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Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Following Our Blog

If you’ve been following us on Instagram (@vinspirepublishing), you’ll know that we’ve been doing monthly giveaways. What does that have to do with our blog? We’re starting the giveaways here as well. Different prizes and different ways to win, but you have to be following to be included in the drawings!

Okay, so that’s the #1 reason you should be following our blog. What are the other reasons?

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2. We let you know here long before we open to submissions. So if you’re a writer looking to submit a book to us, then following us is a must!

3.  We’re give you plenty of  chances to get to know our authors and keep you up-to-date with the many ways you can meet them!

4.  If one of our books wins an award, you’ll find it here first! Actually, you’ll get the best information about our books right here as we post it here first.

5.  Once a year, we’re going to have a HUGE giveaway that includes books, gift cards, cookies, chocolate, unique gifts, and so much more!

So now that you know the reasons, follow us here!

A Moment in Time

This is excerpted from our November 2004 Newsletter:

 

 

Beginning this month, I kick off a series of articles giving insight and information about the time periods we love to read about. We’ll take an in-depth look at each area of life from personal hygiene to healthcare, fashion to transportation and everything in between. And hopefully, along the way, you’ll learn more about the past than you did in your high school history class.

 

Life in the 1900s

Daily Living/Personal Hygiene

 

Daily baths hadn’t yet gained the approval of society and in those days, daily hot baths were considered detrimental to health.

 

Washing your hair wasn’t a pleasant experience at all. In fact, without the advent of shampoo, middle-class families resorted to using homemade concoctions like eggs and lemons. People weren’t as concerned about silky hair as they were about clean hair.

 

Brushing your teeth consisted of using a toothbrush made of pig and horse hair. Your toothpaste of choice, unless you were one of the extremely lucky, wealthy citizens, was salt or bicarbonate of soda. Yum.

 

Of course, at the very beginning of the Twentieth Century, indoor plumbing was only a sign of the upper social class. Chamber pots and outhouses were still in large supply and most farm families obtained their water from rain barrels or windmill-pumped underground wells. Fortunate city dwellers could obtain water from water-hauling tank wagons, street hydrants, and public water mains.

 

Next month, we’ll investigate healthcare in the 1900s. What exactly did people take when Tylenol didn’t exist?

 

 

Writing Tip

 

Always believe in yourself and your talent. There was a reason you started writing in the first place. If you give up, you give the naysayers a reason to say they were right about you all along.

 

Reading Tip

 

If you find yourself reading the same author again and again, try branching out with a brand-new author. How do you know if you’re missing the next Nora Roberts or Tom Clancy unless you take a chance?

 

 

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A Look Back

Continuing our look back over the past ten years, below are some interview questions we answered back in 2005.

 

Vintage Romance Publishing Q&A

 

Q: Your website delivers that Turner Classics, black-and-white movie feel. Is that what you look for in a submission? Is that the feel Vintage Romance novels deliver?

 

Our novels which are set in the twentieth century definitely deliver that class movie feel. We’ve been fortunate to sign authors who have majestically captured both the elegance and the trials of those time periods.

 

Since we began accepting romances set before 1900, we have discovered a world of astounding authors who can take a reader to the Highlands of Scotland or through London’s fog with such clarity that it leaves one breathless.

 

 

Q: You provide a very specific list of pet peeves for prospective authors to avoid when submitting. My favorite’s #4, authors who only write and don’t learn all aspects of the biz. Are there are any pet peeves specific to paranormal plotlines we should know about?

 

Paranormal romances require you to suspend your ordinary beliefs and focus on those things you may not quite understand. That said, if the paranormal element is too confusing, the readers aren’t going to want to continue reading the story. So one of the biggest pet peeves would be to integrate the paranormal into the storyline so that it is practically seamless. Carefully check for any holes in your plot which can occur when you require a reader to step into an extraordinary world.

 

When we started accepting paranormal, the one thing we didn’t want was an overused storyline. We’re not looking for The Ghosts of Christmas Past or It’s a Wonderful Life type of paranormal.

 

The story still needs to be set in an historical time period, and one of our biggest pet peeves with the submissions we’ve been receiving, is an author who tries to circumvent the historical time line. While time travel is acceptable, at least eighty percent of the storyline needs to take place in history.

 

 

Q: In your guidelines for Perfectly Paranormal submissions, you seem to be hinting at opportunities outside the woman-meets-and-loves-a-vampire/fairy/alien/werecreature/being of the night sort of plot. Am I reading that right? Is Vintage Romance a market for stories where two regular people fall in love surrounded by paranormal circumstances, or a romantic mystery/suspense with paranormal elements?

 

Vintage Romance is looking for paranormal historical romances like “The Highlander” television show—so immortals, ghosts, etc. The people don’t need to be “regular people.” They can have abilities; however, we are not looking for werewolf/shapeshifter type of stories. We’d love to see a story of ancient Dracula, though.

 

So actually, the answer to your question would be either one or even a different type of paranormal. We will consider any type of paranormal except for vampires, witches, wizards, or anything which would also fall under the “fantasy” category.

 

 

Q: What prompted the decision to go all paperback, and could you explain the significance of landing deals with independent and chain bookstores so early in your company’s history? (If I am not phrasing this question about bookselling correctly, please let me know so you can answer intelligently and I don’t look quite like one of the authors who fall under Pet Peeve #4.)

 

When we (my two partners and I) started Vintage Romance, we knew we wanted to sell only paperbacks. However, we needed to get our feet in the door first which is why we debuted with e-books. It quickly became apparent that historical romances are still a hot commodity so we moved into paperback a little earlier than expected.

 

Getting our books into major bookstores has been a definite attraction for authors looking to submit to us. The more we can offer an author, the longer that author will stay with us, and that has always been one of our biggest goals—creating a family with our authors.

 

Every author wants to hold a paperback in his/her hand, to feel the glossy cover, to flip through the pages, and know those are words he/she has written. It’s an amazing feeling made even more special by browsing through a bookstore and finding that book on a shelf right next to some very well-known authors.

 

Each and every step Vintage Romance Publishing takes leads us closer to being the best historical romance publishing company in the industry today.

 

Q: Does the Vintage Heat line also take spicy stories with paranormal elements?

 

Absolutely. All of our lines are open to paranormal elements.

 

 

Q: According to your guidelines, an author must not only submit a query for a great novel but a marketing plan for it as well. Can you recommend any resources for authors ready to learn the specifics of marketing fiction?

 

One of my favorite books, and I’ve told this to all of our authors, is 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer. It’s 750 pages of information you simply can’t find anywhere else.

 

Another great book is Jumpstart Your Book Sales by Marilyn Ross. She’s an absolutely phenomenal lady who has mastered the art of marketing.

 

Both of these books, along with websites like www.publicityhound.com and www.bookmarket.com, will give an author extensive information about marketing.

 

And while we’re on the subject of marketing, please allow me to correct a misconception some authors may have about marketing. We receive many submissions from authors who expect the publisher to do ALL of the marketing and promoting of his/her work. Unfortunately, that is not how the industry operates. Though the publisher may love an authors’ book and want to publish it, the company can’t love it nearly as much as the author does or know as much about it. Therefore, THE AUTHOR is the best person to promote it and, quite frankly, the best marketing tool a publisher can have.

 

Q: I found multiple references in your website about how important it is that all plot lines be wrapped up and the ending “have a kick.” Can you elaborate on what a reader of a Vintage Romance novel should feel when she reaches “The End”?

 

The best word I can use is satisfied. We want a reader to close our books and smile, to put it on their shelf in a special place for books they wouldn’t dare part with. A reader who reads a Vintage Romance Publishing novel should want to come back for another book and then another simply based on the quality of the writing and the book itself.

 

 

See what Vinspire Publishing is all about in 2014!

Lila’s Vow by Diane Wylie – An award-winning story

Lila’s Vow is a Civil War set historical romance that tells the story of Jack and Lila Montgomery, two ordinary people who get caught up in an extraordinary time in our nation’s history.

This is what some of the reviewers had to say about Lila’s Vow.

Lila's Vow

Lila’s Vow is an extremely well written novel, but beyond being well written, it is also a story that touches the heart and soul. Ms. Wylie does a wonderful job of weaving the characters’ stories and lives together. I also loved the fact that she brought the love between Jenny and David into this story, which flowed seamlessly from Jenny’s Passion to Lila’s Vow and gave the feeling that this really wasn’t two separate novels, but one incredible account of the lives of real people. The author didn’t leave out Lila’s mother either, and I loved it that she brought romance and marriage to a woman of an age I can really relate to!

Don’t miss this book! And Ms. Wylie, when is the next installment coming? Please tell me there is a third book on the way!

Rie McGaha

Rating: 5 roses

Romance Writers United

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Diane Wylie describes an outstanding tale that has the reader feeling compassion for the characters. With the sudden destruction of lives and homes, along with the smell of blood in the air during the devastating war, she depicts an era that breathes life in the pages. One can feel the trepidation and sorrow, even when the soldiers storm into the people’s homes. Lila’s Vow is a story that moved me with its emotions and in-depth sensations. When I read about Jack and the Andersonville Prison, it reminded me of the time I visited and practically could feel those who had been slain there. This is one extraordinary story that comes highly recommended and should not be missed.

Cherokee
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/lilasvow.html

Winner of a Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend Award.

“This award recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. Your book has received this award because I feel it is above and beyond a 5 Cup Rating.”

“An absolute wonderful book, completely awesome!!!”

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Diana Wylie has a gift for taking the harsh realities of life in the Civil War and interweaving her characters into the fabric. The battle of Gettysburg, the horrors of Andersonville, the confederate submarine Hunley all become characters under Wylie’s hands. Lila and Jack’s story is compelling, but for me, as wonderful as the love story is, it almost becomes secondary to the history. The Jack’s capture and incarceration in Andersonville and Lila’s stint with the Pinkerton agency show Wylie’s grasp of the many levels of life and experience in this tumultuous time in our country. I particularly enjoyed this story’s exciting and unexpected climax.

Lila’s Vow is a standalone book that fits perfectly with Wylie’s book Jenny’s Passion. Lila and Jack’s story interweaves with Jenny and David’s, making the two books a perfect gift set. If you’re a fan of historical tales spiced with romance, Lila’s Vow is definitely worth picking up.

5 Books

http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/11/lilas-vow-by-diane-wylie.html

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I hope you’ll take a look at Lila’s Vow, which is available at Amazon, B&N, and from Vinspire Publishing.

Thanks!

~Diane Wylie

http://www.dianewylie.com