10) The buying power of tech-savvy Boomer and Gen X demographics have finally caught the publishing industry’s attention. 9) Is there anything sexier than a hero with a few character lines in his face? 8) The majority of romance readers are women 30-54 years old and they want to see more heroines like themselves. 7)… Continue reading Like Fine Wine: Mags gives 10 good reasons to write about love after 40
The Battle of the Bulge – Writing Short There’s more to writing short than less story. Join the Diamond Sate Romance Authors for a glimpse into the beauty of brevity. Learn tight writing, secondary plots, characterization and backstory. We’ll discuss tips and techniques that help craft better stories of any length with fewer words.… Continue reading Open Workshop – Writing Short
It’s the time of year when the Christmas carols start playing in a continuous loop. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I’m whistling Santa Baby and queuing up Snoopy’s Christmas on the playlist, but for now the only thing I can think about is the fact that I’ve got a story nearly… Continue reading 12 Weeks on Submission
I wrote the first chapter of my first novel six years ago this month. I’m happy to report that I’ve learned a number of lessons in those years. To celebrate, I thought I’d list six of those lessons. 1) Adverbs: The publishing world hates them, which makes me sad. I love them. 2) Prologues: Oops.… Continue reading Six lessons learned
I started my first novel as a gift for a friend. I’d had a close-knit group of girlfriends who were all into reading and writing, but one in particular had fallen in love with romance fiction and was bound and determined to get me to write. I penned the prologue for what would become Contentment… Continue reading Margaret’s muse
Started a new day job this week. I won’t get into the boring details, but I didn’t like the direction my career was taking with my old company, so after twelve years, I had to make the leap. I was explaining to a few of my non-writer friends that I don’t think I would have… Continue reading Watch out! Margaret is mixing it up again!
Writing can be a lonely job. We spend a lot of times in our heads, listening to people who don’t really exist, and hurdling obstacles in single-minded pursuit of that happily ever after. Then, when the writing is done, we not only have to send our baby out into the world, but shout from… Continue reading Thinking inside the box when it comes to promo