Archive for October, 2011

Saturday, October 8th, 2011
This Old Blog

Lately dh and I have been looking around our house and feeling buried by our possessions. We are NOT knick-knack people. In fact, most people would probably walk into our house and consider it sparse. (We don’t.) We have lived just long enough to have acquired a lot of, let’s face it, CRAP! Slowly but surely we’re figuring out how to pair down so we can live more ‘comfortably’. We aren’t doing this to have a smaller ‘eco’ footprint or to ‘save’ money. We’re doing this for our own piece of mind.

Pairing down doesn’t just include getting rid of ‘things’. It also means cleaning up document folders, trimming desktop clutter, re-examing what works and what doesn’t. I began this blog in December of 2002. The ebook ‘revolution’ was just getting started. There were a handful of maverick e-publishers who led the way. Of course, it took years for the rest of publishing to pay attention to them. (It’s easy to dismiss something you don’t understand.) This blog served me well, especially in the beginning since very few authors were blogging at the time.

Like the changes in publishing, blogs have evolved, too. They are still useful, if you want to keep one to journal on or if you’ve built a platform. If however your blog becomes like mine, where it doesn’t have a particular identity and a lot of the articles (lately) have been rehashes of older entries, then it’s time to reevaluate its function and worth.

I have given my blog’s function a lot of thought and have come to the conclusion that at present it is not useful. My entire website needs to be re-examined and re-designed. Before that can happen, I need to re-invent myself. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do that, but I know limping along on the same dead end road won’t get me to where I want to be.

I’ll continue to make announcements about releases, sales, agent news, new websites, etc. as they come up.

Until then, the blog will officially be on HIATUS.

Thank you for visiting for the past nine years. I look forward to ‘seeing’ you in some capacity in the future. 🙂

This is Jordan signing off.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Yesterday, I finished the edits on HOT SHOT. HOT SHOT is an original story I wrote several years ago that was intended as a follow up to Private Investigations in the Wicked Women On Top anthology. It was also the last of my backlist that I wanted to get up. (I actually have one completed contemporary novel and a very long 200 and something page partial paranormal romance sitting in my files, but it’ll be a while before I get to them.) I won’t be working on anything else, but my Young Adult from now until I leave for the Novelist Inc. Conference. I am praying that I can get the edits on it finished.

I also signed up for Berlitz German language lessons. I have family living in Germany, which means we’ll be going there a lot to visit. Frankly, the last time we went was really embarrassing because we couldn’t communicate at all without the help of our family. It was okay at first, but got OLD really quick. We vowed never to be in that position again. I don’t expect to be fluent by the time the classes end, but if I can communicate like a little kid I will be happy. Fluency will come as I speak more and more German. Until then, it’ll be painful to watch and listen to. Not to mention the years of Spanish I took. That should really be helpful when it comes to scrambling my brain. LOL!

Since leaving my old agent, I’ve been slowly building a list of agents to query. I’ve been fortunate to have several online friends who’ve helped shape the list by sharing their knowledge. I finally have my top five narrowed down. It’s been really hard to do given how many names have shifted due to the nature of the industry lately. I am hoping that these names stay the same. I have to admit it got easier, when I took romance out of the equation. It also changed several names on the list. I don’t know if querying agents is the right thing to do now. I’ll probably have a better idea once I finish the edits on my young adult book. Until then, querying is a lot like daydreaming, it’s only happening in my mind. *g