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Crowd-Sourced Romance

March 21st, 2014

First, thanks to Jacqui Rochford for last Friday’s blog post. I must admit that although I enjoy poetry (after a trip to the WWI battlefields, I’ve just been revisiting Wilfred Owen and reading John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields), I’m no expert. So, I found it interesting to learn about a form (the sonnet corona) that I’d never come across before.

Moving on, I’d like to wish all the best to Karen King. She devised our Writing for Children Course and currently tutors for it. But she is also a romantic novelist under her ‘other name’ – Kay Harborne. Her latest novel The Millionaire Plan has been nominated for the RONE Awards in the ‘Contemporary: General’ category. If you’ve read the book and want to vote for her you can do so at their website.

All good publicity for Karen/Kay – and it does reinforce the point made in Wednesday’s blog. It doesn’t matter how well known you are or who your publisher is, you need to take every opportunity to market yourself. And there’s no better way of doing this than to put your books forward for awards or review by peers and readers. It may seem a bit daunting at first but it’s essential if you’re to get your work noticed. Even if you are only on the shortlist for an award or competition, it still gives you the opportunity to contact your local papers with a press release, or your local radio station to see if they want to interview you. And who knows where it could go from there!

And if you’re a writer of teen romance you might want to check out Swoon Reads. They’re an imprint of Macmillan in the US and their ‘blurb’ says: It is an active community where writers can submit their complete manuscripts directly to a recognized leader in children’s publishing, and readers can also become intimately involved with the publishing process by reading, rating, and commenting on the submissions. The manuscripts that achieve the highest ratings from readers and the Swoon Reads editorial team will be selected for publication. Senior Commissioning Editor, Rachel Petty, represents the UK on the Swoon Reads board.

They refer to the process rather pretentiously as ‘Crowd-Sourced Romance’ – but who cares when chosen authors achieve publication and a cheque for $15,000!

My guest next week is Allie Cooper who’ll be considering the definition of ‘high concept’ stories.

 

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