Emerging Writers: Guest Post #18 How a romantic suspense writer dreams up her ideas

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Guest Posts

Arlene Kay has written a number if romantic suspense novels. As erotic fiction is doing so well these days I wanted to ask her a question, how sexy and steamy are your books, Arlene? Arlene — Actually they’re pretty tame. True, my characters make physical contact but the scenes tend to be sensuous, not smutty. After all, these books are ROMANTIC suspense. Besides, any sentient female would launch herself at the kind of alpha hunks that I dream up! . . Readers and writers of...

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Emerging Writers: Guest Post #7 On selling out and tucked away gems

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Guest Posts

Daniella Latham is a senior writer for a global corporation and has spent her career in the advertising industry. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and English Literature from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and is currently working on her first novel. Take it away Daniella. *** Selling-Out, v3 1/21/13 Who Cares About Selling-Out? If you’re reading this now, perhaps you’re sitting in your office or taking a glance during the 11pm news – but the chances are...

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Emerging Writers: Guest Post #2 A Cape Cod Cozy

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Guest Posts

This is all about, DIE LAUGHING, a cape cod mystery, what they call a cozy, by Arlene Kay. Take it away Arlene! I’ve been a mystery buff since birth. I cut my teeth on Christie, sashayed through Sayres and worshipped at the well-shod boots of The Great Detective. Small wonder that I’m a mystery writer! My first published novel (INTRUSION) combined romantic suspense with a medical mystery. I switched to a third person cozy for my latest, DIE LAUGHING, and back again to first...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: How to grab your reader’s attention!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in On Writing

. A key aspect of writing for the 21st century, applicable to non fiction and fiction, is grabbing the reader’s attention. The number of distractions people have these days was covered in my last post. Here are some techniques for grabbing the reader up front: 1. Establish credibility. If you’re being published by a major publishing house this will help, but even if you’re not you can put your key credential up front. If you spent 20 years as a gardener...

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From A to P – F – Frantic Editing

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in On Writing

This post was posted in September 2011. In July 2011 I put up a post here on editing my novel, The Istanbul Puzzle. I had spent six weeks doing a thorough edit based on suggestions from my publisher Harper Collins. I submitted my heavily edited version soon after and hoped that that would be it, bar a final check for minor problems. I was wrong. A few weeks later the manuscript came back. Another editor at Harper Collins had gone through it and had a number of general...

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