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September 29th, 2005
Ask Jordan

I’m fortunate that so many published and soon-to-be published authors stop by my blog. This wealth of knowledge should be tapped. With that in mind, I’ve decided to open up my blog to questions.

What is it you’d really like to know? It can pertain to anything, books, writing, etc. If I don’t know the answer, then hopefully one of the wonderful people stopping by can help. I do reserve the right to refuse to answer if the question gets too personal. 😛

12 comments to “Ask Jordan”

  1. I don’t have a question Jordan. But I had to tell you I had a dream about you last night…well, actually your book! I’ve never seen an Ellora Cave’s book before, so in my dream I’m walking down the aisle of a book shop and a book catches my attention. It is an Ellora Cave book. I have never seen one before so stopped to take a look. The cover was of a woman basking in a yellow/gold light. I tried to remember the title after I woke up, but couldn’t. Though I did remember who the author was. Jordan Summers!! Naturally I bought it! 🙂


  2. Thanks Peggy! That is SO cool!!! 😀 Loved the eye-candy on your site. (wg)


  3. What inspired you to start writing in the first place? How far along in your writing were you before you got your first book sale?


  4. Terra, Both good questions. Thanks for being brave enough to ask. 🙂

    What inspired you to start writing in the first place?

    When I was 15 years old I read a book called Ghost Fox. I thought it was a romance (snort), since it had such a nice love story in it. I knew when I finished the book that I wanted to write. I wanted to create stories that swept the reader away into another world just like that author had done to me.

    How far along in your writing were you before you got your first book sale?

    This is a tricky question because I technically wrote my ‘first’ romance at age 15/16 years old for a high school creative writing class. We’ll call it my ode to pirates. *ggg* Hmm…Should I count those years? The answer is no because I was dabbling. Until I made a conscious effort to take my writing seriously, I was only playing at being a writer.

    I got my first book deal a year, a few months, and several contest entries later.(wg) That was in 2001. I received my deal in 2002.


  5. How do you feel about contests for both pubbed and un-pubbed authors?


  6. Chey, :-), another great question. How do you feel about contests for both pubbed and un-pubbed authors?

    Personally, I like contests because I’ve had a lot of luck with them. And I really do mean ‘luck’ because contests in general are so hit and miss. I wish there were more contests for published authors that incorporated unpublished material, instead of finished books. There are a few, but not many.

    I think as long as you go into a contest not expecting much you’ll do fine. It’s when an entrant has unrealistic expectations that problems occur.

    That said, I have specific rules for most contests I enter. I try not to enter any contest with less than three judges per manuscript. (Scores tend to be higher with three judges.) I also only enter contests where the final judges are editors that I want to get my work in front of. When I was unpublished, I specifically targeted contests that were prestigious. That way if I finaled I had something to put on a cover letter. Lastly, I entered contests that were known for giving good feedback. I hope that answers your question. Thanks for asking. 😀


  7. Hi Jordan,
    You probably know about this contest but just in case: The PASIC chapter of RWA (www.pasic.net) runs a contest for published and unpublished authors each year. Entry requirement is a chapter and synopsis (I think). The preliminary judges are booksellers, the final judges are editors. Thought it might be of interest.

    Sharon Page


  8. Thanks Sharon! I actually didn’t know about that one. I really need to pay more attention to the groups that are out there.


  9. Q&A! (I love having the Q part. The A part gives me a tension headache.)
    What sort of music most inspires you as a writer?


  10. PBW, *ggg*, What sort of music most inspires you as a writer?

    Let me start by saying that I like all kinds of music. What inspires me one day may not inspire me the next. It really depends on my mood. I tend to write to soundtracks or classical music because lyrics distract me from the voices in my head. (wg)

    If I want to get into a paranormal mood before I start to write, then I listen to rock like the Matrix soundtrack or the soundtrack to Queen of the Damned (if I’m writing vampires). If I need to get into the mindset for a love scene, then I tend to listen to Chris Isaak, Nickleback, Bryan Adams, or Puddle of Mudd. I love writing fight scenes to the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack because it’s so ‘easy’ to picture Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom fighting with swords.


  11. If you had a chance to do it all over–would you follow the same writing path again?


  12. Raine, Great question. If you had a chance to do it all over–would you follow the same writing path again?

    The short answer is no.

    There are so many things I’d do differently. I would still have purposely gone the e-book route, but I would be a bit more organized with it. By that I mean I would’ve picked different subjects to explore, written more straight forward paranormals (vampires/werewolves/etc.), and done less genre mixing. (The latter has hurt my sales due to inability to categorize my work.) I also would’ve avoided some of the contests I entered because they only led me away from the writing path I want to be on. My motto is “Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should”.