I emailed Carina Press today. Now we wait.
I read on a blog the other day some tips for smoothing out your manuscript.
She said: Avoid stating the obvious.
For example: stand up and/or sit down.
So, I went through my current project with the 'find' function and HOLY CRAP do I use those a lot!
Before I sent off my first story to Carina I made sure to look for this as well. HOLY CRAP I used them a lot in that one too!
I made some minor adjustments.
She had other great suggestions on her blog but I didn't check for them all.
Maybe I should have.
I was going to send to another e-publisher as well but they state in their submission guidelines that they publish erotic fiction.
Hmmm. There is sex in my books, but I don't think it's considered 'erotic'.
After trying to look up proper definitions for erotic fiction, and probably getting flagged by the porn police, I am still not sure what makes the jump from romantic sex to erotic sex in books.
My only guess at this point would be wording. I don't use certain words while describing sex. Call me a prude. I don't want my story to sound like Penthouse forum.
These words don't bother me. I've probably used them all. But I think certain words can take the romance right out of the sex scene.
So, for now, I won't be sending to that e-publisher. Maybe next week I'll start a new list of agents/publishers to send to.
I haven't written in a few days. Guess I'm making up for my write-a-thon a few days ago. I have been looking for a 'real' part-time job so that seems to be taking up all my time and energy right now.
My brain also knows that the big love/sex scene is coming up and maybe it's not ready to write it yet. It takes a lot of work to make those scenes sound believable and not silly or clinical.
Tough life, huh?