(Manuscript #1 word count: 69,934 – getting there!) Last weekend I was talking to my parents on the phone and mentioned that I was working on finishing my book. “You’re reading a book?” Dad asked. It shouldn’t have been much of a surprise to him, considering I majored in English lit. But Dad’s not a… Continue reading Writing for your family
On Friday I sent my synopsis and first three chapters to a few trusted friends. It felt like a truly momentous occasion. These were, after all, the very first people who would see anything I’ve written (well, for this novel, at least). In return, I got the sound of crickets. Nada. So I emailed them… Continue reading My first readers
(Manuscript #1 word count: 64,892) I was in Dublin killing time in an internet cafe as Hubby read every single sports report published online, when I thought I’d look up information about Romance Writers of America’s romance novel competitions. They announce the winner at their annual conference, and I knew that next year’s is in… Continue reading Dontcha break my heart (my achy Golden Heart)
I had never thought about writing competitions as a way to publication until I read Meredith Duran’s Duke of Shadows, her first published novel and winner of Gather.com’s First Chapters Writing Competition. The competition seems to be defunct, as do most of the others I’ve seen people write blog posts about in the past. I’ve… Continue reading Romance novel contests and competitions
After a bit of fiddling around, I’ve discovered I have no problems with She Writes, a social networking site for writers, at home. The problem seems to be with my work, but the IT department blames She Writes. In the comments to my previous post, Fran Lee explained some of the techie reasons my work… Continue reading She writes again!