Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Request

via email:

Betty Keira/Betty Debbie

I would like to ask for your help.  I am pursuing a long-delayed Bachelor’s degree from Regis University.  As part of my final semester, I have to complete a research project.  I have chosen to do a study to learn what qualities in a Betty Neels novel today’s readers would find appealing.  My study got off to a rocky start when the professor assigned to advise me on my project read part of the first sentence of my proposal and threw it in the discard heap because it mentioned wanting to write a romance novel!  Hopefully, I can keep your attention a bit longer!  

I want to write a romance novel that pays tribute to my favorite romance writer, Betty Neels.  In order to improve the marketability of such a book, I would like to learn what characteristics of a classic Neels novel modern readers would find appealing in a tribute novel.  To this end, I have designed a survey and would like to ask the members and readers of your forum to take it.  The survey can be found on  

Clicking on the link will take you to a page full of academic red tape/fine print.  This is required by Regis University for anything they deem “human subject research.”  Human subject research seems to include any time you ask anyone anything!  I now wonder if I need informed consent from my DH before I ask him if he wants a kiss!  Click past the fine print and you are in the survey.  Be sure to save your answers at the end!  The survey will be open until March 20, 2013.

Would you be willing to post a link to the survey on TUJD?  I'd be happy to share the results with you if you are interested.


Betty Miller 

Dear Betty Miller,

So sorry that I took so long to post this - I was on vacation when your email came, then I've been sick for over a week! I'm finally crawling out from the rock I've been living under.  
Betty Keira isn't much help right now - she's in her final month...FINAL MONTH!!! (before her baby!).

Good luck with your class!

Love and lardy cakes,
Betty Debbie


  1. Betty Debbie

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    And thank you to the people who are taking the survey!

    I hope you are feeling better! Which reminds me of a Betty question....when people are sick, they are often given an egg in milk as part of their recuperation. I can't think of anything that would make me more inclined to stick my head under the covers and stay sick! Does anyone know if there is a trick to preparing this so that it is something that isn't as gross as it sounds?!

    Betty Miller

  2. Lovely survey, Betty Miller! I formulated a new post this morning that asks some similar questions, albeit in a much less scientific way and uses the Blogger poll tool so everyone can see the answers. I'll be publishing that mid-week this week. Will you share your results with us in time? Good luck with the survey, the writing, the advisor and the degree!

  3. Thanks, Betty Miller, for your survey! If you ever write that book, let us know. I'd love to read it!

    1. Yeah, me too. Just finished the survey.
      Betty Anonymous

  4. Betty Francesca here:

    I took the survey! What fun.

    Can you post the results when you're done?


  5. I am so glad you actually enjoyed taking the survey! I should have the results compiled by the end of April and will share them with everyone.

    I do hope to write the tribute novel someday...but that will definitely be farther down the road!

    Thanks everyone!

    Betty Miller

  6. Have just completed the survey too. Made me laugh out - the novels are not that formulaic, surely! :)

  7. Oh, no, Birgit, while there are certainly some similar elements that reappear frequently, I certainly don't think you can simply follow the formula and get a great book! That would be too easy to be any fun! :)

    Betty Miller

  8. I took it, hope it is not too late!