It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813). It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859). Mr. and Mrs. Dursley… Continue reading What’s your line? Play a game with Mags!
Do you have a business plan? If not, you need one. Voirey Linger did two excellent posts here in the DSRA blog about setting up your business plan. If you haven’t read them check out The Business Plan and The Business Plan, Part 2. I’ve been working, and re-working my business plan for my writing… Continue reading Stick with the plan!
As writers, we spend a lot of time inside our heads. This is both a blessing and a curse. There’s nothing better than those days when your characters are chattering and the words floweth like water. Then there are the other 364 1/2 days of the year. *rimshot* And on those days, we are tempted… Continue reading Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper
There are a ton of great things about this business. Things that never get old. A yes, when you were prepared for a no. Phone calls that make your heart break into a gallop. Gifts from the cover art angels in your inbox. A galley. Preorder buttons. Release day. Reviews that make a writer go… Continue reading Never gets old, never gets easier
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
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