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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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back from Road Trip to RWA

I am back and exhausted, house is hot and a little stinky from cat food. Cats are fine. I am fine.

Did NOT win Daphne or National Readers' Choice awards, but had excellent meetings, saw wonderful friends.

Stopped by Meteor Crater and took 119 pics of the place I'm thinking is the Great Labyrinth in the Heart books, more on that (ad nauseum no doubt) later.


Friday, July 20, 2012

I am fine

I am okay. I have been known to go to Midnight showings but Aurora is east of me and not somewhere I'd usually be. My heart is sad and my best wishes go out to all the lost and the survivors and their families and friends.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Working Steadily

A copy of the wallet calendar I'll be handing out (and putting in the goodie room) at the RWA conference.

I've been working steadily this week, as well as setting up parents with a new sound system and itouches, and getting ready for RWA. My cat and house sitters are all lined up, though I'll be working on cleaning the house today and tomorrow so it isn't frightening (not sure I can get the linen closet project done, but we'll see). :)

Again, I will be at the public literacy signing (see announcement a few days ago) at table 901, that is near the upper right hand corner of the map, here, http://www.rwa.org/galleries/rwa2012/RWA2012%20Literacy%20Layout.pdf

I'll also be at the free books Berkley/NAL signing (for conference attendees) on Saturday morning.

I'll hear how Enchanted No More does in the National Readers Choice Awards, and Heart Search in the Daphne's.

I am rooming with someone who offered me space in her room and I'm sure I'll make a new friend. All my past roommates (whom I actually keep up with, or they keep up with me), have been stellar.

May you enjoy the anticipation of a treat today...(like maybe Heart Secret on August 7)?


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Heart series Question for Readers, free ARC of Heart Secret

All right folks. I'm writing Glyssa Licorice's story -- the librarian. That's her main Flair, doing research, organizing materials, ferreting out details, putting together materials for others' needs. In any event, I need a secondary creative Flair for her. I've used a lot before: embroidery, flower-drying-arranging, etc.

Currently she is at the camp of the excavation of Lugh's Spear in the eastern part of the continent (map on pinterest). I don't know that her talent necessarily needs to be portable. It MUST NOT be WRITING.

Hmmm, just had a thought. What do you all think of beading?

Her HeartMate's talent is leather working and tooling.

But if anyone else has a better idea, there's an ARC of Heart Secret for you.


Monday, July 09, 2012

Enchanted Ever After GONE

Enchanted Ever After is back on my editor's desk, and I just found out that she'd already requested I be paid for the delivery of the manuscript. So she didn't wait on the revisions. Whew! That shows an element of trust that warms me. ;)

In any event, as I plinked at the manuscript this morning, fine-tuning, I realized I'd reached that point where, except for one bit, I didn't know whether I was making it better or just different. That's absolutely the time to quit editing.

I'll give it another pass when I get the copy edits, but now I will try to forget it so I can look at it with fresher eyes.

May you have good news today.
Robin (who just misspelled her name...)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Heat and Distress

I'm sorry I didn't say much this week, I've been trying to be better about posting...however the heat was hideous and I became a little depressed and distressed midweek -- then, of course, friends had problems and I could help which made me feel better. :)

In any event, I worked on contest entries this week and revision (which included new words).

Not to mention stuffing myself at an Independence Day party...

May you have an excellent weekend and the following week.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Signing At Anaheim, RWA

Yes, the next couple of weeks I will be preoccupied with going to Anaheim (on a road trip).

Here are the details:

2012 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing

Wednesday, July 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom (third floor)


Proceeds from book sales go to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Read Orange County, and Literacy Volunteers—Huntington Valley.

No outside books are allowed in the event.


I'd love to see you.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Revising, Revising, Revising

Today I will be revising 3 projects: my epub Wild at Heart; Heart Fortune Chapter 1-2, and, Enchanted Ever After, they went out to one beta reader before I send them to my editor.

I don't usually work on more than one project in a day, but if I want to produce more, and produce novellas for epubbing, I think this must happen.

May you enjoy your day. :)

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