Coming May 7th… Newsletters & Websites

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It’s May Marketing Month!

The next four weeks we’ll be doing marketing topics. Starting with newsletters & websites, then onto giveaways & promo, advanced readers & reviews, book launch & release day.

Bring your experiences, the good and bad, to share your stories with us. Come with your questions too. (I have lots!) There’s no such thing as knowing too much about marketing, because just writing books isn’t enough. We have to sell them too!

See you Sunday at 4pm PST / 7pm EST!

~Robin Lovett

Ruining the Moment

Our upcoming chat is about writing humor! Check out Robin Lovett’s post on the struggle to be funny.

I think I’m pretty funny. I don’t know if others would agree or not, but I think I am. Or at the very least, I’m silly, which is close enough. When writing, I try to imbue a light-hearted sense of fun into my stories, to balance out the deeper feelings that come up for the characters. The ability to infuse your writing with humor is all well and good, but alas, this is where killing your darlings comes in.

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What’s so funny?

I’m not a funny person, or at least I don’t intend to be. I take everything too seriously, and I fell for the “gullible’s not in the dictionary” joke three times when my husband and I started dating.

How the hell could I ever write humor in my novels?

Jokes happen at my expense, not because I’m making them. Every party I go to without fail, I say something I intend very seriously that instead makes everyone laugh. I’m left saying, “But it’s true!” and baffled as to why everyone is laughing.

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Coming April 30th… Humor

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Graphic by Alexis Daria

Make them laugh, make them cry! We’re supposed to do both, right? For most of us though, writing one comes easier than the other. Making readers do both is the hard part. So for those who suck at writing humor (me!), those of you who make readers LOL regularly, come with your tips so we can quiz you!

See you next Sunday at 7pm EST / 4pm PST!

~Robin Lovett

Host Talk: Jealousy

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Your co-hosts at #RWChat – Kimberly Bell, C.L. Polk, Alexis Daria, and Robin Lovett – have started a video chat, and we did our first one on professional jealousy. Hear us gab for 18 minutes about how we experience jealousy and how we support each other through it.

Let us know what you think – if you like it and what we should talk about next. Questions welcome!

See you for today’s #RWChat on Jealousy!

The Fear and Shame in Jealousy

Below is Robin Lovett’s honest confession about how she deals with this week’s topic: jealousy. Also check out Alexis Daria’s post on it.

My CP got an agent! A contract! An award! A big advance! I’m thrilled and excited for them. We celebrate, go out for drinks, plan what comes next on their big journey.

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This has happened to a lot of my writing friends in the last two years, and even though I too have had my achievements, I always experience something awful in the midst of their celebration.

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Hey Jealousyyy

This week’s #RWchat topic is all about jealousy. (And yes, this post title comes from a Gin Blossoms song.)

Envy is real. We look over at someone else getting the book deal, winning the award, hitting the bestseller list, and we think, “I want that.” But envy can be useful. It can guide us toward new goals, and allow us to study how other people got to where we want to go. Envy can push us to work harder and smarter. But if left unchecked, or allowed to run rampant in the mind, envy can quickly turn to jealousy, which is far more insidious.

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The dictionary defines jealousy as, “jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another’s success or advantage itself.” The key word here is resentment. Resentment can fester and grow, sapping creativity and damaging personal and professional relationships.

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Last month, I attended the Liberty States Fiction Writers’ “Create Something Magical” conference with fellow RWchat co-host Robin Lovett. On a whim, we went to a session called “I Want What She’s Got: How to Cope with Professional Jealousy” led by Avery Flynn and Kimberly Kincaid. Normally I’m a compulsive note-taker, and I live-tweet workshops and panels, but this felt too personal to live-tweet.

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