Trust Me On This: $1.99

Trust Me On This, the ebook version, goes on sale for $1.99 today.  If you’re interested to see what putting seven points of view into a short novel does (it makes it colder) this is your chance.  It was my last book with Bantam so I experimented and learned that unless I’m writing epics, three is probably a good number for PoVs, which is why The Devil in Nita Dodd  has four.  I never learn.

Fun Fact: Bantam insisted on putting a dog on the cover, so I insisted on doing a rewrite and putting a dog in the book since there wasn’t one before and I believe in Truth in Advertising.

Blurb Coding

I get BookBub every day, and every day I skim the list and ignore most or all of them.  My biggest reason for not clicking on anything is that they tend to sound alike.  The romances are all about billionaire rock stars and the women who reluctantly fall for them; given what little I know of billionaire rock stars (or Wall Street guys or billionaires in general) that’s a bad, bad idea.  The paranormal seems to be clustering around dangerous shapeshifters.  The mysteries are about murder and pastry or inns at the shore.   Women’s fiction is about women who must go home again and rediscover themselves.  YA still tends to dystopia.  I know some of those books must be good, and I know that a lot of what’s working there is a signal that “this book is that kind of book” which has nothing to do with how well it’s written.  My question is, how do I tell which ones are the same cookie cutter plot and which ones are worth my click?   Continue reading

A New Bujold AND A Great Cover Discussion

Eight Ladies Writing has another interview with Lois McMaster Bujold in conjunction with the release of the sixth Penric and Desdemona enovella, “The Prisoner of Limnos”. They talk about choosing ecovers, and her artist, Ron Miller.   Several of the Ladies are busy choosing ecovers themselves, so there’s a lot of information to share.

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The Cinderella Deal $1.99

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

Dreaming Blurbs (Rev.) (Rev. Again) (Rev Again)

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.

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Dissecting the Romance Blurb (Rev.)

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:

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It’s All in the Reflexes

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.

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