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Saturday, November 30, 2013
I'm a Nerd Girl.
A few background facts:
I went to the midnight showing of Star Wars Episode I with my husband (then boyfriend) and his frat brothers. Only girl. Big theater of geeked-out Star Wars guys. I loved every second.
I want to be reincarnated as any member of The Order of The Phoenix OR Legolas's female counterpart, which, okay, might have something to do with Orlando Bloom.
I want to live in a word where giant robots fight to the death like in Real Steel.
Spending a day watching all of the Iron Man movies and The Avengers is my idea of a great time!
One of the best parts of the holiday season: Harry Potter marathons on ABC Family - yes, always.
I've watched Star Trek and The Next Generation since I was little (thanks to my mom) and now we're blessed with the JJ Abrams movies!
So, it should come as no surprise...
that I've always wanted to write a speculative fiction (fantasy/science fiction) novel. The thing is, I write contemporary fiction a lot better. BUT, there's this little-known genre called magical realism, where a fantastical element is added to the every day world and it's so normal and common-place to the characters, that it's not even commented on. It's a part of life, like using soap or eating soup.
This dash of magical realism is what I added to my next novel, MINDLESS ATTRACTION (a few posts down, it's called BRAIN DRAIN - it has a new title), releasing Jan. 14!
While I grew tired of the old paranormal tropes--vampires, werewolves, demons--I have grown equally tired of the newer romance trends--bad boy rock stars and billionaires. How many times can the same story be told in a slightly different way?
After finishing writing the last two installments of the Give & Take series (which I LOVED writing and hope you love reading), I was eager to start writing something FRESH AND NEW! MINDLESS ATTRACTION is light and fun - my main character a take on Stephanie Plum or Sookie. There are some hot sexy parts and some mystery, quirky characters and a big reveal at the end.
Guess the only question is, are YOU ready for a little splash of sci-fi in your romance novel? (No space travel or aliens - I promise!)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
It never fails. Every time a book goes live with my name on it, I want to run screaming then hide out under my bed like the apocalypse has descended and zombies are pounding on my windows. The questions run rampant through my mind. Will anyone read it? Will anyone like it? Will they all laugh at me? Will I have to go get a job at McDonald's?
Funny thing about living a dream, sometimes it's not all it's cracked up to be. Don't get me wrong, as long as I can be a full-time author, I will be, but it comes with stress like I've never known before. To have staying power in the publishing business is to have a career. Becoming a brand like Jell-O - nobody calls it gelatin, or Kleenex - which has become interchangeable with the word tissue- is to have stability. Nobody wants to go the way of jelly bracelets and scratch 'n sniff stickers: hot for about a second, then forgotten.
Staying power...or maybe a come back. No matter where you are in your writing career, expect it to be a game of Chutes and Ladders.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Today's the day!
Check in with Alistair Ingram and Bethany Stavars aka Black Betty and see what's next in their erotic love story!
Available very soon (as soon as they publish it) on Barnes & Noble.
To celebrate the release of The Penance of Black Betty, The Submission of Alistair Ingram is FREE on Smashwords and B&N and Amazon (as soon as they publish it).
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
BEWARE THE ADVERB!
What does everyone have against adverbs? Bring up adverbs to any serious writer and after they cringe, they'll say, "Don't use them." But why?
To keep your verbs strong. You want active verbs that pack punch. You also want to SHOW and not tell. Why say she walked softly across the room when you can say she tip-toed across the room? The second gives a more concise picture, uses a strong verb that SHOWS you the character moving across the room.
There IS a time and a place for adverbs, but use them sparingly. Look for alternatives where you can.
Friday, November 8, 2013
SO, if you missed the announcement about the second and final novella in the Dolls & Doms series (Alistair and Black Betty), THE PENANCE OF BLACK BETTY will be out Nov. 19! Plus, The Submission of Alistair Ingram with a spanking new cover will be FREE! (eventually - thank you Amazon and B&N for being so very snail-like in your uploading capabilities :) ) It's already FREE on Smashwords! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/284398
In Jan. 2014 I'll introduce you to Darcy Delany and her mystery man in BRAIN DRAIN!
This novel has been kicking around in my head for years and I'd pull it out and dabble a bit every now and then and it's finally ready to be released to readers! I'm very excited about it. It's paranormal-ish, but not in the typical way...it's not vampires/werewolves - there are no mythical creatures involved...maybe it's easier to say the story is spurred on by an invention that can extricate and infuse knowledge from people's brains. Maybe it's more sci-fi-ish? But not. It's very much just a contemporary romance other than that little pesky invention that's gotten the story rolling.
What's it about?
Well, a lot actually. Here's a long, rambling explanation. I haven't gotten the back-of-the-book blurb narrowed down yet...
Darcy Delany is a cognizance agent--like a realtor, but instead of selling houses, she sells knowledge from mostly dead geniuses--who comes across a man who has no idea who he is...the hero of our story. He's suffered a back ally knowledge extraction that has left him with no memory at all and the basic abilities of a young child - good thing Darcy has oodles of knowledge at her fingertips she can infuse into him and make him into her dream man...but maybe she shouldn't take him home like a stray dog...maybe she should call the police and report what's happened. Well, she can always do that after infusing the basics, right? What's the harm? Except whoever brain drained him isn't happy she's taken him in.
In the meantime, her boss comes up with a new non-profit business venture and is inspired by her love story with her new manmade boyfriend. The business is Homes For Husbands, where homeless man can volunteer to be brain drained and single women can pick the man they want and create the husbands of their dreams. (No smelly socks laying around and a man who loves to cook... just might know his way around in the bedroom too!)
But when threats start showing up written on Darcy's door and the first volunteer homeless husband ends up murdered, maybe Darcy's taken on a bit more than she can handle with her brain drained beloved.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Sometimes you have to take the plunge, but which direction do you go? Not too long ago, this question wasn't considered valid by "the industry". If you self-published, it was because you couldn't get an agent or you couldn't get an editor to buy your book. But today, the game has turned on its head. You don't need an agent or an editor to get books in reader's hands and be considered a legitimate author.
While some very successful self-published authors still seek the validity of having their names on a book in Barnes and Noble, know that getting stocked in a bookstore is NOT a guarantee from even the big six publishers. Take it from someone who has a YA published by a big six publisher and zero books in bookstores. They can't necessarily sell your book to book buyers any better than you could.
With fewer and fewer brick and mortar stores and the ones that are still around carrying an equal number of t-shirts, toys and One Direction dolls as books, there's an ever shrinking amount of shelf space and if you can suck in your gut and hold your breath, you might be able to squeeze in between Cassie Clare and Veronica Roth.
BUT, that's in YA. The good news is that if you write adult romance and have a successful self-publishing journey, editors are standing by to scoop you up! Be careful though, not everyone who has been scooped is pleased with the outcome. You have to be prepared for anything to happen. Not all successful e-books translate well in paperback sales. My personal reasoning is because when you look at the people in the romance aisle in the bookstore--speaking of my local BAM and my own observations only--they are old women. My grandma will pick up all those books with covers that have Adirondack chairs sitting empty on a beach with a setting sun, or a big white house with a picket fence and flowers blooming right out of flower boxes. Nicey, nicey romance books. A lot of the books doing very well online are darker and erotic and have found their niche audience online, but might not fare well in bookstores.
Another thing to realize if you've self-published and are selling your rights. If you sell world rights, versus North American, your e-books will no longer be available in the UK until your US publisher sells the UK rights they've acquired from you to a UK publisher. Just because they can buy them doesn't mean they have the territorial right to publish them, they need to re-sell the rights before anyone outside of the US and Canada can buy your e-book. Be sure to give this careful consideration if you have a series, because if the next book comes out before those foreign rights sell, some of your fans won't be able to buy it.
If you take guaranteed money into consideration, traditional publishing comes with advances. You know that your book will at the very least earn you your advance. There are no guarantees with self-publishing that you'll earn a dollar. If you're looking for piece of mind and stability, traditional publishing is still a better gamble.
There are pros and cons to both methods. The biggest question to ask yourself is how much input and control to you need to have? Do you want to only think about writing and then hand your book off to someone else to do the other parts of publishing? Or, do you think of your writing as a business where you want to have control at least at some level of each step in the process? Answering that question is the first step to deciding which route to go in your publishing journey.