Category Archives: writing

NANOWRIMO: Write a Cosmo Red-Hot Read!

It’s the night before NanoWrimo and all the writers are dreaming of glory. Or writing 50,000 words in one month that they can then edit and polish and submit. And hope that someone is buying more zombies, or steampunk or whatever your fertile imagination is about to unleash on the world. If by any chance, …

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Harlequin’s SYTYCW contest announces winner: Jennifer Drogell

I’ve been on tenterhooks all day, whether I’ve been in my office on in a meeting  – not for myself but for the winner and runners up of the Harlequin writing competition So You Think You Can Write. I don’t even make any of the calls to the winners — I am just genuinely thrilled that …

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Contest Winner Signs Publishing Contract with Harlequin

I worked with the So You Think You Can Write team that held the week-long online conference followed by the writing competition. This press release went out this morning announcing the contest winner, who has signed for 2 books with Harlequin! For Immediate Release   So You Think You Can Write event draws more than …

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Why Should I Write a Good Synopsis?

“I’ve written a great book, why should I write a good synopsis? Can’t the editor tell the brilliance of my book from my book? After all, isn’t that what an editor is paid to do: read books?” Every Monday night after I have finished my reading for “Acquisition Tuesday” I get the feeling that writers …

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Big Bang Theory: Why it Works

In this week’s episode of this delightful and always-improving sitcom, Sheldon decides to apologize to Amy by giving her a gift. I watched the premiere episode of Big Bang and was not impressed. I thought the characters were too stock, and the pretty blonde, Penny in particular, added nothing to the show, so I never returned …

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Why NaNoWriMo?

As National Novel Writing Month comes to a close tomorrow, I was thinking about what it means and why people participate. After all, it’s a crazy challenge: write an entire novel in one month. 30 days to write somewhere between 50,000 to 100,000 words? That’s at least 1,666 words per day, if you are writing a …

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Why Writing the Revision Letter Can be so Satisfying

I stopped being a full-time editor in 1999 when I switched over to Harlequin’s Internet division. Many people have asked me over the years whether I miss being an editor. While I loved being an editor and I was a good one (no false modesty here), while I still consider the importance of good story …

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New Words & Other Stuff

From the Time News Feed, new words! I do like automagically– automatically and in a way that seems ingenious, inexplicable, or magical Kobo $99 by Christmas The New Yorker reported that the Kobo Reader would be only $99 by Christmas. Erotic Romance, Menage and More! I am at the Carina Press blog writing about the popularity …

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Your Novel is being Published! Scared yet…?

Excellent blog post by writer Barbara Samuel, Preparing for Publication Anxiety. If you think the hard part is writing, revising, selling your manuscript, there is a lot more to the story…

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Cool Stuff Roundup

eBook Devices & apps There are a couple of new eBook reading devices coming soon.  But the big question remains when will the $199 eBook reading device arrive? That’ s when we can go mainstream. Mobile Read has a sneak peek at Bookeen – which I’ve also seen and is very cool. It truly is …

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