Monday, November 20, 2017

NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED by Kate McMurray



I’m one of those relentlessly positive people who doesn’t like to give up on anything. I don’t even officially not finish reading books; if something isn’t clicking with me, I’ll put it aside to finish later (whether or not I get back to it is an open question). 

But someone asked me recently, “When should I give up on writing?”

As far as I’m concerned, you don’t.

This industry is tough, no doubt. That was clear from the outset when I was a college senior applying for editorial assistant jobs, and it’s clear now as I mull over how to better promote myself to sell more books. There’s adversity—agents or editors leaving their jobs, publishers closing, the vagaries of the market—and there’s rejection. Writing careers are too slow or too fast or too frustrating a great deal of the time.

And, heck, I got a rejection last week from a publisher who basically said, “this sub-genre hasn’t been a big seller for us” which is frustrating because that’s not something I can change or fix. 

But I remember being twelve years old, browsing the shelves at my town’s bookstore with my friends and fantasizing about a time when my name would be on the spines of one of those books.

So maybe we have to approach things a little differently.

Consider: Say you’ve gotten some rejections. How do you deal with those? Are you angry? Ashamed? Unfazed? How does getting a rejection letter make you feel?

Not to dredge up past pain. Rejection sucks. But it’s a part of the industry. Someone will reject you at some point, be it a publisher who doesn’t know what to do with your sub-genre or an agent who doesn’t connect with your writing or a publisher who drops you due to lack of sales or a reader who leaves a negative review.

So do you take that rejection and consider it a reason to quit, or do you make it an opportunity?

Sometimes a book just doesn’t connect with a reader for no real reason, but sometimes a book is rejected because it’s not good enough… yet.

I’m of the philosophy that we can always learn new things. Whether you’re unpublished or you’ve published 100 books, there are still new things to learn. I still read craft books and attend workshops because I want my next book to be even better than my last one.

So consider that rejected book. What’s good about it? What can you fix? Is there a particular thing you can focus on fixing? Are there craft books about that thing? Or, is it time to put that manuscript in a drawer and start querying something else?

That’s not failure, to be clear. It’s the opposite, actually. Sometimes putting a manuscript aside (for now) and focusing on another project is the key to success. Sometimes making a difficult choice is just the thing you needed to do to get to the next level. Making changes, trying new things, continuing to learn, those are all the ingredients of a successful writing career. Persistence, in other words, is at the center of that success.

My advice: Hang in there. Keep trying. Persist.

Charlaine Harris has called her career a twenty-year overnight success story, which I love because it shows the value of continuing to pursue a career even if your first few books don’t take off. Maybe you’ve got a Sookie Stackhouse book in you that you haven’t written yet.

I’ve had some black moments. I’ve gotten rejection letters that made me think I was a talentless hack. But it never occurred to me to quit. Revise, yes. Try to make my writing better, of course. But never quit. I still think of my twelve-year-old self imagining my name on a book cover.

And I love writing. I want to write more. My career is just beginning.

And, hey, my sixty-six-year-old mother recently signed a book contract. It’s never too late.♥


Kate McMurray is an award-winning author of gay romance and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America; and as Vice President of RWA/NYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her at www.katemcmurray.com.


Friday, November 17, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! HEART & DAGGER BY HOLLAND RAE


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HEART & DAGGER
by Holland Rae


SUMMARY:  Lady Charlotte Talbot hasn’t seen Armand Rajaram de Bourbon, her oldest childhood friend and once betrothed, since his family returned to India when she was fifteen. Since then, she has left a groom at the altar, changed her name to Catalina Sol, opened a house for unwed mothers and orphans, and captained a ship, the Liberté, crewed by the best fighters in the Spanish Main. She’s no longer the lady he left behind, not that she’d admit to wishing he’d return.  When Armand’s brother is kidnapped, he breaks his rule of never engaging with pirates. But desperation drives him to the Liberté and a life he thought he’d left far behind. He’d do anything to save Henri, but Armand never expected to find Charlotte here, and now that’s he’s found her, he doesn’t have a clue what to do about it.  Together, they must face kidnapping, pirate captains, blackmail, and themselves. The Liberté may sail thousands of miles from the shores of England, but that might not be far enough to escape the past.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! BREATHE YOU BY KAY BLAKE


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BREATHE YOU
by Kay Blake


SUMMARY:  Bree met Mason when he saved her from what could have been an unfortunate situation. They became friends, lovers, and then husband and wife.  After being separated for almost a year, they take up the suggestion of their marriage counselor to go away together for the weekend to try and reconnect. Can these two work out their issues and save their marriage?


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Friday, October 20, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! A TIME OF FEAR & LOVING BY ALICE ORR


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A TIME OF FEAR & LOVING
Book 5, Riverton Road series
by Alice Orr


A hot car and a hot guy can get a girl into trouble. 

Maybe that’s what Amanda Miller needs. But how much trouble is too much trouble? Dead bodies on the riverbank? A possible kidnapping? Sexy detective Mike Schaeffer might save the day. But who will protect Amanda’s heart?

 
A TIME OF FEAR & LOVING is Book 5 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series set in Riverton, NY, featuring the Kalli and Miller families and the Women of West Main to be introduced in Book 6.  


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Friday, October 6, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! SEDUCTION EN POINTE BY GEMMA SNOW


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SEDUCTION EN POINTE
by Gemma Snow
Loose Id



SUMMARY:   When successful TV star of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Nicco Castillo, finds his boyfriend in bed with another man, he goes full-on Hollywood trainwreck that lands him in ER. Next thing he knows, the producers are shipping him off to Paris to shape up and learn to dance for the next season’s story arc. But his incredibly tempting Parisian ballet instructor, Isabelle La Croix, makes that all too difficult, especially when he learns about her decadent desires--desires Nicco is all too pleased to indulge in. Against the ballet barre, the balcon railing, and wherever and for however long Isabelle is willing to have him.




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Friday, September 22, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! HIS TRUE STRENGTH BY LAQUETTE


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HIS TRUE STRENGTH
Queens of Kings: Book 5
by LaQuette



SUMMARY:  Dr. True Amare, Captain in the United States Navy, sacrificed everything for her country. One op gone wrong took her hope, her freedom, and the love of her life, Teague Maher. Twelve years later, as she struggles to put that terrible night behind her by bringing those responsible to justice, her country has one more request, “Do it all again.”  Teague Maher, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, was forced by his government to give up his life, leave the woman he loves, and protect a queen.  Twelve years later, they’re sending him home to his enemies, to the one woman he could never forget, and the scorching memories of the two of them together.  Can she trust him with her heart? Can he lay his life, pride, and ego at her feet, and understand that then and now, their love is his true strength?

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Friday, September 15, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! RICK: STARTING OVER BY BARBARA JAMES (DEBUT !)

  
   
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RICK: STARTING OVER
by Barbara James 
www.barbarajames.net


SUMMARY: It is orientation week at Wilder University. Annelise Perigault has just started college and is away from home. Living on her own for the first time, she struggles to navigate the social landscape. Rick Santelli has just started college as well. He is a returning student, however, after spending nearly a decade in the Coast Guard. Now serving in the Reserves, he is older than most of his freshman peers. Meeting up during orientation, they will grapple with controversies that draw them closer together and create a strong foundation for a healthy long term relationship.


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