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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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That's a fabulous story,Annette. I wish more people could take their lives in their hands and go forth to fix the world! And yes, I do believe God/the Universe/the Great Whatever connects us all in some way, and it's up to us to reach out and grab those connections.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The ninth, part deux! at Word Wenches
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Sonya, the problem is that the big publishers and agents are tied to an old system. Until the lawyers all work out how "foreign" rights are handled, every contract and every book is different. Those of us who indie-publish don't have those ancient rules hanging over us and are free to publish anywhere. But we're still the minority.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The ninth, part deux! at Word Wenches
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Spelling and punctuation I could handle. It was typing that I was lousy at. I spent most of those years looking for the perfect white-out.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The ninth, part deux! at Word Wenches
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Bless all of you for stopping by and joining our party. We plan to giggle all the way through the weekend, so drop in any time!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Merry, it's so wonderful to see old friends! I'm so glad you stopped by our party! Have one of these chocolate biscuits.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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hear, hear! Have a turkey leg and mingle!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Hi Maggie! That's what we love to hear.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Thank you, we appreciate that! Sherrie has retired from cat herding these days and Melissa has bravely, if foolishly, stepped up to try her hand. She's young. She can do it!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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If Nicola weren't in Africa right now, she'd be happy to recommend a reading list! And you really do need to explore Joanna's fascinating take on the genre. Knock wood, you'll be one of our winners!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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LOL, Theo! I can hear it now. Rolling in the orchestra...
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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And it is readers like you who keep our Regencies alive and well. Cheers!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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A number of us don't regularly attend RWA--it's a long flight! But there are always several in attendance and we'll recognize your name. Step up, wave hi in our faces, wake us from our dazed trances!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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This is turning into such a lovely party! Does anyone mind if I kick off my heels and drink my champagne while reading a book?
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Thank you for all the kind comments! The wenches really love books but we've never spent a great deal of time with technology other than our word processing programs. ;) So we're trying to expand our reach to other historical romance readers with our giveaway this week. The more of us corresponding on this blog, the more good readers and writers we can all find! So share the giveaway, hunt down our pages (because we're still kind of incompetent about how it all works!), and let's build a lovely romance community that will hold up for more years!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us! at Word Wenches
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Amen, she says with a sigh!
Toggle Commented May 16, 2015 on The Changing World of Publishing at Word Wenches
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I'm avidly reading all these posts because I'm working with a marketing person who is redesigning my website and newsletter and I'm eager to know what readers like. If you don't want to sign up for a newsletter to received contests, etc, how else would you have us set them up? People get annoyed if we post promo on Facebook (and FB doesn't allow a lot of it). Changing a website is difficult and expensive. Are you receiving contests,freebies, etc, somewhere else we should know about?
Toggle Commented May 16, 2015 on The Changing World of Publishing at Word Wenches
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Since I seldom buy print these days, I can't comment on the quality. I do recall, however, that a number of my more recent copyeditors did fall for spell check as the final rule--which is a bit problematic in historicals where words like sapskull come up! (and that should actually be sapscull but that really made them cross their eyes)
Toggle Commented May 16, 2015 on The Changing World of Publishing at Word Wenches
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Mentally exhausting is only close to how promotion feels some days! But I hadn't considered how it must be from a reader's perspective trying to find books in the giant online slush piles. It would be a shame if we all had to give up because we're too exhausted to sort wheat from chaff. I'm sure a better way will develop. I just hope it's soon!
Toggle Commented May 16, 2015 on The Changing World of Publishing at Word Wenches
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Publishers know we don't want just one thing. They simply cannot afford any longer to sell anything that doesn't sell over a certain number of copies. Which is why we have to promote the books we like, so more people will buy them, and publishers will recognize the demand for different!
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Kantu, you are exactly the kind of reader the wenches love. Your library is probably similar to ours. I wish we had a way of convincing publishers that readers like us exist, but everything is cyclical. They'll figure it out eventually!
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Oh my, we love readers like you! 900 books! I bow to you. ;)
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Publishing is a business. I was one of those Signet Regency authors and I was making beans on those little books. I suspect distributors could make more money per pocket on bigger, more expensive books. I just know more people did buy big books and not my little ones!
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Cathie, have you found Regency Reads? http://www.regencyreads.com/online/ They have a wonderful collection of backlist from those old Zebras and Signets! I love that I can have them again.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! New names for me to scout. I'll admit, the silly titles today make me say "oh, another one of those" and skip over them in my TBR pile. But if I'm left with nothing else to read and actually sit down and read some of them, many are quite good. I'm only now getting around to reading Courtney Milan and loving them.
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Characterization is the one thing I MUST have in a good book. The entire book can be dialogue, but if it's witty dialogue that suits those particular characters, I am Happy. I don't think people were a lot different in any age--but circumstances demanded different behaviors. That's where the Character Fail often happens.
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