January 15th, 2011

The short story is finished and well on its way through edits. I hope to have it sent off by Monday. (Fingers and toes crossed it’s accepted.) I’ve also started editing my ebooks to get them ready to release on Kindle and Nook. I plan to take all next week to work through all the manuscripts to make sure there are no glaring issues. I know this sounds easy, but I’m one of those writers who HATES to read my work once the edits are done and the book has been published. Just thinking about it makes me green around the gills. I ‘finished’ (okay, I’ll probably go through the excerpts one more time) Gothic Passions tonight. I added excerpts from Rose’s Rapture (the follow up to GP) and Paris after Dark in the back. They aren’t all the same time period, but they are all vampire stories. I’ve decided to trim back some of the language in the books. I know I wrote Gothic Passions and Rose’s Rapture a LONG time ago when I was publishing erotic romance regularly, but there was certain language in those books that I never liked (ie I was told it had to be in there.). I figure now is my chance to change things. Once I finish editing Rose’s Rapture, Tears of Amun, Atlantean’s Quest 1,2,3,4, and Atlantean Heat, I’m going to dive into my next book. Right now, I’m leaning toward the dark urban fantasy romance, but my dystopian YA started talking to me today so who knows what I’ll write next. It may very well be multiple projects at once. Yay me. *ggg

Which brings me to my next dilemma. At the end of last year, I put together a list of agents to query. I divided the list into tiers, but given what’s been happening in the industry I’m not sure if I should bother querying. Borders is teetering on the bring of bankruptcy. If that happens, the publishing houses will have another shake up. I guess I’m trying to decide whether I should wait until after the next shake up or plow ahead. Right now, I don’t have a story ready to query with. I need to edit my YA before it can be sent out and it’s going to take me a few months to finish the whole urban fantasy romance (or whatever I write next). I’ve started the manuscript, but from what I’ve been hearing agents no longer want to see a partial. Thoughts? Ideas? Tips? I’m open to all comments. 🙂

10 comments to “Torn…”

  1. I can tell you one thing, the agents and publishers are not replying quickly… not even with a short ‘not for me’ note. Wild Child hasn’t assigned another editor to my manuscript and the contract is nearly two years old. I’ve been told it’s in line. I’m wondering if many of these small publishers are running their operations now with three or four people. I’m going to bug the WC main editor again and find out if it’s a case of ‘they’re just not that into you’ syndrome. 🙂

  2. Yey on getting your YA done, Jordan! Congrats. I would say give yourself time away from the YA before you dive into edits. Do all the edits on your older romances and get them put up on Kindle so you’ll have an income stream coming in. By time you’re done with all the adult book edits (your backlist is extensive. :D) ,read a few YAs to get yourself back into the rhythm/cadence of young adult novels, and then jump into editing your YA. When you’re done with your edits on your YA, write a partial for your PNR/(UF) book and then query with your YA. While you’re waiting to hear from agents, you could work toward completing your adult novel, but at least you’ll have a partial to show them if they ask. 🙂 Wow, you’re going to be busy!

  3. Congrats on finishing.

    Go indie?

    Sounds like Patrice has good advise.

    Good luck with it all!

  4. Great news! Putting yourself out there is always a question, you know? And in light of what is happening with publishing, even more important to think on three ways to sunday. I agree with Patrice, you can always query. It’s a two way street, you only engage if you want to, if it makes sense to your career. I would ask this, though, it’s my favorite writer question(s) of 2011: where do you want your career to head and what do you think it going to give you what you need to get there? And my flip side challenge is to what has ‘gone before’: did what has ‘gone before’ work for you the way you wanted it to, did it give you what you needed, and does it still live up to promise given where you want to go from here? Rather than think agents, or shake ups, or any of that, I’d look at the core questions, and see what strategic relationships will stick and what won’t, and under what terms these need to take place to be worth your effort to persue. If agency meets up with where you see yourself heading, brilliant, knock it out of the park. Maybe agency with a tweak is where you’re headed? Maybe entertainment lawyer instead of agent? Maybe indie? Maybe a mix? I think if you can really nail where you want to be, and think about where you were and what can carry forward and what must stay in your past, the answer will be easy.

  5. Bernard, I fully expect it to take a VERY long time to get another agent. Especially now, given what’s been happening in the industry. And that’s okay, since I haven’t exactly had the best of luck when it comes to agents. *ggg

    If I were you, I’d definitely start with the squeaky wheel routine. Two years is RIDICULOUS, especially for an epub.

  6. Thanks Patrice! I’m only giving my backlist a week of edits. Longer than that and my head would explode. (wg) I plan to touch up the language in some places and that’s about it. I figure it’s already been published and out there for eight years, so I don’t need to do much.

    As for the YA, it’s going to need to sit for at least another month before I even think about doing edits. I’m guessing March at the earliest. I have been reading quite a few YA’s and MG books. I’ve also been brainstorming a MG with some writers in town. Deciding what to lead with has been a problem. Thanks for the advice. 🙂

  7. Sherri, Thanks! I guess I’m sort of going indie. I am re-releasing my backlist that’s already been published. I do have a couple of original pieces to add to the other work, but mainly it’s previously published stories.

  8. Ursula, Yes, it is always a question.

    Those are good questions and given the state of the industry they’re very hard to answer. I do believe that for my own sanity I’ll have to both indie publish and N.Y. publish because I still have aspirations of hitting the Times list. 😉 That’s hard to do being straight indie right now, but I suspect that will change in the future since the Times is getting ready to add an ebook category. Though that doesn’t change my ambitions.

    As for what has gone before, no, it really didn’t work for me. It certainly didn’t live up to any promise (not that there was one), nor did it give me what I needed. Most of the issues I’ve had can be traced back to poor representation choices on my part. I’ve missed a lot of opportunities due to those choices. It’s why I’m not in a hurry to query now. I’d rather build a nice pile of work up, release my backlist, and see how I feel in a few months. I have seriously considered going the entertainment lawyer route, but they don’t query publishers. They only negotiate contracts. So that leaves the querying to me. For the most part, I’m okay with that since that’s how I’ve gotten ALL my North American sales thus far. I just like paying agents after the fact. LOL!

  9. I need to visit here more often. You’re kicking butt in getting work done. I’m so not. LOL

    I think go ahead and query. It’s only a query, not a commitment. You might find the perfect for you agent. Plus, these things always take so much longer than we expect, so if you start now, you might actually have everything set to go by the time the shake up is over. *grin*

    I’m trying really hard to do what I want, when I want, and not let whats happening in the industry, or with others, effect that. I say do what you want. Follow YOUR plan. If things take longer, oh well, it won’t because you didn’t try.

  10. Sasha, I’m trying to make up for last year, which sucked on the writing front. Also, because of the shift in the industry, none of the writing feels like a waste anymore. If N.Y. doesn’t want it, I have a place to sell it. 🙂

    I’m going to wait until I have a strong partial (or two) put together before I query anyone. I’m not worrying about the industry the way I used to. There are more opportunities now. It’s just figuring out exactly what I want to do next. *g