Archive for July, 2005

Thursday, July 21st, 2005
Cruising Along in my Automobile

Well not really. I’m actually sitting here at my desk, dreaming of cooler weather. Have I accomplished any writing yet today? No. I’m currently the guest speaker on the online group Ask An Author. We’re talking about blogs and blogging. Answering all the great questions has actually kept me incredibly busy. Who’d have thought? LOL! 😉

A friend mine, author Laurie Campbell is running an online synopsis writing class, starting Aug. 1st and ending Aug. 29th. I don’t know about you, but I hate writing those &$%# things and my skill lies right below SUCK! She’s actually an amazing presenter, very thorough in her approach. Here’s the syllabus:
Mon 8/1: Introduction (what we’re gonna do) Tue 8/2: You’re Not Alone (introduce yourself) Thu 8/4: Advertising (name a good ad) Fri 8/5: Know Your Product (characters) Mon 8/8: Target Market (identify your own) Tue 8/9: Unique Selling Points (first worksheet) Thu 8/11: Condensing USPs (no homework) Fri 8/12: Summary/Opening (second worksheet) Mon 8/15: Attracting Interest (vote like an editor) Thu 8/18: Just The Beginning (name a bad ad) Fri 8/19: Brainstorming (third worksheet) Mon 8/22: Strategy (last worksheet of the class!) Wed 8/24: Your Synopsis (outline; no homework) Fri 8/25: Format & More (time for Q&A) Mon 8/29: The Answers (wrapup & door prizes)

The cost is $25, which is pretty reasonable, considering all you get. If you want to check it out, you can email her at: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my Dream Publisher subject. Your thoughts were quite eye-opening and made me re-evaluate what I was really looking for in a publishing house. 😀

I have a question for those of you into paranormals. Do you know any good ‘monster’ research books? LOL! Yes, I know it’s a strange question.

I own several vampire books, including two encyclopedias. I also own a decent werewolf encyclopedia and ‘The Field Guide to Demons’. (Light reading. LOL!;) I have an Encyclopedia of Mythology, but I’m looking for something that specifically covers ‘monsters’. If you have any suggestions, please send them my way. I’m tired of buying books that claim to cover vampires, werewolves, and monsters, only to find two pages dedicated to monsters and the rest spent on vamps and weres.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
Who are the Dream Publishers?

I’ve been asking myself that question ever since I read the note on Sasha’s blog saying she’d landed her dream publisher, Berkley. I used to have a ‘dream’ publisher, but now, not so much. Hmm, when did that change? Currently, I like several different publishing houses and would love to write for them all. *ggg* I just don’t know if I have a favorite. I believe what I look for in a publisher has changed. I’m sure this comes from gaining a grain of publishing experience.

My pie in the sky dream would be to find a publisher who REALLY loves my work. Duh! I’ve been fortunate to have a couple of publishers who appreciate my writing. I’m truly grateful for that experience. But, I’ve yet to encounter the publisher who loves my work. Come out, come out wherever you are. 😀 That’s definitely my dream.

Who are your dream publishers and why? Do you have a dream publisher? If not, what do you look for in a publisher?

Monday, July 18th, 2005

Every muscle in my body is tense. My stomach is knotted and threatening to rebel. My palpitating heart refuses to slow. What has me so stressed out? I’ve officially sent off my werewolf partial. :-O

Dh tells me I must forget about it now that it’s out of my hands. Logically, I know he’s right, but that’s hard to do when I have to work on the book. Goodness, what was I thinking? (Mouth watering…must swallow.)

Nervously looking left and right. I have a major confession to make. The only publisher I EVER submitted unsolicited work to was Ellora’s Cave. Yep, now you know the ugly truth. I have little to no experience querying publishing houses. I had to get out a book to see how it was done. (blush) You’re probably wondering how I managed to avoid this ‘common’ road to publishing for so long. It’s simple really, I entered contests instead.

Now that you know the ugly truth, I’ll understand if you never want to speak to me again. Cringe. If you’re brave enough to look upon the horror and stick around, I could use your assistance. How did you get over the stress of submitting a manuscript? Do you ever get over the stress of submitting? If you haven’t submitted work yet, do you have a plan to get you over that first hurdle? Time to share your secrets.

Sunday, July 17th, 2005
Oh where, Oh where, have all the vampires gone?

I know there are a lot of vamp books being released these days, but nothing has grabbed me by the throat and sunk its fangs in deep, not letting go until the last page. (Yes, I’m feeling dramatic. 😉 Where have all the really great vampire romances gone?

Let me preface this by saying I own all of Christine Feehan’s, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s, Angela Knight’s, and Emma Holly’s vamp books. (wg)

I’ve tried reading Laurell K. Hamilton, who I think is a very good writer, but the stories are not my thing. I picked up Rosemary Laurey’s latest, but I haven’t started it yet. I loved the first book in her vamp series. I also have ALL the Charlaine Harris books. I don’t tend to like books written entirely in first person. I can’t get into the story for some reason. There are exceptions, but they are RARE. I do have Sunshine in my TBR pile, even though it’s not a romance.

So have any vampire or werewolf romance books blown you away recently? If so, please share the titles.

Saturday, July 16th, 2005
Books, Books Everywhere And Not A Word To Read…

After viewing several other blogs, I can see I’m not alone with my short attention span. I’ve bought several new books lately and haven’t been able to pick any of them up. Are the books bad? Absolutely not! I just can’t seem to get into any of them. I’m not sure what’s going on. I’ve even tried switching to different subgenres to see if that would help. It didn’t. :-/ So I ask myself, what’s happening? Why isn’t anything (ie any romance) holding my interest?

To be honest, I’m not sure. It may be because I’m so submersed in working on my partial that I don’t want to read anything else. It might be because I just finished a book for EC. I REALLY don’t know, but I HATE it. My TBR pile continues to grow with books I want to read, yet can’t seem to get past the first page or two.

I’ve managed to read a few things on my e-book reader, but they’ve mainly been old favorites from my keeper shelf. The only other books I’ve been able to get into are action adventure books like ‘Link’ by Walt Becker and ‘Meg’ by Steve Alten.

If you’ve been stuck with your reading, how did you get out of the ‘nothing sounds good’ rut? Help! I’m about to be swallowed by my TBR pile.

For anyone who wants to know what being a writer is like go to Vanessa’s blog and watch the cartoon in the latest entry.

Thursday, July 14th, 2005
Brace Yourself…I’m about to rant.

I’ve kept ‘mainly’ quiet as I’ve read all the ‘digs’ at Ellora’s Cave. This recent one truly knots my panties since it combines EC with the latest RWA controversies. I believe everyone has a right to their opinion, but to state it with so LITTLE information as if it’s fact is unjust to say the least. I truly do not understand why so many ‘big name’ authors are threatened by EC’s success. I suppose EC is an easy scapegoat for the changes in the publishing industry.

What am I talking about? You’ll need to go to Paperback Writer’s Blog (under PBW speaks) to see because I refuse to link to the site behind the maligning comments.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
Back from the Dentist

I’m back from my dentist appointment. Managed to get my teeth cleaned and my new crown, next up a butt-load of fillings. I told the dentist I want them ALL done at once. I know I’m going to be sore as sh*t, but at least it’ll be over. I don’t need to eat anyway…*ggg*

I sent my synopsis off to one of my critique partners. Bless her heart, she sent it back to me with two versions. I love her, man. Sniffle. LOL! All that’s left is a few tweaks to the chapters and I should have it mailed off by Monday. Then I have to make myself forget about it or I’ll go insane. I plan to work around seeing movies this weekend. Got to see Fantastic Four and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 🙂 I’m still waiting to be bowled over by a movie. Where’s this year’s Pirates of the Caribbean?