Friday, November 28, 2014

The Business of Writing: Finding the Perfect Publisher

So now that we’ve talked about formatting for a publisher let’s talk a little about how to find one. The first thing you need to look at is what you are writing. Not every publisher takes all styles. If you are writing YA you sure don’t want to send your ms into an Erotic publisher.

Talk to other authors. Find out who they publish with, especially if they write the same genre as you. If you can, go to conferences or join a local group and meet other authors as well as publishers. Join loops like MFRW. Network with the people who have done the self-publishing, published with electronic houses and the brick and mortar. Find the one that works best for you.

Writing Tip:

Do your research. All publishers have their guidelines on their websites. Some will want your full ms, some will only want a partial and some might only want a cover letter. Make sure all three of these things plus your synopsis is as polished as possible.

Barbara Donlon Bradley wears many hats. She’s a mother, wife, care-giver, author, and editor. She’s a senior editor for Melange Books, and writes for Phaze and Melange books/Satin Romances with over twenty titles under her belt.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

#MFRWauthor @VictoriaPinder owes thanks to #NaNoWriMo

MFRW Author Victoria Pinder talks about her NaNo Experience.

It probably kickstarted my change of career to take the craft more seriously. I owe my thanks to Nanowrimo in helping me take the control back. I finished the first three book series, and I couldn’t sell them. I had more than three hundred rejections. I had no idea what to do. No one wanted what I thought was my masterpiece. I was disheartened.

Then someone told me November is Nanowrimo. It perked me up. I had already written a few books, so I had confidence in my ability to write a book. Nanowrimo is like writing on crack though. It’s fast paced. Intense. And I have done it every year, except last. The now husband asked me to marry him in October and wedding thoughts took over my life. The wedding is over now. He’s been warned already. This month, Nanowrimo, is the goal again.

Since completing Nanowrimo, I self published one book, Mything You. Empowered I charged ahead with my writing and I sold five more novels to publishers since. Now I have an agent. She wants changes in the book and sequel. I’m currently writing this.

None of this would be possible.

To me, the best part of Nanowrimo is that I’ve sold a book I wrote during the pressure to a publishing house. Chaperoning Paris was the story that I had to dig deep with. The characters had flaws and issues I’ve never experienced, but my heart could empathize. It was my first Nanowrimo book. I wrote the first draft in the month. I was so happy. I also had no idea how awful of a writer that made me.

I fixed it numerous times. I sold it to my publisher and they had a major storyline change for me as well. It was a lot of work, but it was a work of love.

A lot of the editing for the publishing house was done as I was planning that wedding last year. My mind was on a million things, but despite the pressures, I realized I can succeed. It’s what I love about the insanity of writing that much in a month. Victory tastes sweet at the end of the road. It’s a controllable goal that can be met. I’ve done it. Anyone with desire and commitment can too.

So if someone is out to conquer Nanowrimo, you can. I have. And if you live in Miami, perhaps I’ll see you at one of the events.

About The Author
Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston then moved to Miami. Eventually, found that writing is her passion.

She always wrote stories to entertain herself. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, but when she sat down to see what she enjoyed doing, writing became obvious.

The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love, Mything the Throne and Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published in 2014.

Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Also she’s the Vice President for the Florida Romance Writers. Her website is

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MFRW Monthly Quote - November 2014 #MFRWAuthor #Quotes

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in service to my vision, it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."
-Audré Lord

Emerald is an erotic fiction author whose short stories have been featured or are forthcoming in anthologies published by Cleis Press, Mischief, Logical-Lust, and Sweetmeats Press. She serves as an assistant newsletter editor and Facebook group moderator for Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW), and she selects and posts the monthly inspirational quote on the MFRW Marketing Blog. Her first solo books, If... Then: a collection of erotic romance stories and Safe: a collection of erotic stories, are out now from 1001 Nights Press. Find her online at her website, The Green Light District.


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