July 24, 2008

Can you be Just to close to the work?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 12:18 pm by ricsavage

Can you be Just to close to the work?

In a physical and emotional sense I believe you can..  my approach to this is two fold as artist and writer.   First as an artist you can be just too close you really don’t see a project clearly at the time.  On many occasions I have painted a picture, which I loved considered it to be a good work, to revisit it a few years later and think “what the heck was I up to when I painted that?”   and the reverse is true..  a painting that I considered a bit lack lustre at the time with the benefit of hindsight looks a valid piece of art..  the same is true of writing  though sadly a lot of my early stuff was so shallow I would be to embarrassed to show it to anyone now.  It is all apart of that growing process..  I guess one of my hardest learnt lessons so far in writing is, keeping it in a point of view and deep characterisation.  It is important to fix your point of view and keep it there and if you switch to another view point make a clear transition.   But of course when writing you can’t always see it..  You are too involved..   For what it is worth..  My ten cents..   Sometimes it is good to step back and look at the BIG picture, either art or writing, is the structure good?  Does the idea work over all?  Is the plot strong? 






My first BVS blog post….

Posted in Arty tagged , , at 8:16 am by ricsavage

A shameful admission..  and I humbly apologise to Laurie and all of the BVS family.


An introduction to those I have not met or worked with, my name is Richard Savage most people call me Ric.  I am an artist and writer from the UK.  I still get a thrill, every time I write that I am an artist and writer.  My main art subject is erotic in one form or another..  if you are interested you can see my stuff on www.swage.net   there is more to my art than erotic I am working on a more main stream web site at www.savagestudio.net  this is still under construction.


I love what I do and I love that I have found a home at Black Velvet Seductions.  I have done some covers for BVS and I have very much enjoyed working with everyone.  I have found this a very nurturing environment.  My first three stories have been published here and I would not consider moving.  Laurie is great to work with, she is the most democratic and helpful publisher I have ever known.


The first one written..  I look forward to working with you all in the near future

July 12, 2008

MUSE Online Conference For Authors

Posted in Free Workshop at 2:41 pm by laurie979

For those who like to attend writing conferences…and for those who like the learning but not necessarily the cost, there is the MUSE Online Conference. Details are below. It is a great conference. I taught a workshop there last year and I recommend doing that as a means to promote your books.

Here’s the scoop.

Please pass this email to all your writing buddies and let them know
that registration for the Muse Online Writers Conference is now open.

DEADLINE: September 1st, 2008.

Don’t miss this annual FREE conference offering you tons of FREE
workshops and chat workshops for one entire week.

HELD: October 13 – 19, 2008.

SITE: http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference.com/

Please click on REGISTRATIONS and register today.

If for some reason you have difficulty registering, feel free to email
me at: museitupeditor@ yahoo.ca

Thank you

Lea Schizas

July 11, 2008

For Authors Who Are Not Going to RWA Conference

Posted in Workshops for Authors at 6:51 pm by laurie979

I heard about this online conference for authors who are not going to RWA’s conference and I thought that BVS authors might find the information useful.


Not going to the RWA Conference? The Romance Divas annual Not Going
to Conference Conference will make you feel a bit less deprived!
Amazing workshops, a star-studded guest list and awesome giveaways,
all right here on the Diva forum! Don’t miss it! Best of all, it’s

All you have to do is register (also free!) to become a member on the
Romance Divas website.


Watch for the special NGCC workshop areas on the general forum and in
the Steamy section!

Here’s a bit of a schedule update for the Q&As and Workshops…

Wednesday, July 30

Paula Guran, Editor, Juno Books
Q&A on Creating Kick a** Heroines

Laurie Rauch, Editor, Samhain Publishing
Workshop on What Happens After the Contract (aka Editors are People
*Laurie will be at that other conference that I think a few people
may be going to so we’ll be posting for her and she’ll pop in to
answer questions that may arise when she can tear herself away from
all the horribly boring goings-on

Thursday July 31

Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary
Q&A on Inspirational Romance Stories and the Inspy Market

Sandra Schwab, Historical Romance Author
Workshop on Historical Accuracy and Anachronisms

Friday, August 1

Yolanda Sfetsos, Author of Guarded by Stone
Q&A on Paranormal and Urban Fantasy World Building

Katie MacIver, KatieDidDesign
Workshop on Website Design and Color Selection

Saturday, August 2

Joey W. Hill, Erotica Author
Workshop on Plotting Erotica and Erotic Romance

Rhonda Stapleton, Editor and Author
Workshop on Style and Voice
*Rhonda will also be at that other conference.

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