Is romance in the air at your house?

We never grow too old for romance.

Want proof? Just look at the romance genre. Sales continue to climb. I’m not talking just about erotica (smut novels per my daughter.)

Want to write a bestselling novel?

Add romance to the formula.

Whether you self-publish or traditional,  write mysteries, women’s fiction, dystopian, YA, LGBT fiction, horror, or thriller, add a little romance and you’ve got a bestseller on your hands.



Because everyone loves a good love story.

Still not convinced? Check out the top Amazon 100 ebooks or the NYT Best Seller list and see for yourself. Read some of the book blurbs, I bet you’ll see lots of references to love. Even one of the hottest new YA futuristic book, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline mentions a love connection. 

So tell me—

Could your current work in progress use a little romance? 

Have you given much thought to how hot the romance genre is?


That’s it for today. Short and sweet because I’ve got a big romantic evening to plan. 

So go curl up with a good romantic movie or book and get your groove on. 


Another writer’s take on romance. Let’s Talk About Romance –By Jaq D Hawkins





Writing and need help? Check out this terrific list

Thanks to   over at Publishing… and Other Forms of Insanity, for providing us with such an extensive list of websites.

There is something here for every writer. There is information on queries, marketing, publishing as well as how to write a good book. So get ready because if you’re like me,  down the rabbit hole, you’ll go, once you begin to click. 

Which of the 27 websites is new to me?

  1. Agent Query.  Although I’m nowhere ready to send out queries, this will definitely go on my “hope to need” list.
  2. Free Writing Events. Yay! Who doesn’t want to submit without the added cost of submission fees? Oh yeah, this one is a definite must-read.
  3. The Grinder. Like Erica, I once used Durotrope until they became a paid service.  I can’t wait to check out this one.
  4. Jae Writer. Now this one sounds like the perfect website to learn more about the craft of writing. Count me as a new follower.
  5. Manuscript Wish List (#MSWL). Whoa! What writer wouldn’t want to get inside the mind of agents and editors?
  6. The Passive Voice. Again, a great blog to learn what agents think. Plus, a bit of legalese from an attorney.
  7. Pub Crawl. Here you can find an insider’s perspective from authors and publishing professionals. Cool!
  8. Savvy Writers. Almost a million followers!  Doris-Maria Heilmann blogs cover everything you ever wanted to know about publishing your book.
  9. Susan Dennard. Her blog is filled with writing and publishing resources for aspiring authors. Everything from story-telling to the finished book.
  10. Women Writers, Women’s Books. All things about women authors. Well, I definitely qualify.
  11. Writing Career. Provides places that actually pay writers. Alright!

Not bad! I’m familiar with 16 of the 27! Now I can’t wait to dive into the other 11  websites. I just love learning new stuff! Gonna be a busy weekend of reading. See you on the other side of that rabbit hole. LOL

Want to know more!

Click and read about all of the great links on Erica’s website. 

27 Great Websites for Writers  by 

Did you discover a new website?
Are any of the 27 a favorite?
Do you use any of these websites? Which ones?

Leave me a comment. I can’t wait to read your thoughts or suggestions.

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What name should you publish under?

If you are planning on self-publishing a name is important.

One of the first things I did was to set up a publishing name. Second Act Press. This has a personal meaning to only me and gives my books a bit of publishing weight.

Second Act Press - Jean M. Cogdell

With a purchased ISBN you can publish under your name or a DBA (Doing Business As) name. However, if you use one of the free ISBN offered through Createspace or another company, their name will appear as publisher.

Have you considered a publishing name?

Or have you not thought about one?

If you are writing a book, start thinking. It’s a big decision.

Want more tips? Keep reading.

What to name your publishing company by Rob Bignell


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Do you know the hard truth about self-publishing?

This article, By Rebecca M. Lyles, is a must read for all writers.

Like Ms. Lyles, I’m an introvert. I break out in a cold sweat at the thought of hawking my book. 

But I think it’s important to know what a writer faces when going the self-publishing route. Better prepared than caught blindsided.

So brace yourselves. Read…

Five Self-Pub Truths (I wish I’d known)By Rebecca M. Lyles

What did you think?

Any surprises?

Have you already gone down this path? If so share with me your experience in self-publishing. 

I love reading your comments.

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