Posted by Susan Sey Jan 31 2010, 5:05 am in Money Honey, Susan Sey, writer's life
by Susan Sey
I hit a writing milestone just before Christmas. I turned in Book 2 on my first contract. Now you’d think Book 1 would be the milestone, wouldn’t you? The first one, the big kahuna. The one that merited The Call we writers love to talk about for years and years to come. But I’ll tell you the truth–it’s Book 2 that I’m really proud of.
And why am I prouder of Book 2 than Book 1? Because I wrote Book 1 (Money, Honey, coming July 6 from Berkley Sensation–have I mentioned that?) under absolutely no pressure. Nobody cared if I wrote it, nobody cared if I finished it, nobody cared what I did between “once upon a time” and “happily ever after.” It was my book, my baby, & somebody–goodness only knows why–liked it enough to buy it. That was lucky. Not that I’m knocking luck–I’m darn grateful for it–but with Book 1, I presented the publishing world with a done deal.
Book 2, though? That’s a different story. That one you write with somebody looking over your shoulder from start to finish. It’s the one you have to outline before you write, & get the outline approved. Then you have to write something approximating the outline, and pray you’ve managed to turn the outline into a story that has even a little bit of the verve & charm that sold people on the first book.
It wasn’t easy, I’ll tell you that much. I wrote Book 2 two separate times–not two drafts so much as in two completely separate books. I wrote it the first time in about eight months. I wrote it the second time in two months. I don’t recall anything between Halloween & Christmas, I truly do not. But I finally got it right. I did the work & I’m proud of it.
I thought I was in for a well-deserved vacation but my agent has recently informed me that we should now be thinking about what we want to propose to my editor for a follow up to Book 2 (now sitting on her desk awaiting jugment.) So for the past two weeks, I’ve been racking my addled brains for fresh story ideas. For some gorgeous, high-concept pitch that’s going to convince the powers that be to take another flier on me in an economy that (to put it politely) blows.
I’ll tell you this–for all the flack romance gets for being formulaic, this was not as easy as it should have been. If there’s a secret formula out there for writing a best-selling romance, will somebody please send it my way?
In fact, hey, why don’t you? If you had to write a recipe for your perfect romance novel, what would it look like? Do you like your heros dark & broody? Funny & smart? Dangerous & suave? What about your heroines? Shy & sheltered? Kick butt & unapologetic? When a dog takes center stage, do you cringe or melt? Give us the skinny!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jan 31 2010, 4:58 am in Bandita Booty, prize winners
posted by SuzToday, I hope to warm up your winter nights by giving away double the bandit booty by announcing winners from guest appearances by Jo Davis and Vicki Lewis Thompson! The winner of a signed copy of I SPY A WICKED SIN by Jo Davis is LAURIE! The same Laurie who won the Golden Rooster that day! Congratulations, Laurie! AND The winner of a signed copy of BLONDE WITH A WAND is MARNEE!! Congratulations Marnee!! Please send your snail mail address to swwelsh2001 AT yahoo DOT com(yes there are 2 W’s in that addy.) And I will see that
Posted by Jo Robertson Jan 30 2010, 5:01 am in Jo Robertson, Parker, Salinger
by Jo Robertson My husband says everything comes in three’s. Three natural disasters in a row, three appliances breaking down within months of one another, three celebrity deaths. This week two very different but memorable writers passed away. According to reports, American crime writer Robert B. Parker died at the age of 77 at his desk, writing, of course — the literary equivalent of a cowboy dying with his boots on. The incredibly prolific writer, noted especially for the Spenser (no first name) series (“s,” not “c,” like Edmund Spenser), also penned the Sunny Randall series, as well as my
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jan 29 2010, 5:02 am in Contemporary romances, NYT bestseller, paranormal romances, Suanne Welsh, Vicki Lewis Thompson, VLT
interview with Suzanne I am both excited and pleased to have NYT bestselling author, Vicki Lewis Thompson in the Bandit Lair today! Welcome, Vicki, pull up a lounge chair and we’ll have one of our cabana boys pour you a drink. Suz: When you spoke at DARA (Dallas Area Romance Authors) holiday meeting a few Decembers ago, you told the story of how exposure on National TV helped your career. Some of our readers may not have heard that story. Would you care to share it with them? Vicki: I’ll tell that story at the drop of a hat, LOL!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jan 28 2010, 4:54 am in Uncategorized
by Suzanne Yes, I’m desperate, much like Richard III in Shakespeare’s play of the same title. Misquoted from almost the day it was posted, often in ridicule, the actual quote is “A horse, a horse. My kingdom for a horse,” says a dismounted hunchbacked villain-king Richard III in the midst of battle with the future King Henry VII. So here is this man trying valiantly to get back into the fray at any cost, even if it is his kingdom, which in reality it did cost him. I use this quote often at work, much to the puzzlement of my
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jan 27 2010, 5:01 am in Erotic Suspense, firefighters, Jo Davis, Spies, Suz Welsh
interview with Suz We’re welcoming my very good friend, Jo Davis, back to the Lair today, not to talk about firefighters, but SPIES! I’ve been looking forward to the debut of this book and bringing Jo here to give us the details. Be prepared dear readers, you’ll need a fan and the air conditioning to help you get through reading this erotic suspense series! Suz:With your latest foray into the world of Erotic Suspense you’ve delivered a new series for our readers to devour. Care to give us a look into the world of sexy spies? Jo: The idea for
Posted by Nancy Northcott Jan 26 2010, 5:57 am in Kathleen O'Reilly, Midnight Resolutions, New Year resolutions, reading
posted by Nancy This being January, lots of us have made resolutions. This being late January, some of us will have fallen off the wagon. Kathleen O’Reilly’s January Blaze, Midnight Resolutions, is particularly timely, so Kathleen and I are chatting today about resolutions. Welcome, Kathleen! I confess that I no longer make resolutions because the word is so intimidating. I make plans. Which are sort of like hopes with some oomph behind them. And which are not going all that well. I haven’t been back to the gym, haven’t appreciably altered my eating habits, but I have made significant progress
Posted by Kate Carlisle Jan 25 2010, 5:22 am in Amy Adams, Daniel Craig, If Books Could Kill, Kate Carlisle, Leap Year
By Kate I’m taking this opportunity to write an open letter to actress Amy Adams. Besides being adorable, she strikes me as classy and discerning, so I have no doubt that she lurks here every day, just waiting for someone to say her name. So here goes … Ames, (See, I call her Ames because I know we’ll be best friends as soon as we meet, and I want to start off with the right, casual tone. She hates it when anyone else calls her Ames, but from me, she finds it endearing.) Ames, My name is Kate Carlisle. I
Posted by Jo Robertson Jan 25 2010, 5:01 am in Jo Robertson, Misa Ramirez, prize winner
posted by Jo Robertson And we have another winner in the Lair. Congratulations to hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna. Misa’s husband picked your name randomly to win either a copy of Livin’ the Vida Lola or Hasta la Vista, Lola. W H O O T ! ! Please email me at jo (dot) lewisrobertson (at) yahoo (dot) com. firstname.lastname@example.org, sending me your book preference and your snail mail addy. Way to go, Dianna!
Posted by Guest Jan 24 2010, 4:59 am in Uncategorized
by KJ Howe With all the challenges of our day to day life, we often lose sight of the bigger picture. Sometimes it takes an exceptional event to bring us out of our torpor, making us realize what is going on in the world. For example, the earthquake in Haiti has united countless nations. Funding, assistance, and an outpouring of compassion is being sent to the devastated island. No matter where I go, signs are posted asking people to contribute whatever they can to support the relief work, schoolchildren are running fundraisers, celebrities are giving generous donations, and others are