Archive | June 2009

Cool trailer – gave me the shivers!

Okay – this is awesome.

I found this trailer through a writer friend on Twitter. She did the entire trailer using paper cut outs she made, and motion capture photography. It’s erie. It’s compelling. It’s great trailer length. AND I know all I need to know to realize that I want to read the story. WELL DONE!!!

Need to research a bit more to see the steam factor, as many romantic shape-shifing paranormals are outside of my heat range, but WELL DONE! you captured my attention, regardless.

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All or Nothing – 5 Book Review on LASR

All or Nothing — Reviewed by Sunflower at Long and Short of it Book Reviews…

This is a well written tender love story along with a little suspense and intrigue mixed into the plot. The characters are marvelous and you can’t help but like all of them. They are all a part of the story interwoven together. If you are a fan of Historical Western Romance as I am then you will not be the least disappointed in this book. I read this book in one day and it will be one that I will pull out and read again. Ms. Ludwig is a most proficient author and the inspiration shows up in her writing. I will be reading more of her books.


I’ll blog later why having Sunflower review this book is so meaningful, but THANK YOU!!!


Inspiration vs. Perspiration

Inspirational authors teeter on a fine line in our craft. Authors are taught to “show, not tell” when it comes to story, scene, emotion, and plot.

Don’t say someone’s nervous. Show their fingers drumming a table. Sweat pooling in the back of their shirt. Don’t tell us how someone fell in love. Show the fluttering butterfly kiss, the quick-take of breath. The locking of gazes, and two hearts beating the same rhythm.

In the same vein, inspirational authors need to be able to show God’s overpowering love for mankind, without telling. We had a thread today in our White Rose Press yahoo group. Authors expounded their opinions on how to do this, and I suspect the conversation is not over.

The best part about the question – how do you show not tell when it comes to your character’s arc – and how they reach their happily ever after – which in an inspirational fiction story involves having God be the cornerstone of love. So, that can leave writers sweating.

I put that question out to you all – what do you want to see when it comes to sharing the word in fiction?

#RWAChange – What is it? How can you get involved? And, should you?

GreenRibbonThis conversation has been going on for a few weeks, and I’ve had the opportunity to take part – both in my new online RWA Group: ESPAN – and online at the RWAChange Yahoo loop – both which I discovered while participating in the Twitter Hashtag: #RWAChange

So, what is it – and let’s talk about it.

People on Twitter are only too happy to mention when a technology, application, device, or group fails in one way or another. Just create your own hashtag and share it with your followers. See #Amazonfail, #Agentfail, and #queryfail to name a few. (My own personal favorite was born when @SmartBitches mentioned that she looked up something on YouTube, didn’t find it, and stated that there were not enough hashtags for that fail! Hilarious. At any rate, I digress.)

#RWAChange was born when we decided to stop with #RWAFail already. We don’t want RWA to fail. Romance Writers of America serves a key purpose for romance writers of every genre, every heat, whether published or not. Ebook, or print. Mass distribution, or POD. We are romance authors and we need to be informed, in the loop, and talking to each other in order to continue to succeed in growing our careers. Thus – the Change.

Led by the charge of Dierdre Knight, author and agent — we primarily feel left out. Left out of decision making, due to the greening of our industry. The transition to small presses. The inability to enter in the prestigious RWA Rita contest as a published author. And, therein lies the rub.

As the romance writers either dive in (or dip their toes into) the new world of publishing, we just want our founding members to be able to support us. Rate our work. Know that just because a book is POD doesn’t mean you won’t sell enough to qualify as a PAN member (earning over a price point).

My publisher took a gamble on my success. They gave me a fantastic editor who worked with me, and has dragged me into good writing habits. I still shudder from some of the egregious errors I made on All or Nothing, but she did her magic and made it a fun read. I’m getting good reviews. I’d LOVE to enter it into the RITA contest. I cannot. I may enter it into the EPPIE contest. Or may not. But, I’m missing the peer review that I desperately need to keep my head in the game. Build upon my platform, and ultimately succeed in the Romance Marketplace.

Are you a reader of romance? A writer of romance? If not, chances are that you know someone who is — so, wear your green.

Follow #RWAChange on Twitter


Read up on the back & forth with the RWA President and industry professionals at ESPAN:

Plus, you can read a whole breakdown of the happenings at GalleyCat.

Join this century, and move with the times. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this exciting group of techno-savvy women, and I’m thrilled to be one of them.

What’s for Breakfast?


  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 slice whole wheat toast
  • 1 cup skim milk


  • 1 small portion lean, steamed chicken
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup herbal tea
  • 1 Hershey’s kiss

Afternoon Tea

  • 1 The rest of the Hershey Kisses in the bag
  • 1 tub of Hagen-Daaz ice cream with chocolate chips


  • 4 glasses of wine (red or white)
  • 2 loaves garlic bread
  • 1 family size supreme pizza
  • 3 Snickers Bars

Late Night Snack

  • 1 whole Sarah Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer)

Remember: Stressed spelled backward is desserts.

Tweets from an Expert Agent @colleenlindsay

Need more reasons to follow Agents/Editors/Publishers who are actively teaching writers about our industry?

Here are some tweets quoting Don Maas, via Lit Agent Colleen Lindsay, that should make authors get goosebumps!

@ColleenLindsay says:

: Don Maass using Silence of the Lambs of example of great fiction, setting, characters.

: “in so many manuscripts, the antagonist or villain is least compelling charater in the story.” don maass

: “hannibal lecter fascinates us because is is real and compelling” don maass

: “who is the character that most impedes your characterls forward motion in story? How does he feel about the protag?” don maass

: “how does your antagonist feel about protag? What does he think is admirable about protag? What can he learn from protag?” do maass

: “is your antagonist as three-dimensional as your protagonist?” don maass

: “what would antagonist say is protag’s biggest weakness, blind spot, vulnerability? What best represents this weakness?” don maass

: “what is the one thing your antagonist thinks your protagonist needs to learn about life?” don maass

: “how can your protag catch your antag off guard?” don maass

: “what does your antagonist deeply believe in? What drives forward? Why might hiw worldview be correct?” don maass

: “how does your antag find support for what he believes in?” don maass

: “is your antag evil for the sake of being evil? Is so, he is an ineffective villain.” don maass

Okay… that in and of itself makes me look at my current villan and think, hmm. How can they be more round? They need their motivation, just as Cheryl St. John shared with me her charts – I’ll share them with you all shortly…

Twitter Tidbit

Today’s Twitter Tidbit brought to you by @jamesscottbell when asked: How long does it typically take to write/edit a manuscript:

: Ideas germinate for months or years. Actual first draft about three months. Editing, one for me, a couple w/my editor.

Who Wants to Talk to Agents & Editors

Follow the Twitter Hashtag: #askagent and you’ll never know what things you’ll learn.

Publishing and industry executives weigh in their thoughts to aspiring writers on what works for querying, what the market is currently seeking, and what gives as the book industry continues to shift models from paper to paper-less.

Not PAPERLESS, mind you – but less waste. Less production. Fewer galleys, fewer returns — and the like — can all lead to a greening of our industry.

Today, the #askagent session went something like this:

@bostonbookgirl – Lauren MacLeod’s tweet-identity – @strothmanagency with an emphasis in YA and MG fiction and nonfiction. Twitter opinions are my own.

: I handle both YA and nonfiction but you do YA w/ me but nonfiction w/ another agency I would probably fire you. #askagent

: I’d love to see more quirky nonfiction for young adults & middle grade readers in my slush, esp. narrative. #askagent

: I can usually tell if I hate something in 1-3 pages. Takes longer to love it. #askagent

: When the book feels finished? Depends on the genre, but 100K seems long. Prob more like 20-40k. #askagent

& most importantly:

: I think any time you see a bunch of agents or editors saying the same thing you should give it a lot of thought. #askagent

@colleenlindsay – host of #askagent – and self described: Bio Publishing browncoat. Digital proselytizer. Literary agent. Queer human. Pop culture junkie. People connector. Sartorial tragedy. Cat herder. Professional nerd.

had this to say:

: Voice, great writing, compelling story, a narrative that drives the story forward effortlessly. #askagent

: Anything can be seem fresh if written well. But I do get tired of epic fantasy without a real plot. #askagent

: I’m looking for good adult thrillers, commercial fiction, pop culture non-fiction, literary LGBT, urban fantasy. #askagent

These are just some of the pearls of wisdom from one brief session. Keep your eyes and ears open. Follow people who are interesting to you/your career. You’ll never know who you can meet or chat with on any given day on Twitter.

John A Byrne at 140 Characters Conf

Amazing – notes from the @zappos hosted hashtag meeting on Twitter: #140 characters conference.

These note boards are deliciously illustrated, deftly executed, and use fun bombshell words like “Intellectual Campfire”

Discussions on the future of journalism – when the comments fly so fast, you find yourself distracted by something shiny before you can tweet about it.

Twitter = speed, agility, idea generation/brainstorming, with instant ability to sidebar and discuss issues as deep or light as you choose.

Will post some more images from this meeting, and more notes shortly. A must read, must follow.

Twitter is on the verge of REALLY getting interesting. And I’m already a HUGE fan.

Writers Using Twitter

Reading along with my friend Jeannie Ruesch today, at – where she blogs about writers using Twitter to their advantage…

Do you tweet?

If you don’t, have you considered it? Or considered it a waste of time?

Twitter is the “word” in social networking these days, and for writers or authors, there are some amazing goldmines to be found here.  When I asked twitterer extraordinaire Ashley Ludwig (@wiremamma), author of ALL OR NOTHING, she said,  “I’m finding that twitter is great for learning about my industry, talking with publishers, and helping weigh in with the wide world of e-publishing.”

How does a writer do that exactly, you ask?  Follow or get involved in conversations.  Find literary agents, publishers and the like to follow and pay attention to their twitters. (If you aren’t certain where to start, go to my profile at @jeannieruesch and click on my “following” link.  You’ll see a number of agents, pubs, etc in there.)