Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Kissy Bits #5 - Dealing With Feedback

Hi. My name is Kiki. I write romance.
How do you deal with that ubiquitous question, "What do you do?"

There's some feedback on past shows.

A typical exchange of polite pleasantries:

“What do you do?”
“I’m a writer.”
“So what do you write?”
“So have you written anything I know?” or “Oh, like JK Rowling?” or “What’s your book about?” or “Have you written one yet?”
“I write romance.” Or even, as I used to say, “I write chick lit”

Be proud to be a writer.

The Top Ten Replies to People who Criticize Romance Novels:
1. Bite Me.
2. Come closer and say that.
3. What bothers you more: the sex or the romance?
4. No, I'm not laughing with you. I'm laughing at you.
5. You! Off my planet.
6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
7. When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.
8. That explains a lot.
9. Kiss my crayon-colored ass.
10. Three words: 51 million readers.

Got any more? Post them!

How to deal with the friendly, the overzealous, the mocking and the hostile.

If you’ve got a story to share about how people react to your writing confession, or if you’ve got anything else to say, leave a comment for this show on the blog at

Next week’s show will be all about contests. Contest season is coming up, so I’ll tell you about my experiences with contests in ’05, the good, the bad and the very, very ugly. I’ll also plug some contests that I think are of interest. If you know good romance-focused writing contests, let me know!

Show link:
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

File problem

A few people have pointed out to me that the files for the past shows have become unavailable. The problem seems to be the host, switchpod, which seems to have disappeared off the face of the internet. I'll give it until the next show to see if they recover. Otherwise, I'll have to find a new hosting solution.
If anyone knows one, do let me know!