March 20th, 2012
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

I’m still finishing up third, fourth, fifth round edits on my YA. I am getting closer to the end. YAY! When you have company, even lovely company, doing work is slow going. Once I’m done and send it off to critique partners, I’ll contact the N.Y. editor I plan to hire. Hopefully they’ll give me even more edits so that the books is in the best shape it can be in before I submit/query/not sure what the hell I’m going to do with it yet.

While the YA is being edited, the plan is to write, Write, WRITE. I’m going to try to have a big push so that I can get a small stock pile of stories together. I’d like to have a build up so that I can get to work on another YA that I want to write. This book will require a lot of time because the story is HUGE. I want to still have releases every other month, so that means building up stories. I have the opening of Josephine’s Surrender written and the opening of Phantom Warriors: Linx done. I’m currently waiting for two more covers. Hopefully I will get them soon.

In the meantime, I’m opening the blog up for questions, comments, and suggestions. If you have any, fire away and I’ll try to answer them. Nothing is off limits.

10 comments to “Questions? Comments? Suggestions?”

  1. What was the reason for separating from your agents? Did it have to do with interest or changing genre? Since I’ve never had one, and seem to be steadily trying to interest one, I’m curious as to what it is that ends the relationship. I know… now you’re thinking why the hell did I specify nothing was off limits. 🙂

  2. Bernard, LOL! I actually don’t mind the question at all. My first agent and I split for a couple of reasons. The first was my fault. I was too new to the business to know what I wanted from an agent and what to expect. The second was because we had very different ideas of what direction my career should go in. I wanted to pursue paranormal genres and he wanted me to continue in contemporary to build my career, before I moved onto other genres. His reasoning was absolutely sound, but it didn’t take into account where my passions were located. The end came when he said I’d never sell Red to N.Y.

    My second agent was inexperienced and really wanted to be a writer. She has since left the business.

    My third agent, though lovely, couldn’t get me read and didn’t seem to know who to submit my work to. I’d picked her because she had a reputation for selling urban fantasy. Unfortunately, ninety percent of the editors she worked with we’re fired during the first round of culling in N.Y. She wasn’t familiar with a lot of the main romance editors, so many of her queries went unanswered. I had two separate manuscripts sit in N.Y. for a year each without receiving a response from several publishers.

    Out of all three agents, I’ve only had one ever sell a book for me. And that was in the form of foreign rights. The actual book deals were already on the table by the time I got the first two agents. Two came from contest wins. The
    other from my relationship with the editor. Probably more than you wanted to know.

  3. That’s exactly what I’d hoped for. So much for an agent as the Holy Grail. I guess it’s a good thing it’s so easy to self-publish now. I’m going to have to do better covers. 🙂

  4. Bernard, Happy to oblige. 🙂 The right agent makes all the difference. I know writers who’ve had wonderful relationships with their agents (i.e. the agents get what they’re trying to write and know how to sell it). I wouldn’t give up trying to find one. You just have to be patient and REALLY know what you’re looking for in an agent.

    Yes, you are going to have to do much better covers. There is no excuse these days. 😉

  5. Can’t wait for you to have a YA out. I KNOW it will end up on my most favoritest books ever in the world.

    Write faster damn you!!!

  6. “There is no excuse these days.”

    Agreed. One other item. Have you ever thought about backing out of a contract during one of the editing rounds where you thought your editor was nitpicking your novel into oblivion?

  7. V, You’re crazy. *ggg (hugs)

  8. Bernard, No. Once I accept a contract, I keep my obligation. I’ve had two situations where editing was a problem. One, the editor was fabulous and was just trying to make my work blend with the publisher’s other releases. These were the hardest edits I’ve ever done. I HATED that book by the time we were done with those edits.

    The second was when the editor dropped the ball. They didn’t do their job, then blamed their authors for being late. We weren’t, but we never got a say in their office meetings. When the edits did arrive, they were less than stellar. This situation nearly made me quit writing.

    I don’t mind a nitpicky editor as long as I can see that her/his suggestions are making the story better. As you go along, you learn to pick your battles with editing. I only fight edits that will change important story elements or that mess with my characterization. When an editor asks me to change something and I’m not sure why, I ask them their reasons for the suggestion. If the reasons are sound, which ninety percent of the time they are, I either make the changes or I rewrite the passage completely. That way we’re both happy with the changes.

    Hope that helps.:)

  9. Yes it does. Thanks.

  10. Bernard, You’re welcome. 🙂