Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Want To Know Monique DeVere's Secret To Great Dialogue? #WriteTips #Blog

This month my column for MFRW is about my secret to great dialogue. If you'd like to pop over and spend a little time with me, I'd love to have you.

You can find the post HERE.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Focusing On Category #Romance #Blog

For a while, I've wanted to target Harlequin's Blaze line. I don't know what stopped me. Perhaps the time wasn't right, or maybe it was the friend who told me Blaze was looking for dark stories a while back. Whatever prevented me from trying seemed to have passed when I heard about the #BlazeBlitz submission call just a few days before the closing date in March this year. I knew it was time to finally focus my attention on this line. Blaze seems to have changed once again. Where they were looking for dark stories, they now seem to have left such tales behind and are publishing lighter stuff. The type of fun stories I write and love to read.

So, with a pounding heart, and shaking hand I submitted my chapter and synopsis and received a revise and resubmit. I'm pretty thrilled that the editor liked my writing style and my voice. I feel like I'm halfway there if they like my style and voice. 

This morning I hit the submit button over at Submittable. Now the wait begins again. Strangely, I'm not nervous this time. I feel like what's the point of making myself sick? They will either like my story or they won't. They'll either ask to see more or they won't. 

Whatever happens, I know I can give myself a pat on the back for trying. That sounds like a nothing pat on the back, but when you factor in my internal conflict of fear of rejection and my awful character trait of not even trying if I suspect I might fail, I think I do deserve that lovely pat on my back as I say to myself: Well done, Monique. You've tried

My other news is that The Wild Rose Press offered me a contract for my story which will be part of their new Candy Heart series. I'm so thrilled about this! I totally enjoyed telling Riley and Sam's story and can't wait to see it on the virtual shelves next year.

It's been a while, and I say this all of the time, but I'll be seeing more of you as I put extra effort into regularly updating my blog.

As always...
Love & hugs

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