Archive for October, 2004

Sunday, October 31st, 2004
Happy Halloween Everyone!

Sending out ghostly wishes to everyone on this all hallows eve. May the night’s frights send shivers of delight down your spine and may all your ghoulish dreams come true.

Friday, October 29th, 2004
WORD or as Sylvia Says, Write or Die

I’m about to begin an unofficial book in a month session. No, I’m not doing this on my own or believe me, nothing would happen. I’m not that ambitious. The sad thing is I’m actually panicking over starting this stretch. Why? I have NO idea.

I’m honestly excited about having the extra push that can only come from a group of dedicated writers. This should have me psyched and ready to go.

Instead, I’m staring at my notes like a deer trapped in headlights, wondering how I’m going to proceed with each story. Notice I said NOTES. Yes, I have notes for both stories I want to work on. Does that seem to matter? NO.

Which brings me to my predicament. How do I get past this little glitch and onto some serious writing? I’m truly open to suggestions.

Thursday, October 28th, 2004
2005 Writing Schedule/Goals

Yesterday I started putting together my 2005 writing schedule and goal page. I had one for 2004 and although I didn’t get everything I’d like accomplished, I’m pleased with how the year has gone. I’ve managed to write two novellas, two partial novellas, and two partial single titles. I’ve turned the last four in for consideration.

That of course doesn’t count the other stories I’ve started work on. I’m only counting what I’ve turned into my agent and editor. I’m hoping to submit one final thing before the year’s up. Okay, two, but I’m trying to be realistic. (Not something that I’m particularly good at. 😉

I’m also attempting to be even more organized next year. This takes actual planning and careful consideration of projects. I want to build on the releases from Brava, while still continuing to grow as a writer and gain readership. So far, I only have a few projects picked out to work on next year. I’m sure this will change as books are accepted or rejected.

With all that happening, I was curious what writing plans you have for 2005. Let me know.

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
Writers Groups, the good, the bad, the ugly…

I went to my local romance writer’s meeting last night. We had a couple of great speakers share their knowledge and I had a little time to visit with some friends.

As I was sitting there I started to think about writers/critique groups in general. How they can be helpful or hurtful depending on the group dynamics. I’ve heard horror stories from other authors who’ve ended up quitting writers groups over the hostility within. I’m fortunate that my local chapter is supportive over all, but there was a time a couple of years back when they were heatedly divided by the paperback vs epub controversy. Thanks goodness that appears to be over.

I have firsthand experience with a critique group falling apart. It wasn’t pretty. It ruined a friendship that I thought was strong. The whole thing still makes me sad and extremely leary of entering into any kind of group critiquing situation.

I know the knowledge that I’ve gained from being part of the Romance Writers of America has been invaluable, but what about the smaller groups? Do you all think critique/writers groups help or hurt a beginning writer?

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
Vanity and Ego

My dh and I were discussing how much vanity and ego one needs to lead a healthy life. What changes would you make to your life if both were factors in your behavior? It also got me thinking about the writer’s self-esteem and how easily it’s manipulated by forces we cannot control. Would being a bit more vain and having a stronger ego help in this business? Or would it hurt?

I’m leaning toward it being of assistance. Vanity and ego could keep you up even when your spirits are down. What do you all think?

Thursday, October 21st, 2004
E-Publishing Part Two…Otherwise known as luck and faery dust

Sasha White brought up an interesting question about e-publishing on her blog. She asked why so many EC authors have landed NY book deals in the past year and a half.

Personally, I don’t think there’s any one specific answer to this question. I believe many factors played into these various deals.

Some of the deals have been based on sales records at EC, while others came from word of mouth. One or two sales came from the fact that an editor actually bought EC books and liked the authors. She then contacted the authors directly and offered them a deal. One, me, came from the fact that I finaled in a contest.

Can the fact that EC built a strong name for themselves and developed a decent following contribute to these book deals? I’m sure it didn’t hurt. Are EC authors the only epubbed authors getting book deals out of NY? Absolutely not. That same contest that I won (Lori Foster/Kensington Brava Contest) brought Jen Wardrip a book deal and she happens to write for eXtasy publishing.

I guess what I’m trying to say, in a very long-winded sort of way, is that I don’t think there is any ONE particular way to get published in NY. EC wasn’t RWA recognized when I started writing for them nor did they release paperback versions of their books. You never know what direction a company is going to move in. The only thing an author can do is write the best book possible at the time and research the various publishers before submitting their work. The rest is up to luck and faery dust.

Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
Too Weird…

I just opened my bank statement after leaving it sit on my desk for a couple of weeks. Here’s the weird part, it reeks of perfume. I kid you not. You know, like the kind of letter you’d send a guy that you fancy. I thought I was imagining it until I opened another bank statement. It held no odor whatsoever.

Isn’t that weird?

I don’t know if someone dropped their perfume while putting the statements in the envelopes or…I don’t even want to think about the other possibilities. Eww!