01-20-2007 11:55 AM
01-20-2007 04:55 PM
I'M ISHON AND I HAVE BEEN READING ROMANCE FOR YEARS AND I'D LIKE TO TRY MY HAND AT WRITING. HOPE I CAN PICK UP SOME TIP FROM YOU ALL.
01-21-2007 11:43 AM
One suggestion: When everything's in capital letters, it's harder to read -- and you're less likely to get feedback. Also, on message boards typing in all caps is rather like shouting. So using normal typing, like this message, is more likely to win you friends than when you use all caps.
Glad to have you --
01-21-2007 12:51 PM
In 1980 I had an historical romance novel accepted for publication with an advance and a contract underway when the deal collapsed. The market had softened too much and new authors were risky. Meanwhile, I was buoyed by personal notes on returning partials from editors wanting to see my future work. Several texts I read said that meant a prospective author was on their way to eventually becoming published. I had even entered my second completed manuscript, a western novel, in a movie contest. Then I got sick and blocked.
I always meant to get back to writing over the years and tried a little here and there, but never again submitted my work. My husband's encouragement by buying me a desk and a computer and helping me put together my office over the years is what has me back today. I'm extremely grateful to him, because I love the self-expression of creating fiction. Even if I do it badly or never get a chance at publication again.
One thing is certain I want to relearn the skills I lost and try for publication again. This time I'll approach it professionally. Publication is a business. I have to provide them with a salable story. I have to keep trying till I do.
I know I can learn so much from you. I am really excited about this class.
01-22-2007 10:05 AM
Question, how many pages should a chapter be?
And can we post chapters on here for critque?
Will it be property of B&N ?
01-22-2007 12:52 PM
A good target to post here is 1,000 words or less. That will help keep the board from clogging up, and your fellow readers will me more likely to comment.
The Barnes & Noble guidelines are very specific that the writer owns the copyright on posted work. That means that whatever you post here is still entirely yours, and no one is allowed to copy or use it -- including BN. The guidelines are posted on the board -- maybe in the "how this board works" section, though I don't remember for sure.
01-22-2007 12:55 PM
The pundits are right about encouragement from editors meaning that you're getting closer -- editors are very busy and don't go looking for work, so when they say they'd like to see more of your stories, they really mean it.
I'm glad you're back to writing, and that you have the support of your husband. This is going to be a terrific group!
01-28-2007 01:13 AM
01-28-2007 03:37 PM
01-28-2007 04:08 PM
I am looking forward to meeting, and sharing with everyone. This is my first online book club (or any club for that matter). I'm not wrapped up in the computer world as much as some.
My passion lies with historical fiction/romance. I have written some self-serving short stories, and have yet to stick my head out of my shell.
Any help, criticism is more than appreciated.
"I must have ye now
- The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon
04-07-2007 11:53 PM
"Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them."
~ Mark Twain
04-08-2007 10:01 AM
I'm particularly intrigued because I wrote my own first book at about your age. It wasn't successful, and I burned it -- but it was very important nonetheless because after that I never again doubted that I *could* write a book. It was just a matter of getting enough better to get published.
I'm glad that at age 15 you already know what you want to do; having your goal in mind is very important. If it's not presumptious, however, I would like to give you a couple of pieces of advice.
First, have another career path in mind, along with writing. Writing and publishing is an uncertain business, so it's wise to have another job that you enjoy to fill in the gaps -- at least while you're getting started.
Second, learn all you can, in every different area you can find. Take every class you can fit into your high school and college years, because *everything* is relevant to a writer's life, and you won't know which things you need until after you've studied them.
Taking literature's a no-brainer, but psychology and sociology are even more important to the writer's mind. Hate math? Take it anyway. Languages? Linguistics? Art? Theater? Music appreciation? Biology? Political science? Religion? Doesn't matter; even if you don't use the subject directly, you'll use the thinking/reasoning/logic/vocabulary you learn there in your later work.
05-08-2007 10:42 AM
My name is Rebecca Ptterson and I live in Daytona Beach, Florida. I have three small children ages 6, 4, and 2. I love reading romance novels and writing so I thought I should try them together. My favorite genre is historical. My favorite author is Kat Martin but I love many others. It is a real pleasure to be able to work with Leigh Micheals. Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of the book club.
05-14-2007 03:44 PM
I'm a writer of romance ebooks and print. I write contemporary but have a lot of cowboys and ranchers in mine. I write a variety of characters and love the family element.
I love to create sexual tension, and make the readers beg for more. I love romance because it is the most beautiful thing God created. True romance.
Heart of the Wild, NIck's Baby, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer
Wandering Heart, Strictly Business, Courting Abby, Hannah's Man
05-15-2007 09:18 PM - edited 05-15-2007 09:18 PM
I'm a senior in H.S., and I'm writing my first novel. I've been writing it since Sept 2006. Actually, I'm on a quick break and just looking for some tips!
Hope I'll find some help here.
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05-18-2007 10:13 PM
My favorite romance authors: Judith McNaught, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Suzanne Enoch and Julie Garwood. I will read just about anything they publish.
For years I have been writing short stories (okay, the *beginnings* to short stories...), but just a few months ago I started my first novel. I have decided to try my hand at historical romance (more specifically, Regency era) and I am currently at about 40,000 words. (60,000 to go!)
My goal is to have the manuscript completed in time to submit it to Romance Writer's of America for the Golden Heart Awards. So...sometime before November. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so we'll see how that goal goes
08-04-2007 03:14 AM
I am a student. This will be my junior year in college.
I have always loved reading. There is just something magical about it. My absolute favorite book is PRIDE & PREJUDICE.
I have written some stuff and think I may have a talent for it. That is if I ever become serious about it. What I truly love to do is read others work and see if a fresh pair of eyes would help. I have read many of your posts and must say there is alot of talent here.
My strength is content (Plot, characters), my weakness is grammatics.
I also direct plays so I am good at visualizing a scene.
Anyway, I look forward to meeting all of you.
05-15-2008 08:09 PM - edited 05-15-2008 08:11 PM
Message Edited by Roxie on 05-15-2008 08:11 PM
08-04-2008 10:49 AM
My name is Carole, I have been dabbling in writing for oh 18 years. It started as a joke and then went to something serious. BUt I will say I do not have the courage to submit anything. I do not like the way I write. Seems I drag out what I wanna say, when I could use less words. The one that most of my family and husband likes is titled "Triangles of Love." it's a modern day so called romance. But I got hung up with the ending. Didn't know how to get there. Worse part I find is I need to be in the mood. PLUs I am lousy at grammar. LOL. ( as you can see plus punctuation). I need serious encouragement. I had met a British author in 1998 on line in a book chat room. For the life of me I can not recall her pen name but her first name was Belinda. She had a novel coming out at the time. Does it ring a bell? Well you take care and have a wonderful day.