Archive for January, 2004

Saturday, January 31st, 2004
What a week it’s been…

I’ve been having one heck of a week. I haven’t been able to write much of anything until tonight. I guess I needed to switch genres for a while to get the old juices flowing. I started a cowboy romance. (I say cowboy, because it involves a rancher who is a bit of a rodeo cowboy.) So far, it’s sounding good for a quickie. I need to think about the direction I’m going to take the story in before I proceed any further. With any luck, I’ll have it finished by the end of next week. Hope everyone is having an outstanding weekend. Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! I love you.

Thursday, January 29th, 2004
My Sister’s Birthday…

I was bad yesterday. I forgot to mention it was my sister’s birthday. Happy Belated 33rd Birthday, T.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Last night I did a chat at my local RWA meeting about e-publishers with a special section dedicated to my publisher Ellora’s Cave. It really got me thinking about e-publishing in general. So I thought I’d list a few of the pros and cons for those considering taking the leap into e-publishing.

First off, let’s start with the pros. The number one thing to consider when thinking about e-publishing is the money. I know that’s harsh, but I consider my time valuable and you should too. The second thing to consider is you get to learn/hone your craft as you go. By this I don’t mean you can send in a jumble of sentences and expect an editor at an e-pub to ‘fix’ everything for you. But you can become a better writer while you’re getting paid to write. The third thing to consider is shorter wait times between submission and acceptance…aka instant gratification. :-)You can also practice meeting deadlines, develop a fan base, write non-cookie cutter subject matter, and learn combat marketing. (I call it combat marketing because you’re dropped into a s*&t storm and have to carve out a career. LOL!)

Now the cons. The number one thing I’ve encountered is burnout from keeping up such a hectic writing schedule. In order to develop a name and jumpstart a career you have to have a lot of books available. Unless you’re Nora Roberts, this is very difficult to do. The second is not having your books in bookstores. It’s really hard to market without people being able to go to the store and pick up your book. The third, I haven’t experienced with Ellora’s, but I know it happens. It is uncertainty of payment schedules, invisible release dates (as in your book may never come out), and sloppy editing skills. If you don’t have a good editor, you’re dead in the water. I don’t care how good a writer you are. You need a good editor. The final thing to consider is return on investment. You’re going to take just as long to write the book for an e-publisher as you would for a NY publisher. The release dates at e-publishers are starting to be a year out just like the NY publishing industry, but you don’t get an advance with e-pub. (Or if you do, it’s so small it might as well not be there.)

So make sure you know why you’re writing the book. Are you trying to establish/develop a career or are you working at a hobby? If you simply want to be published then I highly recommend going the e-pub way. Good luck whatever you decide.

Everything written here is solely my opinion and my personal experience. Others may have experienced something different. How’s that for a disclaimer? LOL

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004
Conference Time is Here…

Wow! With the New Year comes a landslide of conferences each with their own merit. It’s truly so hard to choose. Of course, there are the biggies RT Booklover’s Convention and RWA National. Those two tend to draw the biggest crowds…and cost the most.

If you ever have the funds to attend RT I highly recommend it. The costume parties are a blast. RWA National is for the serious romance writer. It’s all about business. Consider it a crash course in publishing.

Then there are the lesser known conferences which are also worth noting. Seattle has a big one in October. I hear wonderful things about it. Phoenix has the Desert Rose this April. A great chapter full of hard working people. There’s also the Heart of the Rockies conference.

I guess my point is there are conferences for every budget. If you get a chance to attend one, then go. Meeting your favorite authors make the whole thing worthwhile.

Sunday, January 25th, 2004
Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come again another day…

Okay, so I’m not that fond of rain. I know it’s important for the plants to grow, but there’s something about gray skies that truly get me down. I know when summer rolls around I’ll be praying for clouds, but until then I have to say, I didn’t move out West for this crap. LOL! Hope everyone is having a fab day.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2004
Things We Dread…

Isn’t it weird how when we dread doing something we build it up so big that by the time we actually do what we’ve been dreading it ends up being anticlimactic.

I’m currently having one of those days. I have something I have to do. I’m dreading it BIG TIME. My stomach is in a knot and I feel like someone is stepping on my chest. Ah, the signs of stress. LOL! Unfortunately this misplaced sense of loyalty is nothing new for me. Let the Year of the Monkey begin.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2004
To Aspiring Writers

You’re probably asking to yourself, why is ‘she’ giving advice? Well for no good reason I guess. LOL! Actually, I thought a few of my observations might help out someone who is just beginning the journey into authordom. (Yes, I know that’s not really a word.)

These are just a few things I learned when I started taking writing seriously. (1)Take all the advice you can get…as long as it’s coming from someone higher up on the ladder than you are presently. (2)If you decide to enter a contest, do so when they have three judges judging the first round. Your chances of scoring higher increase with a third judge in the mix. I have no idea why, but it’s been my experience.(3)Take as many classes as you can. I took a wonderful online romance writing course from Gotham Writer’s Workshop. It was taught by Leigh Michaels. She’s fantastic and truly knows her stuff. (They offer classes in several genres.)(4)Never give up. Never surrender. Okay, I may have quoted Galaxy Quest, but they’re still words to live by. Until next time…