On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

For Fun, First

I pitched my two epub projects at last weekend's Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's conference.

I pitched excruciatingly poorly, and I got upset at the comments of what publishers want. Mainly because I am having such a great time just writing the stories without worrying about fitting them in the box of what the publisher wants.

For instance: Luna wants a Woman's Story. That means I can't open the book with a hero's point of view (which, if you look at my Heart books, I do more often than not). The hero's point of view should be, ideally, less than 50%. I'm also always aware that I need a revelation of my heroine's growth at the end.

So I've decided that I will just write the way I want to, right now, trust myself.

May you enjoy your own revelations today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

couldn't agree more with you. Trust yourself!
Personally find it more exciting to think of the hero than another woman, no matter how nice.
If you always stay in the prescribed publishers box of 'What sells now" you'll lose all originality and then won't sell anything!
As one who enjoys reading your books, I hope you will manage to continue giving us original and fun books to read, and I am looking forward to the epublishing as well.

8:42 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks. Some of this was marketing stuff: if you do this and this and this, we can make a lot of money, which is nice to hear, but the freedom of just writing what I want is incredible.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Kristal said...

Can't wait for reading the new stories.
If your writing for a publisher is natural that they only want something that they know that will sell. But that takes away the chance for the people to discover new stories, genres or another way for a certain genre to be written and the stories start to grow repetitive.
I personally liked all the books I read of you so far and can't wait for the next one, that I had the chance of Beta read and it was great, and see the differences making it a new story again.
In the department, I personally don't like very much when it is only one of the hero's or heroine's perspective. I personally like both better, it makes you follow the all story and not only a part of it.
For example, Enchanted No More, don't get me wrong the story was great, but I was always waiting for Aric to kick in and give us an insight in his thoughts and it never does, only small snippets in is talks with Jenny, which makes it a story about her and not about them, in my opinion it is only half the story it could be.
Like I said don't get me wrong, it is a great story and I liked it but I think that a romance novel should have both not just one, otherwise it is a very long read in only one character skin.
The following book, Enchanted Again, is again in a double like your other books and I think it gives it more depth than the first one.
I think that single work best for short stories or novellas, even romance ones, than for a full length novel.
Anyway, please write the way you think is best for the story you are telling and we will read it.
I may don't like one view stories much, but that doesn't mean that I don't read and enjoy them anyway, maybe not as much as I could, as in Jenny's story case, but I enjoy it nonetheless because it was a great story.
Please continue the great work you do and don't let anyone make you write a story you don't like writing just because it may sell better or in my case, not just like my tastes, because even though it wasn't right to my preferred style of writing, it was a great story and I enjoy it much anyway.
I can't wait for the next Celta book, Heart Secret was great.
May you continue writing great stories for a very long time.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that you will be able to write what you deem best and get it published anyhow. You are too good a writer to be boxing your writing in artificially to fit whatever trend the publishers think is important (and which I'm sure will change with time). It seems like such a waste!

As a reader, I have to say that I have been exceedingly disappointed in the Luna line over the years. There are several authors for whom I have read books published by Luna as well as another publisher, and the "other publisher" ones always seem better edited and constructed. I don't trust their work as a publisher and now only buy Luna books if it is an author that I really want to follow. I think your instincts are much better than theirs!

I enjoyed Heart Secret!

10:53 PM  

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