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Signed, Sealed, Delivered… February 25, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, Good news, happy-happy- joy- joy, mind blown, Sable Locks, SOLD!, SQUEEE, wow, yippee.
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Today is a wonderful day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I just was informed that the signed contract has arrived at Circlet Press.

Wait, what signed contract?

I am pleased, proud, awed, and still more than a little gobsmacked, to announce that the audio rights to  House of Sable Locks have been acquired by Audible.com.

Yep. I’m going to have an audiobook.

Now, I’ve never done this before. So I know NOTHING about the process. This is going to be a learning experience for me, and I’ll post what I can as we go.

Breathe, Liz! Breathe!!!!

Writer, on writing February 14, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in writer on writing, writing-mom.
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As the mother of a seven-year-old debate captain, complaint department and future lawyer, it occasionally becomes tempting to use the time-honored, albeit arbitrary, way to win an argument:

“Because I’m the Mom and I said so!”

Likewise, as a writer, your fictional characters fight back (and I challenge any writer out there to tell me that their characters don’t talk back to them in a way that would put a teenage Loki to shame). When this happens, it’s very tempting to point at your outline and say “Because I’m the Writer and I said so!” If you’re an organic writer, you leave out the pointing to the outline part. But you still insist “I’m the Writer and I said so!”

Very tempting, but I’ve noticed that I’ve never really finished something where I overruled what my characters were telling me. And if I did finish it, it wasn’t very good. On the other hand, when I listened to my characters and made the changes, the story was better.

Because sometimes, the fictional characters, and the seven-year-old debate captain, are right.

Writer, on writing February 3, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in writer on writing.
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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Here’s a new one.

The difference between romance, erotic romance, erotica and porn, in layman’s terms.

  • Romance: Your conventional soap opera on network television, or something you’d see on Lifetime or Hallmark.
  • Erotic romance: Something you’d see on HBO or Showtime
  • Erotica: Something you’d see on Cinemax (anyone else remember when we used to call Cinemax Skinemax?)
  • Porn: Something that would only show up on the special channels with the blue filter (showing my age here). Also, something you can only get on pay-per-view.
So, on this scale, my writing is Showtime, with occasional forays into Cinemax.