Saturday, August 25, 2012

Thoughts on a Summer Morning

Some of you may already know how I became a published erotic romance author. For those of you who don’t know or remember, it all began at the RWA national conference in Reno, NV in 2005. There I hooked up with former Sacramento chapter member Lynn LaFleur. She insisted—in that very Texas Belle way of hers—that I attend a spotlight on her publisher, Ellora’s Cave.

Of course I attended. One does not ignore an invitation from a Texas woman, belle or not. Some of them are armed and all of them seem more than a little dangerous under all that sweetness.

Inspired after the spotlight, I came home and wrote like crazy in a way I’d never written before: in scenes. Only after I finished did I collate the story—Passion’s Four Towers—and send it into the Ethernet. EC bought it and the rest is history. My twentieth novel—Temptress of Time—is targeted for release this year.

Needless to say I become an advocate for e-publishing.
This year at RWA in Anaheim, CA a young woman saw my badge and said, “This is all your fault!” And thanked me for suggesting she submit to e-publishers.

Keri Gregg… You are most welcome.

Don’t get me wrong. E-Publishers are just as difficult to sell to as traditional print publishers. And despite the number of e-pubs, the competition is still pretty stiff. You still have to write a good story and make sure your manuscript is the cleanest you can make it. If you can’t spell, don’t rely on your spell-check—it won’t correct those pesky little homophones like to, too and two. If you can’t punctuate to save your soul, find a critique partner who can, but only after you’ve made all the corrections you can. Having recently threatened my DH with bodily harm if he didn’t learn how to punctuate, I know the fastest way to lose a partner or an editor is a poorly spelled, horribly punctuated manuscript.

You may be the best storyteller on the planet, but if you can’t make it clear with proper spelling and punctuation, nobody will read it.

Lecture over! Have a super day.

Dee Brice
Erotic Fantasies Where Nothing is Forbidden


Tina Donahue said...

Wow - I love your covers - especially Temptress of Time. Looks like an awesome read!

jean hart stewart said...

good advice, Dee. I send my stuff to two crtique partners and then put it away and recheck it after a week or so. Can't be too careful!And oh yeah, I still make enough mistakes to make me groan when I get my first official edits.

deebrice.com said...

Thanks, Tina!
It was a fun book to write. I'm hoping it'll be released in October at the RomantiCon in Ohio. You write for EC on occasion?

deebrice.com said...

I try to catch as many typos as possible before I give the ms to my critique partners. Can't always see them and blame missing them on needing new glasses. lol
Dee Brice

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Dee - actually I have at least two releases a year from EC. Sometimes more.

In fact, Claiming Magique, Book One of my Appointment with Pleasure series, is being released by EC August 31. :)

Fiona McGier said...

It's been my understanding that Ellora's Cave only wants erotic novels...is that correct? Some of my stories are getting so involved with numerous plot points that there are less erotic scenes in them. So I figure that EC wouldn't be interested. That being said, my next 2-book series is being published by a bigger house than my others, so I have high hopes that readers other than my friends and relatives might find them!

Tina Donahue said...

Fiona, you might want to try EC's Blush line. It's not as explicit as their Romantica line. You might fit in with Blush.