Valentine’s Links

Corazon by IlhhHappy Valentine’s Day!
I hope you’ve love these links I’ve gathered for you.

In Defense of the Gatekeepers
Hilary Monahan on why the much feared gatekeepers of publishing are a good thing.

2) Quality control exists in every facet of our lives.

Every part in your car was inspected by number fourteen to make sure when you put your key in the ignition, your gilded chariot doesn’t explode in a fiery ball of death. Every implement in a doctor’s hands was inspected to ensure it passes standards before the doctor removes your spleen. Your jeans were inspected to make sure the stitching is secure and your fly doesn’t stay down exposing your tallywhack to children at the mall. Your goddamned CHEETOS were inspected to make sure you don’t get some conjoined twin giant Cheeto in your bag of snacks. Quality control is, by and large, a great thing that improves our lives. Until it’s not working to your personal advantage, I guess?

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Late New Year Links

Happy new year all! Here are some lovely links to start the new year. For 2015 I’m moving the links post to the second weekend of the month.

And They All Lived Epiloguey Ever After
Anna Campbell on Romance University talks about epilogues and defends their presence in Romance novels.

And do you know what? If I was writing those first four books today, I’d give them epilogues too!

Why? Because romance readers ADORE epilogues.

They want to linger with the characters. They want to see that everything is OK. They want to know if there are babies or other major changes for the people they’ve come to love. Readers want one last happy glimpse of the world the author has created.

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Countdown to Linkmas

A little early, because better that than nearly a week into December. If only I had 24 links you could treat them as an advent calendar and open one a day.

Writer’s Wednesday – The Importance of Diversity
Maisey Yates guest posts on the Pink Heart Society blog about interracial relationships and the importance of diversity in category romance.

You will probably have to contend with the odd ugly letter, and hideously unaware review that says grossly offensive things about interracial relationships “turning the reader’s stomach.” (This happened to Jules Bennet in a review for her novella in the Animal Attraction anthology. I stumbled onto that review and let me tell you…it turned MY stomach.)

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National Link Reading Month

I’m probably writing my NaNoWriMo novel even as you read this. So if you’re not doing the same, or you’re looking for some righteous procrastination opportunities, check out some good reading!

Queer Romance Month
Not just one post, but loads of awesome ones. If you weren’t following in October, catch up in November.

  • We believe that love is love, and nobody should be relegated to a sidebar or a subgenre. Queer romance is romance.
  • We welcome anyone who believes in love, irrespective of gender or orientation. Allies, supporters and the curious are all part of QRM.
  • We support the right to read what you like, write what you love, and be who you are.
  • We love romantic fiction. We want to share the love and help some amazing books and authors reach a wider audience.

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Drink your Pumpkin Spice Latte and read the links

Picture by Danielle ScottIt’s that time of year again, when the rest of the world asks “Why are Americans so obsessed with pumpkins anyway?” While we ponder this question and look forward to Halloween – and more importantly NaNoWriMo – try out these links.

Tea and No Sympathy: the Invisible Editor
KJ Charles about how the best editing leaves no trace it ever happened.

And of course, because editors are invisible, you get people thinking they don’t need them. Authors who refuse to accept editing, self-published authors who say, ‘I’ll get my friend to read it over’. And, worse, people who work as editors without really understanding the job. People who think it’s about tidying up, who have no idea how to tackle deep structure or tonal issues or limp characterization, or how to do that without breaking an author’s heart.

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