Boy meets Girl. Boy and Girl screw it up.
meets New Boy. Boy meets New Girl.
Girl meets New Boy.
then things start to get complicated.
Relationships, bah! Wouldn’t it just be easier to get a dog?
Look for Modogamous this summer at Amazon.com,
Smashwords, and all the other usual places.
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Do you ever wonder what makes a book a best-seller? You know those books everyone talks about. The ones everyone must read? I do.
As a writer of course you want to write a best seller. Any writer who tells you otherwise is probably not being entirely honest. Of course first they want to write the book they want to write and then they want to find it is loved by the masses.
I've been in a book club or about 7 years. We've read most of those best sellers. Kite Runner - check. A Time Traveller's Wife - check. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society - check. We Need to Talk About Kevin - check. Room - check. The Memory Keeper's Daughter - check. You get the idea...that's just the international books. If there has been a 'must read' Australian book we've read it too.
Here's the funny thing about that. Someone (or several someones) in our group hated every one of those books. (OK no one hated the Guernsey one....that was a lovely book). Even if we thought they were well written and interesting there was stuff we really didn't like about them - major stuff. The plot, the characters, the story arc, the ending, which person it was written in (ie first, second or third). Yet every one of those books is a best seller.
Sometimes I do think there is an emperor's new clothes affect. It's great, everyone says so, you must read it and you must laud it. Some of my least favourite books have won most of the awards in recent years.
I think it's a phenomenon in genre fiction as well as literary. I read romance and I read chick lit and I like a good mystery and I've downloaded bestsellers I couldn't finish in all those genres as well. Am I judging them more harshly because I have higher expectations or am I just befuddled by their success? I don't know.
So what makes one book rise above the others even in it's class? Why Dan Brown? Why Janet Evanovich? Why Lionel Shriver? (In those three cases I know why, but you get my question, right?)
What do you look for in a book? What do you think makes one book stand out from the crowd?
This weekend (which is I have learnt Memorial Day in America) I'm involved in a wonderful book promotion with lots of wonderful authors from all over the world.
If you like chick lit, general fiction or suspense then this is a great chance to try some books by some new authors and get some great summer reads.
All the books are only 99c including two of mine Mr Right and Other Mongrels and my new release Alphabet Dating. Sale starts 24 May according to the US calendar (but mine are already 99c because it is alr
This week is The Sydney Writers' Festival. Do you love a good Writers' Festival? I do.
Why? I hear you ask.
First of all I love books and I love reading so I love hearing some of the people who wrote those books talk about the stories and what inspired them to tell those stories.
Now that I write there are lots of opportunities to learn at the Festival. Yes there are sessions geared specifically to craft and authors but sometimes something sparks in a regular session that you take home and it helps you as go on with your own writing.
I love the bookshop. Even though I now read lots of my books electronically I love to be in a room surrounded by real books. I have my eye on a couple I know I want already but I will no doubt come home with a couple of extras.
Usually I attend the Sydney Writers' Festival with my writing friends. It is a great opportunity to catch up with people I know and to also meet new people. Sometimes you bump into unexpected people or pass them as they rush down the hallway or street to another session.
This year I'm going in Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I never make it to every session I plan to go to (see the bit about the friends) and some years the queues are ridiculous and one simply doesn't have time to get from one session to the next (see the comment about rushing). I like to book in for a couple so that I'm guaranteed a seat and my day has some structure.
It should be a fun few days. Hopefully I'll be back with pictures next week.
The weather has turned rather autumnal this weekend in Sydney.
My backyard is a sea of brown, orange and yellow leaves that make an inviting crunch when I walk to the clothesline. The wind has picked up and there is a definite chill in the air.
I'm not really a autumn and winter girl. I should be I suppose with my Celtic colouring but the truth is I prefer to feel the warm sunshine on my back than just about anything else. I seem to have cold toes from May to September and when I sit and type my hands get icy cold.
Lucky for me in just on a month I'm heading to LA on a research trip for the sequel to Mr Right and Other Mongrels.
Lots of readers want to know what happens to Teddy and Allegra next and so I'm going to write their story. I never intended to write a sequel but now that I am I'm excited about it.
So, because that's what I'm doing today, in here's a little California Dreamin'.
I've done a lot of research this weekend. Honest I have.
I looked up places for my various books on Google earth. Am I the only one who feels like superman when the globe spins and I go from Sydney to Los Angeles in a matter of seconds.
I also planned aspects of my LA research trip for the as yet un-named sequel to Mr Right and Other Mongrels, that has to be research right? I mean obviously I must know what is on the menu at The Getty in LA a full month before I visit it.
I might have also done some research on Serendipity 3 in New York because that places and it's frozen hot chocolate may feature in an upcoming book.
As a writer you do need authenticity. If you describe a real place it needs to feel real and the only way to get true credibility is to visit or visit via the inter-webs. However, it is a fine line between research and procrastination.
It's very easy to get sucked into the vortex and suddenly realise you've spent two hours on your computer and not written a word. (And that's without twitter, Facebook and all their social media buddies). I think it's a fine line between research and procrastination - it's like when a teacher gives a child 'busy work' to occupy them but maybe it's not advancing their cause any. (Any Aussie's out there remember the SRA cards of the 1970's - OK I just Googled them? How can they still exist?)
Anyway, if you're a writer how do you balance research and procrastination? (I imagine for Regency writers or people writing historical novels this must be even harder to balance!)
1. What was the inspiration for your story?
A submission call actually. Specifying that the story needed to be 12-25K, sweet, with a Christmas theme and Regency period. I had never written a ‘true sweet’ story before, but as I am with most things in writing I thought- ‘why not?’
2. When did you take up writing?
About 5 years ago actually, though more seriously 3 years ago,
and really intensely the past 6 months.
3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
Very- it sets the tone for everything, especially when you are writing a period piece like this one. It sets the rules of society, the expectations, everything.
4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current story?
I love the heroine. She’s sweet but feisty and goes after what she wants.
5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
Julia Quinn told me on Facebook to join RWA , which lead me onto the Facebook page and into some awesome groups that have inspired me, helped me and kept me writing.
6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
Yes, every night. As soon as my two daughters are asleep. I write as long as I can.
7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
Totally wing it. I used to plot. And I still would if I wrote longer stories but since my average story now is about 20K, I can wing it.
8. Can you name three of four or your current favourite books?
Yes, but none of them are currently published, Smiles. I tend to read a lot of my friends work when we’re critting.
9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
Now? I’ve just finished my first draft of a short contemporary romance that I’m writing for a submission call that Entangled Publishing put out. It’s for the ‘One night in’ call. Which, in short, is a story that involves a one night
stand, a ticking clock and a happily ever after. Not an easy task.
10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
Number one, don’t give up. And number two, join some groups, in real life or on facebook. Talk to writers, editors, publishers, anyone you can get your hands on.
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When you are involved in any industry whether it's mining, medicine of accounting you find there is language unique to that field. ( If you eavesdrop on three town planners it is my belief there will be so many acronyms used you may find yourself wondering if they're speaking another language). One you understand that field the language becomes common place and you forget that others don't know what you're talking about.
Since I've embarked on my journey to write and to get published I have learnt all sorts of terms and phases that are used in contexts I would not previously have understood.
What does it mean when someone 'requests a partial'? A publisher or agent wants to see part of your manuscript more than likely the first three chapters.
What is a 'beta reader'? (It is not a fish). It is someone, usually not a writer, who reads your book in it's draft stage and offers feedback.
What is a 'crit partner'? This is a person who critiques your writing and you critique theirs, so usually another writer.
So then we come to authors. Authors used to fall into two categories published and unpublished - simple right?
When I say I'm an indie author, people don't know what I'm talking about most of the time so I thought I'd take a moment to explain.
Now we add indie authors. I'm an indie author. What is that?
That's an author who is independently published...you know how musicians have indie records (which everyone things is mega cool and is pretty standard in that field) same thing really! I'm like that guy in the garage band. (Maybe I can become writing's answer to Silverchair!)
Lets' do another Q&A.
Are indie authors just people publishers won't publish? Sometimes they are. Sometimes they aren't. These days lots of traditionally authors also do some books as indies (hello Jackie Collins!)
Why would anyone be an indie author? Some people like control of their work - choosing covers, setting prices and controlling how they are marketed. For example I've enjoyed creating distinctive brand for myself and choosing how and when I would release my books.
Don't you make more money going through a publisher? Not always. These days with Amazon, Smashwords etc you can often do better on your own than with a small publisher, especially a publisher who is only offering you e-publication and not print. In fact you can make a pretty strong case lots of authors make less money with that approach. That's not to say authors with small publishers don't make money or big publishers because every author is unique and everyone's journey is different.
Do indie authors make money? Well authors generally don't make a fortune to begin with. In Australia the average authors makes around $10,000 a year from their writing regardless of the method of publication. Of course that's an average so lots are making more and plenty are making less. That's true for indie's as well.
In summary - an indie author is just someone going it alone in the writing world. Of course that's a pretty loose definition and not true really because I have a writing group, beta readers, cover designers, editors and of course readers and reviso I'm not alone at all. I'm just an indie.
Today in hour of Hearts Afire my second novel I thought I'd focus on songs with a fiery theme.
Of course the book features a sexy and rather fabulous fireman. (It's a pity the main fireman featured on youtube is Fireman Sam who neither sexy or fabulous...isn't he just Postman Pat in suspenders?)
So here are a couple of fire themed songs that don't feature too many firemen.
First up the fabulous Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire!
And next up an Australian Classic - Flame Trees by Cold Chisel. More a song about a broken heart than a new love...
Have a great Monday!
It's just on a year since my first novel Mr Right and Other Mongrels came out on Amazon. Having your first book out is both mind-numbingly terrifying and amazingly exciting.
Putting yourself out there to be judged by the entire universe is a tough thing to do. Of course you're going to make mistakes, of course some people won't like your work, of course some people you thought would jump for joy over your achievement are ambivalent at best.
Then of course there are the triumphs. The positive reviews, the people you meet on the journey, the unexpected person who does marvel at your efforts.
Since then I've published two more books Hearts Afire and just this week Alphabet Dating so I guess that's not bad going for a year. I had hoped to have my 4th book out by now but life isn't that simple is it? Building Attraction will be out in July.
Anyway because it's a year since the release, because I'm planning the sequel and because it's Mothers' Day this weekend the e-book of Mr Right And Other Mongrels will be only 99c for the next few days!