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Thirteen Things I Want to Do This July
  1. Finish The Last Slayer revision based on my conversation with Agent.
  2. Complete Devil Falls edit.
  3. Improve my flexibility and mobility (so that I don’t feel horrible neck pain).
  4. Buy myself a nice box of butter cookies from 7-11
  5. Exercise at least fifteen days out of the month.
  6. Get more sleep.
  7. Stop drinking Coke Zero and Aquarius.
  8. Drink more green tea.
  9. Read two new-to-me books.
  10. Say something nice to Hero Material.
  11. Call Mom before the month is over.
  12. Send an appreciation note / email to five people who make my life better.
  13. Select a gift for Japanese Teacher.

Not Going to RWA?

Disclaimer: I’m a member of Romance Divas, but not an admin or owner. Please note that the workshops are free and run by volunteers. Thanks.

The Romance Divas annual Not Going to Conference Conference will make you feel a bit less deprived! Amazing workshops, a star-studded guest list and awesome giveaways, all on the Diva forum! Don’t miss it!

Coordinated by Seeley deBorn!

Here’s a bit of a schedule update for the Q&As and Workshops…

Wednesday, July 30

Paula Guran, Editor, Juno Books
Q&A on Creating Kick a** Heroines

Laurie Rauch, Editor, Samhain Publishing
Workshop on What Happens After the Contract (aka Editors are People Too!)*

Thursday July 31

Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary
Q&A on Inspirational Romance Stories and the Inspy Market

Sandra Schwab, Historical Romance Author
Workshop on Historical Accuracy and Anachronisms

Friday, August 1

Yolanda Sfetsos, Author of Guarded by Stone
Q&A on Paranormal and Urban Fantasy World Building

Katie MacIver, KatieDidDesign
Workshop on Website Design and Color Selection

Saturday, August 2

Joey W. Hill, Erotica Author
Workshop on Plotting Erotica and Erotic Romance

Rhonda Stapleton, Editor and Author
Workshop on Style and Voice

Excited yet?
How about if I list some door prizes?

  • What Gwen said” mug donated by Gwen Hayes
  • 3-chapter critique of a YA by Simon Pulse author Rhonda Stapleton
  • 3-chapter critique of a YA, chick lit, or rom com by Golden Heart Finalist Amanda Brice
  • An ebook of your choice from Nell Dixon’s backlist
  • An ebook of either Second Sight (paranormal romance) or Dragons’ Choice (fantasy romance – dragon-shifters) from Debbie Mumford
  • Ten dollar Amazon gift certificate from Jodi Henley
  • Lush stuff from Seeley deBorne
  • e-book copy of Chasing Shadows from Erin Richards
  • Paperback copy of Iron Horse Rider OR Smiling Eyes from Adelle Laudan
  • Book thongs from Angeleque Ford
  • 3 chapter critique from Sela Carsen
  • winner’s choice of ebook copy of “Not Quite Dead” or “Heart of the Sea” by Sela Carson
  • e-book copy of HEATWAVE by Eden Bradley
  • e-book copy of BREAKING SKYE by Eden Bradley
  • a box of goodies, trade and paperbacks, bath products candles, etc… All for a fun and relaxing home spa day treat. courtesy of The Midnight Moon Cafe
  • 1 download each of Natasha Moore’s Samhain books, The Ride of Her Life and The Passion-Minded Professor
  • a copy of “Painted Soul” by Mary Quast
  • e-book copy of HER CINDERELLA COMPLEX by Jenna Bayley-Burke – Samhain
  • e-book copy of PAR FOR THE COURSE by Jenna Bayley-Burke – Samhain
  • e-book copy of FOUND by Jenna Bayley-Burke – Wild Rose Press
  • e-book copy of NIGHT OF INSPIRATION by Jenna Allen – Phaze
  • e-book copy of ON AGAIN by Jenna Allen – Phaze
  • $10 gc to Amazon from Kendal Corbitt
  • ebook Vampire Oracle: Harmony by MG Braden

Plus a lovely bar of wonderful Chagrin Valley hand made soap, Caramel Pralines jar candle, handmade jewelry, Tarot readings, a Lush box for European Divas/Dudes, a $10 fictionwise gc and much more!


Being Good Enough

I’ve heard many people say they just want to write something “good enough” to be published. After all, it’s not like they’re writing a Shakespearean play, right?

Wrong.

How can you be a good writer if you plan to do just enough to get by? How can you call yourself an artist?

Some people actually say, “But it’s just romance (or insert any other genre)! With the limitations of the genre and word count, I can’t do the story any justice! What’s the point of writing something deep and meaningful for just a genre novel?”

If you can’t do the story justice in the genre for whatever reason, shouldn’t you change your genre and/or write a literary novel? Why show such contempt for the readers and the genre when you yourself can’t write the story that they want and expect from you? What are you really afraid of?

We, romance writers, bemoan lack of respect, promotional dollars, ridicule, etc. But isn’t that because many of us look down upon the genre ourselves? When you’re going for a job interview, do you tell the prospective employer, “I’m the best candidate for the position” or “I’m good enough for the position”?

If we hope to become published, improve the genre’s image, and perhaps join the NYT bestsellerdom, we must promise ourselves to do the following:

  1. Regardless of the genre — romance, mystery, SFF, etc. — we’ll respect it.
  2. We’ll master the craft so when our Muse comes calling, we’ll be able to answer the call with confidence and the right tools.
  3. We’ll write consistently and regularly — the only exceptions: family emergencies and/or serious illness.
  4. We’ll always strive to write the best book we can even if it feels like slicing our veins open with a dull spoon at times. There are times you absolutely just love writing, but there will be times when you hate it (because you’re revising or whatever). Suck it up because it’s all going to pass. (And if it never does….well…then you should probably reconsider your decision to be a writer.)

When we do all of the above, we’ll be one step closer to our writing goals. And please don’t say you tried. “Tried” isn’t good enough.