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Every once in a while, we run across someone who seems to defy all known societal rules, and that tweaks our interest. The minute we hear a story like that, questions begin rolling off our tongues before we can slap a hand over our mouths, “How did they do that?” - “What motivates them?” – “What makes them tick!?” That is exactly what happened when we heard about 21-year old RJ Tolson.

Rejection. The bane of our profession. Those slips of paper which discourage writers, make them question why they bother, and may even cause them to abandon their dreams. Some don’t even get this far. Sometimes people are so reluctant to risk rejection that they don’t send their stories out, or even allow another person to read them.

Have you heard about Amazon’s new Kindle Scout Publishing Program? Actually, it has replaced the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and in essence gives many more authors a chance at winning a good deal with Amazon, including a $1500 advance. I discovered the program when Amazon sent me an e-mail in October. I spent a while thinking about it before I actually signed up.

Historical romances, set in and around 1850’s Europe, especially those that focus on fancy dress balls as part of courting rituals, often contain references to the jewels that adorn the necks, fingers, hair and earlobes of the lovely debutantes.

I often think that anything I have to say about writing, publishing, and marketing should come with the disclaimer *results not typical, individual results will vary* I am by no means an expert - please don’t tell my kids that, I don’t want to disillusion them.