Archive for November, 2009

Sunday, November 29th, 2009
Red The Movie…I WISH

I was asked by the America Reads blogspot to write an entry about turning my book, RED into a movie. I picked a cast, including a producer and director. It was a lot of fun. Anyone who reads my blog knows how much I LOVE movies. Check it out.

They also talk a little about Crimson.

Also found out that SCARLET has been nominated for Best Duo Cover at All Things Urban Fantasy. How cool is that?

This weekend has been spent enjoying the company of friends, celebrating birthdays, and brainstorming a short story. I’m writing it today. Hope everyone has had a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Time to jump start that exercise program. 😉

Thursday, November 26th, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving

So many reasons to give thanks. Truly. We’re off to share Thanksgiving with friends. May your meal be divine and the company even better.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
Reading, Writing, and Cruising the Internet

I’ve finally cracked the cover of Twilight. Yes, I know I’m way behind on this sailing ship. Actually, I’m now a little over halfway through the book. It’s entertaining enough. Certainly keeps me reading. I’m sure some day I’ll catch the film. I do think it’s interesting that it’s the dangerous edge that has hooked most of the female readers out there. It’s very reminiscent of the early eighties romance novels with heroes that love the heroine one minute and hate her the next. Don’t know if I’ll finish the series, but I have no doubt I’ll finish the book.

I’m currently working on a short story that’s due Dec. 1st. If it doesn’t make it into the anthology I’m aiming for, I’ll probably put it up on my site as a free read. If it does, I’ll let everyone know because I will be thrilled. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Bob Mayer has an interesting blog entry up on Genreality. Check it out.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
Vanity Publishing vs Self-Publishing–What’s the Difference?

Over the past several days two terms, ‘vanity publishing’ and ‘self-publishing’ seem to have become interchangeable. I suppose someone who self-publishes could be doing so out of the vane need to have their name on a book, but that doesn’t make self-publishing and vanity publishing the same animal.

Vanity publishing is set up for one reason and one reason only: To Take Your Money

It’s not a viable publishing option like so many people argue on other blogs. I do understand that people who’ve shelled out thousands want to justify their decision, but that doesn’t make it right or smart.

Self-publishing on the other hand can/should be done for multiple reasons. If you have a family tree book/cookbook you want to hand out at a family reunion, then self-publishing is a good option. If you have a book that truly doesn’t fit in the N.Y. or Independent market (This should never be confused with you not having patience to wait for your work to sell or refusing to see that your work has problems that need to be corrected before it’s in shape to publish.), then self-publishing is an option. If you’re a published author who has an out-of-print backlist that’s not making any money (ie work that has been published, but is now unavailable), then self-publishing is an option.

If you don’t fall into one of those three categories, then my suggestion is to continue to work on your craft, take suggestions from your critique partners, get critique partners if you don’t have them, and keep submitting. Below you’ll find links to some Indie publishers and a great article from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America about the difference between vanity publishing and self-publishing. Always do your research before you sign with any publisher.

Indie Publishers

SFWA Vanity Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Friday, November 20th, 2009
Scalzi’s One Funny Guy

I have grocery shopping to do, but I thought I’d leave you with a couple of links. The first comes from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The second is from John Scalzi. His entry cracks me up.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009
More Support and a Response

Check out Lee Goldberg’s great blog with a response from Harlequin in the links.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009
That Didn’t Take Long

Let the blurring and tarnishing of the Harlequin name begin.