Kazdreamer is giving away a copy of Red over at her Livejournal site. Good luck!!!
Archive for December, 2008
I had a long talk with Dh and a friend yesterday about levels. Publishing, like a lot of other businesses out there, consists of levels. If you’re a writer, you start off as unpublished and hopefully work your way up to published. From there, publishing turns into multiple levels. A newly published author–unless they’re EXTREMELY lucky–starts off at the basement level. You may or may not get support from your publisher and yet somehow you have to build an audience. On one hand, I’m very lucky. Tor has put a lot into my first book, Red. They’ve dyed the pages, done promo, and hired a wonderful artist. On the other hand, my book released on Election Day two weeks before the country officially hit a recession. These are things out of Tor’s control and my control. In this economy, the book will either sell or it won’t. I’m relying on something else that’s completely out of my control–word of mouth. (shudder)
I’m not very good at dealing with things that are out of my control. 🙄 I have a tendency to beat myself up when faced with these types of situations. I also ask a lot of unpleasant questions. What could I have done differently? Could I have written a better book at the time? Should I have pushed for a different release date? You get the picture. Basically none of these things are helpful, unless your hope is to drive yourself bonkers.
I’ve listened to the blog reports on the shape of publishing. I have listened to friends’ fears. Hell, I’ve listened to my own fears and they are louder than anyone’s. Just one of the many joys of not being able to tune out the voices in your head. *g* Because I know myself well, what will eventually happen is I’ll get angry. The last time I got angry at the things I couldn’t control in publishing, I wrote RED. In interviews I always imagined that the killer/s came as an afterthought, but the truth is the killer/s in Red rose from my anger and frustration. That’s why they turned out so dark and disturbing. 😳 I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what comes next. 😈
Yep, you guessed it. I’m back in the dental chair today to get two permanent crowns. One on each side of my mouth, so chewing is impossible. 🙄 Not that I couldn’t stand to miss a meal of fifty, but I am rather fond of food.
I’m hoping that it doesn’t wipe me out for the day. That’s what happened the last few times I’ve gone. It would mean missing a day of editing. Perhaps I can get myself up earlier and get in at least ten pages before I have to leave.
I wish I had exciting news to share, but like a lot of authors out there I’m waiting for news on several partials. Hopefully one or two will find a home soon. 🙂
The other day I decided to do my part in saving publishing by picking up a book. I selected Heating up the Holidays by Jill Shalvis, Jacquie D’ Alessandro, and Jaime Sobrato. It’s a Christmas anthology based on firefighters. So far it’s terrific. Jill has SO MUCH talent. I’m reading her story with a mixture of delight, envy, and nausea. The latter comes from worrying that I’ll never be that good. If you’re a reader, what book have you bought recently? Have you started reading it yet? If you’re an author, have you picked up a book lately that made you pea green over the author’s writing abilities?
I just got the rights back on my vampire Regency, Gothic Passions. It’s one of my favorite stories that I wrote for Ellora’s Cave. I say this because it was the first time (outside of high school) that I tried to write a historical. I even wrote a follow up novella that needs serious editing, but tells the story of Rose from Gothic Passions. I have to speak with my agent before I do anything, but I’ll probably end up posting it on my site as a free read. Kind of like what PBW does over on her site. This of course won’t take place until I return from Europe.
The priorities are as such: Finish edits, finish edits, buy stamps for X-mas cards, pack…did I mention finish edits on Crimson? 😆
As you can see from the header, I’ve been making decent progress on my CRIMSON edits. I have found a lot of things in the book that have needed tweaking. I can’t believe I missed them the first, second, and third time through. Seriously. 😯 At least I’m catching them this time around. If I can manage around fifty pages a day, I should get the book done in time for a final read through.
Other than that, I had a nice Thanksgiving. Very low-key. We decided to stay home and watch movies. Had some champagne and cake. I’m sure I put on at least five pounds in the past week. Got to love Thanksgiving. 🙄
I’m sure if you blog hop you noticed the auction happening for Jo Leigh. My agent has been kind enough to throw her hat in. She’s offering a critique on the first three chapters of a manuscript. So if you’re interested in getting your work in front of Ginger Clark, now is your chance. 🙂