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[*] posted on 4/11/2009 at 07:23 AM


You get the rights back fully after it publishes.. I think I put a 12 month clause in the contract, but I don't remember. It might have been six months.

Anyway, contests on the board all belong to you guys.... it would be so cool to see a short story in one of our books come out as the inspiration or spark that creates a best seller!




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[*] posted on 4/11/2009 at 07:32 AM


Well, I wouldn't say best seller with this theme, but you never know. It is about a woman who wins a leprchaun in a raffle and how he straightens out her life. There is a love interest that goes astray, and another that knocks on the door in the last paragraph, but this story is about the leprechaun and the woman. As I was writing it I thought about how it could really be more than that. I didn't expand the 'romance' angle because it would have made it too long.
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[*] posted on 5/11/2009 at 04:45 PM


^ I wouldn't change it. I think it's a sweet idea. :love:

I write love stories between insane people.
I had an idea about a man who's infatuated with a girl he's never met, but who used to live in his house and left behind a bunch of old journals. She models for the same magazine he writes for. He goes on a crazed mission trying to find out about her, neglecting friends, family, his girlfriend and paying his mortgage.
Turns out she's dead.
He kills himself.
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I dunno... I don't write novels. But, it's a possibility.
What do you people think?




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[*] posted on 5/11/2009 at 05:46 PM


Does chick-lit romance/drama count?
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[*] posted on 6/16/2009 at 10:05 AM


Sure, Bobbi - I think it totally counts.
What are you working on?

radio with guts - the romantic tragedy is a sadly neglected market. I'm not sure harlequin is ready for you ;) but seriously, there's always room for one more.

I'm determined to finish my romance novel this year. I run my own business so I've been managing things for the last few months in a way that gives me time to write. I've just posted the first two chapters for review on the critique forum. I'd be grateful for any feedback :)
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[*] posted on 6/16/2009 at 12:34 PM


All you guys fighting romance... why? Nothing wrong with being a romance writer, if that's what you're good at and like to do.

I wish I was better at it myself.




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[*] posted on 6/16/2009 at 09:43 PM


I agree with Melanie - romance is one of the easiest markets to get into as a new writer too, because the readers are more interested in the over feeling of the story than the actual storyline or writing - it's like Lifetime Movies versus Major Motion Pictures - both are good, both have their place, and both are preferred for various reasons.

I can't write romance... I can write good romantic elements into another story, but to make a good 'romance' story, I have trouble focusing on all the nuances of just the relationship to write a romance. I want to have moral and backstory and go on and on and... well, let's just say I can't write romance well.

But I know writers who make a good income writing romance.... there's nothing wrong with it if that's what comes naturally to you. Write it!

A best selling romance novel is better than a novel never sold.




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[*] posted on 6/17/2009 at 05:51 AM


I also like that I have a specific form to follow because it keeps me focused. Otherwise I just go off on tangents all the time and never finish anything. (Fingers crossed, that will change!) Since it's a romance I have to keep focused on moving the love story forward. Of course there's other elements and themes as well, but you have to work really hard to keep the reader's attention on anything that pulls away from the romantic plot. And there's a specific goal with a romance novel - entertainment. At this stage of life I'm more comfortable with that than "enlightenment" or "high art". (Not that a romance can't be those things, like Jane Eyre, 12th Night or Sweet Charity...)

A lot of people think, "Oh, Romance has all been done before." But, ask anyone how they met their partner and it's a story. Two people rarely come together in a straight line so it's always interesting to hear what obstacles they overcame and what drew them together. Very often it's the little things, the dear or deadly quirks and unconscious expectations, compassionately unacknowledged truths. ;) I love talking about relationships and nuances of behavior. What turns people on and what they find attractive definitely interests me as much as any other aspect of their personality.

Also, writing my ideas in a story is way, way smarter than giving relationship advice to my friends and family. 'Cause whether you're right or wrong, in the end it's just awkward. You know?
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[*] posted on 7/20/2009 at 08:46 PM


:smilegrin:I write romance but my couples are m/m.:blush:



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[*] posted on 9/16/2009 at 01:48 PM


I had a hard time classifying what I am writing, but I think it's really a romance. It's about relationships & there are least 4 intimate scenes (a least so far in my outline - maybe as I write more will present themselves.)



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[*] posted on 4/21/2012 at 01:49 PM


Yep, old post . . .

I write romance . . . not, probably on the same level as others. No steamy love scenes or anything like that.




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[*] posted on 12/15/2012 at 10:52 AM


I do also, but with the steamy love scenes. :)




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[*] posted on 12/15/2012 at 11:18 AM


I tried my first paranormal romance a few years back, and just recently followed it up with two YAs in Fantasy and distopia. I write the sweet stuff.



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