I re-watched Morning Glory last night; I love that movie, and I’m trying to understand why it never got any traction in theaters in spite of a sterling cast and a solid concept. My conclusion: Snotty critics who disapprove of the genre (lightweight comedy) and truly bad marketing. I’m annoyed.
Once upon a time, I wrote a book called The Cinderella Deal about a painter named Daisy Flaherty who had some father issues. Harlequin bought it, but they wanted a few changes: Her name couldn’t be Daisy, artists didn’t sell so she had to have a different occupation, and HG heroines didn’t have father issues. I found out later that they didn’t the want the book–the fools–but they didn’t want to void my option clause. So instead of saying, “How about a completely different book?” to which they would have said “GREAT IDEA!” I tried to rewrite The Cinderella Deal. Never do that. I ended up with a book that was not what I wanted at all. HQ wanted it, and they published it as Strange Bedpersons. Fast forward a year or two . . . Continue reading
I woke up this morning with one of those She/He blurbs in my brain. I have no idea, it’s not dreamwork, the last thing I did before I fell asleep was work a crossword. What was interesting about it, as I fought my way awake (very slow waker-upper here), was how it pointed out the weaknesses in the story. It’s not a good blurb, but evidently the Girls weren’t interested in good blurb, they were shrieking at me to fix my protagonist.
Here’s the bad blurb: Continue reading
After playing with Nita’s blurb yesterday–and thank you all for your help–I wanted to see how the last pass compared to the pros, so I went back to Saturday and Sunday’s Book Bub e-mails and pulled out the blurbs that had plots that were most like Nita’s. This is not to trash Book Bub’s blurb writing; as we found out yesterday, it’s damn hard to sell a story in fifty words. I just wanted to see what happened when I slotted Nita’s characters, identities, and basic plot into existing blurbs. Here’s what I got:
I am swamped today, but I stopped to read the Book Bub e-mail and remembered that Nita still needed a blurb. This one is awful. Fix it, please.
I’ve been reading The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China and finding it tremendously comforting. I bought the book because it’s about my favorite movie of all time, but I’m finding it comforting because it’s reminding me to swing as wide as I can while telling the best story I can, and then let go and let the Girls in the Basement take it from there.
Krissie just sent me this:
“Glorious Krissie (aka Anne Stuart) is coming out with a spicy new book, WILDFIRE, on Valentine’s Day, but until then Goodreads is offering a chance to get an early copy for free.”
I’m not sure what the details are–my eyes, they are still blurry–but hey, give it a shot.
Gorgeous cover, too: Continue reading
Our pals at Eight Ladies Writing have a great post up: