The ‘Very Soon’ sweepstake is nearing the end of its first week and….sorry Janet who picked the 6th. No word for me this morning. 🙁 So, we’ll be entering the second week on Monday so fingers crossed that one of you who picked this coming week will be right.
It’s not the best week to be hearing to be honest. I leave for Sydney on Monday and I’m not sure I want to know while I’m on holiday/conference. Especially if I get an R. I kind of like to lick my wounds in private and I can see it putting a huge damper on my holiday. Wahhh, poor me. Dr Jax has promised to vet my email for me just in case and I will be complaining loudly and long to Rach and Janette (be warned guys!) so that helps too.
Anyway, I have no idea what the ed will actually say, but I have come to the conclusion that Modern Heat is one of the harder categories to break into. It’s not a clear cut line like some of the others and I suspect, once the line changes to Riva and they see how its selling, the editorial direction may change. Not that I know or anything, just a suspicion. They have said they want ‘different’. But what is ‘different’? I think the New Voices comp is an indication that they themselves don’t really know until they see it. They want public input from readers about people’s chapters which I guess means that they want to see what kind of stories resonate with people and which won’t. Scary huh?
Well, if there’s one thing that I think matters with category as it is now, it’s voice. There’s not much in the way of originality in plotlines in romance but the way you CAN make it original is the way you write. And of course, including what the eds have recommended like new spins on old conflicts, 21st century issues, etc , etc. The trick is to do all that within the category guidelines. Who said writing category was easy again??