About a week and a half ago, I received the following email from an aspiring freelance writer.
Hope Jamaica and business are treating you well. I am in retail right now and I just graduated college. Currently, I am looking for a job as the money in retail is not enough to pay off debt and eventually move out of my mom's house. I also want start freelancing on the side of my new job. How do I market myself so I don't…
In case you're not a reader of my blog, last December, I got a book deal from a traditional trade publisher. Even though I've been in publishing since 1987 in one form or another -- writing; production (taking books from the written word through the production process); editing; word processing; staffing (editorial talent); and self-publishing) -- it was my first time getting a contract as a writer from a publishing house.…Continue
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…
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