Writing and Reviewing Romance

Writing and Reviewing Romance

Linda Fausnet writes romance novels and reviews romance on her blog Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous.

In this interview, we cover her journey from screenwriter to self-published novelist, what would cause her to give a 1- or 2-star review, and how to avoid the “Most of the conflict is based on a misunderstanding” plotline as a romance author.

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How to start an action story. Opening scene analysis of The Stone Speaker by Owen Garner

How to start an action story. Opening scene analysis of The Stone Speaker by Owen Garner

How do you start your novel? Today on the blog, an editorial analysis of the opening scene of The Stone Speakers a work-in-progress by Owen Garner. We'll look at what's awesome in the current draft that the author can build on, discuss scene requirements for action stories, and see how two popular published fantasy action novels meet those requirements in their opening scenes. 

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On literary agents, book launches, and getting a second date

On literary agents, book launches, and getting a second date

In this interview with Scott Wilbanks, author of the cross-genre novel The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, we learn what it really takes to find a literary agent, get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of a book launch at an independent publisher, and hear the unexpected (and hilarious) tale of how a novel was born from a botched first date.

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When can authors skip building an email list?

When can authors skip building an email list?

Every marketing guru under the sun will tell you that your #1 priority as an author or as a business owner is building an email list.  But the truth is, there are some cases where that advice is flat-out wrong.  

Wouldn’t it be nice to know when?

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What’s the number one reason any book fails?

What’s the number one reason any book fails?

In this interview with Darren Beyer author of science fiction technothriller Casmir Bridge and former NASA space shuttle engineer, we talk about finding a target market, what it means when a book ‘fails’, overcoming crushing editorial feedback, and what’s been effective in building up an email list.

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