• Guest Blogger,  Stress

    Each Story is Different

    Today, please welcome Diane Burton as she relates how she came up with the idea for her most recent release, NUMBERS NEVER LIE, and why it took so long from idea to finished product. Thanks, Maris, for inviting me to your blog today. Ever since we met, twenty-some years ago, I’ve thought of you as my mentor. I’ve appreciated all your help and support. You are welcome. So tell me about this new book. Every time I release a new book, someone asks how I came up that story. You would think after eleven published novels (and many more that will stay unpublished, LOL), I would answer the same. Nope. Some…

  • Covers,  E-books

    A Thanksgiving Gift*

    (*see the end of this post for offer.) Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and friends and be thankful for the good things that have happened in our lives. I feel especially blessed. Forty-eight years ago I met a man who over the years has been everything we romance writers want in a hero: lover, friend, protector, and encourager. Together we’ve raised two children of whom we’re proud and are enjoying two granddaughters of whom we’re equally proud. It was my husband who gave me the courage to pursue my desire to write, so yes, there’s always a little bit of him in the heroes of my…

  • Writing Ideas

    Read to Learn

    Most writers have heard, “Write what you love to read.” Good advice since writing in the same genre as you read gives you the advantage of learning the standard, accepted form for that genre. When I was writing romances, I read hundreds of romance novels. In fact, when I started submitting romance stories, an editor sent me four paperbacks they had recently published that she felt would best give me a flavor of what she was looking for. I learned from reading those books, and she purchased the next ms I submitted. What I learned were plotting ideas, common chapter lengths, the amount of sensuality that was acceptable (for that line), and…

  • Musings,  Writing Ideas

    Name Your Genre

    You’ve written a book and now it’s time to start thinking about selling it. Whether you send the manuscript off to an agent or an editor or decide to self-publish, you need to indicate the genre. That is, you need to let others know how it would be classified. “Why?” you might say. Well, one reason is because how you classify your story can make a big different in where it’s listed on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and can determine if it has a chance of being found in a search. Sure, once the manuscript is in the hands of an agent or editor the final “what genre” decision…