Tag: starting a career

An accidental novel

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Bella Andre had just made the switch from songwriting when fictional characters started having conversations in her head. Most people would be worried they are going crazy, but for Bella, she knew it was the start of a new career.

It started with romance

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Romance writers were at the forefront of the book revolution, and that opened up a lot of opportunities says Smashwords founder Mark Coker.

Being in charge

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Bella Andre believed that her novels could sell better, so she took matters into her own hands.

When a book sings

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Author Nalini Singh wrote her first single-title romance while working in Japan.

First attempts

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Author Nalini Singh recalls her first attempts at writing romance novels.

Luck, timing, & fairy dust

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Author Cindy Gerard’s transition from category to single-title romance was a bit bumpy.

Not your mother’s romance

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Suzanne Brockmann used category romance as a training ground for twisting conventional romance tropes.

Choosing category romance

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Writing category romance has advantages over writing single-title. Author Jessica Andersen shares the pros and cons.

Getting started with covers

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Every week, artist Pickyme (Patricia Schmitt) designs as many as three new romance novel covers. How did she get started in design?

The road to romance

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Jill Shalvis remembers growing up a “very natural L.A. girl.” She never left the valley in her youth, spending her time on the beach–and in the fiction section of the library.