Archive for December, 2004

Friday, December 10th, 2004
Must be the week

Ellora’s Cave must be sending out emails over the next couple weeks because two of my friends received ‘the email’ this week. I’d like to congratulate Wendy Wootton and Cindy Dickson on their new book deals. Way to go, ladies! May it be the first of many.

I have my fingers crossed that a few more friends, who’ve been waiting hear, receive good news soon.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004
New Software

My dh was surfing the web the other day and came across an interesting piece of software called Miss Lonelynotes. It’s a note card program for writers. Instead of writing out your notes on different colored note cards, you type in the info. It’s divided by Beginning, Middle, and End. You can rearrange them anyway you like to fix your story. It’s really rather brilliant, if you’re the type of writer who loses things easily. (Yes, I’m speaking for myself.) You can find the software here: Mindola

Monday, December 6th, 2004

To many writers the above word is synonymous with hell. I am no exception. The first synopsis I ever wrote was easy. (I’m not saying it was great.) I approached the writing of it much like I approach playing a game, with the expectation that it would be fun. Somewhere along the line my attitude changed. I can’t pinpoint the precise moment, but I’m guessing it occurred when I realized that publishing wasn’t a game, but a business. I’m now on a quest to recover my previous ‘tude.

In the meantime, how do you all cope with writing these torturous passages?

Saturday, December 4th, 2004
Woo Hoo!

I’m officially done with my two partials. Yippee! I cannot believe it. I’m so happy. (Notice I’m ignoring the fact they still have to go out to my critique partner and I have to write the synopses. WG) On top of finishing the partials, I received my unproofed copies of Wicked Women On Top today. I can’t wait to dig into them and read the other two stories. Oh, happy day.

Friday, December 3rd, 2004
Am I the only one?

Am I the only who’s shocked it’s already December? Where has this year gone? They say when you get older time flies, but I don’t really believe that. I think it’s our awareness of time that’s acute.

Thanks to a couple of dear friends I’ve been having a field day at Barnes & Noble. Yep, you guessed it. They gave me gift cards. I’m so bad. They’re worse than cash in my possession. Talk about burning a hole in my pocket. LOL!

I just picked up Alison Kent’s ‘The Bane Affair’, ‘Stolen’ by Kelley Armstrong, ‘Tempting Danger’ by Eileen Wilks, and ‘Lord of Seduction’ by Nicole Jordan. I can’t wait to dig into these jewels.

I’m making myself wait until I finish my two partials. Talk about incentive!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

I’ve spent the day working on my paranormal. I’m down to writing the last chapter for my partial and have just come up with an ending that I think will throw the readers for a loop. I’m so excited. Now all I have to do is finish this murder scene and read through the whole thing. Fingers crossed I can manage to pull it together by tomorrow. I would love to have it finished and ready to send to my critique partner. Woo hoo!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
Sherrilyn Kenyon

Last night I went to a meeting where Sherrilyn Kenyon was speaking.

Let me preface this blog by saying that I’m a big Sherrilyn/Kinley MacGregor fan. I love her historicals and her paranormal books.

Anyway, she had a lot of really good advice that I thought I’d share with you all.

She said instead of tracking publishing houses and trends that it’s better to track editors. By that she meant to find out what the editors are reading for pleasure, what book is on their bedside table, what was the last book they purchased, etc. She said you’ll find out more about what an editor really likes that way than by looking at what they’re purchasing for the publishing house. She said a lot of editors buy work that they know will make the publisher money, but they aren’t particularly into personally. She mentioned that having an editor that loves your work is the biggest career boost you can get. She suggested that you ask these questions after you get done pitching to an editor at a conference, if you have time left over.

She also said if you want to ‘eat’ aka make a living, then you’re going to have to figure out a way of making yourself more productive. Sherrilyn said at the bare minimum you have to be able to write two single titles a year. Never make promises you can’t keep. It’s a career killer. She also said to write for more than one publisher if possible, but always let your original publisher have first shot at any new work. You don’t want to burn bridges.

She said to go through the drugstores, airports, and grocery stores to see what publishers and authors are getting distributed. She said that distribution is the single most important thing for a new author to have. It’s worth a lower advance, if you can get in these high volume distribution areas.

I know she said more, but I’m spacing at the moment. I could’ve listened to her for hours. She has a lot of wisdom stored up from her rocky road to success. I hope this little bit helps.

On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate Sylvia Day for winning the Lori Foster/Kensington Brava Reader’s Choice. Way to go, Sylvia! I’m so happy for you.