Archive for September, 2009

Friday, September 11th, 2009
The Fear of Romance Continues…

These guys crack me up.

Friday, September 11th, 2009
Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances 2

Just went to Amazon and saw that Mammoth Bk. of Vamp Romances 2 is available. Wow! Talk about coming out early. What are you waiting for? 😉 Looks like I’m going to have to make a trip to the store this weekend. 🙂

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Ding, Dong The Witch Is Dead

I’ve just finished typing in all the additions to my Special Ops novella, HEAT OF THE NIGHT. It went from 6500 words (the minimum allowed word count) to 9K+. A good length, I think. 🙂 I have one more read to do and it’s DONE!!! YAY! I am so looking forward to getting back to my YA. I’ve been missing it.

Bought a couple of books while I was out this past weekend. I picked up Underground by Kat Richardson (quite enjoy this series), Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara, and Skinwalker by Faith Hunter. I’ve been reading Skinwalker. Took me a while to get into the ‘voice’, but now I’m enjoying it. I’m also reading The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss. The latter I picked up because dh thought I’d get a lot out of it. I have to admit I have and I’m only finished with half the book. Basically, it’s a book about how to own your work and not let your work own you. (The ultimate time-management, so you can live the life you want.) I admit that a large part of it is geared to the business drone, but anyone in any career would get a lot out of it. His writing style is entertaining enough to make you forget you’re reading a ‘business’ book. It has a lot of really good information and is definitely worth a read. I’m looking forward to reading the rest over the next two days. At night on the e-book I’m reading Teresa Medeiros’s ‘One Night of Scandal’. So far, it’s utterly enchanting. This is the first book I’ve read by Teresa. If the book continues in this same vein, it will NOT be my last.

I cannot believe that the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances 2 releases in less than two weeks. Gulp.

Friday, September 4th, 2009
The Demise of Agents?

There has been a lot of talk online and in various articles lately about the demise of agents now that the publishing industry is changing so drastically. Writers can take their work straight to various distribution outlets to sell directly to readers, publishers are folding/combining daily, newspapers are tanking, magazines are closing, etc. The natural conclusion a lot of folks have jumped to is that agents are about to go the way of the dinosaur. After all, if you can take your work straight to the Amazons of the world, then why do you need to give someone 15% of your earnings?

Here’s the thing I haven’t seen addressed yet when I see this kind of reasoning: What happens when there is no one standing between you and the Amazons/Googles of the world and they decide to change their terms of use? 😯

I’m thinking as an author you’re not going to have a whole lot of power to stand up to either (or any future) conglomerates. And if you think authors will band together, well, then you haven’t belowed to any professional writing organizations. Getting authors to agree is like trying to round up cats with a fly swatter.

As many of you know, I haven’t had the best of ‘luck’ when it comes to agents. I’ve had good, bad, and in between. That said, I want someone standing between me and the publishers/conglomerates/Amazons/Googles of the world. Between writing books, doing promotion, and paying for advertising, I don’t have time to fight for my rights with these companies. I also don’t have time to get a degree in contract law. And believe me, if agents go to the wayside, we’ll all need one.

What do you think? Agents, should they stay or should they go?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I feel like I have spent the year working, working, working without seeing many fruits from my labors. Anybody else feel that way? Yeah, that’s what I thought. 🙄

Dh is full of cold, so I’m trying to keep him comfortable when he gets home from work. I’m glad he’s going to have a three day weekend to mend. He really needs the down time.

Today I’m going to work on my novella. I have about three thousand words to go. I should will be able to get it done by Saturday at the latest. Yesterday I mailed off an urban fantasy partial to my agent. (The book is done.) Hopefully she can find a home for it. It’ll be back to work on the young adult come Monday. I really can’t wait. I’ve missed working on that story. My goal is to get a rough draft finished by Oct. 13th because I don’t plan to work on it while I’m in Hawaii. *wg*

Novelist Inc. is holding their conference at the end of this month. I really wish I could go because it’s going to be a GREAT one.

I’ve been waiting for the Pioneer Woman cookbook to go on sale. I cannot wait to pick it up. No, she doesn’t cook like a pioneer woman. It’s not just beans and cornmeal bread. She cooks amazing dishes and generously shares the recipes on her blog.

I suppose that’s all that is happening around these parts. No big plans for Labor Day beyond resting. Anyone have big plans for the weekend? I know several of my friends are heading down to New Orleans for the Heather Graham paranormal conference this weekend. If you’re in the Big Easy, please have some crawfish etouffee for me. YUM! 🙂