Villa in Tuscany

Sunday, July 30, 2006


My husband sat on the couch reading the paper the other night and I heard him issue a big sigh.

“What’s up?” I said, wondering if the Angels had made a bad trade or he was reading about the oil companies’ record profits.

“How come these women can sell their books but you can’t?”

He was reading a puff piece done by the AP which usually shows up this time of year with the advent of the RWA conference, this year in Atlanta.  If you haven’t seen the article, here is a link: Romance Writers Changing Plots.  They interview a couple of writers, both of them former attorneys who quit working to make a living writing novels.

Trying to explain to a family member the intricacies of the publishing industry is tough.  They have no concept of how difficult it is.  My husband doesn’t understand how hard it is to write a book, find an agent and sell it to a publisher.  Writing isn’t an easy job.  What we write must resonate with an audience and the audiences taste changes like the wind.  We can write the perfect novel, full of brilliant characters and interesting plots.  But if it isn’t what the public wants, it won’t sell.  

Writers are the victims of vagaries.  What an editor loves on Monday can be loathsome on Friday.  We slave away on a story, pouring our guts into it only to find out the market is cold for the genre.  Or it is too hot and every writer has submitted, flooding the market.  I think there are a lot of wonderful writers out there and so luck does have a part in it.  Sometimes it is being in the right place at the right time; presenting the right story to the right agent who knows an editor with an opening.  

Being a writer makes us invest our blood, sweat and tears.  Publication is difficult, and the work we do to get to that point is overlooked and dismissed.  I didn’t get mad, my husband really has no idea what goes into the process and I really haven’t tried to explain it.  How do you explain the craziness of it all?  How do you try and explain how hard it is not to be published?  

How do you explain that you ask yourself the same question?  How come these women can sell their books but I can’t?

I ended up doing what I always do, blaming my kids.  The answer makes sense to him and gets me off the hook  

Thursday, July 13, 2006

BIAW Coming to Villa!

Do you struggle to churn out the pages in your work-in-progress? Trying to find time to write but always have an excuse?

Then BIAW is for you.

We're going to host a BIAW here at Villa in Tuscany in August and September - you can do either or both. One may work better for you than the other. But we'd love for you to join in the fun!

Stay tuned for more details!