Job Description: The Romance Writer ❤️ #SundayBlogShare #Writer #Writing

Job Description: The Romance Writer ❤️ #SundayBlogShare #Writer #Writing

I thought this was clever … and much of it really does apply!


As a romance writer I thought it would be fun to create a mini job description.

Vacancy – Romance Writer

Do you enjoy writing about the first flushes of love and want to excite millions of romance readers around the world?

About The Role

Hours: Can vary each week. Dependent upon romantic feelings, number of love ballads on weekly playlist, hormonal fluctuations, writing confidence levels, quality of romance story ideas, social media activity, reading binges and marathon romcom film sessions on Netflix.

Location: Home based, although access to a coffee shop and a book shop will be required.

Key Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Will need to be able to get emotional about the romance being crafted.
  • Will need to possess the inner strength to break up a fictional character’s romance.
  • Will need to be able to pitch a romance story idea to their uninterested loved one in the kitchen and be…

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Alea Iacta Est

diceHi, everyone.  The title of this post refers to a remark, attributed by Suetonius to Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon and took troops into Rome.  It translates to “the die is cast.”

Now, what do I mean by that?

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around much. That’s because I’ve been hard at work on a project which I just completed. This morning, I pulled the trigger and sent two of my stories to Dan Alatorre for his latest Word Weaver contest.  Among other things, entrants have the opportunity for their work to appear in his next anthology, Voodoo.

I took two pieces originally written for It Happened in Memphis and Other Stories, and tightened them up.  I am pleased with how “Ghosts of Tupelo” and “Last Stop: Storyville” turned out.  Still, sending in a submission is always a little scary.

Regardless of whether or not my pieces are accepted for the final book, I’m proud of them. I’m also grateful to those who will read and consider my work.

You Don’t Have to Love Your Day Job

You Don’t Have to Love Your Day Job

I was really struggling emotionally when I went to work at an extremely mundane job after the newspaper where I had been editor-in-chief closed. A colleague from another paper took me out to lunch and told me about how much he had hated teaching journalism when he wanted to be out doing it. He then gave me the words of wisdom that came to him one day while he was getting dressed: “Your job is not your life; it is the subsidy for your life.” I was so entangled in “I am a newspaper editor,” which is the job for which I had aimed my entire career, that I didn’t know how to remember that I was a writer first and foremost.

This blog article contains some excellent advice for us as authors with day jobs (which is how I now define myself).

Novelty Revisions

I used to dream about what it would be like to live like a “real” writer.

I assumed I’d be able to get a writing job I loved right out of college, if I worked hard enough as a student, gained the right experience, and proved I deserved it.

But here’s the thing about jobs: They’re hard, and they aren’t always fun. Even when writing is involved.

And that’s the case for any day job. I think it’s safe to assume the majority of adults don’t enjoy going to work. They do it because they have to.

That doesn’t mean all of these people are miserable. Many — especially creatives — likely have something worthwhile to come home to. A hobby … like writing for fun.

There’s one thing no one ever told me growing up that I wish I’d heard daily.

You do not have to love your day…

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Norpac’s petition is an example of protectionist cronyism. Among U.S. paper producers, the company is conspicuously alone in its petition for protective tariffs. The trade group that represents paper mills, the American Forest and Paper Association, opposes the tariffs, as do scores of newspapers, book publishers and printers around the country. They are rightly concerned that if the paper they use becomes more expensive, they will be forced to print less. That would be unwelcome news for ink suppliers, small manufacturers, and retailers that advertise with inserts and flyers. Tariffs are taxes, and higher taxes don’t create prosperity.

It’s also an attack on book publishers, as noted in the pull quote.  All of us, as authors, should be concerned.

via Trump’s Newsprint Tariff Is a Tax on America’s Free Press – WSJ