Build a Backlist Fast with Novellas




About ten month before my contemporary novel, Her Hollywood Christmas (originally titled Labor Relations), was scheduled to release in February 2011, I had a small crisis. Here I was ready to debut a contemporary novel and the only title in my backlist was my Regency romance, Lady's Wager. I needed some back list titles and I needed them fast. However, life at the time was very busy and I didn’t have a lot of time to write (who does?). More and more e-publishers were asking for novellas and that’s when the idea hit me. I write short, so why not go with what I know and write to my strength.

I had a number of rejected Woman's World short stories sitting on my laptop, all of which could be quickly expanded into longer short stories. One of them was Rock ‘n’ Roll ReunionI rewrote it and submitted it and within two months it was contracted for publication by a small epublisher for a January 2011 release. I have since received the rights back and published it myself. Once that novella was accepted, I started working on another one that became A Little Legal Luck. That novella was released by the Wild Rose Press in September 2011, and I have since republished myself. Once it was off my plate, I finished polishing up Mask of the Gladiator, my ancient Rome novella, and sold it to Carina Press. This helped me to build up my historical romance backlist. Within a short amount of time, I went from having one published novel to a handful of published titles.

So, if you're struggling to build a backlist fast, consider writing shorter. There is a lot you can pack into a little story.

If you like novellas then you will love mine because they are great to read when you don't have a lot of time. www.Georgie-Lee.com


Don't Let Fear of Making Research Mistakes Stop You from Writing

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Anyone who writes historical romances knows how much research can go into developing and creating a story. Since I'm a voracious nonfiction history reader, this is one of my favorite parts of the process, but it can be tough. History in broad strokes is easy to discover. It’s the small details of daily life that can be elusive. Sometimes I can find the details, other times I have to take some artistic license based on my knowledge of the period. And then there are times when, despite research and careful fact checking, I still manage to get it wrong

Research, writingOnce during revisions, when I was double checking my facts, I discovered that I had made not one, but many mistakes. I'd read a sentence, and then another one, and something about them didn’t seem right. Off to the internet or a research book I went, only to discover my facts were incorrect. Afterwards, I asked myself, “How did I miss this during the umpteenth times I read this story?” or “I know I looked this up before. How did I get it so wrong?”




Since catching mistakes and making changes is part of the editing process, I can’t be too hard on myself. Also, after listening to an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian David McCullough, I know I’m not alone. When asked about his research methods, he admitted that he continues researching right through the copy editing process. I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard this. If a noted historian of his stature can keep researching until the last minute, then so can I and so can you. After all, in the end it doesn’t matter when you get it right, as long as you do.

Don't allow fear of doing research or getting the research wrong stop you from writing your book. Dive in, write, research and keep going. It is the only way to succeed!

If you like books and research then you will love mine because I wrote them while I was doing research. www.Georgie-Lee.com

Tips for Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios
This summer, my family and I visited Universal Studios Hollywood and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It's a great place to go if you want to go to Hogsmead and pretend that you aren't a muggle for a little while. This is a very popular place at Universal Studios, with a long line for just the $6.45 Butterbeer. It's also not as big of an area as you'd expect so a lot of people can make it seem even more crowded.

Below are my tips for getting the most out of your visit.


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1) Buy your season passes at Costco. Costco sells the passes for $109 but on the Universal Studios website it's $119. It's also $119 for the 2 day pass. We were there over three days so it was cheaper to buy the $109 year pass than it was to purchase a two day pass.

2) Go midweek if you can. We were there from Tuesday through Thursday at the end of August. Many of the less popular attractions at the park had much shorter lines than they did earlier in the summer. Even the Flight of the Hippogriff was only about 20 minutes on the first day.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios, Hogsmead

3) Go early! The first day we arrived at around 3pm and it was so crowded that it was difficult to see inside the shop windows, much less go inside the shops. Even if you don't buy anything, visit the shops. They are all elaborately decorated to give you the feel of the films and the books. On our second day, we were at the park at 9am when it opened. With the exception of the Ollivander's wand buying experience, we walked right on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The day before the line had been 75 minutes. We were even able to get off and right back on for about a half hour before it was no longer possible. At that point, we headed over to Flight of the Hippogriff and rode it several times with little to no wait. By 11:30 am the park began to really fill and the wait times rose dramatically. Be aware that the Forbidden Journey ride is dark and might be scary for younger children.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios, Hogsmead4) Bring your own costume. If you or your little one already own a Gryffindor cloak then wear it when you enter the park. It's actually encouraged. The robes they sell in the gift shops are nice but at $109 a bit steep. Wear in your own costume and you can still have fun but for a lot less money.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios, Hogsmead
5) If your little ones have their hearts set on the Ollivander's wand fitting experience then make that your first stop when you get there at 9am. Even at that point the wait was 20 minutes since they only let in a few people at a time. If you can live without the wand fitting experience then just poke around Ollivander's. It's still amazing and you can skip the line.

6) Use your phone to check the website for updates on ride wait times. Universal Studios also has numerous boards throughout the park that list wait times. It allows you to better plan the next activity you want to do.

7) Have fun and get lost in the magic of Harry Potter!


If you need to get lost in a story then check out my novels at www.Georgie-Lee.com


Tips for Researching Your Novel Idea at the Library

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I write historical romances, and as a result, I do a lot of research. Thankfully, I love doing research, especially when I get to wander through the various sections of the library. Nothing can replace browsing, not Google searches or even a library catalog search. The internet is great for answering questions quickly, but books are where the real in-depth details are found. Finding the right book is the challenge. Sometimes, even the best keywords don’t bring up what I need. However, honing in on a section at the library and simply seeing what’s on the shelves often uncovers the exact thing.

research, writing, novels, book, how to, tips, libraryWhen I was writing my book The Captain’s Frozen Dream, I had to research both early fossil hunters and early Arctic exploration. I found more great research at the library than I did online. Physically being in the library and searching the geology shelves led me to a few gems I wouldn’t have otherwise discovered. Being in the library also encouraged me to peek at other sections I hadn’t considered in my original online search. I perused the biography section too in an effort to find relevant people. Browsing, is a great way to discover lesser known, but necessary to my research, historical figures.



The thrill of discovery in the library is beautifully depicted in the children’s book Bats at the Library
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by Brian Lies. It captures the excitement of finding just the right book during my precious and limited library time before other responsibilities pull me away. Books turned out on the shelves by the librarians have also led me to discover some great reads. No one has paid to have those books there. Instead, someone who has read them and enjoyed them is quietly recommending them.

So the next time you're stuck for a story idea, a plot twist, or a character, get thee to a library. You never know what you might find.

If you're searching for some fiction to read then check out my books because they are full of stories. www.Georgie-Lee.com



Antique Furniture from The Getty Center

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If you love antique furniture then you will love The Getty Center's collection of pieces. Located in Los Angeles, The Getty Center is free and well worth a trip for the many stunning works of art it contains.

Below are some highlights from their great furniture collection, most of which is from the 18th century. The work and attention to detail that went into these handmade pieces is amazing, especially when you realize these pieces have managed to survive the last 300 years.


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While I wouldn't necessarily want the rooms in my house to be this formal, I wouldn't mind a few of these wonderful pieces or to have my office look a little bit more like the two rooms below. It would certainly help me craft more British house party scenes for my Regency romance novels.

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I'd love to have a fire burning in a fireplace like this one while I write.
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Clean yet elegant lines.
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Imagine the things you could write on this desk.
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Running late in the morning wouldn't be so bad with a stunning clock like this on the wall.
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Imagine some of these in your entryway. What gorgeous ways to welcome guests into your home.

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Until the furniture in my home looks a little bit more like the ones above, I can use these pictures for inspiration. I hope you also find some inspiration in The Getty Center's fabulous furniture collection. If you do, please check out my novels because I describe lots of gorgeous furniture in them. www.Georgie-Lee.com


Costumes from The Old Globe

Costumes from The Old Globe

Last week I attended The Old Globe's annual fashion show fundraiser. On display before the fashion show were some beautiful costumes from past productions. I took pictures of the gorgeous outfits to share with you. Enjoy!


This dress is from the  The Old Globe's production of The Madness of King George. It was worn by the actress playing Queen Charlotte and is late Georgian era.

The Madness of King George, The Old Globe

The Madness of King George, The Old Globe


The Madness of King George, The Old Globe


This Georgian suit is from The Old Globe production of Two Gentlemen from Verona.

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Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Old Globe

Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Old Globe

Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Old Globe

Here is a closer photo of the lace cuff.

Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Old Globe

Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Old Globe


Looking for a stunning ball gown with a hint of history? Then check out this one from Twelfth Night. The sign for it (pictured below) says it is Modern/Elizabethan" inspired.

Twelfth Night, The Old Globe

Twelfth Night, The Old Globe

Twelfth Night, The Old Globe

Twelfth Night, The Old Globe


If late Edwardian is more your style, then you will love this 1919 inspired dress from the production Much A Do About Nothing. I love the purple color.

Much A Do About Nothing, The old Globe

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 I hope you enjoyed this peek at some of The Old Globe's stunning costumes. If you like historic clothing then check out my books at www.Georgie-Lee.com. There are lots of pretty dresses in them.



Tips to Save Money on Party Supplies



If you want to save money on party supplies, don't wait until the week before the party to buy them. Instead, always keep in mind your future party needs and shop seasonal clearance. I have a plastic tub in one of my closets that holds party supplies. After major holidays like Christmas or Easter, I shop the seasonal aisle and buy napkins, cups, utensils and plates at a fraction of their usual cost. They then go in the tub for future use.

I make the seasonal sales work by buying things that don't say Christmas or Easter on them. For example, this past April I picked up blue plates and napkins after Easter. There isn't a bunny or egg to be seen, and I've used them for summer parties. I also buy green and red utensils and cups after Christmas and use them at different times of the year. Taken out of context, no one associates the red or green with Christmas.

If you are known for your annual Christmas or St. Patrick's Day party, then head to the store the day after the holiday and stock up for next year. You'll end up spending $.10 on a pack of Halloween napkins instead of the $1.99 or more that they usually cost. You will also have them on hand for those last minute requests from teachers or scout leaders to donate to a themed party. Having things on hand for last minute requests makes life a lot easier.

If you need a way to relax after your shopping or party, please check out my books. they are great for any season. www.Georgie-Lee.com

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