Thursday, August 18, 2011

Family Values

Okay. Yesterday I promised to write something about family values. Berkley Homespun novels were supposed to extol family values. The books had to contain at least one child. They had to be sweet (as opposed to erotic) romances. They had to leave the reader feeling good about American culture and, well, values.

So I wrote a couple of proposals. Y'know which one Berkley chose? The one in which the heroine steals a baby and a bunch of money and runs to the New Mexico Territory to her foster brother, an alcoholic who preaches to a town of ex or current criminals who are always getting drunk and shooting each other. His church is the saloon, and his congregation is about as mixed a bag of exiles, drunkards, runaways and/or weak links as you can find anywhere (except maybe downtown L.A.). Diabolito Lindo, the town, is in Lincoln County, in the Sacramento Mountains, where Billy the Kid did his thing a year or so prior to when the book (SWEET CHARITY) starts.

I don't know about you, but those aren't the types of family values I think of when I think of  family values.


17 comments:

Sherry said...

love your blogs! keep 'em coming!

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Sherry!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Alice,

That sounds so typical of romance publishers!
Well, at least you sold them a novel. That says a lot for your talent.

jennymilch said...

Well...they might be *some* family's values ;) Congrats on the deal!

Alice Duncan said...

True, true, Jacquie. And I suppose they might be *some* family's values at that, Jenny :-)

Janet Jones Bann said...

I remember that book! I enjoyed it :)

It also gave me hope that my book with a heroine who steals a baby might have a chance!

Alice Duncan said...

Absolutely, Janet! You just never know. The ways of publishing are strange indeed :-)

Meljprincess said...

LOL! You say tomato, I say tomato....

Have a great day, Alice!

xo Mel

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Mel! You, too.

DebStover said...

Of course they chose that one. :-)

Alice Duncan said...

Of course :-)

Anne K. Albert said...

Hi Alice, just wanted to drop by and say hello!

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Anne! I wish more people were able to leave comments. So I'll post this:

Unable to leave a comment? Try downloading Google Chrome and type (the name of your blog) in the top search box.

What the heck! I don't understand any of this :-)

Sheila Deeth said...

!!! Amazing !!!

Alice Duncan said...

Yeah, Sheila. I thought so too :-)

Jean Lamb said...

Not surprised at all, really; publishing is so contrary that nothing ever turns out the way that you expect.

Alice Duncan said...

Amen, Jean. Publishing is a big, fat muddle. Always has been, always will be, to me at least.