book log: LA Witt & Lauren Gallagher – Writing faster for the win

Have some book log completely out of order, because otherwise book log won’t be happening…

Short book (20,000 words according to the author), but packed full of useful advice presented in an entertaining manner. The most important piece of advice is right up front: not all techniques work for every writer, so take and use what works for you personally.

This isn’t about how to type faster. It’s about how to be more productive with your writing time, and that includes protecting yourself from burnout. A lot of it is stuff that should be obvious, but isn’t until somebody points it out to you; other techniques are ones that all too often writers have been told they shouldn’t do, by a writer/editor/agent who thinks that if it doesn’t work for them, it’s bad for everyone. Some are things that are much less obvious, and which you could go for years without working it out by yourself.

Even if you already know everything in this book, it can help to have the positive reinforcement from another writer who learnt it the hard way. And besides, I know everything in this book already, and I still found it an entertaining read, well worth the £1.26 I paid. This matters – you’re more likely to remember and follow advice if it was fun to read.

Very much recommended for writers, and even non-writers who are interested in the nuts and bolts of writing.

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one day summer sale at ARe

All Romance eBooks have a one day sale today to celebrate the start of summer. 25% off a wide range of books, including Loose Id‘s catalogue, and specifically including my books (and a Dreamspinner anthology which includes one of my shorts).

If you are sitting in one of the gloomy patches of Britain looking at Midsummer’s Eve grey skies, there is plenty of heat available to warm you up. :-) (Not just joking, either – our central heating came on this morning…)

Courtney Milan’s “The Duchess War” is currently free

Courtney Milan has “The Duchess War” on offer as a freebie – this is the first novel in a series of Victorian romances. *Feminist* Victorian romances that are alphole-free zones, and have scientists, engineers and sundry other geeks as heroines and heroes. (One of them is dedicated to Rosalind Franklin. This has a direct connection to the theme of the book.) I think they are awesome, even if I have failed to review them properly yet. I think a lot of you would also find them awesome.

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Musa Publishing closure

Musa Publishing announced yesterday that they were closing shop. The impact for me is minor, as I had only one short story with them, my m/m fantasy short “And if I offered thee a bargain“. The Musa edition will be going away on 28 February, but there’ll be a new edition at some point.

In the meantime, all Musa titles are 80% off until they shutter the website on 28 February. I am in two minds about this, because it damages the reprint market for authors. But if there were any titles from Musa that caught your eye, go and get them now, because even if they reappear from another publisher, it may be a while.

Book View Cafe Christmas sale

And just as I was thinking that I hadn’t seen anything about Book View Cafe having a sale, guess what drops into my inbox…. 50% off a selection of books from Dec 26 through to Jan1. :-) Obviously I have some conflict of interest here, since several of my friends are members of the Book View Cafe, but I’ve been very impressed over the years with the Cafe’s output. The discount is automatically applied at the checkout.

Stuff I’ve already read and enjoyed:

The Wisteria Tearoom romantic mysteries
plus the new one which I haven’t read but has just gone in my shopping basket

Misc historical romance


Just go and buy this if you like urban fantasy, okay? Chaz Brenchley’s Northern Lights duology is stunning.

Steampunk Jeeves and Wooster pastiche
And another “latest in a series I already read”

I know I’ve missed some while skimming.

Loose Id Boxing Day sale

Why yes, I *am* going through my email backlog… Here is a message from our sponsors about a one day sale. It covers Loose Id’s entire catalogue, and you may find a selection of my delightful romances at my Loose Id author page.

Are you exhausted from Christmas? Sick to death of carols? Wishing people had shopped off your wishlists instead of QVC and SkyMall?

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We know there are lots of choices for where to buy your e-books. Lots of them have great discounts. You can shop for all your favorite authors in one place. Even so, we think you’ll want to shop Loose Id this Boxing Day, and here’s why:

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Give yourself the gift of pleasure. Shop Loose Id’s annual

What I Really Wanted for Christmas Sale

December 26, from midnight PST to midnight PST.

(At least) 25% off all currently available books. No coupons, no exceptions.