Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Thinking About Romance and Other Things

"You find me a woman who isn't interested in romance, and I will show you somebody who isn't alive."
~Nancy Berland

First off, a big thanks to Marianne, who nominated me for "The Best of the Best" Blog Entries, and to everyone who voted for "Why I Harbor Hope"...I ended up winning!


Just a reminder: today, May 1, kicks off Brenda Novak's 3rd Annual Online Auction to Benefit Diabetes Research. Stop by and check out all the wonderful items she has for you to bid on!


Finally, a quick look inside the May Romance Writers Report:

First Sales Column: Oh, good! Of the 12 authors listed here, only one claims that she was writing for a mere 18 months before selling her first manuscript. The other range from 5 to 12 years. Women after my own heart!

This one sounds like a winner already: The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren, by Wendy Toliver, published by Simon and Schuster is about "the adventures of a band geek who, on the eve of her 16th birthday, magically transforms into a beautiful Siren...she's irresistable--and deadly-to men everywhere." Ooh la la!

Market Update: NEW RECOGNIZED PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing! Hooray (that's my publisher for One Night in Boston, just in case I hadn't trumpeted it enough here...)!!

Feature Article: "Look Who's Writing Romance": Terrific article highlighting the growing number of professional/college-educated women who are entering the romance-writing world, including Shakespeare professors, developmental psychologists, and Air Force pilots (yes, really!).

Among other observations: that academics know how to do research and stick to a disciplined schedule, making them effective writers, and that the growing numbers of sub-genres in romance demands people with highly specialized areas of expertise, including forensics, high-tech biz, and history.

Maybe there's hope for romance to be taken seriously in the literary world after all. Do you think so?


Marianne Arkins said...

Yay! congrats to you on the win...

I agree with you re: RWR and first sales. It was good to see that most of those who did sell had been working at it a while. Misery loves company!

Have a great day!

Diane said...

Allie, you have such great quotes. I love the one by Nancy. I wish I could afford a publicist like Nancy! LOL

I think there has been a change and romance writers are getting more respect!