Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

Not that we do it for the money… November 11, 2009

Filed under: Writing and Life — Autumn Macarthur @ 8:18 pm
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…that would make us literary harlots, but I was interested to see that Brenda Hiatt has updated Show Me the Money, her info page on what different romance publishers pay.

It’s based on what authors tell her, and makes fascinating reading. Harlequin Mills and Boon Presents, the line I would love to write for, doesn’t have an average payout figure listed, so clearly Presents writers are keeping schtum about their earnings.

I know I’d want to keep writing even if I never get published and earn a penny for it. The character voices in my head won’t let me stop. (NOT something I plan to tell the psychiatrist I work with!)

But being able to quit the day job and keep my household on what I write is a long time dream. My DH can’t work due to health problems, so he is househusband, and I’m breadwinner.

Being paid for what I do for love would be a nice bonus!


Carina Press- yay! November 9, 2009

Filed under: Writing and Life — Autumn Macarthur @ 8:18 pm

Big publishing news today is the launch of Harlequin’s new ebook only imprint, Carina Press.

It sounds exciting- they are open to a wide range of submissions, including submissions Harlequin Mills and Boon have rejected. I love their tagline- Where no great story goes untold. Just reading the submission guidelines are exciting- I can see some fun books being released here!

Kudos to Harlequin for stretching the boundaries a little more. With the great talent they have leading the ship and the buzz they have already produced, they should do fabulously well.

It’s Harlequin, but not as we know it…