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I'm so excited about my next book: A Royal Romance - a paranormal, time travel royal romance! Coming soon!

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Romance is a bizarrely democratic corner in an overall industry that's typically regarded as anything but.

No matter how much you love a romance novel — are you is quick to hide the cover if you sees someone notice what you're reading?

Despite  dedication to the genre, the truth  is that many romance readers are  embarrassed to be seen in public taking pleasure in a literary tradition that typically gets written off as trash.

But why are we so reticent to embrace a genre of literature that so many millions of readers insist is a source of great happiness and fulfillment? The answer is complicated, more than a little mired in sexism, and at the center of a new heartfelt documentary about the genre and the women who create and consume it. Directed by Laurie Kahn, Love Between the Covers investigates emotional attachment to romance narratives, the women who read and write them, and the shifting industry itself. It also points out that, in a world where so many stories are toxic for women, this is one avenue that puts women's needs and desires first: It's a place where sexuality, whatever form that might take, is honored and explored.

#romancenovels #contemporaryromance #books #amwriting #amreading #publishing  

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A Match Made in Book Heaven

At first blush, it may seem like romance and suspense have little in common. But fans of romantic suspense novels and the authors associated with the subgenre know one thing to be true: romance and suspense are a perfect, singular literary match. Both genres are fraught with tension, peppered with intrigue, shrouded in mystery, and characterized by heightened, often uncontrollable emotions.
Perhaps most importantly, both romance and suspense deal with a very specific fear: the fear of being vulnerable. When you combine the physical fear of an outside force with the fear of letting someone past your mental and emotional barriers, a truly compelling story can emerge.

Romance and suspense are a match made in heaven — a happily ever after just waiting to happen.

#romance #romancenovels #suspense #writing #amwriting #books #contemporaryromance  

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Have a relaxing labor day weekend!

#lol #amwriting #labordayweekend  
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When you just need a little bit more in your life

The internet is great for many things: The OC GIFs, Harambe memes, and literature.

Does it seem like one of those things is not like the other?

If it feels at all strange to you that the medium which has been credited (along with television, of course) with a national decline in attention spans and an accompanying rise in people wanting to get their news via 15-second video clips rather than 1500-word articles, well, yeah, when put that way, maybe it does seem weird.

But the truth is that the internet has long been home to people who love books and all things literary, and has served as a virtual meeting place for book lovers from all over the world to get together and discuss and praise and debate the written word. And, also, you know, buy the written word. (Definitely please keep buying books.)

#books #internet #amreading #amwriting #marketing #publishing #booklover #readers  

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Reach for the stars but keep one foot on the ground.

A book is an investment and, like any investment, it can either grow over time or not. I find that most authors don’t treat their books like a business. Books, to many authors, are magical tools that will connect them with fame, fortune and a date for the Oscar’s. Books are not magic carpets, they are not instant fame builders and money makers, in fact most books don’t net the author more than $100.

If it’s all so hard and books so difficult to promote why do we do it? Because in the end we all want to believe in magic. Some books surprise us and we love that. We love the random success stories about the author who marketed his or her book tirelessly and suddenly thousands of copies were being sold.  That’s why we do this and that’s why you should, too. Because it can happen and sometimes it does but it won’t happen if  you don’t do the work.

As authors, you have the power to either make your book or break it. The quickest way to break it is to blame everyone for the lack of success you are seeing. Keep perspective. It’s a wonderful thing that you wrote a book but it is, in fact,  a book. It needs an investment of not just money, but your time and attention.

Keep perspective and please don’t throw every dime you have at a book. We all love the stories of authors and movie makers who mortgage their homes and spend their last dime marketing their work to become a success but these stories are rare. In reality the person who does this winds up with a lot of expenses and a lot of dashed dreams. Keep perspective, it’s a business, not a magic carpet ride.

#books #marketing #amwriting #authors #writing

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Publications that welcome submissions from new and emerging writers

Here are 15 more literary magazines that are happy to hear from writers who may not had their work published before.

#writers #writetip #writingadvice #publications #marketing #writing  
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