"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." — Lady Dorothy Nevill
I got up at 3:15 a.m. this morning, dopey as all get out... had gone to bed at 9:30 (LATE for me), dog woke me at 1 a.m., took her out, back to bed... struggled to sleep, dog woke me again a 3:15 and I got up. I loaded the LASR pages and reviews, put some wood on the fire, looked outside and saw SNOW(!) and decided I needed to sleep some more. So I laid on the couch with the dog and the cat and drowsed.
I'm still dopey, but I think I might be able to function today.
I'm working on a full read-through of my mystery. Fact is, it's been so long, I've forgotten things. So my working on it yesterday was reading it... therefore, no additional word count. Still, I am moving forward.
I got an off topic comment on the blog yesterday from DeeDee (who doesn't link her name, so I can't get in touch with her...) who had a question to ask about the romance publishing world. She said this:
For the past year, a girlfriend (published writer and publicist) has been writing a romance, her great american effort in 1st person, and she received this eMail:
"On page 3 of the newsletter, in the cream colored section, under the headline "The Black Velvet Seductions Wishlist February 2008" the second paragraph reads, "We do not accept any material written in third person. This is incorrect. We ONLY ACCEPT MATERIAL WRITTEN IN THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW. The sentence should have read, we do not accept any material written in first person point of view. Sorry for the error."
Why is romance the only genre mired in the tarpit of such pedantic rules? If the genre is to earn respect, shouldn't it treat works as literature instead of mere commodity? Could you dedicate a blog day to this topic?
Folks, I'm too busy to write an entire post about this, but I'd be willing to be that one or two or ten of you could think of something to say. Please do so in comments, would you?
I'll give you my two cents here: First off, a publisher is absolutely entitled to decide what they will or will not accept for publication. Period. This is certainly not exclusive to romance.
Second, some romance publishers WILL accept and happily publish well-written stories done in first person POV (The Wild Rose Press is one), so don't blame the rejection from one company on the entire business.
Third, I suspect *most* readers are used to third person. That's typically what we get when we open a contemporary romance novel. It's possible that the publisher is only trying to make certain that their customer base is satisfied.
Okay... I'm done for now. If I think of anything else, I'll post it in comments.
The floor is open.
Only seven days until "One Love For Liv" is published.
I spent ten minutes trying to find a quiz I hadn't taken, and struck out... looks like my daily quiz may be a thing of the past. You'd thing with ten gazillion people out there, someone would be making a quiz every day.