And Now for Something Completely Different – Ivy League Edition

And Now for Something Completely Different – Ivy League Edition

Way too many years ago, I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English.  That means I spent a lot of time discussing fine literature, and I wrote a thesis on — I’m not kidding — non-teleological thought in the novels of John Steinbeck. And now, I write romance novels. I don’t expect those worlds to meet up very often. I mean, there’s not a course I took in college that would welcome the Diamond...

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Amazon’s Pre-Order Quagmire

Amazon’s Pre-Order Quagmire

About fifteen months ago, Amazon took a major step to level the playing field for self-published authors: it allowed us to offer books for pre-order to our readers.  Pre-orders provide several advantages to authors, including: Fans can order not-yet-published books on an impulse after finishing and enjoying earlier books by an author; Authors can guarantee a certain release date, rather than relying on the approximation of processing time for...

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My Own NaNoWriMo

My Own NaNoWriMo

I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo. (Insert long list of reasons why, starting with my early indignant exclamations that drafting 50K words is not writing a novel, and ending with my later understanding that most people who do NaNo seriously understand that fact, but I still have always kept my own writing schedule…) But this year, I sorta, kinda did my own NaNo. I went on a writing retreat last week and drafted 66,000 words of a...

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G is for Genre

G is for Genre

G is for Genre. Genre is vitally important to authors. Genre allows us to locate agents, publishers, and readers who are interested in the specific types of stories we write. Genre is one of the first markers that classify books. (Other markers might include author’s name, publisher, price, etc.) Specific genres rise and fall in popularity, as readers define what they’re willing to buy. Some genres get re-cast, in an effort to freshen sales....

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F is for Fan Fiction

F is for Fan Fiction

F is for fan fiction (or fanfic, if you feel like abbreviating.) Fan fiction is fiction written about characters (or, sometimes, settings) that were created by another author in a work that was previously published. In one very famous example, the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James began as fan fiction written about the characters in the young adult novel Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. As an alternative to having roots in novels, fan...

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