Friday, May 13, 2005


Who do you get to be a guest blogger on your hip, now, tomorrow industry blog? On Friday the 13th?

Who else?


  1. And it's a great topic, too.

  2. Anonymous8:41 AM

    Bravo! I agree 100%. It's important in non-romances, too.

  3. Anonymous11:15 AM

    You made me laugh. And think. It's not easy writing people authentically, not just men/women, but different ages, different occupations, etc. And if you get it right, your writing really soars. If you don't, it kind of lays there, like the last, cold pancake at breakfast that no one wants to eat. :)

  4. Anonymous11:44 AM

    Military SF has the reverse problem - hot gun-toting chicks who are only physically feminine.

  5. You are dangerous. I'm working. I allowed myself to read 4 blogs before editing the next scene and you had to send me to another :p.

    That said, great to see you there. You tend to bring a unique perspective to these types of things, and one I appreciate. I love the suggestion to remove gender and see if another reader can tell.

    So far I've had no complaints, but now I'm going to take an extra close look in the edit of my first romance when I get to it. I did play on a website where it determines the gender by word usage and my male POVs came out more male than my female POVs came out female. What can I say, I'm not your typical female :).

  6. Congrats! Nice essay--made me think. I left a comment on RTB too.

    Also, I have a question for you since you seem to pay attention to market trends. How long do trends last? Say, for example, how long will erotica or paranormal 'boom' before they 'bust'? Are they established enough now that the genres will become cyclical with both downswings and upswings? It's something I've been thinking about quite a bit and there doesn't seem to be any public information on the topic.

    I keep hearing noises that publisers are tired of vampires, but all that seems to be coming out are vamp books. When do they start getting sick of paranormals then? It's confusing for a newbie--can you help my head stop spinning?


  7. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Guilty as charged. I'm from the other side of the bed, but it's difficult to put the right vocabulary and emotional slant to my female characters.

  8. Anonymous4:39 PM

    As always, you write some thought-provoking stuff, Sheila.


  9. Anonymous6:19 PM

    Thanks to everyone for the kind praise. I'll probably be insufferable for the rest of the weekend.

    Michelle, can I steal your questions and answer them in tomorrow's post? I've been wanting to wrestle with the subject of trends.


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