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Writing Romance: Making the Case for Flawed Heroes

There are some long-standing truisms in romance writing when it comes to heroes. Namely …A romance hero is never: homosexual (past or present); a pedophile (no exceptions); a serial killer (rare exceptions include assassins and mercenaries who kill, or anyone who has some official sanction); a rapist (once okay, as long as he was raping the heroine, but now a very big no-no); a serious substance abuser/addict (recovering or past is okay); a wife beater or abuser (past has been done, rarely, but…See More
Jan 12
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Pricing Romance Novels: Does 99 Cents Still Work in 2016?

If you write and self-publish romance novels, you know that one of the major sticking points for many – new and experienced authors – is what to charge. Or, if you should charge at all (eg, offer your book for free).$3.99, $2.99, $1.99, 99 cents, Free -- Arrggghh, What Works?!I’ve tried various prices for my novellas – from free by enrolling them in Amazon’s KDP program, to…See More
Jan 2
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NEW RELEASE: "Whisper of Love: A Multicultural, Holiday Romance" -- Here's an Extensive Excerpt

FYI, you can get this holiday romance on Amazon at http://dld.bz/eeSTw. It's also available on B&N, All Romance Ebooks, Google Play. Apple, Kobo, Oyster, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino (within the next 24-48 hours). Following is an excerpt.EXCERPT -- Whisper of Love: A Multicultural, Holiday RomancePREFACEHome for the holidays … her reason for going back to Heavens Cove, the small Alabama town that was home, had little to do with…See More
Dec 21, 2015
Kristin Bustamante liked Yuwanda Black's blog post FREELANCING: HOW TO BECOME A GLOBE-TROTTING, SUCCESSFUL ONLINE WRITER (8+ Yrs Doing It & Still Going Strong!)
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Dec 3, 2015
Laura Brennan liked Yuwanda Black's blog post New Release! Brand My Heart: A Contemporary, Multicultural Romance
Nov 22, 2015
Yuwanda Black posted a blog post

New Release! Brand My Heart: A Contemporary, Multicultural Romance

FYI, you can get it on Amazon at http://dld.bz/ebz7f. It's also available on B&N, All Romance Ebooks, Google Play. Apple, Kobo, Oyster, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino. Following is an excerpt.“You did the unthinkable Weston. You turned him down initially. Honey…See More
Nov 22, 2015
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Writing Romance: Let's Talk about Sex Baby!

Most of us have done it. Most of us love doing it. Many of us relish talking about it, but please, please don’t ask us to write about it!Yes, writing about sex can be one of the hardest, even embarrassing, things to do as a romance writer -- but it’s part of the job. Or is it, which brings me to my first point.Three Things to Keep in Mind as a Romance Writer1. What kind of romance are you writing? Is it going to be a sweet, Harlequinesse story; an erotic, passionate tome; a paranormal thriller;…See More
Nov 18, 2015
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Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?

I was reading this post on The Passive Voice (great self-publishing blog, by the way) about the recent changes to Amazon’s KU payout structure, when I ran across the following comment, which inspired this post.What Is a Short Story, a Novella, a Novel?Here are the limits one writer’s organization uses.***Short Story: less than 7,500 words;***Novelette: at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words;***Novella: at…See More
Nov 17, 2015
Kristin Bustamante liked Yuwanda Black's blog post Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?
Nov 17, 2015
Yuwanda Black posted a blog post

Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?

I was reading this post on The Passive Voice (great self-publishing blog, by the way) about the recent changes to Amazon’s KU payout structure, when I ran across the following comment, which inspired this post.What Is a Short Story, a Novella, a Novel?Here are the limits one writer’s organization uses.***Short Story: less than 7,500 words;***Novelette: at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words;***Novella: at…See More
Nov 16, 2015
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Romance Writing Tip: How to Create Characters Who Drive Plots

If your characters are fully formed, they'll not only drive your plots -- sometimes like a runaway freight train! – they’ll take over and practically write the story for you. And this is why it's so important to spend time on character development.One of the Best Pieces of Writing Advice I've Ever ReadFirst, a little context so you'll understand where I'm coming from. I've been a freelance writer since 1993, and a self-published author since 2002. I wrote non-fiction, how to ebooks; mostly…See More
Nov 8, 2015
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Self-Publishing with Draft2Digital: 11 Things It’s Super Helpful to Know

I finally did it! One of my self-publishing goals this year was to widen my distribution network. So a couple of days ago, I finally bit the bullet and uploaded one of my best-selling multicultural romance series up to Draft2Digital.com.It was quite eye-opening – on several levels. By the end of this month, all of my fiction will be able to be found on iBooks, Kobo; Inktera (formally Page Foundry); Scribd; Oyster and Tolino,…See More
Nov 4, 2015
LeTeisha Newton liked Yuwanda Black's blog post Facebook Marketing Warning for Romance Writers
Oct 6, 2015
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Facebook Marketing Warning for Romance Writers

One of the most effective forms of online marketing I’d started to do for my fiction (romance) line of ebooks was Facebook ads. I always kept an ad running, and this kept sales trickling in steadily. Hence, I had incorporated FB into my ongoing ebook marketing plan. Then, the unthinkable happened …Last month (September 2015), my Facebook ads account got suspended. I can still post, but I can no longer boost ads on ANY of my pages (I have four biz pages). When I contacted them to ask why,…See More
Oct 6, 2015
Yuwanda Black posted a blog post

Cheap Romance Reads -- Limited Time Offer

FYI, ALL of our ‪#‎romance‬ novellas have been reduced to $1.99 on Amazon. Limited time offer -- get them today at www.amazon.com/Yuwanda-Black/e/B005192LNOP.S.: Still working on the final installment of Ruthless Love; am wrapping it up. It'll be published this week. Here are the first two parts: Part…See More
Aug 18, 2015

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Who I am:
My name is Yuwanda Black and I'm a freelance writer, self-published author and web entrepreneur.

I've been a freelance writer since 1993; an indie writer/publisher since 2002 and an internet marketer since 2008.

TRAVELING FREELANCE WRITER

I'm American, but since 2013 have lived and worked from Jamaica (Negril).

THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT MY CAREER

The thing I love the most about being a writer is that it allows me to live and work where I please. As long as I have an internet connection, I'm good to go.

I've worked everywhere from a hotel room in Barcelona, Spain; to a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden; to a farm house in Cordoba, Argentina. As far as work, I feel like the luckiest girl alive most days.

THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER

In a phrase, "income stability." As long as I can write (ie, produce new products), I can make a living. How much I earn is entirely up to me. Thanks to places like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, you don't have to be famous to make a living as a writer.

RUNNING, RUNNING, RUNNING!

I'm also a marathon runner. I've completed almost a dozen marathons and am always training for the next one.

LIFE PHILOSOPHY

Just do it! (As a runner, of course Nike's philosophy fits who I am :-)).

LEARN MORE ABOUT ME

You can learn more about me at http://InkwellEditorial.com/about. Inkwell Editorial is my freelance writing website. It's been live since 1999 (for better or worse, especially design wise) and has hundreds of articles on how to start a successful freelance writing career.

You'll also find info on ebook writing/publishing, blogging, social media, SEO, article marketing and more.

I publish my fiction works via Inkwell Editorial Publishing, my indie publishing company (InkwellEditorialPublishing.com).

CONNECT WITH ME ON TWITTER

Connect with me on Twitter at Twitter.com/InkwellEditor. It's my preferred social media outlet for inquiries about freelancing.

For fiction writing, I'm on Twitter @AnInkwellPub.

Thanks for dropping by, and feel free to send me any questions you have about freelance writing, internet marketing and/or self-publishing.

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Yuwanda
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Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
3 Weeks ’til Forever: A Contemporary Romance;

How to Make $250+/Day Writing Simple, 500-Word Articles;

Become a FT Self-Publisher: How to Make the Transition from Writing for Clients (or from a FT Job) to Writing for Yourself;

How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days, Market It & Start Getting Sales within a Week — Really!

And almost 50 more at http://inkwelleditorial.com/start-a-freelance-writing-career.

Fiction (mostly romance): http://inkwelleditorialpublishing.com
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
Ebook Marketing: http://newmediawords.biz/ebook-writing-services-for-self-publishers...
I found out about She Writes from:
My sister (Cassandra Black)

Yuwanda Black's Blog

Writing Romance: Making the Case for Flawed Heroes

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 9:01am 0 Comments

There are some long-standing truisms in romance writing when it comes to heroes. Namely …

A romance hero is never: homosexual (past or present); a pedophile (no exceptions); a serial killer (rare exceptions include assassins and mercenaries who kill, or anyone who has some official sanction); a rapist (once okay, as long as he was raping the heroine, but now a very big no-no); a serious substance abuser/addict (recovering or past is okay); a wife beater or abuser (past has…

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Pricing Romance Novels: Does 99 Cents Still Work in 2016?

Posted on January 2, 2016 at 10:00am 0 Comments

If you write and self-publish romance novels, you know that one of the major sticking points for many – new and experienced authors – is what to charge. Or, if you should charge at all (eg, offer your book for free).

$3.99, $2.99, $1.99, 99 cents, Free -- Arrggghh, What Works?!

I’ve tried various prices for my novellas – from free by enrolling them in…

Continue

NEW RELEASE: "Whisper of Love: A Multicultural, Holiday Romance" -- Here's an Extensive Excerpt

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

FYI, you can get this holiday romance on Amazon at http://dld.bz/eeSTw. It's also available on B&N, All Romance Ebooks, Google Play. Apple, Kobo, Oyster, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino (within the next 24-48 hours). Following is an excerpt.

EXCERPT -- Whisper of Love: A Multicultural, Holiday Romance

PREFACE

Home for the holidays … her reason for going back to Heavens Cove,…

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FREELANCING: HOW TO BECOME A GLOBE-TROTTING, SUCCESSFUL ONLINE WRITER (8+ Yrs Doing It & Still Going Strong!)

Posted on December 3, 2015 at 12:13pm 0 Comments

This past Friday, I did an interview with multiple best-selling author Avery Breyer.

One of her books, "How to Turn Your Computer into a Money Machine," covers how to make a living online -– and SEO writing is one of the mobile careers she discusses. So when she emailed me asking for an interview, needless to say, I was thrilled.

SEO Writing Interview: Topics Covered

Anyway, Avery asked me some very insightful…

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At 12:21pm on July 12, 2013, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites.  Feel free to reach out if you need anything.

 

Jill Starishevsky

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At 2:46pm on June 27, 2013, Judith Newton said…

Hi Yuwanda.  Thanks for friending me and welcome to She Writes!  Looking forward to knowing you!

At 11:35am on June 27, 2013, Chrys Fey said…

Thank you for the friend request, Yuwanda. I look forward to getting to know you!

Chrys Fey

At 6:03am on June 25, 2013, Cassandra Black said…

Welcome, sis! :)

At 1:09pm on June 24, 2013, Quanie Miller said…

Will do! Thanks for the link!

At 12:17pm on June 24, 2013, Quanie Miller said…

What? Your first? I'm honored! I'll have to pick your brain about Indie pubbing since I've just decided to go that route. You'll have lots of fun here on Shewrites. Lots of helpful, encouraging ladies! Are you also on Goodreads?

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