New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan

Dear Paranormal Romance Lovers,

 

On the heels of the publication of #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan’s latest Carpathian novel Dark Slayer (Berkley Hardcover; September 1, 2009; $25.00) comes a new episode of “Project Paranormal,” featuring an in-depth look at Feehan and her work. The episode includes a behind-the-scenes interview with Christine Feehan discussing her books as well as a chat with her editor Cindy Hwang detailing how she went from being a fan to Christine’s editor. Paranormal fans will also meet Seanan McGuire, debut author of Rosemary and Rue (DAW Mass Market; September 1, 2009; $7.99), the first in an all new urban fantasy series that puts a fresh spin on fairies.

 

Check out the latest episode of “Project Paranormal” by visiting www.penguin.com/projectparanormal. We have also attached an embedded link to this message if you’d like to add a clip to your website.

Valentine’s Day Contest Hosted by Breathless Press

Romance is in the air and Breathless Press wants you to express your love.

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic time of the year and we want you to share with us your tales of desire, lust and love.

Breathless Press is holding a contest and only two lucky entrants will win a signed contract as well as a video trailer and a month long blog tour to help promote their winning book. All you have to do is submit your breathtaking love stories of Valentine romance. Anything to do with Valentine’s Day is welcome.

Contest ends December 1st so hurry and get your stories in.

Length: We classify our lengths as follows:

Flirts: under 1,000 words

 

Temptations: 1,500 – 5,000 words

 

Novelette: 5,000 – 10,000 words

 

Novella: 10,000 – 50/60,000 words

 

Novel: 50/60,000-100,000 words 

Send query to: acquisitions @ breathlesspress dot com.

Tip for proposal #2

Avoid the words I, we, us, and our unless the book is about you. Editors are wary of authors who overuse the word I unless it’s relevant to the book. Unless you or your experience are part of the book, write about the subject, not yourself. Also avoid the words you and your in your introduction and outline. The first two parts of the proposal are about the book. You’re writing them for the editor, not the book buyer. If you want to address readers directly, as this sentence does, do it in your sample chapter and the opening anecdotes for your outline. The most effective way to sell your book is to stick to the subject and the book.

Contest by author Karen Moning

Prize:

MP3 audiobook of Dreamfever

Deadline:

September 30th, midnight PST

Contest:

Answer the following questions from the website:

1. Who convinced Phil Gigante to audition for Brilliance Audio?

2. What is the name of Nathan Kamp’s online cooking show?

3. Name 5 different locations that either the MacHalo or ZLo have been.

4. What is the name of the ringtone that is offered that is the only one that isn’t done courtesy of Phil Gigante?

5. Who interviewed Dageus?

Only one entry per person. A winner will be chosen randomly from the correct entries. Email your entry with the word Contest in the subject line to manager@karenmoning.com.

What to look for when revising a novel

Look for the weaknesses that most often cause rejection: unsympathetic or flat characters, unrealistic dialogue, slow pacing, a boring beginning, lack of voice, and bad or clichéd writing. You’re probably wondering: How do I know if I have flat characters or a slow pace or any of these weaknesses? Show your manuscript to people you can trust to give their honest opinion, and if they all give you the same criticism, that’s a red flag.

Is your idea a novel or short story?

Here is a simple way to help determine if your idea is more appropriate for a novel-length work or a short story.

  • A short story shows a character in a state of flux. While other characters are present in the short story, it generally deals with one character’s situation. Hence, short stories are almost always character driven.
  • A novel has a broader scope. Not only will it deal with a character’s trajectory, there will be substrata and super strata as well. You’ll often find a number of leitmotifs, recurring ideas, or details that appear again and again. A novel’s larger idea (or theme) is many-tentacle and won’t always stay between the lines.

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