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Electronic Business Cards

[poll id="170"] I’ve been thinking about getting new cards for Dear Author. When I go to conferences, people are always asking for my business card and the ones I have, I don’t really love. I read this article about how… more

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Are You a Grammar Goddess?

[poll id="169"] Here’s what’s on Google’s home page on May 16, 2009: Over 28,000 children drew doodles for our homepage. Vote for the one that will appear here! Anyone who has read this blog has already figured out that we… more

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The Love Triangle

[poll id="168"] I have a hard time with love triangles. If done right, some poor nice guy or girl is totally getting the shaft at the end. If done wrong, some initially poor nice guy or girl is demonized by… more

Is Stripping a Form of Female Empowerment

Is Stripping a Form of Female Empowerment

[poll id="167"] An article at Huffington Post made me think about the issue of female empowerment and the sex trade. I go back and forth over whether stripping, The Bunny Ranch, and so forth is really a sign of progress… more

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Video blogs

[poll id="166"] I’m curious to know what readers think of video blogs. Personally I think that a blog needs to have written content and that video can be complimentary to the written content.   What do you think? Would you watch/subscribe… more

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Do you cry easily?

[poll id="165"] In an email conversation this morning, two of my friends admitted to being easy weepers. It takes a lot to get me going. Where do you fall? Any books that have made you cry lately? (Barbara Samuel’s A… more

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Author Self Promotion

[poll id="164"] I’m working on an article of author online promotional dos/donts. This issue came to my attention by a reader who participates on the Amazon Discussion boards. The reader has been noticing an increase in author participation on the… more

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Condoms in Contemporary Romance

[poll id="140"] In Janet’s positive recommendation   of Roxanne St. Claire’s Bulletcatcher series, she mentions the lack of use of condoms: There is one thing that drove me absolutely crazy in all three books, but it is more of a pet… more

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Generational Divide Poll

[poll id="129"] I’m starting to wonder if there is a generational divide amongst readers of romance (and of writers too) wherein certain tropes appeal more to the older readers and certain tropes that appeal more to the younger readers. I… more

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Voting Thread

[poll id="116"]    It’s hard to believe that election day is finally here.   For months, nothing has been more prominent in my mind and my reading than this election.   I feel so blessed to not only   have the opportunity to… more

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Why I don’t read contemporaries

[poll id="109"] We are running a “save the contemporary” campaign (see sidebar for more information) because authors say they are having a hard time selling the big contemporary to agents and agents say its because they can’t sell it to… more