Light Up Your Career at the Southern Lights Writers’ Conference

It’s not too late!  Register today to attend!  Spur of the moment decisions are often the BEST!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

*A full day of craft and career workshops

*Keynote luncheon with CL Wilson, New York Times and USA Today best-selling

*Q&A with Industry Professionals editor Tessa Woodward from Avon Publishing & agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Judith Ehrlich Literary Management

*Editor and Agent Appointments

*Critique Raffles with incredible prizes from:


Anita Mumm (Assistant to Kristen Nelson and Sara Megibow) Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Andrea Somberg Harvey Klinger, Inc. 

Stephany Evans, President FinePrint Literary Management

Adrienne Rosado PMA Literary & Film Management

Lois Winston Ashley Grayson Literary Agency

Pattie Steele-Perkins Steele-Perkins Literary Agency 

Michelle Grajkowski 3 Seas Literary Agency

Scott Eagan Greyhaus Literary Agency

Kevan Lyon, Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency


Jhanteigh Kuppihea, Editor, New American Library (NAL) (Need details from Margie)

Raelene Gorlinksky, Publisher, Ellora’s Cave – erotic romances; Cerridwen Press – mainstream genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, futuristic/sci-fi, paranormal, women’s fiction, historical fiction; The Lotus Circle – metaphysical/psychic fiction and non-fiction

Rhonda Stapleton, Editor, Carina Press (E-publishing imprint of Harlequin)

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor

Emily W. Carmain, Noteworthy Editing Services

Sherry’s Sage Suggestions, Editing Service


Margie Lawson, the amazing author of Empowering Characters’ Emotions, Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors,  Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More, Digging Deep into the EDITS System, Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist, Powering Up Body Language in Real Life  

Vanessa Kelly, Regency Romance, Zebra

Sharon Page, USA Today Bestselling Author, Sensual & Erotic Romance, Aphrodisia

Karen Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling Author, Historical Romance, Pocket

Joanne Rock, 3-Time Rita Nominee, Historical Romance, Harlequin

Elizabeth Sinclair, The Dreaded Synopsis, Multi-published Romantic Suspense, Harlequin

Kasey Michaels, New York Times Bestselling Author, Historical Romance/Romantic Suspense, Harlequin/Warner/Kensington/Zebra, 

*Too many raffle baskets filled to the brim with awesome books and fun stuff to list!

Registration- $110

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When a Book Shouldn’t Pass Muster

Kassia Krozser’s recent blog post on Booksquare titled  A Question of Value struck a deep chord with me.

“The publisher sold readers a book they knew was not very good. Yes, the publisher had to know. Someone on the editorial staff (presumably) read the book. Someone with (presumably) enough discernment to realize the book was crap. Someone who should have had the guts to say to the author that the book didn’t pass muster. You know, instead of foisting bad stuff on readers.”

Having just finished a book I complained about all the way through, I wanted to chuck it in the trash so as not to inflict it upon myself.  Unfortunately, I have no time machine to go back a week.

The historical romance I closed for the last time this morning irritated me the whole way through.  It was by a USA Today bestselling author.  I had never read her work before; sadly, for her and her publisher, I never will again.  This book was so easy to put down it took an entire week to slug my way through it.

You may wonder why I continued reading if I abhorred it so much and I constantly asked myself that very question every time I picked it up.  I guess I kept hoping it would get better.  Alas, it only grew worse.

Here are a few things NOT to do when writing a novel:

* Describe the h/h eyes on every single page–and use it as the only source of color throughout the entire story.

* Repeat the heroine’s reason for her behavior on every single page.

* Make the h/h’s actions and reactions implausible.  A reader can suspend disbelief for only so long.

* Insert a plethora of coincidences in an novel.  There wasn’t a single person in this story who happened upon the h/h and wasn’t coincidentally connected/related to them.

* Use 150 pages of filler to make the book longer.

* Last and most importantly, NEVER throw in an obvious plot device near the end of the story.

Now that I’ve voiced my irritation I can move on to the next novel in my TBR pile.