Monday, December 22, 2008

Drunk Letters to Santa

Over at All About Romance they're writing Santa letters. And I thought this was such a good idea and the letters that I read were so totally in sync with how I feel about the genre right now - that I am going to start Drunk Letters To Santa.

Hey Santa! I've got a great idea - this year let's get some really good books sold and out into the bookstores. You did a great job in 2008 - you really did, but lets keep the good thing going. Let's see some different books, exciting books. Russian mobsters and hungarian princesses would be fun. Let's stop glutting the market with books from authors who are barely even phoning it in - they're text messaging it in. Let's reward authors pushing the envelopes with fantastic covers that will draw readers in across genres. Marjorie M. Liu has suffered enough with her covers. Let's give Elizabeth Hoyt more time to write really good books, instead of rushing her into these so-so ones. Let's make Madeline Hunter go back to her brilliant unusual historicals. Let's make Laura Kinsale write again. And please Dear Santa - could you light a fire under Susan Elizabeth Phillips?

Also, please get editors and agents excited about contemporary romance again. The straight stuff. No vampires, no dead bodies. Characters working their crap out...with a great cover.

Oh! And lead me to those great new books - across all genres. Across category and ebooks - all of it. Get Rudolph to light those puppies up so we can all see them and buy them and love them.

And lastly, but not leastly - a million dollars. Thanks. Drunk Writer Molly

4 comments:

Leah Braemel said...

Oh, here here, Molly (or is it hear hear? I never can figure out which it is) Especially about those authors who 'phone it in'. I've given up on so many authors because of that.

But remember "The Monkey's Paw" warning before you start wishing for money ...

Sinead M said...

Great idea, Molly. love the idea of Santa letters.
And love the test messaging in authors.. so agree there...

Maureen McGowan said...

Fab letter to Santa, Molly.

There's only one thing I really want to ask Santa for... and it's way more selfish than your list, but I can't help but be fixated right now...

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates!

Abby said...

I think Santa's a step ahead of you, Molly - SEP has a new book out in early 09 I believe.

I had a great 08 reading-wise... there were just so many great books out. Mostly historicals, though. You're right, we need more good contemps, and as a bonus let's not do the cartoon/glass of champagne/high heel covers, K?

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