Archive for June, 2007

Signs

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Signs it’s not going well…

I actually wrote the following:

He paced the room alternatingly running his hands through his hair and clicking his tongue ring against his teeth.
“I can’t talk about it anymore,” he said.
“Why?”
“Because this is a short story and I can’t dwell on backstory.”

*Sigh*

On Vacation

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Okay, so I’m not, but the blog is.

I’ve got a July 1 deadline and too much to write. I may check in a bit or I may just see you in July.

LIRW luncheon wrap-up (part 3)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

I’m pretty sure this will be the final part.

The luncheon speaker (after lunch - I had yummy chicken and dessert was chocolate mousse) was Maggie Crawford the Editorial Director at Pocket Books.

She was a great speaker and said something I’m thrilled about…

SEX SELLS!!

She had a true/false quiz prepared and the question was.

“You don’t have to have sex in your book to sell it.”

While people in the group tried to argue it was true, she said FALSE!!

She didn’t think that, even thought the market is cyclical, we’d ever really get back to the days where sweet romances rule the roost. She seemed to think that hot romances (maybe not super erotic, but still hot) are here to stay!!

Woo hooo for me and Passionate Ink, lol!!

She said some other things too, but well, I don’t remember, lol.

A few other representatives from other publishing houses spoke too.

Dorchester is looking for just about anything. If it doesn’t fit in anywhere else, send it to Dorchester.

Harlequin now accepts just about everything. They’re really excited about Nocturne. Next is going to start moving in a more romance-y direction.

Agent Meredith Bernstein is looking for good books!!

Pretty much everyone said to check their websites for more info.

After speakers there was a little bit more time to mingle (but not a ton). I very briefly met Angela James from Samhain.

Then I came home.

I didn’t pitch anything ’cause I didn’t have anything to pitch, but I think I learned a lot and didn’t make any enemies, which is a plus!

Thursday Thirteen tomorrow!!

LIRW luncheon wrap-up (part 2)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

So, we were sitting and eating.

Hilary showed us a lot of coverflats for upcoming books (not just romance, all of Kensington). She took our names and addresses and said she’d send us books (whoo hoo!!) She said the sexier the better in terms of selling.

This was the first time I’d “met” her, but I have to say having now met several people from Kensington, I think it’d be a really fun place to work. And I feel like the editors I’ve met from Kensington are all very much tell-it-like-it-is people. If they think you’re writing is crap, they’re going to say so (okay they may sugar coat it) but no one from Kensington is going to say anything nice about your writing (or even request it for that matter) unless they are really interested.

I find that nice to know.

Donald Maass is like my height (ie short) but he’s got great hair that makes him look taller. He was very soft spoken and I don’t know why that suprised me.

His agency is looking for the Breakout Novel (hence the title of his book). Jennifer Jackson hadles the romance for them.

Loose Id is looking for…whatever. She said she’s got a lot of m/m lately and are kind of overloaded. She said things go in waves and it seems like one month they’ll get a ton of Rom Susp, the next month m/m, the next month….whatever.

My personal favorite part of things like this is (not pitching) learning more about what agents/editors/publishers do. We (okay, they, I just listened) talked a lot about foreign sales and foreign rights and stuff, which I find really interesting.

And I love listening to people who just very obviously love books!!

Shall I turn this into a three parter? Hmmm, yes, I think I will…

LIRW luncheon wrap-up

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Right…I was supposed to do this today. Let’s see what I remembere…

I arrived at the place and immediatly met my Dallas roomie Debi (who I was going to link to but she either took down her blog or it isn’t working for me or I’m an idiot)!!

I had taken cold medicine in the morning, just in case, and so I was feeling a little fuzzy. Plus, my head was still clogged and it was loud so I couldn’t hear right and then I found the champagne punch (just one small glass, it was tasty). Anyway, I’m a hermit anyway so all th epeople we making me a big uncomfortable but mostly just ’cause I don’t like roomfuls of people. Everyone I spoke to though was really nice.

I talked to Racy Li (who writes Kickass Ninja Smut, how cool is that) and she convinced me that I should sit at the table with Donald Maass (you know, Writing the Breakout Novel Donald Maass). I was scared, but I did it anyway.

But before I sat down it was mingle time. I didn’t have anything to pitch so I was more or less just chatting. I chatted for a while with Rose Hilliard from St. Martins.

Okay, she’s just super sweet. We talked Erotic Romance and Passionate Ink (she said she thought PI was probably the most fun chapter - we’re the steamy chapter - except because of above head cloggedness I thought she said we were schemey at first). She’s all in favor of an Erotic Romance Rita!

Anyway, I thought this was odd…but while we were chatting, several people came up and pitched to her. I wasn’t sure what proper ettiquete called for, was I supposed to walk away, I was in the middle of a conversation?!?! It happened 3 times during our chat!!

Anyway, after mingling, it was time to sit down.

Along with some of my fellow LIRW’s the “important people” (not to say that my fellow LIRW’s aren’t important, but the “official important people”) were Treva Harte from LooseId (who I met at my last MRW meeting last August), Hilary Sares from Kensington and the aforementioned Donald Maass.

Hmmm…you know what, I’ve decided to drag this out. I’ll tell you more tomorrow!!

LIRW Networking Luncheon

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Today I’m going to the Long Island Romance Writers Networking Lunchone.

Many NY (and non NY) editors and agents take a half day and come half lunch with us.

I have nothing to pitch. Oops. I’m just hoping to have some fun, meet some interesting people and maybe come back with some helpful info.

And I’ve already tossed extra hand sanitizer in my purse. I feel much better but I don’t want to be remembered as the one who got everyone sick.

Hopefully I’ll be back with some info, if not, at least I’ll hopefully have some stories to tell!

Thursday 13

Thursday, June 14th, 2007