Harlequin rejected Being Aware

Harlequin rejected Being Aware, book 15 in my medieval romance series, with a generic form letter. One problem is they present the form letter as if it’s personal advice, but it’s not. It’s a boilerplate of “typical problems”. For example in one section they said if I wanted to write longer than their 70k-75k range I could go with imprint X and Y. But my book is plunk in the middle of that range. Also, they said I should think about ways in which to make my heroine unique. She’s deaf and a swordfighter. I’m not sure there’s too many of those out there :).

I understand the challenges of sending rejection letters. I’ve run a literary magazine for over 12 years now. And yes, our initial rejection letter is a form letter. We make that clear. But we also offer personalized follow-up for anyone who wants it. If Harlequin only wants to send boilerplates, that’s fine. They just need to make that clear in the letter. Otherwise they’re misleading authors who think they’re getting actual suggestions on how to improve their content.

In my case, really, the issue is I shouldn’t be submitting to them. They say right on their guideline pages that they want extremely Alpha Male heroes – “This is where the alpha hero began! From a rake with a wicked glint in his eye to a gasp-inducing muscled warrior brandishing a dagger or a gorgeous kilted Highlander, there’s a man for everyone! ” – that’s just not what I write in this series. Gasp-inducing muscles? No. My heroes draw my heroines in with their honor. With their dedicated compassion. So I just need to find another publisher to explore, as I play with options.

I’m an ENORMOUS proponent of self publishing and feel it gives you far more money, control, and options. Still, I would like to get one with a publisher just to be able to prove that empirically for these stories. I love testing options, as you guys know :).

Anyway, the book is loading live now, and I’ve lost three months of sales to this experiment. Onward and upward!

National Novel Writing Month

Hurrah! Hurrah!

I’ve been stalled on a writing project for two years. Thanks to inspiration from a friend and being fed regularly by Bob I just hit over 50,000 words in the past week! Meaning as a side benefit I also nailed National Novel Writing Month without trying :). Happy!

If you’re wondering why I’ve been relatively quiet, this is why :).

Turning your Book into a Movie!

Have you always wanted to turn your book into a movie?

Make sure you come out to Millbury THIS SUNDAY!!! FREEE!!!

David Kirkpatrick, former President of Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures, talks about his experiences on Terms of Endearment, Ordinary People, Star Trek, Brady Bunch, Wayne’s World and other iconic movies.

Ask him questions about the steps involved in turning your own book or other project into a movie!

Where:
Millbury Barnes & Noble
Blackstone Valley Shoppes
70 Worcester Providence Turnpike
Millbury, MA

When:
Sunday, November 18th
3-5pm

Full details:
http://bvaa.org/2018/11/10/making-movies-from-books-plays-and-tv-shows/

I am not able to go, due to prior family commitments. I’d love someone to go and see what he has to say!

Blackstone Valley mystery series

Hurrah! Just finished writing Blackstone Valley mystery series book 4. I need to finish the series; I’m getting negative reviews from people that the series is not done yet.

Sheesh, don’t they know I’m busy? 🙂

Also, I need to update the covers. People say the covers look chick-lit when the stories are more Da Vinci Code. Suggestions?

What are you guys working on?

Here’s book 1, free!

https://www.amazon.com/Rumble-Strip-Blackstone-Novelette-Mysteries-ebook/product-reviews/B00STY2XC2/

Cornish Pixies of Whitinsville

Yup, pixie #2 in my Cornish Pixies of Whitinsville series had an even shorter skirt where you could see her underwear. The underwear was skimpy and not (ahem) ‘full coverage’. Not quite appropriate for my young-teen audience.

I printed the image on watercolor paper and painted on a skirt. Then scanned it back into my computer. I then added some photoshop touches.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Cordelia book set in Whitinsville

I’m finalizing the cover of my Cordelia book set in Whitinsville, MA. I began with a purchased image and am editing the skirt to make it longer.

Which do you think – left or right? Any other suggestions?

Further refinements on the upcoming cover for my new pixie in Whitinsville short story series. The dark skirt has gentler stars now and the white over-dress lays more visibly over the top of it. Thoughts?