Sometimes when the going gets tough you just need a friend to help you see the silver lining. Although authors Bella Andre, Monica McCarty and Jami Alden each write in different genres, they credit their friendship for their individual success. Today the author trio chats with RT's Morgan about the care and keeping of their special friendship — and why every author should have friends like these!
This week authors flock to New York City for the 2011 Romance Writers of America Annual Conference. Published authors and those looking to sell their stories meet up for workshops on the craft and business of writing. This year big name authors Madeline Hunter, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Diana Gabaldon, among others, will attend and share their experiences in the industry with other convention attendees. And tomorrow night the RWA conference opens their doors to readers as well as authors, when the organization hosts their annual Readers for Life giant book fair. The event raises funds for illiteracy programs and brings together nearly 500 authors — including Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nalini Singh and Julia Quinn. Get all the details about the conference and the fundraising book signing in this video interview with author Dorien Kelley, the President of Romance Writers of America.
Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.
Talking Tips On Websites
Websites—it’s a question we hear/read all the time—do I need a website?
Are you published? Then, yes, in my opinion, you need a website.
Are you about to be published? As in…you’ve sold a book? Again, it’s my opinion that you need a website.
Are you unpublished and still trying to sell? Well, there are varying opinions on that. Some industry people may say no. Others will adamantly say yes. Me? I say it’s your call. But I will say this as well…not too long ago, I was at an event and I heard an agent mention that she’d received an email from an unpublished writer and she was curious enough to go check out said writer’s website…and there wasn’t one. I have no idea whether or not it added up to much, but it’s something to consider.
Last week we got the inside details about debut author Amanda Havard's paranormal series starter The Survivors in this video interview. The book has elicited an amazing response from fans. Not only is it a genuinely unique story, but the Amanda came up with a four-pronged plan to help readers connect with the story through a variety of media outlets. (We promise, it’s much more interesting — and less technical — than the fancy words make it sound.)
A week or so ago, in a conversation with my publisher at BEA, I heard that over 3 million books were published in 2010. In a conversation later that day with my editor, she said that 10 years ago, that number was 44,000. Needless to say, a lot has changed, and it’s getting harder all the time to get noticed. To me, this doesn’t mean visibility is impossible. Instead, it means you have to get creative.
So when I started writing The Survivors, I thought from the ground up. When I started with the story, I worked pretty hard to think of how I could connect the reader to the experience in unique ways. We’ve done a few things that will hopefully make us stand out from the crowd, and I hope they can inspire you too. Here they are, presented to you… in the form of the weird looks and questions I get asked all the time.
Aspiring authors, start your science fiction engines! The publisher RosettaBooks has just announced that they will be hosting a contest to find new voices in the genre.
As RosettaBooks gets ready to release a selection of stories from the classic science fiction magazine Galaxy in digital format, they are scouring the galaxy, okay the Internet, in search of this generation’s newest brilliant storytellers.
Today Diana Orgain the author of the Maternal Instincts mystery series, chats about her heroine Kate Conolly. Kate is a stay-at-home mom who finds the time to also be an amateur sleuth. As anyone who has ever had a baby in their life knows, finding time to sleep, eat and shower is difficult, so we were extremely impressed by Kate's ability to multitask. Today the author reveals that she was inspired by her own struggles as a stay-at-home mom and mystery author. And then, don't miss your chance to win Orgain's new novel Formula for Murder!
First off – thanks so much to RT for inviting me to post here. In writing this post I’m trying to answer the number one question I get asked by moms (or other writers) – how I find the time to write. I have three little ones. My oldest is a girl, 7, and I have two boys ages 4 and 2. The honest answer is “I don’t know.”
Right now, two of three are playing with a tea set and the third, for unknown reasons, is working on taking his socks and shoes off and then putting them back on again. Today is the first day of summer and we’re getting ready to take the kids to the park. I’m writing this post between warming milk bottles, doing dishes and packing the diaper bag.
All the hub-bub is typical around here. Both my husband and I work from home and we squeeze out every productive moment of the day we can. Pre-school for the boys starts in a 55 days (but who’s counting) and although I’ll miss my darlings during the day it means I may have some interrupted blocks of writing time (the operative word being “may”) as it always seems there’s something that needs to done.
I’m the author of the debut novel, The Violets of March, published recently by Penguin (Plume), but I haven’t always been a novelist. I started my career in magazines, and a lot of people ask me how to break into magazine writing, and many wonder if they have to live in New York City to do so. My answer: no! I live in Seattle and have made it work just fine. I’m the health and fitness writer for Glamour.com, and I have written for Real Simple, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Health, Cooking Light and many other publications.
Here are my top tips for launching your own career:
Stefanie Sloane fell in love with romance novels while working for the largest online book retailer in the world. She eventually decided to use her newfound expertise at picking winning stories to write her own. Today she describes how she went from being an "Amazonian" to being a debut author with the release of the first book in her Regency Rogues trilogy The Devil in Disguise.
If you would have told me when I was in college that in the very near future, I was going to be intimately involved in the building of the most successful online bookseller in the world, I wouldn’t have believed you. First, because I had no idea what “online” meant. Second, because I was a college student and couldn’t see past the well-worn pages of my favorite Jane Austen novel. Third, really, no clue about the internet.
Author Trice Hickman knows that you don't always get what you want, but if you try real hard, you just might find, you get what you need! But all kidding aside, the author offers some incredibly helpful advice for what to do after you've had the wind knocked out of your sails by the cruel hand of the publishing industry.
I’ll never forget the day I started writing my first novel. It was a chilly morning in March 2004, and after many years of suffering from writer’s block, I had a breakthrough! I sat in front of my computer and smiled in amazement as words began to pour out of me like sweet water. I wrote all day and all night, and by the next morning, 30 pages later, the beginnings of my debut novel, Unexpected Interruptions, was born!