Saturday, November 5, 2011

Yay! What? Why?

So, I'm still finding it hard to believe, but I'm a finalist in Passionate Reads' Second Annual Pitch Contest.What? (Happy dancing and ice-cream-eating ensue.)
Thank you to everyone for reading, commenting and voting for my entry NO SWEETER LOVE.
The public voting portion of the contest has concluded, but if anyone is interested in reading Chapter 1, you can find it here.
My sincerest thanks to the Passionate Reads' bloggers/writers for organizing and hosting the contest and Grace Bradley, editor with Ellora's Cave, for taking the time to read and judge the entries.
I'm not a contest junkie, per se. I'm not one of those writers who enters dozens of contests per year; however, I have a plan, and oftentimes, I find that certain contests fit nicely into the goals I've set for myself.
For example, I'm currently plotting a series of novellas set in Union, a fictional rural town, located in the North Carolina mountains. I'm finishing up Book One, No Sweeter Love (hopefully this weekend.)
The Union Series: First Comes Scandal, Then Comes Marriage -- epitomizes the type of romance I love to write -- small towns, big scandals, happy endings. I think small-town, community dynamics are completely fascinating. Finding the illicit in the everyday -- oh yeah, I'm so there. : )
Why novellas? Because I'm looking at building (fingers crossed) a fan base for the types of contemporary romances I write, and I see e-published novellas as a great way to achieve this goal. I don't expect someone to spend seven or eight dollars and invest hours of their time on my first novel, which they may or may not like. (I think that's asking a lot of someone.) However, I think a reader is more likely to take a chance on an unknown author if they're only investing a couple of bucks and an hour or so of their time on that shorter read.
Why a series?
Because I'm hoping that when someone reads that first novella, they're going to love it. And they're going to want to read more about Union and the quirky, creative, original characters they find there. I'm hoping they'll want to read more about the romantic entanglements of say, the town doctor, police officers, the mayor, etc. That means they'll buy Book Two, Book Three... Getting the picture here? : )

Does anyone else have a business plan? How did you develop it? What's working? What's not working?


  1. Awesome news! Congrats. Anyone with your love-letter writing history deserves to win. LOL ;)

    I love small town stories too. You get such interesting characters in little places, in real life and in stories.

  2. Congratulations, Tina.

    I have a business plan. Problem is - it keeps changing. And I always plan to write more and do more than I actually do.

  3. Ranae: Thank you so much. What can I day, I've always been a romantic! : ) Thanks so much for visiting.

  4. Thank you, Anne:
    Business plans, marketing plans... the lions and tigers on our road to OZ. : ) As long as we're writing that's the main thing... right?