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Sunday, May 1st, 2011 by Jennifer Haymore
#37 – Per random.org, Cathy P. is our winner! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your choice of format (ebook or print) and your address to claim your prize. Congratulations, and thanks so much to everyone who commented!!
I’d like to introduce you to my wacky, irreverent, completely amazing and wonderful agent, Barbara Poelle, from the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Barbara helped me to get me my start by selling my first books to Grand Central Publishing, and sometimes I like to think I helped her get her start, too (but I’m sure she would have been just fine without me)!
Now, without further ado, heeeeeeeeeeere’s Barbara!
Jennifer: What made you decide to become a literary agent, and how does one train to become an agent?
Barbara: All my life I have been a voracious reader. My mom loves to tell the story about when I was reading Stephen King and spilled my kool-aid all over and it was just puddling and dripping and she said, “Barbie! You spilled everywhere!” and I said, “Just one more page, ma.”
And “train” is a funny word. You have to kind of approach agenting like you should life in general: With 2% Common Sense and 98% Balls. ( Can I say balls here or should I use a romance euphemism? heh.)
Jennifer: What is your favorite genre to sell?
Barbara: That is the best part about working at my agency- we can take on any client with any project that we have a vision for. So that means I can have the privilege and the luxury of populating my list with things that rock my world rather than those I have to take on to fill an agency expectation in a genre.
Jennifer: Can you share some of your favorite success stories with us?
Barbara: Sure! This one time I had an author we’ll call Shmennifer Shmaymore to protect her identity and I was able to sell the plot of her book to one house and the characters to another for a total of 5 books. Oh, and did I mention this was ON A PROPOSAL? That is still something my boss just shakes her head and laughs about.
(Jennifer: Hmmm…I wonder who this Shmennifer character is????)
Jennifer: Do you use an e-reader or do you read paper books?
Barbara: For work? My ereader, and my ereader only. For play? ALWAYS paper. ALWAYS. It is just how I am built. My husband and I have boxes and boxes of books in storage, as well as two free standing bookcases and a built in bookcase always bursting. I also love when we have guests and they can see our eclectic reading style and I am a HUGE fan of lending out favorites. Hey if I don’t get it back I can always get another. Travis and I counted once and we think we lent out and then repurchased 5 copies of Life of PI over the years.
Jennifer: What kinds of books do you most enjoy reading in your spare time?
Barbara: Everything. If Susan Casey has a new non-fiction, then I will run to the store and push people down to get it. Huge Anne Lamott fan. But mostly I love walking through the shelves and piling books in my arms and then choosing what to read depending on my mood. But I love me some bathtub romance reading, a habit I started with Julie Garwood’s books back in college.
Jennifer: What kinds of books are you looking for right now?
Barbara: Well written ones! Ha- okay I know that isn’t helpful. Mostly genre fiction, but again, I get to be open to what works I represent so I really am looking for a unique take on a familiar theme no matter the shelf space it would inhabit.
Jennifer: How can an author make her query/pages really stand out, in your eyes?
Barbara: By keeping it simple, clean and professional. I always say, get in and get out. Your query needs to tell me the hook, the book, and the cook. The hook: one line with genre and word count. The book: five lines of plot summary. The cook: you! And I don’t care if this is your debut just let me know why this book, why you, and why now.
Great advice, and THANK YOU so much, Barbara, for joining us here at the Dangerous Women Blog today!
I’m going to be giving away three books that Barbara has recently represented, one by me and two by a couple of writers/friends who are also represented by Barbara and who I deeply admire!
~By Sophie Littlefield
~By Kris Kennedy
A SEASON OF SEDUCTION
~By Jennifer Haymore
I’ll announce the winner on Monday night!
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 by Jennifer Haymore
#11 – Per random.org, Colleen is our winner! Email me at email@example.com with your choice of format (ebook or print) and your address to claim your prize. Congratulations, and thanks so much to everyone who commented!!
And now we welcome Jennifer Miller, romance editor from Samhain Publishing!
Jennifer’s Bio from the Samhain Website: Jennifer Miller has lived in sunny Southern California ever since she earned her master’s degree in education from UCLA, but she is half Northern (Canadian) and half Southern girl by blood. After working in jobs ranging from investment sales to teaching to acting on stage, Jennifer finally settled into working with books—romantic fiction in particular. She has been with Samhain since early 2007.
Jennifer enjoys all romances with likable, interesting characters, lots of action, and loads of sexual tension. She is a self-proclaimed “conflict junkie” – her favorite books all contain powerful, seemingly unable-to-overcome conflicts. She especially loves books that make her sigh with pleasure at the end and believe in happily ever afters. She is a sucker for everything romantic.
The Dangerous Women group came up with a few questions to ask Jennifer, so here they are:
- How do you choose what to publish and what to reject?
That’s a complicated question to answer! I suppose I can simplify it…There are lots of reasons to reject a manuscript, but there is one reason to accept a manuscript, and it’s this: You love the story so much you can’t put it down until “the end”.
- Is there an expected “heat level” for the books you accept?
No. Samhain accepts everything from super sweet to as spicy as it can go. When I’m reading a manuscript for submission, the heat level has no bearing in and of itself. I do look at whether the heat level is appropriate for the content of the story, the characters, etc. I feel like I can tell when an author puts in more sex scenes because she feels like “my book needs more sex”. That doesn’t work for me at all.
- How can an author submit to Samhain?
Samhain has very specific submissions guidelines. You can check them out at Samhain’s website, and you can find answers to almost all questions about submissions on the FAQs page. Generally speaking, we require the first three chapters of the book and a two-page synopsis.
- How long does it take from acceptance to actual publication?
That varies depending on where your manuscript fits into your editor’s schedule. I hate to give hard numbers, but generally speaking, for my authors, the time ranges from 6-12 months.
- How much influence do authors have on their covers at Samhain?
Samhain has a great group of cover artists. The authors fill out a very detailed art request form, and the artists use that as a guide to create a cover. The author, editor and artist work closely to come up with an aesthetically pleasing cover that represents the book well.
- What is the most annoying thing that newbie authors seem to do with submissions?
Shall I count the ways? ( Kidding!)
But let me list a few suggestions for the new authors out there:
(1) Follow the submissions guidelines for the line you’re submitting to.
(2) Include a professional-sounding query letter.
(3) Please don’t email me after you receive a rejection demanding a critique of your story. We simply don’t have the time to do that–that’s what critique partners are for.
(4) Don’t take rejection personally. Keep submitting and keep writing–never give up!
- What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened in a Samhain office/meeting?
We have one editor who is quite talented at taking the most bizarre plots that have been submitted to us and turning them into Dr. Suess-type poems! It’s hilarious, but I dare not repeat any of them here…
- How many books do you edit?
I edit an average of two books a month. I’m considered a part-time editor. Some of the editors edit more; a few edit less.
I currently edit for the Samhain Romance and the Retro Romance lines. I edit all genres of romance and erotica, plus science fiction, urban fantasy and fantasy with romantic elements.
- Do Samhain digital books go into print?
Yes, if the book is over 50,000 words (approx), it will go into print in trade paperback format several months after the digital release.
- Have you ever had a book hit the New York Times Bestseller list?
Yes! Just recently, Samhain has had two books hit the New York Times e-book list. I was very proud of my author, Maya Banks, hitting the list with her book, Colters’ Daughter, and Shelli Stevens (edited by Samhain’s Tera Kleinfelter) hit the extended list with Flash Point.
- What edge does Samhain give their authors?
Samhain employs a great group of people dedicated to releasing the very best quality digital books out there. Samhain has great distribution, the royalties are top-notch, and, perhaps most importantly in this fast-changing business, it’s a forward-thinking company.
I’ll choose one commenter tomorrow to win the following Samhain books (a mix of genres edited by me!), in the format (print or digital) that you prefer:
-Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston
-Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks
(Erotic Contemporary Romance)
-The Promise of Kierna’Rhoan by Isabo Kelly
(Science Fiction Romance)
-10 Days in Paradise by Dangerous Woman Dawn Halliday (signed!)-also published by Samhain but edited by my colleague Sasha Knight.
Thanks so much to the Dangerous Women for having me! Please feel free to ask me questions! I love to talk about editing, authors, and Samhain. Or just drop by just to say hi.
Please remember to comment on yesterday’s post, too, for a chance to win a free ticket to the fantastic RomCon Romance Convention!
~And don’t forget-all comments count towards the e-reader drawing May 8th!~
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 by Jennifer Haymore
#17 – Michelle is our winner! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address to claim your prize. Congratulations, and thanks so much to everyone who commented! What awesome family traditions you all have!
*****************************Thanks, everyone, for sharing your favorite seasons with us yesterday! All four seasons were well represented, and I loved how you all reminded me of the special things about each of the seasons!
I spent the day yesterday playing with the kids and decorating for Easter. I remembered making an Easter Bunny cake with my grandma when I was little, so I went online and Googled “bunny cake.” We ended up making the cutest cake from Betty Crocker online–and it was so easy! Some friends came over, and we had a blast decorating three dozen eggs.
Today, after my son’s baseball game, it’s off to shop for goodies for the Great Easter Egg hunt, which we haven’t had for a couple of years, since we haven’t been at home during Easter.
Sometimes I get so caught up in the crazy busyness of my life that I forget how important it is to make memories with my kids. I hope that someday they grow up and remember the adorable little bunny cake we made, and they make one with their own children. I think I’m going to make a pact with myself to do these little special things with them more often.
What are some fond memories you have of your own childhood? Or, if you have kids, what are some memories you’ve made with them?
I’ll pick one commenter on Monday morning to win the following:
Signed copies of
A Hint of Wicked, A Touch of Scandal,
and A Season of Seduction
And a couple of awesome products to pamper yourself with from Laura Mercier:
Crème Brûlée Sugar Scrub, 12 oz.
Crème Brûlée Hand Crème, 2 oz.
Friday, April 22nd, 2011 by Jennifer Haymore
#34 – Susan is our winner! Email me at email@example.com with your address to claim your prize. Congratulations, and thanks so much to everyone who commented!!
I’m sitting in my office literally watching the bunnies and squirrels frolicking in my yard. Last week, we had a mother duck and her twelve ducklings take residence in our pool (Long story short–I was afraid the chlorine wasn’t good for them and my kids relocated them to a nearby stream. I just hope the coyotes didn’t get them!). The flower bulbs are starting to bloom and the bumblebees are buzzing around the wisteria, which smells like heaven.
Ahhh…spring is here! I’m hoping all of you are enjoying it as much as I am, and if spring hasn’t sprung in your neck of the woods yet, I hope it comes soon!
Even though I’m really enjoying this spring, summer is definitely my favorite season. There’s nothing that beats nonstop warmth and a blazing sun! I adore beach weather!
On the writing front, I’m busily typing away on deadline for my next book. And I have a surprise for you all! It’s the world premiere of the cover of my summer release, Sins of the Highlander. I haven’t even posted it on my website yet! Check it out! Isn’t it pretty?
Sins of the Highlander is one of my favorite stories. It’s a story of friends who fall in love, but the disparity in their social statuses prevents them from being together. With a hot Highland warrior hero, the sparks really fly in this one. Yum!
I can’t wait until Sins of the Highlander releases. I’m really looking forward to summer for lots of reasons! What’s your favorite season and why? At the end of the day, I’ll pick one commenter to win the following:
Highland Obsession signed by me!
Highland Surrender signed by me!
Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Lotion, 7 oz.
Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Body Butter, 1.7 oz.
And a bit of fun swag…
Hugs, and I hope all of you have a wonderful Easter weekend!
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 by Caridad Pineiro
#37 – Using Random.org, I’ve picked a winner for copies of THE CALLING Vampire novels, namely, DANGER CALLS, TEMPTATION CALLS and FURY CALLS: Sewicked Please e-mail me your postal addresses so I can send out your prize.
Today we’ve got a very special guest, Stacy Boyd, Senior Editor for Harlequin Desire and also my (Caridad’s) wonderful editor! Stacy is here to give us some hints on how to create a winning novel for Desire. We’d love to hear what you like about Desire or feel free to post any questions you may have about the Desire line or writing for Harlequin. Finally, we’ll pick one lucky commenter to win copies of some of the books that Caridad and Stacy have worked on together from THE CALLING Vampire novels, namely, DANGER CALLS, TEMPTATION CALLS and FURY CALLS!
Without further ado, here’s Stacy!
Seven Tips for Creating the Perfect Harlequin Desire Submission
1. Hook your reader right away!
Write a really great first line, first paragraph, first chapter. Readers, and editors, want to be invested in the characters, their conflicts and/or the premise right away.
2. Create a story with high stakes and lots of conflict.
In Desire, we love lots of sensual tension and romantic conflict, and there should be strong and believable reasons that the hero and heroine are at odds, as well as believable sensual attraction that makes them want to resolve their differences.
3. Develop an alpha hero with a heart of gold.
Desire heroes are sexy, powerful alphas with a core of emotional vulnerability. The hero may seem tough and stoic, but underneath that hard exterior, the reader can sympathize with the hero’s motives and flaws.
4. Surprise us!
Know your genre. Play with it. Make your reader feel like she’s never read anything like your book before. A surprise in the plotline, in the story’s execution, in the character development or in the author’s style and voice can really make a writer stand out from the crowd.
5. Be professional.
Successful Desire authors tend to write quickly, consistently and well. Including your publishing history and other relevant experience in your query letter, along with a short summary of your book, is the best way to introduce yourself. We look for writers we can build long-term, so let the editors know if you have more story ideas in the works.
6. Be a reader.
Read as much as you can, write what you love, keep honing your craft and maintain an attitude of persistence and professionalism.
7. Do your research.
If you’re interested in writing for Desire, you can find our guidelines on Harlequin.com, and you can speak with our authors, readers and editors by following us on Twitter (@DesireEditors) or “liking” us on Facebook (facebook.com/harlequindesire).
Thank you so much for taking the time to be with us today, Stacy! We really appreciate it.
Monday, April 18th, 2011 by Cynthia Eden
Update: The NEVER CRY WOLF ARC winner is…Pam B! Congrats, Pam! And thank you so much to everyone who commented!
Thanks for joining the Danger Women Writing blog party! Today, I thought I’d talk about one of my very favorite things…the sexy hero. Whether the guy is a cop, a cowboy, or even a deadly vamp, he’s a man who can always steal the show–and the heorine’s heart.
I like to write (and read about) heroes who are strong, smart, and able to handle any situation that I can throw his way. Alpha heroes are always fun, but I’ll confess to having a bit of a beta weakness, too. What can I say? I do like the guy-next-door-type.
I also like anti-heroes. Those bad boys who have more than a hint of evil in their hearts. These guys see the thin line between good and evil, but they often just ignore the line. A guy like this has to fight for redemption. I love that fight.
I’ll share another confession. I like “more” than just your average mortal man. I like wolf shifter heroes. I like vampires. I like demons. I like the guys with the dark edge. In my upcoming paranormal romance, NEVER CRY WOLF, my heroine must bargain for protection from a guy who is (quite literally) the big, bad wolf. Werewolves can be dangerous, but they can also be loyal, protective, and downright wild.
What kind of heroes do you like? Share with me. I’ll pick one winner to win an ARC of NEVER CRY WOLF (due out on June 28 from Kensington Brava).
Bound By Blood--Special .99 ebook--Available now
Thursday, April 14th, 2011 by Cynthia Eden
On April 15th, we will be starting an awesome Danger Women Writing blog party. We’ll have fabulous guest posters (literary agents, editors from great publishing houses) and we’ll have tons of prizes. Oh, yes–PRIZES! Daily prizes will be given to commenters, so be sure you head over for the fun.
Spread the word! See you tomorrow!
Sunday, September 27th, 2009 by Lisa Renee Jones
I love movies, television shows, and books! I think it’s so cool that Sookie has been so successful on television. I love Sookie! I hear Mary Janice Davidson’s series is becoming a television show in Germany. Very cool! What books do you think would make a great television show or movie? And who would star? I could see Sandra Bullock as Stephanie Plum! What about you?
Tell us what you think! We’ll be drawing for 3 copies of AWAKENING THE BEAST on Wednesday from all comments!
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 by Lisa Renee Jones
The winner of the Dangerous Author goodie bag, a copy of Awakening The Beast (an anthology w/ Dangerous Authors Lisa Renee Jones and Caridad Pineiro) and a copy of Alluring Tales, Hot Holiday Nights w/ Lisa Renee Jones ~~ Sue L Leech
The winner of a copy of Lisa Renee Jones and Caridad Pineiro’s upcoming Nocturne anthology, Awakening The Beast is ~~ Shauna Leigh Atkinson Kemp
The winner of a copy of Debra Webb’s July Intrigue, Small Town Secrets, is ~~ Lyra Rose
And the winner of Faeries Gone Wild, Michele Hauf’s recent St. Martin’s anthology, is ~~ Cynthia Gander
Congrats, ladies!! And be sure to join the Dangerous Authors on their Yahoo loop for more chance to WIN!!
Please email Melissa with your snail mail addy so I can get your prizes out to you!!
Friday, September 4th, 2009 by Donna Grant
Monday is the deadline for friending Dangerous Women on Facebook!!
Those of you who are already on Facebook, are entered. But if you send someone to friend Dangerous Women, and let us know about it on the loop, you’ll be entered again!!
And some lovely prizes are hanging out there ~~ a Dangerous Women goodie package, a few Dangerous Author books…So sign up at http://www.facebook .com/pages/Dangerous-Women/81689670785.
Oh, and did I mention I have copies of Caridad and Lisa’s upcoming Nocturne antho, Awakening The Beast? Yup, we’ll pick one winner to have that in their hot little hands before it’s out.
How about a copy of Debra Webb’s Small Town Secrets? Or Michele Hauf’s Fairies Gone Wild??
So friend away, and send your friend to friend Dangerous Women, and then let us know by posting here.
Lisa Renee Jones will pick winners on Monday to be announced here and on the reader loop!!