writing romance

OK, for years now, I have been writing non-fiction in the form of newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, newsletters, brochures, website copy etc. for clients, romantic and dog travel guides, all non-fiction.

 

and behind the scenes, in a secret cave somewhere, location not to be disclosed, I have been coming up with names and stories for all kinds of fiction from YA, children books, films, and even romantic comedy novels including the ones based upon my experiences growing up in NYC and my sad excuse of a romantic life.

 

with the romantic novels, I loved reading Jennifer Cruisie, my first love and when she stopped writing by herself, ugh, and I had read all of her older books, I asked a librarian if there were other writers like her out there and she told me about Janet Evanovich and I got into the Stephanie Plum series. Once in awhile I read books about dogs such as Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie series written from a dog’s point of view, mysteries that are funny, too. I got to read one and loved it and then was blessed with being able to review them on my Have Dog blog will travel blog, yay.  da perks da perks.

 

all of this reading other people’s books inspires me and I guess I should also mention Tawna Fenske, who I interviewed on my dog blog before she became a famous author of 13 romantic comedy novels.

 

Now on Kindle, I read and read and read, mostly free or cheap romantic novels and other books about writing fiction, romance, and dog books too.

 

And I guess the point here is that writers LOVE LOVE LOVE to read. And if you want to become a published writer, you should jump on the book wagon, too.

 

anyway, it used to be that I would write a romantic novel and stop after Chapter 3, but NO MORE, people. I am on my way, finally, to writing chapters and chapters of this idea that I had, the story has changed numerous times, settings and characters and plots, but I have at last written maybe seven chapters, did an outline, chapter by chapter and have committed to writing the story, even if I don’t really even know what it is completely.

 

Just get the thing done.

 

when i asked Tawna for advice years ago, she told me JUST KEEP ON WRITING.

 

Persistence.

 

and then once you write, you edit and find an agent and a publisher.

 

That is the process. I have helped others DO IT. But you know sometimes we can do things for other people that we find it difficult to do for ourselves.

 

ENOUGH.

 

It is way over time for me to progress and complete my first fiction book, romantic comedy and GET ON WITH writing more and more and more books.  because of course, you want to see my name on romantic comedy novels, sexy who donits, and books with peculiar characters in strangely familiar situations, don’t you, don’t you.

 

 

OK, I am hot on the trail of finishing. And soon I will obtain an agent who loves to laugh, eat chocolate and donuts and dogs, NO, loves dogs but does not want to eat them, except hot dogs, OK, an agent who eats hot dogs aka frankfurters, the healthy kind, and more importantly a genius who recognizes extreme talent and a brilliant mind. OK, someone who wants to represent this bicoastal, former New Yorker, Californian. Anyone, please.

 

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Journalists LOVE a good Press Room

 

does your website have one?  Does it look anything like Starbucks?  If not, give me a call and we can make changes to it, add one and / or assist you with it, so that your phone starts jingle jangling with calls from the media. “Hello, Oprah?”

 

a journalists dream… the fabulous Starbucks press room

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who could ask for anything more?

what works: interesting people featured news stories with photos integrated all together in an array / slide show of different stories

Headline that catches your eye and goes along with the story, not rocket science, folks

it is easy to navigate throughout the news site / press room, easy to read, easy to find whatever you are looking for

below the news (you can push the button/ click to read more about that story or read below and find different categories of stories you might be more interested in, stories about their coffee and beverages, fast facts, food, customer experience, wellness, and they also feature their twitter feed

then at the very bottom, they list ALL of their Social Media that you can click on, info about the Company, Brands, Media, Facts and Reports, so you know where to go to find whatever you want, there is a contact link at the top of each page, plus in each press release (which does not seem like a press release, it is a news story, and contact us at the very very very bottom too

you can download info and images and see related stories all on the same page

http://news.starbucks.com/

A few weeks ago, I listened to Oprah interview the founder of Starbucks, CEO Howard Schultz, and it was quite more than I had bargained for. This guy was a poor kid from Brooklyn. He did not aspire to have or own a coffee empire. He wanted to make a difference in the world and “build a company with soul.” And at one point in his life, he had the opportunity to buy a local coffee emporium called Starbucks. He made it what it is today, one coffee cup, one barrista at a time.  here is a link to the video:

http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/First-Look-Oprah-and-Starbucks-CEO-Howard-Schultz-Video

Spinning Stories like a Savior

Once upon a time, there was a guy named Jesus who told stories. They were called parables. He seemed to get a lot of followers around the world, huh. He gained people’s attention by speaking truth, in plain language and also overturning myths and status quo accepted practices, all thru the power of his words. Ok, yeah, he also performed a few miracles, too… turning water into wine, a few pieces of bread and fish into loaves enough to feed 5,000, walking on water, raising the dead, and more. It was these stories that also built his church and army of believers for many many years, even today.

Am not saying that you have to be a Christian and believe in a religion, but since today is Easter, once a pagan holiday that was turned into a story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, you just might get with the program… Words have power.  Stories have everlasting Life. And you just might be able to sell more products and services by telling compelling stories, heartwarming tales, and spinning little itty bitty twitter bite sized snippets.

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“Stories connect us to one another. Stories stimulate our imaginations. Stories are at the heart of the most successful

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“Angel investors invest in people, not products. While the big venture capital deals capture business news headlines, the vast majority of entrepreneurs get their start with smaller “seed” investments typically made by friends and family or early-stage investors. Yes, these small investors want to make money, but they also want to trust the people they back and to feel as though they have a connection with them on an emotional level. Storytelling is critical when pitching to these type of investors.

“…In the knowledge economy you are only as successful as your ability to transfer the information you have — your knowledge — to others. Stories facilitate the sharing of that information. Stories illustrate, illuminate and inspire. Tell more of them.”

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231098

And if you are not a great storyteller, then hire a writer like moi who would be happy to turn your stories into wine and chocolate.

Have a great Holiday !!!

How much are your words worth?

The next time someone asks for a freebie, someone to write / edit a book gratis, aka complementary, expecting you to work for FREE, will you craft a similar response?  I definitely will.  Love it.  Since today is Equal Pay Day seems appropriate, too since women accept far less money/pay than they deserve working two or more jobs every day.

 

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below, this is from Doonesbury cartoon about how dollars = freedom of speech according to the Supreme Court’s latest decision which seemed appropriate (and funny) in this context too

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Media coverage 101

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Everyone has a story, something to say.  Your press/news release begins with a story that has a beginning, middle and end. It tells a tale. And makes your audience want to know more about your product, service, company.

 

Is your story newsworthy?

 

will it lure the media into calling you to do an interview?

 

do you know how to tell your story (or your company’s) so that it is newsworthy and will capture the media’s attention (and you end up with interviews, feature stories and reviews)?

 

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The most successful news releases provide stories that people can relate to and offer the info the media wants (are newsworthy).

 

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