Archive for April, 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Back From The Conference

I survived. I was worried there for a while that I wasn’t going to make it, but I survived my first attempt at pitching a book. This weekend I went to the Desert Dreams Conference. (If you ever get a chance to go, it’s a really great conference.) Anyway, I had appointments with three agents. Overall, I think they went pretty well. I received a request for a full and a request for a partial. Two out of three ain’t bad for a first try. 😉 I’m just happy that it helped me narrow my list.

I’ve always been good at writing blurbs, but pitching isn’t exactly the same thing. Thankfully Gini Koch and Erin Quinn helped me tremendously with my pitch. I actually think it’s the best that it can be. Of course now I have to get everything else together (i.e. polish the synopsis, make any final tweaks, etc.), since the requests have sped up my original timeline. (I’d planned on sending the book to an editor before doing the official agent query rounds.) It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen with these first submissions.

I just wish the little voice in my head saying, ‘This is the worst time to try to sell a book.’  would shut the hell up.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Moonlight Kin: A Wolf’s Tale

Back in 2000, I’d just finished my first book (a contemporary that finaled in the Daphne du Maurier contest.). As a follow up, I wrote a melodramatic werewolf Romeo and  Juliet story. At the time, my agent didn’t want me writing outside of contemporary romance, so I missed the first paranormal romance wave. (Let this be a lesson to you writers: Don’t let someone else steer your career.  You are Capt. Jack. 😉 Anyway, it took me all this time to get back to the book I originally called, “A WOLF’S TALE”. (I changed it because Kate Douglas has since done a whole series with a spin on that name.)

A WOLF’S TALE is one of those stories that would not leave me alone. I knew from the beginning that I’d have to go back and finish it. It was just a matter of time. It isn’t as long as I’d originally intended, but it’s a good story length (a little over 56K).

I decided to keep much of the angst and melodrama, since that’s how I originally wrote it. I cleaned up the prose and fleshed out the rest of the story–though I’ve always known how it would end. The book is now called: MOONLIGHT KIN: A WOLF’S TALE. You’ll find the cover below.

It’s been uploaded to Barnes and Noble & Amazon, but will probably take a day or so to propagate.

I will be starting Phantom Warriors: Linx next.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

To say that I’ve been busy is truly an understatement. I needed to finish reading my young adult book, which I did a few days ago. It has a couple of small fixes, but otherwise is sounding all right.  Seeing that I’m so close to the work, that’s about the best opinion I can give you of its quality. Next step will be making the changes and sending it off to a freelance editor. Yay!

While I’ve been reading through the YA, I’ve also been writing/editing a book that I started in 2000. Yep! It was that long ago. Let me just say that I had no idea I was so melodramatic back in the day. LOL! I’m pretty sure I was going for soap opera of the year with this one. 😉

That said, I decided to keep the feel of the book to show respect to the writer I used to be. I have tweaked, cut, edited and rewrote a ton of it. At this point, I’m not sure if I made it better or worse. I will start reading through it tomorrow. I’ve printed out the whole thing. It came in a little over 52K, which is a nice ebook length, I think. Hopefully it won’t take me more than a day to read through it. (Curse you, slow reading ability.) On Wednesday, I’ll type in whatever changes I make in the next editing stage, then I plan to format and put the book up. With any luck, all the above will be finished by late Wednesday/early Thursday. So look for my new book, Moonlight Kin: A Wolf’s Tale to hit the virtual shelves by this weekend. 🙂 I’ll post the cover once I upload the book.

Speaking of this weekend, I will be attending a the Desert Dreams romance writer’s conference. Because I’m obviously glutting for punishment, I’ve made THREE (Yes, you read that right.) agent pitch appointments. I know a lot of authors work hard on their pitches. It’s understandable given that you only have ten minutes to convince an agent to request your book. I’m an oddball in that I’ve never pitched a book in my life. All my book deals have come from either contest wins or meeting editors and getting an invitation to submit. I really don’t know the first thing about pitching, so other than writing a quick blurb about the book on an index card, I probably won’t be doing a ‘typical’ pitch. To be honest, I’m more interested in how these agents approach the business, than I am about trying to boil my book down to a sentence or two. If we aren’t on the same page with how they do business, then sending in a partial (or a full) will waste their time and mine.

Yes, that is the voice of maturity and experience speaking. Blech!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
It Has Come To My Attention

It has come to my attention that my contact page is no longer working. Sorry about the inconvenience. I will try to get it fixed ASAP.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Crickets, Tumbleweeds, The Sound of Your Heartbeat

I know I haven’t posted in forever a while. To say that I’ve been busy is an understatement. I am racing the conference clock as week speak.

What does that mean exactly? I am trying to finish edits/writing my upcoming release, which I hope to have out next week. I am also working on a pitch for my YA, though it is now my intention to simply speak with the agent/s I have appointments/an appointment with to get a feel for how they work. I have exactly six days to get my new release ready for uploading, then two days to work on my ‘quasi-pitch’. I am also reading through my YA to see how if the latest round of edits enhanced the story like I’d hoped. I’m on chapter 25, which means I have another 25/26 to go. Sigh.

I feel like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, who keeps looking at his watch and saying that he’s late. Now back to work.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Last Chance

Today and tomorrow are the last two days (i.e. your last chance) to get Ghost Hunter Chronicles: Solomon’s Seals for FREE!

Monday, April 9th, 2012
A Funny Thing Happened While I Was Digging Through My Files

So I finished editing my YA this past Thursday. I’m still reading through it, which I knew would take a while since it’s over 63K. While I was reading, I started looking through my projects to try to figure out what to work on next. I’d originally decided to write Phantom Warriors: Linx. I knew he’d be fun since he’s such a naughty, naughty kitty. I had the story started, but the plot wasn’t fleshed out. So while I was flipping through projects, I came across a werewolf book that I began writing in 2001.  I knew I hadn’t finished it, but I’d done a lot of work on it over the years, which included writing down how it should end. On a lark, I decided to read through the manuscript. I got to chapter eight and realized that I still loved the story.

Sure, it needed some cleaning up and organizing. (I seemed to be very fond of super long chapters, when I first wrote this particular book. *ggg)  Some of my chapters were so long that I thought I must’ve missed the chapter headings. LOL! Anyway, I realized that I’d done a ton of work on this book a couple of years ago, so it was a much cleaner copy than I remembered. As I was reading through it, I started to fall in love with the characters again. Since I wrote it so long ago, it’s evident that my style has changed a lot. It’s a little melodramatic, but I still like it. I almost wish I could get some of this particular style back. I’ve obviously edited much of it right out of my writing. (Let this be a lesson to you newbie writers. There is such a thing as incorporating too much writing advice.)

Anyway, I’m slowly working my way through the book. (It was sitting at 46K when I started.) I think by the time I’m finished the book will be at 55 to 60K in length. I am going to try to get it finished within the next two weeks. The cover is almost ready. Once it’s done, I’ll put it up with a blurb and a short excerpt. This story has been in the back of my mind for a very long time. It’ll be nice to finally wrap it up and set it free.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.