Archive for April, 2007

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I’ll post some thoughts tomorrow. I’m too tired to have any today. *g*

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
See you Next Week

I’m out of here. Have a good week. 🙂

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
Chicken With Its Head Cut Off

I’m trying to figure out what I need to take for RT and type in the edits that I finished last night. I’ve ran the errands that I needed. Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything. I get so nervous before I leave for a conference. I have no idea why. I mean realistically I could sit in my room for the entire time and no one, but my friends would take issue with that. Yet here I am feeling anxious. And not in a ‘this is going to be fun’ kind of way. I think this stems from the fact that I spend so many hours in my house alone, writing my books. I used to be really good with social situations. Nowadays, not so much. It takes work to socialize and not come off inept or like a total bitch. I have no doubt I will enjoy myself at the Romantic Times Convention once I get there. It’s the forcing myself to get there part that’s hard. Have a nice week. I’ll report back Monday on what I learned. 🙂

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
Hot Fuzz and Luxury Home Tours

Not exactly two topics that blend together, but they worked this weekend. Yesterday dh and I went on a luxury home tour after we picked up my vampire fangs for RT. The tour is happening all month here. The idea is that for three weeks you can tour some of the premier luxury homes in the area. We toured three magnificent condos and two houses. We liked all of the properties except one house. Retro seventies look anyone? I think not. Shudder. The tour definitely puts into perspective what you can get for $1 to 3 million.

Today we went to see Hot Fuzz. It’s by the creators of Shaun of the Dead. Basically in this flick, they did for cop movies what they’d done for zombie movies in Shaun of the Dead. If you liked the silliness of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead, then you’ll probably enjoy Hot Fuzz. It was good for a chuckle.

I’m down to editing the last scene in the urban fantasy. It should be finished by tomorrow unless I get a wild hair and tackle the whole thing tonight. After I type in the changes, I need to make a list of items that I intend to take to the Romantic Times Convention. Keep your fingers crossed that I can squeeze everything into one roller bag. I really don’t want to take the big suitcase.

Thursday, April 19th, 2007
It’s Not Just Me

I grabbed this link off Beth Ciotta’s blog. I found it very timely. JA describes exactly how I’ve been feeling over the last year with perfect clarity. It’s not that I’m not grateful for the good things coming my way. I am. I’ve worked damn hard for them and taken big risks professionally. I know how fortunate I’ve been overall, even with the publishing crap I’ve gone through over the past couple of years. It’s just the nature of the business. Either you can hang with that or you can’t. If you can’t, then it may be time to find a new profession/dream. Sometimes that’s the hardest decision of all.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
Now The Real Work Begins

I want to thank everyone for the lovely well-wishes that have been sent my way both publicly and privately. 🙂 This sale is definitely a surprise. Not quite as big a one as the Tor sale was for me, but it’s right up there. I never expected to write for either one of these publishers because I never imagined that my work would fit at either house. That of course got me thinking about how constructive those thoughts are to building a career. The answer is–they’re not.

I submitted both manuscripts to Tor and Harlequin with the belief that they were long-shots at best. And they were. But so are submissions to any other publishing house. That’s just the nature of this crazy business. For some reason though, I put Harlequin and Tor into a special category. Made them even more unobtainable. The fact that I landed deals with both houses makes me wonder how many other times I’ve done the same thing without realizing it. :-/

Have you purposely dismissed an idea, a publishing house, an agent, etc. because you thought there wasn’t a snowballs chance in hell of developing it or getting them? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate.

With all the good news comes a load of work. 🙂 I found out yesterday that I will be receiving edits from Tor and Harlequin next month. I also have Ellora’s Cave edits coming up in June…or sooner. I guess what I’m saying is that I may be a little scarce for a while until I get these books turned around. Speaking of which, I’m off to do more edits on the urban fantasy. Have a great day. I’ll check back later. 🙂

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
Harlequin Blaze

I always feel like I’m going to jinx a deal when I announce it too early, but I’m about to tempt fate anyhow. *ggg* I found out last week that I sold Revenge of the Sky Goddess to Harlequin Blaze. If all goes well, it will be released in the Spring of next year. 🙂