On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Arc of Heart Collection

Heart Collection ARC available at fundraiser. Photobucket

The ARC for the story collection FOUR STORIES, approx 135K words, (that's longer than anything I've ever put out there): Heart Story (T'Willow's mother's and her HeartMate's story, an older couple ;)), Heart & Sword, the story of the discovery of Celta, aboard the starship Nuada's Sword; Noble Heart, the elevation of the Clovers to the noblility -- this actually counts as a short novel; and Heart & Soul, Genista's story of her new life and new love after her divorce with Tinne Holly.

Oh, I'm offering a critique and I work hard on those, too, at least 20 hours...

Vinni T'Vine

Everyone loves Vinni T'Vine, and everyone wants his story. If I continue to sell the books to Berkley (or even if not, I will probably publish ebooks), I see Vinni's story about 3-4 down the line.

The problem is the conflict between HeartMates -- there always is one in a romance, so it will take me a while to figure that one out. Perhaps overprotectiveness and believing he is always doing the right thing for Avellana despite her feelings.

That could probably work due to the hideous episode in their past. But, of course, no strong woman would like having decisions made for her

And I think I've given you all another wonderful manchild to root for in Heart Search...not to mention one of Danith and T'Ash's daughters and Ruis and Ailim Elder's oldest...

There's an ARC up on Brenda Novak's auction...

Love to all,

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thinking, Resting, Recharging, Fiddling

Photo of Clear Creek in the Mtns. PhotobucketI've been thinking a lot about Enchanted Again, Resting, Recharging and Fiddling with my work. Some time with my family, too. I will start serious chopping of the first part of Enchanted Again tomorrow....

May you enjoy your holiday!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crested Butte Writing Conference

Calling ALL fiction writers--Don’t miss out on The Crested Butte Writers Conference—June 17-19, 2011!

A small Colorado conference with a BIG bang! We’re intimate, interactive and inspiring, delivering an experience like no other!

Featuring: Agents: Stephen Barr --Writers House, Helen Breitwieser --Cornerstone Literary, and Marissa Corvisiero of L. Perkins Agency as well as Assistant Editor, Holly Blanck—St Martin’s Press and Michael Braff at Del Rey Spectra.

Check out the website for agent & Editor interviews to see what talent they're currently hoping to discover.

Award-winning Authors: Robin D Owens, Kaki Warner, Sophie Littlefield and Juliet Blackwell.

Don’t miss out on our Discounted Group Rate!

My Seminars are:
Survive to Write, Write to Survive, How To Hang In There Until You're Published, Practical Techniques; and Kill your Inner Critic! Experience the Joy of Writing!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cutting Scenes

Sometimes the easiest way to fix a paragraph, scene, book that isn't working is to simply cut. I've come to accept that after enough books. This is especially true if deadlines and/or payment needs are pressing. It would be wonderful to take all the time I wanted to fiddle with a work, but that's not possible for me at this time, and may never be possible for me.

That's how it works.

May you accept your limitations today.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Battered, so here's a good photo

Favorite Ocean Photo...Got an editorial letter for Enchanted Again and it's left me feeling a little battered and with a lot to think about, particularly how to fix and how much I'm going to have to rewrite.

In any event, here's a photo that makes me feel good just because I captured it.

Love to all,

Friday, May 13, 2011

Name Chosen for 3rd Mystic Circle Heroine

Name Chosen for 3rd Mystic Circle Heroine. Thank you for all the wonderful names. You were all brilliant! Some of the names belonged to friends, family, previous characters so I scratched them immediately. After that, I made a list of all that I was given and finally figured out that I wanted both a K and an R sound (loved some of the M names, but I've used a lot of M names, so I reluctantly scratched those, too).

In any event, for right now and unless editor objects, my heroine's name is Kiri. To me it is lovely and has a little extra something that will match my heroine. Kiri Palger.

Thank you all!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Need Heroine Name

She is a mid-late 20s geek, works in IT. I had Laine which I liked a lot, but hero turned out to have an L name, too, and that doesn't work for me. Current name Cera, was also thinking of Ashley, Megan, Chelsea, Cheryl, but I'm not too proud to ask for help.

"Winner" should there be one, gets their choice of an ARC of ROUGH Enchanted Ever OR one of the Heart Collection stories.


Saturday, May 07, 2011

Dawn of a New Book


Dawn of a new book. I'll be working on Heart Secret today. I know this: it's the story of Garrett Primross, a private eye, introduced in Heart Search. The heroine is Artemisia Mugwort Ginseng, a Healer. He has antibodies in his blood that might stop a sickness, she hides the secret of her home. They discover a body together that is linked to her Family. That's it folks!

Oh, and I need to work on Heart & Sword from critique last week, too.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Enchanted Again IS SUBMITTED!

PhotobucketEnchanted Again IS SUBMITTED! I can fall down now. Again, no huge rush of relief, but a "glad it's someone else's to look at now."

Love to all.

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