Tag Archives: romance writing

Readers & authors…let’s talk spoilers

Spoiler, n. information about the plot of a motion picture or TV program [or novel] that can spoil the viewer’ sense of surprise or suspense. Reader/veteran reviewer Meredith Gurr had asked in a Facebook group if mentioning a story contained … Continue reading

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What readers want in a romance hero…and the winner of Freebie Friday!

In Friday’s Freebie Friday post, I asked the question, “What trait in a romance hero is most important to you?” Man, did I get answers! Readers had quite a list, and there was no one quality that dominated the list. … Continue reading

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NY Times bestselling author S.E. Smith takes you into her ‘author cave’ #AuthorsInSpace, #PetsInSpace

By Susan Smith There are many things I endeavor to do during my day – cleaning my office is not one of them. I live in a small house – the same one we purchased thirty-one years ago and raised … Continue reading

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For my 8-year authorversary: 12 Truths About Publishing…

Eight years ago this month, I received my first book contract! Intimate Submission was accepted by Black Velvet Seductions, which kicked off my publishing career. Since then, I’ve published more than 30 books, worked with five different publishers, went Indie, … Continue reading

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Authors: Do your sex scenes sound the same? #Writetip fix

Writing one sex scene isn’t tough. Writing several per book and making them sound different can be a bit of challenge. Write multiple books and after a while, you might notice that your couples are doing the same thing in the … Continue reading

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Third person or first person in #romance…pros and cons

I remember the first book I read that was written in the first person point of view: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. I was nine years old, just starting to read for pleasure. The first person POV … Continue reading

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How I keep track of expenses for my taxes #WriteTip #TaxTip

Don’t hate me, but I have all my writing/business tax data collected, categorized, added up, and ready to take to my accountant. I discovered years ago if I kept track during the year, the end of the year was a … Continue reading

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Strategies & tips for managing your email inbox…

Email is like laundry—if you don’t keep up with it, it turns into a mountain. Periodically, I clean/purge my inbox. After I do that, I always promise myself I’ll keep it clean. But invariably, a big project comes along that … Continue reading

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Things they don’t tell you about being an author…#writetip

I’ve been writing for more than twenty-five years and have been published since 2009 (twenty-seven or so titles). I had 15 books published by four  epublishers before going Indie in 2014. As an indie, I’ve published another dozen or so … Continue reading

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Taking the summer off…sort of…

I consider writing to be the most important thing I do. Since I went Indie in 2014, I’ve written more than ever before. I used to write about 100,000 words per year. In 2015 I wrote 264,918 words and produced … Continue reading

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