I don’t need your story ideas

January 5, 2018

The moment someone finds out I’m a writer, they almost always say, “Have I got a story for you!”

As if I don’t have enough story ideas of my own to keep me writing from now until the end of time. If I’m struggling to work on one of them, I sure as hell don’t need to write someone else’s story to help me break through writer’s block.

Then there are the people who think their idea is SO DAMN GREAT!!!! that they just KNOW you’re going to fawn all over it the moment they reveal it to you. They’re sure it’ll earn a TON of money, even though I’ve been in this business long enough to know what people expect writers to earn is miles (make that lightyears) away from what we really make.

So no, I’m not interested in writing your book for you. Or even really listening to your idea, because I have too many of my own to write.

First of all (you know the shit’s about to hit when that phrase pops up), what you’re looking for is called a ghostwriter, and that pays big bucks. Which means you need to be able to shell out enough money to make it worth my while to write your story before you earn anything. And there’s no guarantee you’re going to make any (or all) of that back.

Here’s a true story: last year my CPA tried to get me to ghostwrite a nonfiction book about postage stamps (yes, for real — who would read it?). He claimed I could earn $10k or more from it, though I’m not sure how he arrived at that figure. I can’t imagine a nonfiction book about stamps bringing in anywhere near that much once it’s on sale. I guess he thought the “real” author would pay me out of an advance, but are there actually publishers clamoring for stamp stories? I just can’t see it.

Or maybe you’re looking for a book doctor, someone who will take your finished manuscript and “doctor” it into something readable. Note I say “finished” — book doctors work with something you’ve already written. It’s like an intense edit that will take a rough story and polish it into a diamond. Again, you have to pay upfront for this work, because no one works for free. And I’m still not writing your story.

Maybe the next time someone tries to sell me on writing something for them, I’ll bring up the notebook I keep on my bedside table that’s full of ideas I’ve jotted down over the years. Once all those stories are written — and after I’m done working on all the other ideas I’ll get during the time I’m working on the first lot — I’ll probably still not be interested in working on your story.

If you’re dead set on getting your story out there and don’t want to tackle it yourself, or if you’ve written a draft and need someone to go over it to “make it good,” I recommend taking a look at Fiverr. I’m sure there you’ll find ghostwriters and book doctors aplenty eager to take on your story, but I’m not one of them.


Oh look, a blog!

December 31, 2017

So apparently I’ve been pretty slack this year. I haven’t blogged at all (not even to promote my books). And I haven’t managed to write much of anything, to be honest. I’ve been busy — at one point, I had 4 jobs — but that’s no excuse. I have too many WIPs to allow myself to start anything new. I need to finish something, you know?

I’m not going to make any half-hearted promises to update my websites, or to blog often, or to release a new e-book a month. I do have a friend who’s in the same boat, so we’ve challenged each other to write at least 500 words a day. It helps me out because he lives in the UK, so when his day is over, I still have several hours left of mine. Which means when he emails to tell me how many words he wrote, then I feel like I have to write, as well, or he’ll get ahead of me.

It might sound a bit weird, but in the past two days, I managed another 900 words, so at least there’s that.

So I’m not going to make any resolutions to write more. I’m just going to sit in front of a blank page (or a blank blog post) every day or so until words appear where none were before. This should be fun.


Submission Call — Colors of the Rainbow (LGBTQ Romance Stories)

June 9, 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Colors of the Rainbow (LGBTQ Romance Stories)

Deadline: June 30, 2017
Payment: 50% net royalties from all channels, to be paid quarterly
Contract: 2 years exclusive, auto-renews

NOTE: This isn’t an anthology; the stories will be released as individual ebooks with unique covers.

We are looking for queer romance and erotic romance stories with a color in the title. The color should be important to the story, but keep in mind that, if you use a familiar phrase (such as “little black dress” or “seeing red”), another story may be submitted with the same title. So feel free to use unusual colors (like heliotrope, labrador, or titian).

Maybe the first thing she notices across the crowded room is the vivid color of a dress, and she’s immediately drawn to the woman wearing it. Perhaps one particular shirt sets off his eyes and, when he wears it, his best friend finds himself falling into that gaze. Or it’s those high heels that first garnered her attention. It could be the color of his uniform and the way he wears it that sets him apart from the crowd. That unusual shade of hair makes him want to reach up and run his fingers through it.

The story can contain any LGBTQ pairing in any subgenre, but the main characters must be involved in a romance (sweet or erotic). Stories by #ownvoices authors are welcome, but ultimately we’re looking for fictional stories and not memoirs (even fictionalized ones).

The books will NOT be released as an anthology, and there is no upfront payment; authors will be paid quarterly on actual sales earned. If you haven’t published with us before, feel free to request a sample contract prior to submission.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Stories must be between 12,000 words or longer
  • Stories must contain a romance — any heat level, from sweet to erotic
  • Romantic pairing must be LGBTQ (including but not limited to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, asexual, and pansexual)
  • The title of the story must include a color
  • Stories may be any subgenre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc.)
  • Stories must have a HEA or HFN ending
  • Adult stories only (no YA)

All stories submitted must adhere to the general guidelines found on our website. We do not consider multiple or simultaneous submissions. Reprints will be considered only if the author holds exclusive rights to republish.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Please follow our submission guidelines on our site to submit the story. Submissions over 40,000 words must include a chapter-by-chapter synopsis.

We will acknowledge submissions within 1 day and have a response to you within 4 business days.


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