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Just How Much DO Those Romance Writers Make?

December 22nd, 2004 · 19 Comments

Something happens the minute a person realizes you’ve sold a book – that unwritten rule about not discussing another person’s salary just disappears. Although my friend Gena Showalter told me it would happen, I was still unprepared. The first time was at a PTA sponsored party at my oldest’s school. I was passing out the […]

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Creative Shelving

December 22nd, 2004 · 4 Comments

I’ve loved Brenda Coulter’s stories of creative shelving at the bookstore in the comment section. Creative shelving is when you place or face out your book (or a friend’s) for optimal viewing. I’m always nervous about doing this. First, because I’m a rule follower. Second, because of the rumors. “If you move your books around, […]

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I Want To Wash My Hands, My Face And Hair With Snow

December 22nd, 2004 · 2 Comments

I’m a firm believe that snow should be a target on the map. It should be someplace you go to on purpose (like that scene from the movie White Christmas when Bing and the gang are on the train). Snow shouldn’t be something that just happens. This morning, I woke up to snow. In fact, […]

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Why I’m Not A Children’s Writer

December 21st, 2004 · Comments Off on Why I’m Not A Children’s Writer

It’s been an exciting time around the Monroe household. Our youngest finally lost that first tooth. It was a very stubborn tooth, been loose for over a month. By the end, it was barely hanging on. The oldest kept giving pieces of advice, each more horrifying than the last. “Let’s get the pliers” “Let’s tie […]

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Math and Stats

December 20th, 2004 · 4 Comments

A few weeks ago, Booksquare discussed the rankings listed on Barnes and Noble and Amazon. My question is…do these really help the reader? I’m convinced most people don’t even see these numbers. My husband didn’t even know they were there. Now he is painfully aware. This is a typical evening. Kids are in bed (finally) […]

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Does This Mean I’m Officially In Charge?

December 18th, 2004 · 3 Comments

I have the codes, the passwords, and I now fully understand the complexities of posting links in html (yeah, uh huh). Of course it’s all very anti-climactic as I’ve been off-line due to a CPU upgrade. Can I just say AHHHHHHHH (and the reason I’m posting after 1:30 in the morning). But it does appear […]

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Those Romance Writers Didn’t Leave A Crumb!

December 16th, 2004 · 2 Comments

You’d think Champagne and romance go together. Actually, it’s Champagne and the romance writer which probably don’t mix. As Gena and I enter PC Cast’s booksigning we’re each handed a glass of the bubbly. Since the two of us talked non stop from OKC to the booksigning (which was about 2 hours) we were both […]

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In Which I Talk Dirty

December 15th, 2004 · 1 Comment

I knew you were expecting it – the dirty talk finally arrived on the 15th. Okay, okay – the bad sex scene award winner has been announced. I have been told by NUMEROUS sources this is something I must comment on being a romance writer and all. I’m not sure how romance writer and sex […]

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Going “Live” at 8 ET!

December 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on Going “Live” at 8 ET!

I’d just hit “publish” on Booksquare to post the first bit about the road trip when my e-mail icon began to bounce. The instructions on how to login and do the live chat on writerspace.com had arrived. And here come the nerves! Why I’m getting nervous, I don’t know. No one can see my still […]

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And Now…the Road Trip

December 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on And Now…the Road Trip

Wow, real life has gotten in the way for the past two days, but was able to snatch a few minutes to work on my writing. When we bought the car I’m driving now, there was the option to buy one of those nifty navigational systems. Option being the operative word – we opted out. […]

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