Thursday, July 26, 2007


Well it's a mix. A publisher who believes in a book and promotes it to the best of its ability, a well-written book and one that appeals to the current zeitgeist.
All that. And one more. A writer who fulfils her promises.
Yep. If you make a promise, you have to make good on it. Write erotic romance? Then your stories have to be unfearingly erotic, delving into the psyches of the participants as well as their athletic ability. Inspirational romance? Deliver your message without preaching. Dark-edged romance? (hmm, where have I read that one before, I wonder?) Then your characters have to have a real darkness to them, not just a "I-loved-a-girl-once-and-she-dumped-me-so-now-I-hate-all-women" syndrome.
If you introduce a mysterious letter in chapter three, something must happen to or about that letter before you reach "The End." You can't leave readers hanging, waiting for the fate of said mysterious letter.
And if you write romance, you have to deliver. The book has to center on a relationship that ends in a happy-ever-after or even a happy-for-now.
Deliever all your promises, and then some, and you're on a winner.

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