Writers corner

(143 Posts)
michaelad Fri 16-Mar-07 08:57:56

this is for writers or people who bask in their glory (my dh is an unpublished writer)

anorak Fri 06-Apr-07 10:19:40

Hello all, sorry have not been on mn much this week as I was inundated with work.

Thank you michaelad for your kind offer. I will have to catch up with you later as we are going away for a week now.

Good to see so many people joining in this thread.

BandofBunnies Fri 06-Apr-07 10:09:08

at published authors. Must dust of my book. Or at least transfer from floppy to cd

<<<<<bows in "I am not worthy" style to all published peeps, and runs from thread as fast as poss>>>>>>>>>>

Nice to see youwere in bar MD, pity I was snoring my head off.
I frequent the teashop/bar, so if you're on come and find me!!!!

Orlando Thu 05-Apr-07 14:19:35

Well, yes, but my dh works too. Because of the way the system works it takes a few years to reach your max earning potential (you write book, you get advance, you wait a year until book appears on shelves, when advance is out-earned you get royalties, as book is released in other countries you get more royalites) But in the meantime you've written 3 more books (they like 3 or 4 a year). So it's all a big cycle, and most HMB authors do earn a very nice living from it.

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 14:18:57

oh, you've got that long to go until school, LOL! Hey, fingers crossed for the birth then! Is it the first time?

phdlife Thu 05-Apr-07 14:12:32


Buckwheat Zydeco , even.

phdlife Thu 05-Apr-07 14:11:58

little person will hopefully be born any day now! (technically due on 17th). So you see writing isn't quite at top of priorities just at the mo!

\link{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckwheat_Zydeco\Buckwheat Zydeco. You might remember soundtrack to 80s Ellen Barkin/Dennis Quaid film "The Big Easy".

(Good lord did I put that on my profile page? Must've been going through a phase!)

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 14:08:50

phd, how old are the little people then? And who is Buckwheat Zydeco? (fab character name, me thinks)

phdlife Thu 05-Apr-07 14:06:53

good luck with that - it'll be quite some time before I'm in that market myself so just have to keep being nice to dH.

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 14:03:14

LOL, yes I was! Same here, wish it was different though. Can't wait until kids are in school so I can finally at least get a part time job somewhere.

phdlife Thu 05-Apr-07 14:01:48

you're talking to Orlando now, right?

because DH is my sole source of income

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:58:56

Are they actually your sole source of income? Because most authors these days can only dream of ever achieving that.

phdlife Thu 05-Apr-07 13:55:29

I read squillions of romances over the summer ("it's research honey, honest!") but did not think to note titles/publishers/genres. Which would now be very darned helpful in thinking through "mine's like... and I should send it ...". Sigh. Anyway don't suppose it matters for now!

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:52:02

Hmmh, maybe dh should try his luck at romance novels. Would be quite a change from the fantasy and sci-fi books he's written so far. Or maybe I should pick up my pen again..in the vast amounts of spare time I have in my life

Orlando Thu 05-Apr-07 13:48:21

It varies HUGELY between the various lines. The bestselling one is Presents, which sells all over the world and the royalties for each book reflect that. Some of the other imprints-- medicals for example-- are pretty much confined to a UK market and so have much lower royalty rates.

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:44:48

orlando, if you don't mind me asking..what are hm&b rates these days?

Orlando Thu 05-Apr-07 13:42:43

No, HMB don't mind direct approaches-- 3 chapters and synopsis with brief covering letter. The only thing you do need to do is target one of their 'lines' very specifically -- which means reading plenty first. There's soooooo much out there on the internet to help aspiring HMB authors; sites like eharlequin.com, the pink heart society and squillions of author blogs. It's all very supportive and welcoming.

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:38:26

BOM is one of his latest readers..so we're getting there. Albeit very very slowly! LOL

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:37:31

phd, published is published! My dh would be ecstatic about a readership of 126

phdlife Thu 05-Apr-07 13:34:57

hello Orlando! Congratulations! And I think yours is better than mine - when I say I'm a published author I'd have to qualify "but only in academic books and journals with international readership of... 126."

I heard that for any new fiction, you need an agent to approach publisher - would that be fair to see for HM&B?

phdlife Thu 05-Apr-07 13:32:39

Hilary Mantel is a UK author. When she was v young she went to South Africa and wrote a ginormous novel about the French Revolution. everyone told her not to be daft - such things being hardly in vogue in the 70s - but after her... 4th? 5th? successful novel, someone asked if she had anything hidden under the bed; she said yes, and 15? 19? years later, there it was!

Okay the romance was meant to be very straightforward, but has become kind of chick-lit-y: I guess it has some amusing moments, but as I've been writing a second narrative has unfolded, where the heroine has to figure out what she wants from career/life balance. Um. Not saying it very well. Head is in NF mode today.

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:32:31

admiration even <cough>

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:31:54

oooohhh.. we have a published writer in our midst now <looks for the amiration emoticon>

Orlando Thu 05-Apr-07 13:27:48

Just dropping in to say hello-- I thought the Creative Writing topic had been scrapped too, so am pathetically excited to see it back. I'm a published writer (which I always have to qualify with...) writing for Harlequin Mills&Boon. Aside from the stigma of writing for M&B which is somewhat trying at times, I can thoroughly recommend anyone who's interested in writing romance to think about them. Comparatively they pay very well, and the work is enormously enjoyable. They're also hugely welcoming to new writers, which is a nice change from lots of publishers, who actively seem quite hostile to unsolicited ms.

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:23:24

Good example, phd! HM's "Beyond black" is on my shelf.

michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 13:21:17

Kerry's mum..time might pass but opportunities remain! Hasten to add that it was I who persuaded dh to dust off the book and pick up the pen again, to scour the internet for self publishing if need be, to contact other writers..and it worked. He's go the agent, he's onto his 5th book...am quite good at kicking, me

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