Monday, April 07, 2008

Writers' Week and Launch Party

So it's finally here - publication week for the 2nd edition of the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance. (OK - we'll just stick with the 12 Point Guide as the shortened form from now on)(or even 12PGTWR2)
The official publication day is tomorrow but I thought it was worth celebrating all week - and I have the Writers' Q&A to post as well so I thought we'd run this through the whole week.
So - for the Writers'Q&A - first of all I have a big appology to make. I know I have lost one of the questions.

Sorry, sorry, sorry - I've been through my emails and I just can't find it anywhere. I know I had a question from someone about characters running away with you! But I've been through my email box and I just can't find it anywhere.

But today is just an introduction so if that person is you - can you please resend your question and I promise I will answer it.

Also, any more new questions - send them to me here and please put Writers' Q&A in the subject line and then they should go into the right folder - unlike the missing one!
But first I want to tell you a little more about the 2nd edition of the 12 PGTWR.

Why did I want to write a second edition?

Well, first there's the obvious reason - the fact that the first editon sold out. That meant that no one could get a copy any more, unless they found one secondhand. Even Amazon doesn't have any used copies available.

Well - they do - if you want
a. A copy sent from Lebanon . I think that's Lebanon NY
b. A used copy for £60-82 - £60-82 !!!!
c. A 'like new' copy for £67 - 40
I think not!
And no way am I claiming that my book is worth 6 - nearly 7 times what it originally cost.
Then there was the fact that some of the information in the original edit0on needed updating - for example, there were the names of some lines - Mills and Boon 'Tender Romance' was back to being just Mills & Boon Romance. And Silhouette Romance had merged with that line to be Harlequin Romance.

Then there was the Modern Extra line which is now selling as Modern Heat . . . Nothng stays exactly the same in romance publishing for very long.
And that includes the focus of the different lines, there are changes in the guidelines and the things that editors are looking for in submissions.

So obviously it was time to plan a second edition.
But I also decided that if I was going to bring out a second edition, it was going to be an improved and expanded new edition as well as a revised one. I know a lot about writing romance but there are some things that only the authors who write for specific lines really know about.

And so I decided that the best way to make the book even more helpful would be to include advice from the horses' mouths so to speak. Only I didn't call it that - I called this new section From The Authors' Desks. I sent out questionnaires to lots of my wonderful friends who write romance for many different lines - and 21 of them answered.
So I'm thrilled to be able to say that the new edition is not only revised and updated, it also has this 40+ pages extra with advice and tips from 21 currently published authors. Authors like Michelle Reid, Anne McAllister, Sandra Marton in Presents, Liz Fielding, Natasha Oakley, in Romance, Trish Wylie and Julie Cohen in Modern Heat (Trish in Romance too!) - and Kate Hardy in Mod Heat and Medicals - along with Gill Sanderson and Margaret McDonagh. And in Historicals there's Nicola Cornick and Michelle Styles . . . and that's only as a taster. There's also Holly Jacobs from Harlequin Everlasting - er - Superromance (see there's another of those lines that came and went) and Yvonne Lindsay from Desire. Hopefully, whatever line you're aiming for you'll find something to help you there.

And it won't cost you £ 67-00 - I promise!
No, this new expanded edition will be exactly the same price as the first edition - that's £10.99
And over on you can pre-order it for £7.25 - so that's a saving of one third off the price.
From tomorrow - the actual publication date - I will be holding a special launch party, with many of the authors who contributed to the From the Authors' Desks section joining me in the celebrations - and many of them are offering prizes too. So don't miss out on that.
And I'll be answering the questions in the Writers' Q&A as well. So I hope I'll see you here.

Oh -and as I've been asked for these details again - here's what you need if you want to order the 12 PGTWR 2
The details you'll need are:

12-Point Guide to Writing Romance(Studymates Writers Guides)
By Kate Walker
2Rev Ed edition Pub April 8th
RRP: £10.99
Publisher: Studymates Ltd
ISBN: 978-1842851319
In America you should be able to order it from Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters/Indigo - just tell them to order it through Transatlantic Publishers (
Or get one of the bookmarks I've mentioned from Lee at AuthorSound and take it in to the shop.
Australian readers can order it through Dymocks and other bookshops.
Tomorrow the party starts
PS just heard from the publisher and he says that the books are on their way from the printers to him - and so that means they're on their way to the shops! It's actually out there.


HollyJacobs said...

YAY a party!! A launch party for one of my favorite people's books. Okay, now that I've established Kate's one of my favorite people, I don't want it to sound biased when I say that this is a wonderful tool for writers...both new and established. Because it's not biased to recognize that a friend is brilliant! LOL

Seriously, if you don't have it on your shelf, you should. I do!

And yes, poor Everlasting is gone, but I'm thankful to be writing for Super and Harlequin American now!


HollyJacobs said...


Liz Fielding said...

A party! Just what I need! Many, many congratulations on the second edition of this absolutely must-have book, Kate.

£67? That's serious! I've got a rare Dean Koontz writing book that's not worth that much!

Annie West said...

Kare, you know I love a party. And this is a great reason to celebrate! Hope those poor people who've been waiting so long to get their hands on a copy will see it on the shelves now!


Annie West said...

Um, KATE, I meant to type Kate. It's early morning here and my eyes are bleary. But the congratulations are heartfelt!


Yvonne Lindsay said...

Yay, a launch party! Congratulations on the second edition, Kate. I wholeheartedly agree with everyone's recommendations to add a copy of 12PGTWR2 to their 'how to' books shelf. Honestly. It's a wonderful writer's tool.

Michelle Styles said...

Congrats on the 2nd edition.
It would seem the first edition gained a cult following if the used price is anything to go by.

Fingers crossed that this book sells like hot cakes.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate! Congratulations on the second edition. My first edition is so well thumbed, and the highlighting pen has been used in so many places,that I'm intending to buy the new edition with all its extra advice.

Sue Child

Michelle Reid said...

Huge congrats on the 2nd Edition Kate!

Yet another must-have to join my well used first edition. So - so useful even for an oldy like me!


Michelle Reid said...

Okay, so I was too finger-tapping excited in my last post to spell my own name properly! :)



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