Rejection: It’s not the end of the world.

Posted in Romance on May 5th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

Even if it sometimes feels that way.

I have a few friends that I think would be exceptional romance writers. They’ve got great ideas, great grammar skills (cause, yeah, that’s important, too!), and they share a true love of the romance genre. One friend recently told me that she didn’t want to submit her work, because she was afraid a publisher would reject her.

Ah, rejection–that ugly publishing witch that folks don’t like to talk about.

The unfortunate fact is that most writers will be rejected at some point in their careers. Doesn’t mean the writing itself isn’t good; heck, sometimes it just means a story didn’t fit with a house’s schedule/line. But, well, rejection…it’s definitely something that hurts a writer–no getting around that.

Yes, I’ve been rejected before, and, yes, I’m sure I’ll be rejected again. But I’m also sure that no matter how many rejections I get, I’ll keep on writing. And, I’ll be in pretty good company:

Louis L’Amour–super famous western writer of more than 100 novels–received 350 rejections before he made his very first sale to a publisher.

Gone With the Wind–that epic classic–was rejected by more than 25 publishers.

Before selling his first story, Jack London got–are you ready for this?–600 rejection slips.

Chicken Soup for the Soul was turned down by 33 publishers in New York. (By the way, here’s a little known me fact: My first publishing credit was for a Chicken Soup story.)

The moral of this post? Rejection can happen to anyone. Doesn’t mean your story is bad. Doesn’t mean you should never write again. Actually, it just means that your story hasn’t found its perfect home, not yet. It means that you merely need to keep trying.

(And I got all these lovely rejection facts from one of my favorite, truly inspirational writing books, Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life.)

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My Grand Experiment

Posted in Romance on May 4th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

For a while now, some authors have been using book teasers and book trailers to promote their books. Sometimes, I really like the trailers (I’ve enjoyed Christine Feehan’s), and sometimes, well, sometimes they make me wince. So, of course, in light of my mixed feelings for them, there is only one thing for me to do: Make my own trailer.

Ahem. Yes, I’m going to try and create a trailer of my own that I like and thus, will hopefully not make me wince.

I would try to get a professional to do this for me, perhaps Circle of Seven Productions because they’ve done some nice trailers. But, well, that would be too expensive for my current budget.

And, when things are too expensive for me, then I have to get creative.

Luckily for me, I’m married to a guy who knows quite a bit about technology and about making movies. Back in the day (God, I love that phrase!), Nick and his buddies Brad and Derek made comedy movies/shows and they aired them on our local cable access channel. One thing that always impressed me about those shows: They had great production quality. So, I can get Nick to help me with the filming of my trailer. And with all the post-production work as we get it ready to show on my website.

My good friend Ashley has agreed to play the role of my female lead in the trailer. Ooohhh…it is so nice to have friends that will do crazy stuff for you!

I’m going to try and come up with a story board for my book trailer (by the way, the trailer will be for The Wizard’s Spell) this evening, so I can show it to the guy I want to play my hero. He’s not quite as willing to jump in without any questions as Ashley is, so I have to show him my plan first.

Ah, yes, the plan. Really gonna try to get that going. So, stay tuned, and I should have a trailer for you in a few weeks!

Wish me luck–I really think I’ll need it!

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"David Blaine: Drowned Alive"

Posted in Romance on May 2nd, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

David Blaine is at it again–this time, he’s living underwater for a week (in front of NY’s Lincoln Center), and, at the end of his underwater week, he’s going to attempt to hold his breath for nine minutes (thus breaking the old breath holding record of 8 minutes, 58 seconds).

On May 8, ABC will air “David Blaine: Drowned Alive” so that viewers can tune in for the dramatic conclusion (which will feature the 9 minute breath holding routine) of David’s stay underwater.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: David trained with the Navy Seals in order to prepare for this stunt.

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Werewolf Romances

Posted in Romance on April 30th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

I love reading about werewolves. Absolutely love them. So many authors take different slants on the werewolf myth…and reading about those shape-shifters is always such fun.

Here are a few of my favorite werewolf reads (And, um, Michelle–sorry for the delay!):

1. Moonlight by Suzanne Forster (appeared in the Moonlight, Madness, and Magic anthology)
2. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (Yeah, I blogged about this story before–because it’s GREAT! Hey, Fuzz–this is the next book you have got to read!)
3. Master of the Moon by Angela Knight (this story features a female werewolf)
4. Derek’s Bane by MaryJanice Davidson (I love her funny style!)

I would list more, but my book closet collapsed on me the other day, and now the thousands of books that I have (yes, it’s truly thousands–I’ve been collecting for over 13 years now–I’ll post a pic soon), are in a horrible heap. Finding my favs is a bit of a problem…

But, the above listed books are wonderful reads. And, ahem, there’s always my werewolf novellas…

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Wanna write a Blaze?

Posted in Romance on April 28th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

Over on the eHarlequin Board, they are running a Blaze pitch contest.

For anyone not familiar with Blaze, here are a few of the line’s requirements:

Word count: 70,000-75,000
Stories should be sensuous and highly romantic
Tone can be light and fun to dark and sexy
Heroes and heroines should be in early 20s and up

So, if you wanna pitch to the editor, good luck!

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