Jo Beverley


I'll finish with a story. I was at a RWA Conference in Washington that was being held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. I was making my way to a workshop during the height of the conference and came upon a long glassed-in hallway that looked out over the gardens. On either side of the hallway were small conversation areas, chairs set up so that people could linger. As I made my way down the hallway I realized that the people sitting in those chairs were all the Grande Dames of Romance Writers, including Jo Beverley. The further I went, the more in awe I was. Somewhere in the back of my mind I always thought that this is what descending to Heaven would be like, passing all those that inspired you as you went along. 


I was greatly saddened to hear about the passing of Jo Beverley yesterday. When you've been reading romances as long as I have, you know who the great ones are and Jo Beverley was one of them.

Regency Romance has always been my escape. I could never write them, but I love to read them, and Jo Beverley was at the top of my lists. She came to the forefront in the mid-80's with characters that blazed their own path through the book store shelves. There are many authors today who probably wouldn't be allowed to write the things they do if it hadn't been for Jo Beverley and others who were writing at that time.


If you want to read more about Jo I've included this link to a great article from All About Romance. If you haven't read her books I suggest you skip on over to Amazon and pick up a few. There are 50 plus to choose from and none of them will disappoint.


By the way, I picked Lady Beware because I think it's one of my all-time favorites. Check out the reissue of her Company of Rogues titles!

Road Less Travelled


I have never been a traditional writer. Not by a long shot! But I do have a lot of respect for those authors that followed the traditional publishing path. There was a time when this was the writer's biggest "want"... a contract, a respected editor and/or agent, and the force of a publishing house behind your precious words. This is still a want for many authors today. But there is so much more freedom then there was in the past.

Frankly, I look at authors like Marie Force and I see a woman braving a new path. I'm sure it was often like searching blindly in a New England snowstorm, but she managed to persevere and flourish. Her work today outsells most authors and her success started as an e-Pub.

There is something to be said for straying from your charted course, or heading for the unknown. Where would all be if no one had ever ventured out on our own? That's anyone's guess.

The truth is that there is no real "true" path to publishing. Either way is right, for someone.





I Love Short


In a world filled with writers who love to write huge epitomes that total in the 100,000+ word count, I am one of those people who loves, short, sassy and succinct.

Hmmm, this has me wondering if it ever had anything to do with my love life?!

Anyway, when you start out writing advertising copy before you become a writer it can be hard transition to something longer. When I started out writing 20 something years ago (yes, I said 20) there was really no market for short romance. The only thing was either the Romance magazine or if you were already established, there might be a chance you were included in a publishing house novella.

All hail the entrance of E-Pub! Novellas are now more than the norm! They are accepted and often they are the so well accepted that there are authors out there making a respectable profit on their writing by going short. Especially, in the erotic romance genre... but that's a joke for another time.

Anyway, there is no reason for those of us who are length challenged to consider it an obstacle to publishing anymore. Instead, we can charge forth and publish! And publish again... and again! And, after all, in a society that is patience-challenged, having a ready library of reading material available is always a good thing!



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