I really like the part where the agent explains how soon he knows when a MS is a reject. Pay attention any of you who think Linda Hilton was wrong.
Someone wrote an article (‘Confessions of a Failed Romance Novelist’) for the National Post on how she tried to knock out a romance novel to make lots of money. If you are a romance reader/writer, you can save time by screaming and throwing something at the wall now, rather than reading it.
Edited highlights follow. Get your bingo cards out.
Comes from a position of ignorance and contempt:
“From what I gather the [typical romance novel] plots are simple and the characters’ emotional lives not terribly complex. Also, the sex or some sex act needs to happen way before the 100 page mark,” [my agent] wrote me.
[Note to author of article: Your agent is terrible. Get a new agent.]
Does no research before writing:
I attempted to revive [romance career after publishing the book] by borrowing some Harlequins. I wanted to surprise myself; maybe I would actually like the…
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