com along with a TON of books? From August 1-26 we will be giving away one prize each day from one of our author sponsors. You have to enter ON THAT DAY to win the prize for the day. On August 27, all the daily entries will be included in the Grand Prize Drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate from Amazon.com. Here's an easy way to earn an extra entry into each day's drawing AND the Grand Prize Drawing: Just tell people about us and link to our anniversary page (http://www.longandshortreviews.com/LASR/anniversary1.htm) Once you've posted the announcement on your blog or website, put your link in the Mr. Linky (you must have a corresponding daily entry to qualify for the extra entry)! Thanks for passing the word on!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
If you do not have access to your old email account, please reply to this email with a salute and the email address to which you want it changed.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
- Submissions deadline: No deadline. This will be an ongoing, stand-alone title collection.
- Word count: minimum of 30,000 words
- Genre: Paranormal Romance
- Plot: an evil or evils have escaped from Pandora’s Box and must be returned in some form or fashion. You may use any evil including sins, diseases, famous or infamous murderers, etc.
- Conflict: Good vs evil, protagonist vs antagonist, but the main character(s) don't necessarily have to be the good guy(s)
- Ending: must be HEA or HEA-for-now.
- Sensuality Level: any (mainstream or erotica but erotica must focus on the plot)
- Time Period: any
- Prop that must be included: the box
These stories should have a sharp focus on the lore and legend of Pandora's Box, a well-rounded, well-developed cast, and a strong romantic element. Be sure you've edited to the best of your ability before submitting.
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the words "Pandora" or "Pandora's Box" in the subject line. Permission to forward granted.
Questions may also be asked here on the blog, or sent to email@example.com.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
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Monday, April 28, 2008
We are counting down to the Novella in a Month Writing Challenge at CataUniversity. You'll have 31 days to write 25,000 words. Are you up to the challenge?
Join a supportive (and challenging) environment with Co-Hosts, weekly check-ins and daily Inspirational posts. Official Co-Hosts include:
- Gail Barrett
- Leila Brown
- Nicola Marsh
- Isabel Sharpe
- Linda Wisdom
To Sign Up: http://catauniversity.com/?p=126
Get ready to write!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
- Suggested submission length: 20-25k
- Romantic elements preferred, but not required for either holiday-themed anthology.
- Holiday (Halloween or Christmas) theme preferred, but not necessarily required. If the story’s compelling enough, we won’t discriminate.
- Meta data: Straight-up, good old-fashioned “tales told ‘round the campfire”; folklore and ghost stories; Haunted houses, visitations, Dickens; Legends (but not necessarily myths); Rather more “Things that go bump in the night” than “Things that hump in the night”.
- Be sure you edit very carefully before submitting. (I'm not horribly forgiving, I'm finding) All submissions should be sent to: submissions AT lyricalpress DOT com, SUBJECT: Ghost Story
- See below for submission deadlines:
Monday, April 7, 2008
Each month on Stepping Stones Magazine for Writers, an author's bookmarker will be chosen as the marker of the month'. The author's marker, if available as a jpg, and website will be included in that month's issue of SSMW. Enter by sending an email to Rita Gerlach at rpkg at comcast.net She will provide instructions. Bookmarkers will be judged by: Content Beauty Layout Information Professionalism Quality All bookmarkers mailed in will be judged by a group of avid readers, and then given to a local bookstore in the judges' area, either Waldenbooks or Borders.Stepping Stone Magazine Rita Gerlach
Friday, April 4, 2008
If you have written an unpublished story set in the 1900's, editor Nancy Swanson from the Vintage Rose line at The Wild Rose Press, is looking for authors, aspiring and established, and would very much welcome you to submit to her.
Her very words to me were -
'...as long as it has a romance in it, is set back a ways, some mystery or time travel, clean or spicy - whatever. So much happened then...all the wars, all the music and dance changes, the Hippies and Free Love, etc. And of course almost any romance is timeless and can be set then, with a few details thrown in for flavor...'
Nancy is a fab editor who worked with me on 'Hibiscus Bay' now published by The Wild Rose Press. She has sinced moved from Champagne Rose line and now edits for the Vintage Rose line.So go check out the website and submission details at http://www.thewildrosepress.com/ - she's waiting to hear from you.
Please mention that you heard this information from Debby at the 'Romance ebooks' myspace profile as recomendation for yourself.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Open to new writers but please follow our guidelines
- Submit your manuscript in a Word .doc or .rtf file. We cannot accept a .pdf file or a hard copy.
- Your manuscript should contain either 1-1/2 or double spacing and one inch margins. Use 12 pt. legible font.
- If we accept your manuscript for publication, we will supply you with specific formatting guidelines. You must be able to do edits in track changes.
A word from the owner of Eternal Press
Eternal Press is not a vanity or a subsidy publisher, but rather mainly an e-book publisher
We will give certain authors the option of releasing their e-book in print when we launch into POD. There will be a one-time printer set-up fee (to be determined by the printer) for every book released in print. This fee will be paid by the author to the printer. This will vary depending on the length of the book. Minimum length for POD is 65,000 words.
Eternal Press does not profit from this set-up fee. There are no fees assessed to any of our authors at any time to publish in e-format and it's perfectly acceptable not to execute your option to release in print. And you are not obligated to purchase books in any format.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This group is for writers who want to promote their books. It's a place to share promo ideas or tips to make promoting our books easier. If someone is blogging about promotion, post the link. If you have a promotion question, ask it. If there's something you tried that didn't work, let the rest of us know. If there's something you tried that worked, let the rest of us know. We want to know and share the new promotion ideas and opportunities that are popping up, and we want to know and share the old ones.I joined a few days ago, created a sub-folder in my Outlook Express, formatted all my writerpromotips emails to download directly into the folder, then forgot all about it (I'm really bad about doing that). When I did remember to check my folder a couple of days later, there was already over 250 emails! This is a hopping group, people. 250 emails in two, three days - whoa! There's some really good resources in that eloop, too. I started a promotional file and it's packed with tips and ideas. So, if you're a newly published author (like me) and you don't know how or where to start when it comes to promotion, or even if you're a old pro at the game, this group is for you. I highly recommend it. :) To join, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to the group home page writerspromotips homepage http://groups.yahoo.com/group/writerspromotips/?yguid=327010276
Monday, March 24, 2008
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
Lyrical Press is hosting a Best First Kiss Contest, and the winner will receive a contract with Lyrical Press, Inc! Visit the Lyrical Idol page to read the official contest rules.Sound good? If that's not enough to get your creative juices flowing, Lyrical Press is putting together another contest! I don't know all the details, but I do know that Renee designed a Gothic/Medieval book cover, and I believe the contestants are to send in a story to go with the cover. As I mentioned, the official rules aren't posted on the website yet, so this info may change, but you can read about the contest in Renee's Title Magic blog post. If you'd like to see the book cover and get a head-start on your entry, here it is. :)