Archive for March, 2008

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
Just When You Think it’s Safe to Go Back in the Water

Wow, just wow! Read this and you’ll see why I’m speechless. If it’s true, the storm should hit soon. :-O

In brighter news, today is my dh’s 40th B-day!!! I wish him many more as he reaches for his dreams. You’re my one, my only, my always. L, J 🙂

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
Contests and Signings

First off, I’d like to apologize to everyone who has won a copy of OFF LIMITS. I WILL get them in the mail tomorrow. My family is in town and things around here have been a little hectic.

I did find out that I will be signing ARC’s of RED for Tor at BEA. Woo Hoo! I’ll also be signing at the EC booth, but I have no idea when that will be. I’m still waiting to hear if I’ll be able to sign for Harlequin. My guess is probably not, since I came into this thing late.

Tonight at the cooking class is International cuisine. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the chef has come up with.

Monday, March 17th, 2008
Happy St. Patrick’s Day–Sort of

This ‘holiday’ hits me kind of strange because it brings mixed emotions to my house. The first is joy, since it’s my nephew’s birthday. But it’s also the day my grandma passed away, so I can’t quite bring myself to fully celebrate. And yes, despite the photo, I do have Irish in me. 😛 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Saturday, March 15th, 2008
Two Kinds of Authors in this World

I was thinking the other day as I made my way around blog land that there are two kinds of authors in this world. There are the ones who would bend over backwards to help another author out and there are the ones who’d step on your head if you were drowning so that they could reach the boat first.

I’m always kind of floored and uncomfortable when I meet the latter type author. It’s not that I don’t get the every-man-for-himself mentality. I do. I’m a fairly aggressive person, so I understand that aspect of a personality. It’s just that there’s a part of me that finds the ‘shove everyone out of the way’ behavior kind of sad. I would think that if you behave that way there would have to be an aspect of you that would be lonely. It’s not like you’re going to have friends in the business. Anyone like that has made sure to distance themselves from the others. And anyone in this crazy business knows it’s hard enough to write alone, much less try to stand alone without outside support. I know that there’s a genuine belief that other authors are competition, so they must be kept at a distance. I suppose that’s true to a certain extent, but I don’t think it’s very healthy. I suspect it would make you fairly paranoid.

I personally can’t imagine doing this job without my friends in the industry. Sure, I have support at home. It helps that my significant other is published too, but no one understands this craziness like another fiction published author.

What do you guys think? Are you an island? Do you believe that every author is your competition? Or do you think that you get further making friends?

Friday, March 14th, 2008
Publisher Weekly & Cooking Mentions

For those of you thinking that I skipped my cooking class notes, I didn’t. There just weren’t any notes. Everything she told us referred to the recipes that she gave us. The only tips were be careful when you’re trying to freeze appetizers that contain cheese. Most don’t work well. And, when working with phyllo dough, always put it back into the fridge if you’re not using it immediately. It dries out otherwise. Hopefully Tuesday’s International recipes will have more notes.

Barbara Vey works as a blogger for Publisher’s Weekly, a book industry magazine that’s pretty much the “gold standard” of the business. Barbara is unique in that she LOVES romance novels and frequently talks about them (along with lots of other genres), which increases the status of them in the industry. But the blog is up for review, and she needs our help to keep PW sponsoring it for the next year.

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of writing my Beyond Her Book blog.

I know, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. So, I’m planning an online party to include lots of giveaways.

In a couple of weeks I’ll be in New York talking to the bigwigs at PW about my “success” online and I’d like to blow them away with numbers. So I’m asking everyone I know to send out messages to have everyone and their uncles to read and/or post a comment to the blog on Friday (TODAY) to try and hit record numbers. Anything you can do to help would be much appreciated.

Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Ebook Publishers

Seems like the world of ebook publishing is at it again. Another publisher appears to be on shaky ground. I really like this publisher, so the news that there is trouble bums me out. It seems to me that most of these problems with ebook publishers stems from their leap into paperback publishing. I used to LOVE writing for epubs. It was a nice steady part-time income (a lot of people made it a full-time income due to their productivity). There was a lot of freedom in the storytelling that’s hard to get anywhere else. I could write whatever popped into my scary mind. *g* Unfortunately, things within contracts made it impossible for me to continue. So as much as I’d love to write for them, I don’t see how I can. But that’s neither here nor there. Life goes on.

I do hope the latest scare ends up stabilizing before more authors get hurt. Things like this rarely end well.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
Contest–Birthday Celebrations

AND THE WINNER IS: PAULA. Pleas send me your snail mail address so that I can forward it to Sylvia. Congratulations!

Today is Sylvia Day’s birthday. In honor of that, I’m (she’s) giving away an autographed copy of DON’T TEMPT ME. If you’re interested in winning (and you should be), leave a comment below and I’ll have dh pick a name tomorrow.