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When this site's ownership changed, Bryan left the podcast show to Jazzy, to comment on revised t&c. Apparently he had gone fishing.

Who is Bryan? (And how dare he go fishing?) And what do they have to do with Mark buying 400 books at a bookstore?

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you organize your writing?
« on: May 17, 2019, 09:07:05 am »
I use Onenote. Free and cross-platform. I use it on my phone, ipad and PC

Writers' Cafe / Re: Best place to build a website?
« on: May 17, 2019, 09:05:58 am »
I used to design author Wordpress websites a few years back. In my experience, except for a very few, most authors struggled to update and maintain their sites on their own. And since many authors are on a budget they wanted to, planned to do it themselves... which meant they weren't updated and maintained like they needed to be and eventually bad things happened...

Wordpress is the most flexible and has the most options. You can change themes, move the site to another hosting company, add all kinds of plugins for additional functionality without redoing your site. But if you don't have the skills, interest or time to maintain it, consider hiring both the design and maintenance out to an experienced designer. If you don't have the money to do that (ongoing support can get pricey) I would suggest going with Squarespace - or even the professional level It will make your life easier and probably save a lot of time and frustration.

Hi Boswser.

I'm a newbie, but I agree with the others who say do both.

Also you mentioned the romance beat sheets are out there. Can you give links to the romance beat sheets? I would like to try writing in romance as well as other genres. And if it's not a disruption, If anyone else has links to romance beat sheets, please post them as well. Thanks. :)

Jamie Gold has beat sheets on her site and includes some for romance:

And Gwen Hayes has written a book called Romancing the Beat. It's well worth reading. And she has the beat templates available on her

Writers' Cafe / Re: Laptop for Writers
« on: February 27, 2019, 06:58:46 am »
I'm a "thrifty" shopper. I also have sight issues.  I would love a Mac but I can't afford one. Even if I bought refurbished I couldn't afford the cost of fixing it when something went wrong.

Buy a PC from Costco. Two-year warranty included. 90-day return. You can research what they have online, then go to the store and check out their keyboards and screens to see what feels comfortable for you.  I have a 17 inch screen that works for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Canada and Australia
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:01:50 am »
Yes, both of those books are on the .ca site. Both in KU

Writers' Cafe / Re: Canada and Australia
« on: November 13, 2018, 06:48:42 am »
Several pages of Susan Leigh Carlton books on the .ca site.  And nice also boughts.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is "Cozy Romance" a real thing?
« on: July 24, 2018, 07:08:54 am »
As somebody whose career is built on feel good, I want to say that many if not most readers LOVE sex in romance. It is part of what they are reading for. Authors who write a steamy and clean version of the same story will tell you that steamy outsells clean many times over.

There is already tons of clean romance. Where I see the market is in steamy, sweet, feel-good stories with lots of humor and heart, and with exciting sex that does not squick people out. That is where Marie Force is, Zoe York, Roxanne St. Claire, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and the rest of us.

The thing about the above is that it is hard to game. Ghostwriters who earn a few hundred bucks a book are not likely to be able to inject genuine emotion and humor (humor is not easy to write), or to write a tender, sexy love scene that pushes the right buttons and is different from the next love scene. If you can write genuine character development, this is a great niche. I call it realistic romance. It does not mean bad things do not happen. It just focuses more on good things and small moments.

THIS. This is the romance that I like and want to write.  I read all those authors ( including Rosalind  ;D )but boy is it hard to find. I want the "wholesome" "Feel good" vibe but with the sex. Put a little mystery or suspense in it and it's even better.

If something doesn't feel right to you, then it won't feel right to your readers. 

A trope is just a starting point. There are a lot of romance novels out there. What makes a reader pick up one author over another is how that author approaches the trope and twists it around. Make the reader want to pick up yours instead of one of those other hundred+books.

Wouldn't it be more interesting if that actor was struggling to get parts? An actor on the downslide of his career desperately trying to get it back? Or maybe someone who is the "bestest" but has imposter syndrome? Or maybe a deep, dark secret that will destroy it all if tabloid attention digs it up?

Looks good. I checked it on Chrome, EI and Firefox and no problems.

I struggle with this. I don't know that I've found a solution that works all the time but here are some things I've tried:

Start really small. A page? 200 words? 50 words? Something that even on your worst day you could manage. It doesn't have to be good. Success means getting it completed. Focus on that. Not good. Not publishable. Just done. Check it off on your calendar every day you accomplish your goal.

Write longhand. Find great paper/notebook and a great pen and just start putting words on the page. When I use the computer, it makes me feel like what I write is "real." When I just jot stuff down, it feels like I'm brainstorming, playing around and I can let my perfectionism go and just have fun.

Maybe take some kind of online class on writing in your genre? Maybe weekly assignments would keep you on task. These days lots of published authors are doing writing classes. Make sure to get recommendations, though. Or maybe through an organization in your genre? RWA, Mystery Writers, Thriller writers, etc?

Get out of the house and try writing at the library? Coffee shop. Even better if it's someplace without internet

Take care of your physical health. Fresh air and sunshine. Watch the sugar and caffeine.

I found this book useful: The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism and Writer’s Block, by Hillary Rettig.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Best Book For Writing A Cozy Mystery
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:13:25 am »
I like this one: How to Outline A Cozy Mystery: Workbook Paperback – by Sara Rosett

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for recommendations (romance)
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:13:21 am »
Emma Chase's Royal series: Royally Matched, Royally Screwed, etc. has dual first person POV.  They don't sound alike and she does the Hero POV really well

Hi Victoria,

Would love to participate. My name on the Nano site is AnneLouiseM.


I went back through my invoices for my ebook purchases for the past year. Some invoices have the GST and some don't. And I can't figure out what distinguishes them - what triggers the tax/notax.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Books on Craft...other than the usual suspects...
« on: February 24, 2018, 03:33:01 pm »
I found this book useful, especially good tips on how to write a scene and keeping the reader engaged: Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver

Writers' Cafe / Re: Canadian authors and taxes
« on: July 29, 2017, 06:19:46 am »
Also, you can't use a home office deduction to create a loss or increase a loss and you can only deduct it from your business income. You can carry the deduction forward for one year.

CRA has pretty comprehensive info on business deductions on their site so it's worth it to read through.

I read a lot of romance and this scenario wouldn't bother me at all. I've read books with this situation but can't really remember titles. The only recent one that is similar that comes to mind is Lauren Layne's "I wish you were mine." The heroine is the hero's former sister in law. I think the author pulled it off and I enjoyed the book.


But, writers are a persistent lot, and so I kept at it. I may have finished the challenge nine months later than intended, but I finished the challenge. That in itself is pretty significant, if I had one lesson to impart. Always finish what you start. That's something I've done almost all my life and I think it's a big piece of what gives me confidence in writing and publishing.

For the handful of you who've followed along, thanks for joining me on the ride. Onward to the next challenge. Always be writing.

Congratulations Jim!

Stellar advice.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Good podcasts and blogs?
« on: May 05, 2017, 05:35:04 am »
J A Huss has a youtube series called A Successful Year- A Successful Release Strategy.

She's also halfway through a craft series on The Perfect Story

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Launch Thread -- sweet contemporary romance
« on: April 28, 2017, 09:25:27 am »
Hi Piano Jenny,

Congratulations on publishing your second fiction book!

I was pulled in by the blurb and borrowed your book. I haven't read it yet but just wanted to comment on the category discussion.  Both Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr are categorized in Contemporary Fiction and Women's Fiction. They're traditionally published but I would classify their books as romances that also tackle serious subjects such as divorce, Alzheimer's, PTSD, infertility with a light touch and an HEA.

Although I should mention, as a reader, I never use categories to decide what I'm going to read. In romance, the book categorization on Amazon is a mess. If you look at the top 100 in romantic comedy, few of them look like what I would call comedy.

Google Keep. It's cross platform. I use it on my phone, PC and Ipad.

You can keep notes with images, to do lists, even set reminders. Syncs with google calendar.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A new podcast (to me) called...
« on: January 10, 2017, 05:50:00 am »
Thanks, Mark

Adding it to my list.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Favorite writing podcasts???
« on: October 26, 2016, 06:22:54 am »
I wish this one was still going because I'm always trying to find interviews with romance authors. I love listening to info on how they launched, how they promote, how they interact with their readers, how they keep inspired, info on their sales etc..

I enjoyed that one as well, Bella and I'm like you, always looking for good romance podcasts. There's one starting up in a month or so by Whitney Gracia Williams and Nicole Jordan:

She mentioned some of the interviews in her newsletter so looking forward to that.

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