I just LOVE Maxine!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
I just LOVE Maxine!!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So many writers have so much angst about getting their manuscripts in front of an editor or agent. I've had people ask me what the "secret" is.
Well, I for one am not one to hold back when I have information that should be shared, so are you ready to learn the secret?
Are you really ready?
There is no secret.
It's about hard work, professionalism, and perseverance. It's about being in the right place at the right time. And how do you get there? Well, as Stephen King has said in his book Danse Macabre, the right time is anyone's guess, but anyone can work to get themselves in the right place...and wait.
Have a great Tuesday!
Mused by Sherrill Quinn at 6:15 AM
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Here's the latest review from someone posting at Amazon.com:
Sherrill Quinn has a solid ebook backlist and I think any fan of those works will love Daring the Moon, not to mention fans of the werewolf genre and of hot romances in general.
I recognized the author's trademark humor and of course there's plenty of sensuality and sex. The reclusive Ryder with his furry secret is a to-die-for hunk of a hero, and he meets his match in the fiery independent heroine. The story mostly takes place at Ryder's isolated mansion on an island off Cornwall, England, an atmospheric backdrop to the darker aspects of the plot.
A secondary character Declan gets his own story in a sequel - I'll be looking out for that one.
To read an excerpt, click here.
Available for 30% off at Kensingtonbooks.com.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
"Writing is sweat and drudgery most of the time. And you have to love it in order to endure the solitude and the discipline." ~ Peter Benchley
"I think writers need windows on a view to remind them that a whole world is out there, not the minutiae with which they might be dealing on a close scale." ~ Anne McCaffrey
"If people ask me for the ingredients of success, I say one is talent, two is stubbornness or determination, and third is sheer luck. You have to have two out of the three. Any two will probably do." ~ Fred Saberhagen
"The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location." ~ Flannery O'Connor
"The difficulty, the ordeal, is to start." ~ Zane Grey
Mused by Sherrill Quinn at 6:30 AM
Monday, May 18, 2009
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"You will fall in love with Angel and Harry as they discover something more moving than their passion--feelings that neither have experienced. The deadly villain takes you on the ominous journey within his sick mind as this multi-layered plot unfolds into a suspenseful ending that keeps the reader glued to the pages. Enjoy!"
You can read the full review here.
To read an excerpt or buy, click here.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
You want your book to be something that readers can't put down. Here are some tips on how to make that happen:
1. Start with an important action. These days you don't have the luxury of building up to a conflict or other main event. Something must happen right away to hook the reader.
2. Develop conflict. If life's too easy for your characters, you won't hold the readers' attention.
3. Stay true to the genre. Romance readers want romance; mystery readers expect a good puzzle; adventure lovers expect fast-paced action. Hint at things to come, then deliver. Everything must be resolved by the end of your novel, including the few little asides you might have introduced along the way. The lost dog found its home; the red herring was explained away; the secondary character's role was revealed, etc.
4. Decide what point of view you're going to use, and stick with it.
5. Develop a main character your reader can identify with, worry about, and root for. Let the reader know who the good guys are--and the bad guys.
6. Let the reader know up front what's at stake. What's important to the main characters, and why? How will they suffer if they lose it?
7. Establish the setting. Show the reader where and when things are happening.
8. Set a brisk pace. However, to some extent, the genre will dictate that for you. Historical romances are more leisurely, filled with description and flowery language; mysteries must go faster.
10. Everything mentioned in your book must have a reason for being there. If it doesn't advance the story, it shouldn't be in your book. This goes back to "if you introduce a gun in chapter three, you had better use it before the end of the book".
Mused by Sherrill Quinn at 6:27 AM
Friday, May 08, 2009
Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven. When they get there, St. Peter says, "We only have one rule here in heaven: don't step on the ducks!"
So they enter heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It's almost impossible not to step on one, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps a duck.
Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw. St. Peter chains them together and says, "Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man!"
The next day, the second woman accidentally steps on a duck and along comes St. Peter, who doesn't miss a thing. With him is another extremely ugly man. He chains them together with the same admonishment as for the first woman.
The third woman has observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very, VERY careful where she steps.
She manages to go months without stepping on any ducks, but one day St.Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on--very tall, long eyelashes, muscular.
St. Peter chains them together without saying a word.
The happy woman says, "I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity?"
The guy says, "I don't know about you, but I stepped on a duck."
Mused by Sherrill Quinn at 6:12 AM
Thursday, May 07, 2009
From Night Owl Romance:
A beautiful romance full of dark passions...
"You will fall in love with Angel and Harry as they discover something more moving than their passion... The deadly villain takes you on the ominous journey within his sick mind as this multi-layered plot unfolds into a suspenseful ending that keeps the reader glued to the pages. Enjoy!"
To read an excerpt or buy, click here.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
How do you deal with rejection? The best thing to do is first and foremost, don't take it personally. The editor/agent isn't rejecting you, he/she is rejecting your work. There is a difference. You should always have a new project underway so that you're working on something instead of just pining your hopes on one thing. And know this: your first "baby" may never see the light of day. Be prepared for it to be a learning experience, but not a published book.
And console yourself with knowing even the best have been rejected.
John Grisham received 45 rejections for A Time to Kill
Frank Herbert received 13 rejections for Dune.
Madeline L'Engle received 29 rejections for A Wrinkle in Time (one of my all-time favs!)
Louis L'Amour, who published over 100 westerns, received over 300 rejections before he published his first book.
Ray Bradbury, the KING of sci-fi, received over 800 rejections before he sold his first story.
The key? Persistence. Keep learning, keep improving, and keep submitting.
Mused by Sherrill Quinn at 6:24 AM