Surrender to the PIRATE

July 29, 2008

The wait is over! Today is the day. PLEASURING THE PIRATE is officially launched!

If you like a little swashbuckling, a little humor, a little sizzle with your romance, I invite you to give my PIRATE a try. Here’s what the reviewers are saying:

“Bryan’s touches of humor, naughty, bawdy dialogue and colorful description capture the era, adding dimension to this charming tale of a landlocked pirate, the hellion who tames him and their wild adventure. The heat rises as their escapades sizzle, and readers’ hearts will race to the delightful conclusion.” ~ RT BookReviews

“Pleasuring the Pirate is a fabulous, fun romp full of adventure, mischief, mayhem, romance and yes PIRATES! I simply couldn’t put it down!” ~ Reviewer TOP PICK, NightOwl Romance

“Great dialog, interesting side characters (the nieces who are out of control and the crusty pirate sidekick) and an author who clearly loves her subject matter and I’m there.  For me, you could call this book, Pleasuring the Reader.” ~ Barbara Vey, Beyond her Book, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BLOG

“This great Georgian romance is filled with bawdy humor, mindful of Fielding’s classic Tom Jones. The banter between the pirate and the courtesan’s daughter is amusing and heated.  The story line is fast-paced and never slows down.” ~ Harriet Klausner

Join my Blog Tour! Here’s where I’ll be blogging for the next couple weeks. Please stop by and say hi!

July 29th http://www.bookcoverlovers.blogspot.com
August 2nd http://www.bonnievanak.blogspot.com
August 4th http://www.kelliestes.com/blog
August 14th http://www.writerspace.com/chat 9PM EST
Aug 15th http://www.muchcheaperthantherapy.blogspot.com

Enjoy!

I was floored when Paul Norman of Books Monthly said DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS was “one of those rare books that could turn into a modern classic.” Now another reviewer has used the “C” word about my PLEASURING THE PIRATE!

“This great Georgian romance is filled with bawdy humor mindful of Fielding’s classic Tom Jones. The banter between the pirate and the courtesan’s daughter is amusing and heated. The story line is fast-paced and never slows down. Emily Bryan provides a powerful historical as the adventures of the pirate and the courtesan’s daughter will pleasure the fans.” ~ Harriet Klausner

Now I have to hope Mark Twain was wrong! He always claimed, “A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but nobody wants to read!” 🙂

Please visit my website at http://www.emilybryan.com/Pleasuring%20the%20Pirate.htm to read an excerpt! Enjoy

Pleasuring the Pirate

Pleasuring the Pirate

 

My swashbuckling hero and his lady are almost here! On July 29th, PLEASURING THE PIRATE hits the bookstore shelves. I’ve been invited to talk about it on these excellent sites.

BlogTour-Join Me on the Web!

July 12 http://www.killerfictionwriters.blogspot.com

July 14 http://www.writerspace.com/chat/ 9PM EST

August 15 www.muchcheaperthantherapy.blogspot.com 

Hope to talk to you soon!

Distracting the Duchess

Distracting the Duchess

Booklist calls my DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS “wickedly witty.” See if you agree.

It’s being featured on Dear Reader at http://www.dearreader.com/suromance.html   starting Monday. Just sign up (totally FREE!)to have a bit of the DUCHESS delivered to your email. You’ll receive a 5 minute snippet each day next week and I’ll be in and out of the Dear Reader forum to answer questions and generally have a good time.

I hope you can join me!
Have a great 4th!
Em
www.emilybryan.com

Meet & Greet

March 30, 2008

Distracting the DuchessDistracing the Duchess

When: April 3, 2008 7:30 pm
What: Adult Reading Group
Where: Barnes & Noble
444A Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906
Who: ME! I’ll be talking about
NEUROTICA~The Secret Life of a Romance Author

So join me for a fun evening of dispelling the notions of bon-bons and feather boas. I’ll be signing copies of DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS and the good folk at B & N have even stocked a few of my Diana Groe backlist titles.

I’ll be doing plenty of speaking and traveling this spring and summer, from Rhode Island to Seattle, WA. Visit http://www.emilybryan.com/ for more info about my itinerary. Hope to see you along the way!

  1. 1. FINISH THE BOOK! ~ Back in the 1980’s it might have been possible for a newbie to sell on speculation, but those days are gone forever. You MUST type “the end” before you send a query or give a pitch at a conference. Until you finish the manuscript, you have nothing to sell but a handful of fingers.

2. POLISH YOUR PROSE! ~ Good enough just won’t do. You’re competing for publishing slots with NY Times BestSellers. Tighten your story till it pings. By the time I’m ready to turn in a manscript, I’m sick to death of it. Of course, once the galley comes back I love it again, but you need to belabor your work so it’s clean and fresh and as ready for publication as you can possibly make it.

3. ENTER WRITING CONTESTS! ~ Send your darling off to as many contests as you can afford. Not only will you receive valuable feeback from your target audience, you might win or place. Most RWA Chapter contests will post the finalists in the Romance Writers Report. Win a few contests and you build valuable name recognition. Name recognition increases the chances that an agent or editor will take on a newbie. If someone else likes your work, they are more disposed to like it as well.

4. GO TO WRITERS CONFERENCES! ~ Nationals might be daunting to a newbie, but it is where I first met my agent. You’ll meet industry professionals and network with people who want to find you and your fabulous new story. If the National conference is too far or too spendy for you, take in a regional conference. The NY editors and agents come to smaller conferences, too. And as an added bonus, you’ll make some writing friends!

5. LEARN TO PITCH! ~ I know, I know. You’re a writer because you don’t like to talk. Me, too. But we need to be passionate about our work and we need to be able to communicate clearly about what it is we’ve created. So write out a one paragraph pitch. This can be the same mini-synopsis you’ll use for your query letter. Recite it to yourself in the shower, in the car, until you feel confident enough to divert from it so your pitch doesn’t sound like it’s being delivered by a robot-a sweating, trembling robot. Remember that editors and agents are people, too. They want to hear about your story. Tell them about it as if they were your best friend over a cup of coffee.

6. LEARN TO CRAFT AN APPEALING QUERY LETTER! ~ The query is your chance to pique an editor’s interest. Start with how you met this particular editor at conference. Haven’t met them? Do your research and find out who their authors are. If there’s one you enjoy, say so. Otherwise, leap into the purpose for your letter. Tell her/him what you’ve got. Be specific about genre and word count. Please don’t send them something that’s such a genre bender, the booksellers won’t know where to stock it. That’s a slam-dunk rejection. Tease your story with a short (read 2 paragraphs max) synopsis. Tell them about your past publishing credits (here’s where your contest wins go!) Do NOT exceed one typed page and do NOT use smaller than 12 pt. font. Proofread it till you think you’ll stare the words off the page. If your letter is free of typos, it bodes well for your manuscript too.

7. ASSEMBLE A WINNING PARTIAL! ~ Often, editors will request a partial. This means the first 3 chapters and synopsis. Spend some time on your first sentence. It sets the tone for the rest of the story. Make it fresh and surprising and a true promise of what’s to come. Whatever else you do, make sure you set a strong hook at the end of the third chapter. Leave your reader dying to turn the page at this point.

8. LEARN TO WRITE A KILLER DREADED SYNOPSIS! ~ A synopsis is your novel condensed to a few pages. Check the submission guidelines for specific requirements of the publishing house you’re targeting. You may need to actually write several of them–a one page, a five and a ten or more. What an editor is looking for is whether or not you’ve handled the major plot points, arranged for a few twists and turns and finished with a satisfying ending. (NO, absolutely do NOT say, “if you want to know how it all turns out, you have to ask for the manuscript.) Editors have no time for coy writers. They want to know you have a good handle on your craft. The synopsis is where you show them you understand what makes an appealing story.

9. DON’T LET REJECTION PARALYZE YOU! Stephen King was rejected. J.K. Rowling was rejected. Clive Cussler had to forge a bogus letter from a “retiring agent” to get someone to even look at his first Dirk Pitt novel. (Not recommended. The publishing world appreciates honesty.) The point is a rejection doesn’t necessarily say anything about the quality of your writing. Publishing houses are like stores. They need certain things on their shelves. If they already have enough of what you’re offering, they’ll pass. Send it on to the next house. Rejection is a fact of life in publishing. Better develop the hide of a rhinocerus or your stay in writerland will be short and painful. Here’s where an agent earns his/her salt. (And if you’re serious about a career, you want an agent.) They can soften a rejection or even sometimes turn it into a request for revisions. Be willing to revise. You didn’t come down the mountain with your manuscript carved in stone.

10. KEEP WRITING! No one can build a career on one book. In this publishing climate, an author must be original and exciting and PROLIFIC! When you sell, the first thing an editor will ask is “What else have you got?” Build your backlist now. How do you think new authors pop up with multi-book deals? Besides, every new story is a chance to improve your craft. The first one may never sell and maybe it shouldn’t. (I have a sad little western in my bottom drawer calling out “Amen!”) The only way to grow as a writer is to write. So stick with it!

Diana writes sexy, light-hearted historicals for Leisure Books as Emily Bryan. Look for DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS, a Victorian romp, in stores now!

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Not the usual suspects . . .

February 28, 2008

Hello, my friend,
Today is the official launch day for DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS! (Though if you’re an Amazon customer, you know it’s been available here a couple days early!) I love these characters and I’m so excited to be able to offer Artemisia and Trev’s love story to the world.
When I decided to write a Victorian set tale, I wanted to make sure my characters weren’t the usual suspects–you know, the ingenue and the rake. That’s story’s been told, often and well. So I decided to make my heroine outrageous for her time (she’s a widowed duchess who longs to be recognized as a serious artist, so she paints nudes!). And my hero is ‘over-the-top’ sexy (a nude model with nothing to hide, except the fact that he’s Her Majesty’s spy!). If I threw these two strong-minded individuals together, I hoped something interesting would come of it.
The reviews have been terrific. The watchword seems to be “fast-paced.” One reviewer even told me reading it reminded her of riding the “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” attraction at Disney World. She hastened to assure me that was a good thing. And RT BookReviews has tapped my hero, Trevelyn, for their K.I.S.S. Award (Knight in Shining Silver!)
But I know the only review that really counts is YOURS, dear reader. Please let me know what you think of DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS by publishing your review here once you’ve read it. Thanks!
Enjoy!
http://www.emilybryan.com
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