April 16th, 2014
Not sure what happened with WordPress yesterday, but after it updated I couldn’t access my site. I could see it, which was nice, but couldn’t do anything with it. Not useful that. Anyway, Dh brought out his tech skills and fixed it for me–thank goodness. Today, I’ve been searching for the spot where I can stop automatic updates. Haven’t found it yet. But I will. And when I do, I WILL stop them. I don’t want a repeat of yesterday happening again.
I’m still butt deep in writing Moonlight Kin: Nic. Sometimes it feels like I’m going backwards, but I know it’ll eventually get done. Right now I’ve set a goal to have it finished and off to the copywriter by the end of this month. I want it formatted and up for sale before I leave for the Romantic Times Convention next month. Wish me luck!
April 11th, 2014
This past weekend I attended the Desert Dreams Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Even though I know a lot of people in that particular chapter (I’m not a member.), I had mixed feelings about attending. A lot had to do with the fact that my career has wandered away from traditional publishing. That doesn’t mean that I won’t publish with N.Y. in the future. It just means that for now I’m happy to blaze my own trail. Anyway, I’m genuinely grateful that I went. I learned a couple of craft tricks, spoke to some amazing people, and received quite a bit of inspiration–especially from Toni McGee Causey and Christie Craig. I also had a good time bantering with Mary Buckham. Wish I would’ve got to speak with her some more in private. Had a feeling we’d get on like a house on fire so to speak. *g Shelley Coriell did a wonderful goal-setting talk. I’m still struggling with her worksheet. Not because it’s super hard, but because I’m unsure what I want. (Story of my life.;)
Anyway, the whole thing got me thinking about the meaning of friendships. I’m the first to admit that I don’t make friends easily. I AM standoffish. I like to get a read on people before I try to build a bond. Because of this trait, I can come off as aloof and quiet, even though quiet is not in my nature. When I was younger, I was much more open and didn’t really have that problem. I didn’t have a lot of ‘close’ friends, but I did have a lot of friends. I mostly blame my years at the airline, which burned me out on being around people, but publishing hasn’t helped. I’ll explain why.
When you first start out in the publishing industry, you tend to gravitate to people at your own writing level. Then after much work (If you haven’t done the work, no amount of self-publishing will make you an author. Unless of course you enjoy being the Kardashian of the author world. If that’s the case, knock yourself out.) and if the stars align, you sell something to a publisher. At this point, the friends that you made divide into two categories: the ones that sold, too and the ones that are still trying to sell. (Obviously with the advent of self-publishing things have changed.) As your career builds and you sell more books, the original group divides again. This time by level of success. This is where friendships get tricky. Within this final group dynamic, you’re going to get three types of friends: The kind that will stick by you and continue to cheer you on. (The best kind.) The kind that drift away because they get too busy. You’ll still be friends, but you won’t have time to talk much. And the final kind, the kind that used your friendship as a career stepping stone. They tend to break off contact once they reach whatever level they’re striving for. The latter is the most hurtful because they only appear to be your friend. The second it’s no longer convenient/helpful they’re gone.
The trick is to figure out which is which before you’re hurt. I used to have a dear friend in L.A. He had what he called the L.A. Friendship Rule. He told me to never call anyone a friend in L.A. until you’ve known them for six months. His theory (which by the way turned out to be pretty accurate) was that if someone was going to flake, they’d do it within that six month time period. It’s a rule I forgot to apply to publishing and honestly should have. Don’t you make the same mistake.
Onto new adventures… I finished my first graphic novel script. I’d never written one before and had to look up how it was done. Thank you Amazon for next day delivery. The lovely and immensely talented Marjorie Liu was kind enough to send me samples of her scripts to help me. (Did I mention that she’s wonderful? And that she writes X-men comics?) Anyway, I wrote the script in a day, but it took over a week to edit. I am incredibly proud of it and really hope it’s not my last one. I quite enjoyed doing it. The style works well with my particular writing style.
I am currently in the midst of writing the next Moonlight Kin novel/novella. At this point, I have no idea what it’s going to turn out to be, but I’m really enjoying the story and the characters. Hopefully you will, too. It will be finished by the end of this month. I need it done before I leave for the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans.:)
I’m also nearing the end of my Christine Feehan series re-read. Every year I re-read three different series, Christine Feehan’s original Dark books (the first eleven), Stephanie Laurens’ first Cynster books (the first ten), and D.B. Reynolds’ Vampires in America series. I do this when I can’t settle on a new book. I know this doesn’t help my monstrous TBR pile go down, but it can’t be helped.
In the meantime, Cynthia Eden, Vivi Anna, Patrice Michelle, Erica Stevens, Michele Hauf and I have decided to change our Love’s First Bite cover. Same great stories. Nothing else has changed. So if you’ve already bought the book, you’re good. You don’t need to grab this one. If you haven’t bought the anthology, feast your eyes on this:
March 26th, 2014
I’m over at the Romance Magicians today. I did an interview about what I like to read and put up a short excerpt from The Dark King. Stop by and say hello: http://romancemagicians.blogspot.com/2014/03/say-hello-to-fun-tastic-jordan-summers.html
March 17th, 2014
You would think that after self-publishing thirteen books that I’d have the hang of everything and know exactly what I’d like to do with my career. Unfortunately most days, that’s not the case. I still struggle with making the right decisions. Part of this comes from being a perfectionist, but most of it comes from letting go of the old way of doing things. (Or trying to at least.) When you spend a lot of years working one way, it’s hard to shift gears and move in another direction.
When I started writing seriously, which was twelve years ago almost to the month, there was a set way of doing things. You wrote your book, sent it to critique partners, made the suggested edits, then either queried agents or sent the manuscript directly to the publisher. It wasn’t particularly fun–I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to agents–and the wait times were LONG. Months and months and months of waiting to hear back from various people. Most of the time you were just waiting to hear that your book had been rejected. This happened to me yesterday, but I was genuinely grateful that the agent got back to me because these days a lot of them don’t. I appreciate that she took the time to write me. Publishing twelve years ago was also a really exciting time, when you got the news that your book sold and you eventually walked into a store and saw it on a shelf. Let me tell you, nothing beats that thrill.
When self-publishing came along, I was at a place in my career where I could take advantage of the opportunities. I had been selling a bunch of short stories/novellas, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had a LOT of backlist titles that I had the rights to or could get rights on quickly. I acted fairly quickly (should’ve done so sooner), which automatically gave me a backlist. Now that I’ve been doing this for a few years, I find it’s a kind of double-edged sword. I love the fact that for the first time in my writing career I’m actually making a living. The first nine and a half years, I did not. Not even close. Part of that was my fault. I didn’t know what I wanted to write. (I still have that problem, but I’m better at hiding it these days.;) I wrote in genres that I didn’t particularly care to write in. I was following my agent’s advice and not listening to my instincts. This went on for over two and a half years. I finally reached the point where I had to leave or quit writing. I left.
Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction. I now have a tremendous amount of freedom to write in whatever genre I want. This is both good and bad, when you’re a writer like me who has a lot of different interests. It can leave me scattered and give readers whiplash. I don’t want to do that…anymore, so I’ve put together a writing schedule and carefully chosen the projects to work on. Taking responsibility for my career is both exciting and terrifying. It’s also exhausting. It makes me realize that there are certain projects that I have that would probably work better with traditional publishing. This is especially the case with my YA. But it also leaves me in a position where I can no longer settle for ‘okay’ book deals. I think there are probably a lot of authors in the same boat. Some of the work would be better suited for traditional publishing (not digital first publishing), while the majority works well with self-publishing.
I think the first company that comes up with a way to work with authors like me–like us–will make a small fortune. In the meantime, I’ll keep forging ahead.
March 2nd, 2014
I want to take a minute to welcome all the new followers. I know there’s been a bunch of you. I’m sure I’ve missed some. It’s been hard to keep up. Thank you for signing up for my newsletter and for the follows on FB. I don’t send out many newsletters, but there will be about four or five this year that coincide with my new releases.
I haven’t been posting here much lately because I do most of my updating on FB these days. I’ve also been buried in edits. That will end on Monday.
Take a look around. Check out the excerpts. If you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, fire away. I’ll try to answer everything.
February 12th, 2014
Here is the update cover for the vampire anthology. Sorry for the confusion. It happens on occasion. Still the same great stories.
February 11th, 2014
ATTENTION: WE FOUND OUT AS THE BOOK WAS PROCESSING THAT ANOTHER GROUP OF AUTHORS RELEASED AN ANTHOLOGY WITH THE SAME NAME TODAY. SO THE NEW TITLE WILL NOW BE: LOVE’S FIRST BITE.
I’m so excited to be a part of this anthology. You have no idea. :o) Some of the links will be available by the end of the day. Woo Hoo!!!
900 page of vampire goodness from six bestselling authors who can bring the heat and the darkness.
The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden – FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days–and his nights–tracking real-life monsters. After a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change…and soon he becomes one of the very beasts that he has hunted. Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It’s her job to keep him sane. But the growing desire between them could be a very dangerous thing…because when a vampire and a werewolf mate…their dark need may become an obsession that could destroy them both.
The Vampire Affair by Vivi Anna – Mak, an unconventional journalist, risks everything including her job to get the goods on billionaire businessman Jonathan Devane, a man who enthralled her for a single passionate kiss months prior, a man who makes her blood race, a man with dark secrets…
The Dark’s Mistress by Michele Hauf – Beguiled by the devil Himself, her only hope was the vampire who could not love her dark and tainted heart.
Blu and Creed’s daughter, Kambriel has come to Paris to ‘find herself’ and finds more than she bargained for when the man who seduces her with extravagant gifts and fine things reveals his true nature. Now she is desperate for freedom.
Johnny Santiago falls for the beautiful vampiress singing at Club l’Enfer, yet he doesn’t expect his rival to be the devil Himself. Can he rescue Kam from the dark prince before she loses her soul and forgets everything and everyone she has ever cared for?
A Taste for Passion by Patrice Michelle – Rana Sterling finally meets the man of her dreams and boy does he know how to push all the right buttons. Only, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Too-Good-to-Be-True turns out to be just that–he’s beyond her world.
After searching seventy years for his reincarnated fiancé, Lucian Trevane finally finds his mate in Rana, but with time working against him and a vengeful vampire determined to destroy the one ray of happiness he’s found, Lucian will have to call upon all his vampire skills and beyond in order to protect Rana and draw her fully into his world.
Captured by Erica Stevens – Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. Aria’s world is turned upside down when the vampire prince Braith steps forward to claim her. Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and her growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria struggles to decide between everything she has ever known, and a love she never dreamed of finding.
Paris After Dark by Jordan Summers – NY homicide detective, Rachel Chang is on a forced leave in Paris grieving over the loss of her partner, when she comes upon a violent attack outside the walls of Cimetiere du Montparnasse. A simple domestic dispute quickly turns into something far more sinister, when Rachel ends up on the wrong side of some very sharp fangs.
***If you are interested in reviewing the book, please drop me an email.