On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

RWA New York

I am packing for RWA, taking off tonight to go to Mom's then we leave from her place tomorrow at 4:30 am.

First public appearance (not the swarming in front of the hotel reservation desk, or the conference registration desk), is TUESDAY at the LITERACY SIGNING (see link above).

Come see me!

I will be wearing my spring pj outfit as usual -- turquoise and pink...WAIT! where's the necklace that goes with that...

Also workshop on Wednesday 4:30 p.m. -- Kill Your Inner Critic! You do have to belong to the conf for this. As well as the free book giveaway Berkley signing at 9:00 on Friday am.

Love to all,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Learning About Characters

As you write, you learn about your characters as the scenes develop, especially if you are in their Point of View or head. Today I learned that one of the concerns that my hero, Garrett Primross of Heart Secret, has is that he leaves a legacy behind him of something. Family, good work, whatever, this is something important to him.

This is not something that is terribly important to me personally (though I'd like to think that my books might entertain for a few generations), and it's not something I believe I've had in a character before. Making a lasting mark on the world -- though Garrett doesn't care if he's famous, just that something outlasts him....

And with that line I understood why this is important to him, with the backstory I've given him. ;)

For instance (teaser), he will be helping the Turquoise House with its HouseHeart, and believes that such help will leave an imprint on TQ long after Garrett is dead and TQ is still alive. ;)

May you enjoy learning something today.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Auction for Author L.A. Banks

I am offering the opportunity to name a geographic feature of Celta, ARCS Enchanted Ever, Heart Search, Hearts & Swords. Since I just emailed the offer of the donation, it may take a while to get up. Please donate or consider the auction.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Crested Butte Pic

Crested Butte is one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado.


Refilling the Well

I got back from Grand Junction and now am going to Crested Butte. I'll be doing: Kill Your Inner Critic! Experience the Joy of Writing! (which I've practiced, and, to the Cats amazed amusement went through in my bed last night). Also giving: Survive to Write, Write to Survive, How to Hang In There Until You're Published, practical techniques.

Otherwise I've been doing emails, relaxing, some words on Heart Secret.

Love to all,

Friday, June 10, 2011

Off to Grand Junction!

Going to review people's first 2-3 pages in Grand Junction tomorrow. A good rule of thumb for those is: Hook, Emotional Hook for Protagonist, Reader; then the journalism rules: Where, When, What, and most of all, WHY.

Going to get some pics. Maybe my heroine of the next Luna book will head over to Grand Junction (or Crested Butte next week!)

I'll be checking in.


Thursday, June 09, 2011


I am having a rough economic patch and must limit my book purchases. But I am not stealing books and hurting authors who also depend on sales to live. I am not stealing books by authors I only think are so-so and not entirely sure I want to read.

Please don't do this.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Enchanted Again Revisions Submitted

I cut 4100 words out of Enchanted Again at editor's request, mostly brownie and worldbuilding scenes, as well as changing word choice and overall tightening. I'm hoping not to see this again for a while. If I can get my website back on track, some of the cut scenes will be posted there.

However, I think I'll stay in the same universe -- fantasy Mystic Circle in contemporary Denver, at least this week, to work up the next (last contracted, but hopefully not the last in the series!) book.

May you enjoy the summer day!

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