Shannon Stacey

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Today’s my publishing anniversary!

16 years. 47 titles. #31 for Harlequin.

Today is the 16th anniversary of being offered my very first book contract and this week I’m celebrating my 47th release! THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WHO READS MY BOOKS!!!🥂Read More »

Rocking productivity like a kindergartener

Now that the boys are back in school, I’m trying very hard to get back into a daily work routine that leads to finished books. Publishers are rather fond of finished books. And thanks to a comment Mardi Ballou made to me on Twitter a while back, I’ve gone back to the basics when it comes to productivity. Very basic. Like kindergarten basic.

When I meet my minimum word count for the day, I get a shiny star.

I’ve kept … Read More »

Protecting the work

It’s a phrase I’ve heard a lot in the writing corners of the romance community: Protect the work.

I’ve seen it applied to several situations, including protecting your work (voice) from over-stepping critique partners/groups. But when I think of “protect the work”, I think of the essay by Jennifer Crusie, originally written as a PAN column for the 9/98 issue of RWR. It’s an excellent blog post and, if you write, you should go read it if you … Read More »

Critique partners and beta readers

The fact that I don’t use critique partners or beta readers came up yesterday on Twitter and I said I’d blog about why I don’t. (Because, as you’ll see, 140 characters wasn’t going to cut it.)

I don’t use beta readers because…I don’t know. Just not a part of my process. Probably the biggest reason is that I don’t have time. By the time I finish a book, my editor’s got big guys in black suits on my doorstep with … Read More »

Why I’ve reluctantly forsaken Scrivener

One of the first things I did when I went Mac in January was download the free trial of Scrivener. This was followed shortly thereafter by the full purchase.

Scrivener is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Especially if, like me, you write out of order. I’m not going to give a big run-down on the program because it’s all at their website, but being able to drag and drop scenes or pieces of scenes into the right order was … Read More »

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