I’m worried about my sub. So what else is new right? Well after reading the transcript of the editor chat on eHarlequin, I’ve got several worries:
Firstly, I’m worrying that my sub is too angsty for Modern Heat. The problem is that I love deep, emotional internal conflict. And I love a strong, tortured hero. However, I also like humour which makes an uncomfortable mix between Presents/Modern style internal conflict with the Modern Heat flirty/sexy hero. With MH, you can’t have your hero standing around brooding endlessly. There has to be some humour/flirtiness there, which makes it hard if you have a deep internal conflict for him. I think my hero isn’t too broody (which makes him sound like a chicken!) but towards the end, he’s pretty conflicted. Will this be a sub-killer?
Secondly I’m worrying about the whole ‘fresh twist on an old theme’ thing. The fact is, my setup isn’t particularly fresh or original. They meet in a nightclub – how original is that? I like to think I spiced things up with the presentation of it a little but maybe I didn’t. The whole fake engagement thing I had going on there was supposed to make it a little bit different to the marriage of convenience thing but I’ve now taken it out, I haven’t even got that. Is my sub too boring?
Thirdly, I’m not sure I pushed the boundaries enough. I wanted to get this one right and in doing so, I’m worried I may have played it too safe. The transcript seemed to imply new and innovative is the way to go, but really, how far can you go as an aspiring author? What, exactly, can you get away with? Perhaps, as Kate Walker says, it’s all in the execution. In the sub that was rejected, my hero and heroine didn’t physically meet until page 6 or so but they did have a sexy online conversation. This was not mentioned as a problem in the feedback I received so maybe you can get away with a certain amount of rule breaking.
Lots of worries, huh? Anyone else worried about their sub? Perhaps I need to put up the scarecrow again…