In honor of Women's History Month this March, I was asked by Romance @ Random, the Random House romance blog, to write a post on great lesbian romances. I was happy to do it; we here at RRW are not just about the G in LGBT, after all.
POT OF GOLD Blog
Our quarterly POT OF GOLD newsletter has evolved into a blog that's updated more frequently so we can provide more timely updates and information. More recent blog posts will appear on the RRW main page. Anyone wanting to go back and see what we've been up to over long stretches of time can review the history of all our updates here.
From time to time, RRW member Lisa Reuter (writing as Lisa M. Owens) tries to interview authors of how-to write books she's found especially helpful. Here's her conversation with William Cane, author of Write Like the Masters
As the New Adult genre has taken off, a lot of people have found themselves wondering what makes it different from the Young Adult genre. On the surface, they’re very similar. They both deal with the issues of coming of age and of figuring out one’s place in the world, and thus the line between them is unclear.
The fans at LGBT romance are fiercely loyal and the chance to meet them at a con can be very exciting. At cons there is always a party going on, even at the breakfast table. But in the end, an author attends a con to further their career. And doing so can get expensive very quickly.
If you have ever attended a con, you know how some authors pull out all the stops, with huge banners and the greatest swag. There is a lot of pressure to keep up. Unfortunately, the old adage “you have to spend money to make money” is quite apropos at a con.
As a writer of historical novels, I prepare well in advance of writing, by doing my research. Research is a must in writing, which blows the lid off the old adage “write what you know.” None of us knows it all, and we all want to “get it right.”
Every writer will have a bad review.
This is a fact.
So how should an author react to a bad review, or unfair comments on blogs and in reader chats? Rather than spout my own thoughts, I have asked several respected industry professionals to weigh in on this topic.
Let me begin, though, by sharing what prompted this blog—and no, it wasn’t a bad review.
It began when I told a friend The Doors were overrated.
Today I want to talk a little about The Long Game.
It’s not enough to think only about how to sell the first book or the fifth or the fifteenth if you are a career-minded author. You want to think about building a brand and a platform and sustaining a career over time rather than just for the month after your book is published.
I think it was rather apropos that today I saw the newest trailer for the “Godzilla” movie coming out this summer. With my “Sicily” short story lying in ruins, I felt a kind of connection with the big guy.
When writing a short story there are bound to be bumps along the way. I expect them, plan for them accordingly. I always buckle up, have my cell phone fully charged and my GPS blinking happily on my driver’s dash.
Keeping my eyes peeled for detours that lead only to dead ends, keeping my gaze locked on the briefly sketched out road ahead, I try to ignore the occasional supporting character who suddenly leaps out in front of my car in hopes of making a splash in the story.
I’m Brita Addams, and I’ve made a point of studying passive voice and, to the best of my ability, eliminating it from my writing.
In this second installment discussing passive voice, I would like to share when an apparent passive construction isn’t. You can find the first post HERE.
Remember when I was told to remove all the unnecessary “was” from my manuscript but not why?