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Form rejections

I’ve heard a lot of grumbling in general regarding form letters. And it’s one of those grumbles that’s pretty constant and I think it always will be. It’s just “one of those things”. I see agents, authors, aspiring authors and publishers alike talk about it. (No, you’re not pre-published. Someone please make this term go away.)

The problem I run into, when I see these things, is that the author grumbles about a form letter on a blog or forum, and then grumbles about the feedback they do get. Hmmm… anyone see where I’m going with this? Anyone? Many publishers, such as Samhain, have been forced to move to using form rejection letters for that exact reason.

When I first started with Samhain a few years ago, it was a no-no to use a form rejection. Yes, we were able to every once in a while, but that was usually because we really had no feedback to give. Sometimes there really isn’t anything wrong with a book, per se, it just isn’t our cup of tea. And you’ll have that EVERYWHERE. It’s just part of this business. But it was expected of us to fairly evaluate a submission and give the author feedback as to why the manuscript didn’t work for us and what we suggested they work on.

There have been authors who have posted rejection letters and then picked them apart to point out how wrong the publisher is. (An aside…posting a rejection letter at all is pretty unprofessional. And yes, we look at potential authors websites and blogs. Unprofessionalism can and will cost you a contract. There’s always another book down the line just as good as yours, if not better.)

And after all of this, people grumble about getting a form rejection. Do I need to spell this one out? Publishers give form rejections because authors force us to. It’s really as simple as that. When we get negative feedback about our feedback on a manuscript, that means we’re not going to put the effort into a detailed rejection. Contrary to what many may think, a detailed rejection letter isn’t a snap to sit down and do. It takes a lot of time, thought and effort. And if we’re getting negative feedback in return, it’s a lot easier and quicker for us to send off a form letter.

Just some food for thought.

And no, I had no particular authors or publishers in my mind when writing this. It’s just a general post.



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Do you really scream that much?

Opening Remarks: Part of my job is reading, evaluating and editing erotic and red hot sex scenes, since I work in the romance genre. So from time to time, I’m going to post about it. Now, is one of those times and I just might use some dirty words–it’s kind of a subject that calls for it.

Today I’d like to address unrealistic sex “things” I see commonly in manuscripts. I say “things” only because I haven’t had my Wheaties this morning and that’s the only word my brain can come up with right now.

I’ve noticed ridiculous amounts of screaming lately in reading through the submissions in my inbox. I mean, seriously. Do you you scream as much as y’all make your heroines scream? My authors even do this, and I usually make them change it. There are times I let it go, because with the dialogue and situation, the word usage works. Normally, it doesn’t.

I want you to think back to the last time you had sex. Did you scream? I’m thinking you didn’t. You might have moaned and gasped and panted, but I’m thinking you didn’t scream, and if you did, it probably wasn’t in a good way. Let’s be honest here, no one screams when they’re having sex except in, well, bad romance novels and comedies.

I’ve read some where the heroine screams because the hero licks her nipple. Really? The only way I can see someone screaming because another’s mouth is on their nipple is because that person is biting their nipple off, or the have some sort of razor sharp tongue. Hey, it’s gross and creepy, but it’s true. There are people who get off on pain, both giving and receiving. Though I’m thinking this level of giving would be more in line with Jack the Ripper, but that’s another blog post. And any of that certainly doesn’t belong in most romance novels. (And for those there who might want to argue that, please notice I said MOST, not ALL. Thank you.)

I’ve seen people have their heroine scream when the head of the hero’s “throbbing manhood” touches her “womanly core”. Seriously? There are so many things wrong with the sentence it’s ridiculous. Again, please don’t make me list instances where your lover’s penis touching your vagina might make you scream. And notice, I said penis, and not throbbing manhood. shaft can be okay in some instances, but penis, cock, dick…those are all acceptable terms. And don’t use flower comparisons for the heroine’s vajayjay (as Dr. Bailey from GA so wonderfully calls it) either. It’s not a flower, it’s a vagina.

And wombs….oh good lord, the wombs. His penis is not in her womb. Your womb is your uterus, and if his dick is in your uterus, y’all have some problems. Serious ones. And no, he’s not spilling his seed there, either. His semen is deposited in her vagina…it has to go through the cervix to get to the womb. Anatomy 101, people.

These things have all been said so many times before by so many people. Then why am I saying it again, you ask? The simple answer is because people are still doing it. If people would just stop, then we wouldn’t have to talk about this ever again.

So, please, for the love of all that is holy, just….don’t.


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Readers want…

More menage! Yup, readers want more menage action, whether it be m/f/m or m/m/f or even f/m/m/m. How hot is that! Anyone out there who can deliver some for me? =) Since people are asking for it, I want to see it! Plus, I love menages, so it works out perfectly for me.

Anything else you guys want to see more of , as readers?

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Has anyone seen the latest from Amazon? About how they’re stripping the rankings from GLBT books? 

Wait, you mean you HAVE heard of this? Right, that’s because it’s about the only thing everyone in Romancelandia is talking about. And for good reason. I mean…what the crap? (To use the poignant phrase my 11yo brother uses now)

Smart Bitch Sarah stated it as best as I think anyone can – “Someone at Amazon has utter shit for brains.”

Yup, that’s about as perfectly worded as it gets. 

And that’s all I’m going to say so I don’t end up ranting and swearing too much.

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