Category Archives: SOS (resources for #BoldWriters)

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Diary of An RT Virgin, Day 5: Fans Gone Wild

It’s Saturday, the day RT plans to deliver a very full Teen Day Program and a FAN-tastic (get it? FAN-fastic? Ok, fine you got it right away; it took me six hours) Day Program. The conference attendance is about to

Diary of An RT Virgin, Day 5: Fans Gone Wild

It’s Saturday, the day RT plans to deliver a very full Teen Day Program and a FAN-tastic (get it? FAN-fastic? Ok, fine you got it right away; it took me six hours) Day Program. The conference attendance is about to

Diary of An RT Virgin Day 4: Fan Girl Gone Mad

Today I have two very important items on the agenda. I am pitching Molly Jones (and myself) to Sourcebooks, and I am pitching myself (and Molly Jones) to Saritza Henderson of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. To Sourcebooks, because of other

Diary of An RT Virgin Day 4: Fan Girl Gone Mad

Today I have two very important items on the agenda. I am pitching Molly Jones (and myself) to Sourcebooks, and I am pitching myself (and Molly Jones) to Saritza Henderson of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. To Sourcebooks, because of other

Diary of An RT Virgin, Day 3—Battle Fatigue

Thursday, May 4, 2017 Exhaustion does make you sleep like a rock, don’t it? I sleep, not like a baby (a metaphor created by someone who did not have an infant that woke up every 15 minutes demanding a nipple,

Diary of An RT Virgin, Day 3—Battle Fatigue

Thursday, May 4, 2017 Exhaustion does make you sleep like a rock, don’t it? I sleep, not like a baby (a metaphor created by someone who did not have an infant that woke up every 15 minutes demanding a nipple,

Life’s Dangerous Companions & Writing Days

Me: I’m alive. You: I don’t care. Me: You didn’t miss me, at all? You: No. What’s the word count? Me: Um. Well. Taking a bit of a break from making words and reading some. You: You know that’s procrastination,

Life’s Dangerous Companions & Writing Days

Me: I’m alive. You: I don’t care. Me: You didn’t miss me, at all? You: No. What’s the word count? Me: Um. Well. Taking a bit of a break from making words and reading some. You: You know that’s procrastination,

“Enchanted” love?

I am reading Eva Illouz’s Why Love Hurts ( Polity Press, 2012), a heavily researched, sociological academic polemic on the (macro-social) dysfunctions of modern love. An extended quote: “The elementary forms of “enchanted” love as a cultural prototype and a

“Enchanted” love?

I am reading Eva Illouz’s Why Love Hurts ( Polity Press, 2012), a heavily researched, sociological academic polemic on the (macro-social) dysfunctions of modern love. An extended quote: “The elementary forms of “enchanted” love as a cultural prototype and a

Resource: The Art of Slow Writing by Louise DeSalvo

I stumbled across this book last week at one of those psychologically optimal moments, you know? I think I needed someone to tell me to slow down a little. It’s a well-put together, well-researched, not-too-didactic piece that discusses various writers’

Resource: The Art of Slow Writing by Louise DeSalvo

I stumbled across this book last week at one of those psychologically optimal moments, you know? I think I needed someone to tell me to slow down a little. It’s a well-put together, well-researched, not-too-didactic piece that discusses various writers’

Resource: The Faith Of A Writer / Joyce Carol Oates

I picked up this book yesterday… It begins like this: MY FAITH AS A WRITER / Joyce Carol Oates I believe that art is the highest expression of the human spirit. I believe that we yearn to transcend the merely

Resource: The Faith Of A Writer / Joyce Carol Oates

I picked up this book yesterday… It begins like this: MY FAITH AS A WRITER / Joyce Carol Oates I believe that art is the highest expression of the human spirit. I believe that we yearn to transcend the merely

Resource: Cheryl Strayed, for EVERYTHING

First, listen to this: Cheryl Strayed on the Long Form Podcast. (click on this link, and not the picture below, because I am a Luddite.) It’s a 1:43 minute commitment. Find the time, and do it. If you need to be

Resource: Cheryl Strayed, for EVERYTHING

First, listen to this: Cheryl Strayed on the Long Form Podcast. (click on this link, and not the picture below, because I am a Luddite.) It’s a 1:43 minute commitment. Find the time, and do it. If you need to be

Gaga Feminism

I want you to read this book: Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the Edge of Normal, by Jack Halberstam. I want you to read it, because it’s smart, funny, provocative–occasionally aggressively obnoxious, occasionally just a tad weak on the empirical

Gaga Feminism

I want you to read this book: Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the Edge of Normal, by Jack Halberstam. I want you to read it, because it’s smart, funny, provocative–occasionally aggressively obnoxious, occasionally just a tad weak on the empirical

Erotic Astrology

So here’s the thing. Say you’re writing a romance, or just a fucking hot sex scene, and you know he’s a Capricorn and she’s a Virgo, and you want to make the scene astrologically true… What? It could totally happen.

Erotic Astrology

So here’s the thing. Say you’re writing a romance, or just a fucking hot sex scene, and you know he’s a Capricorn and she’s a Virgo, and you want to make the scene astrologically true… What? It could totally happen.

Goodreads for Authors

I am going through all sorts of Squee! moments right now, and an absolute high was when one of my people said, “OK, now go create an author profile on Goodreads,” and I sighed, and moaned, and said, “God, another

Goodreads for Authors

I am going through all sorts of Squee! moments right now, and an absolute high was when one of my people said, “OK, now go create an author profile on Goodreads,” and I sighed, and moaned, and said, “God, another

Conference Gossip as Resource + 4 days til you can buy Tell Me!

I did something out of character last week. I went to a  writers’ conference. Do you go? Yeah? I don’t—I haven’t. This was the first time, ever. Because… this is how I prioritize my time: 1) the things I do

Conference Gossip as Resource + 4 days til you can buy Tell Me!

I did something out of character last week. I went to a  writers’ conference. Do you go? Yeah? I don’t—I haven’t. This was the first time, ever. Because… this is how I prioritize my time: 1) the things I do

Canadian Publishers: mostly Literary

You can start here: The Association of Canadian Publishers Membership Directory  There are more indie and edge publishers here: The Canadian Writer’s Market (most recent edition!)  – but you will also weep at how poorly most Canadian publications pay. (There’s

Canadian Publishers: mostly Literary

You can start here: The Association of Canadian Publishers Membership Directory  There are more indie and edge publishers here: The Canadian Writer’s Market (most recent edition!)  – but you will also weep at how poorly most Canadian publications pay. (There’s

For the blocked, insecure, angsting & suffering

Want to write but can’t? Goddammit. Just. Do. It. This is what I would tattoo on my chest—if only it would be a little larger—and the chest of every other “I want to be a writer!” person I encounter (if

For the blocked, insecure, angsting & suffering

Want to write but can’t? Goddammit. Just. Do. It. This is what I would tattoo on my chest—if only it would be a little larger—and the chest of every other “I want to be a writer!” person I encounter (if

Bold Publishers: Erotica, Edge

My publisher: Mischief/Harper Collins UK—clearly, the publisher with the most exquisite taste and just enough courage and daring. Right? Their not-so-arms-length US associates: Avon Red Their once-key-competition-but-now-we-own-them: Harlequin—pitch Carina Press  or Cosmo Red-Hot Reads JUST FOR FUN: Harlequin’s Erotic Fiction Flow-Chart

Bold Publishers: Erotica, Edge

My publisher: Mischief/Harper Collins UK—clearly, the publisher with the most exquisite taste and just enough courage and daring. Right? Their not-so-arms-length US associates: Avon Red Their once-key-competition-but-now-we-own-them: Harlequin—pitch Carina Press  or Cosmo Red-Hot Reads JUST FOR FUN: Harlequin’s Erotic Fiction Flow-Chart

Resources for #BoldWriters

Dare to write on the edge? Good. Welcome. First… write. Struggling? Read Charles Bukowski’s So you want to be a writer. And then, write. Now, explore: AGENT SEARCH BOLD PUBLISHERS: EROTICA, EDGE CANADIAN PUBLISHERS: mostly LITERARY JUMP: SELF-PUBLISHING AND SHAMELESS

Resources for #BoldWriters

Dare to write on the edge? Good. Welcome. First… write. Struggling? Read Charles Bukowski’s So you want to be a writer. And then, write. Now, explore: AGENT SEARCH BOLD PUBLISHERS: EROTICA, EDGE CANADIAN PUBLISHERS: mostly LITERARY JUMP: SELF-PUBLISHING AND SHAMELESS

…and you need to read Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird, because size matters

There are all sorts of higher reasons to read Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird, and if you are interested in having those explained to you, read Maria Popova’s Anne Lamott on Writing And How Perfectionism Kills Creativity or 9 (best)

…and you need to read Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird, because size matters

There are all sorts of higher reasons to read Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird, and if you are interested in having those explained to you, read Maria Popova’s Anne Lamott on Writing And How Perfectionism Kills Creativity or 9 (best)

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

True story: the woman-creator-would-be-artist-am-I? who pressed Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way into my hands still hasn’t read it. She’s still procrastinating, searching. But you should. It is a perfectly imperfect book and Cameron is a perfectly imperfect—so, so flawed—teacher. The

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

True story: the woman-creator-would-be-artist-am-I? who pressed Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way into my hands still hasn’t read it. She’s still procrastinating, searching. But you should. It is a perfectly imperfect book and Cameron is a perfectly imperfect—so, so flawed—teacher. The

How To Find An Agent 101

For Canadian literary agents, start here: Association of Canadian Publishers—Get Published: Literary Agents For US literary agents, start here: Agent Query BONUS: you can search this database for agents who handle erotica For UK literary agents, start here: Wiki List

How To Find An Agent 101

For Canadian literary agents, start here: Association of Canadian Publishers—Get Published: Literary Agents For US literary agents, start here: Agent Query BONUS: you can search this database for agents who handle erotica For UK literary agents, start here: Wiki List

Meet Jennifer Lee and the Right-Brain Business Plan

On-going theme: I’m really struggling with the idea of having to be a marketer and seller of what I write. And the idea of developing a business plan or a marketing plan made me–I don’t want to say gag, but,

Meet Jennifer Lee and the Right-Brain Business Plan

On-going theme: I’m really struggling with the idea of having to be a marketer and seller of what I write. And the idea of developing a business plan or a marketing plan made me–I don’t want to say gag, but,