Thursday, August 07, 2008
How not to learn the trade--veinglory
Let me start by saying I don't know a damn thing about the 'World and Romance Academy'. I can't say, however that they give much of an impression of having a clue.
Their page on about their 'writing erotic romance foundation certificate', for example, says this to me:
* Copy editing is not a priority (capital letters and periods are fun to use when you feel like it).
* We think erotic romance is primarily about cock (see top picture) and pussy (see even less subtle 'bottom' picture). (But these picture are by artists so it isn't gratuitous, right?)
* We suspect your main problem will be writing about sex (see points #1, #4 and #5).
Will taking their course (520 euros) and/or paying for an analysis of your manuscript (200 euros and up) make your work publishable? Of course it will, as they are also a publisher! Yippee! And what's that you say, they are also a literary agency? What luck!
And in this course where you get "Invaluable advice from top romance editors and writers" who exactly are these unnamed advisers? Are they perhaps the people who are being asked to donate their teaching time for free here?
Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
p.s. they have contests where the entry fee is 10% of the prize amount. But how many red flags does a person need?