Turn and face the strange – I love that song because it’s an elemental truth is that we constantly change, right?
Recently, after the whole lawsuit over image infringment on a few blogs, I went through all my posts, double checked to make sure I hadn’t used any illegal images and pulled them. I had only two in the almost four years of blogging, and in a way it was fun to look back at where I was the day Keri Ford asked me to join her blog. (Little secret – the blog is still saved under my favorites as “Keri Ford and Amy Talley.”) See? Change already. I don’t blog under Amy Talley anymore.
But anywho, it was fun to see where I was at that time, struggling through trying to write a new Regency book while editing the first book to death. Many of those first posts were about my uncertainty, wondering if I should take the risk of submitting or piddling around trying to decipher my contest scores. Through those posts I watched myself grow as a writer. Starting with doubt, growing with frustration and small accomplishments. I giggled as I saw my mid-March post, knowing that a Golden Heart final was around the corner and wincing at the hopelessness evident in my early September post in 2009, the one where my discouragement was at an all-time high. Then rejoicing once again as I celebrated THE CALL. And then more years trickled by and here I am, so different yet still the same. “Time may change me, but I can’t change time.”
We all change and that’s a good thing.
ONe change I’m currently excited about is the change to the line I write for- Superromance. When I was in Anaheim this past month, I got the chance to see the changes they’ll be making to the imprint…and it’s exciting. First, the word count is going up to 85,000 – a most welcome event because Superromances used to be SUPER but was cut down to 65K several years ago. That move paired with narrowing the focus to the Home and Hearth line diluted our brand and made the line mirror-image of other lines. Along with the beefed up word count, the subject matter has broadened. There will still be stories of ranchers and cops, but the focus has stretch to include the taboo football coaches and rock stars in more exotic locations. Small towns, big cities and all sizes in between, Superromance will cover a lot of ground. Another exciting change is Superromance will not longer be part of Home and Hearth and will instead be its own imprint – Romance and More!. With new shelving separate from some of the other lines, Superromance is making strides in showcasing the Single Title books of the category world. And even bettter – new covers. These new covers were vetted by industry professionals who study the publishing world, and they steered Superromance toward covers that don’t scream “Harlequin!” which I think gives the writers in this line a good shot at having better ebook sales. Oh, and no more bright yellow banner either. A small, tidy gold bar will go half way aross the page with Superomance in lowercase letters and small script. Understated elegance in a bigger book.
Can you tell I’m excited?
So, yeah, change is suiting me about right now. I’ve got my fingers crossed that a new look, a new vision and a new concept will help revive a line that has had a stellar past. Sure, I have my own reasons, but honestly, Superromances were some of the first romances I read back in the day and I would hate to see them fade away. This month over at the Harlequin website, it’s Superromance month. There are plenty of fun threads on which to chat, and I have a free online read starting on August 13th called “The Nerd Who Loved Me.” It’s a cute little romance between a secondary character in Under the Autumn Sky (Mary Belle) and the ugly duckling who grew up next door to her in Bonnet Creek. Hint: Tripp ain’t so nerdy anymore! It’s a fun, sexy little read about forgiveness. So if you’re looking for a nice way to start the day, you can click on the link and get a daily episode. Here’s the link in case you want to check it out – http://www.harlequin.com/community
So what changes are you facing in your life at present? Anything exciting or scary? Go ahead and use the blog for some therapy. We’ll talk you through it.