Sunday, November 28, 2010

Contract News

I'm very pleased to announce that I've just signed a contract to have Noble Romance Publishing publish a romantic suspense of mine, Dead Reality. DR is about two FBI agents who go undercover on a bachelor-type reality TV show to catch a serial killer. I had fun writing this manuscript, because while there are dark themes to it, and some dark moments, the hero, Bryce, was such a smart-alec. Some of the stuff he came out with when sparring with the heroine, Ella, was entertaining to say the least, so he's kind of had a special place in my heart ever since. Plus, in the end he mans up and does what he has to do. I just hope readers enjoy it as much.
Anyway, I have about 12,500 words left to write of Severance, so I'd better get to that!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Chugging Along

There's not really any other way to describe it! I am chugging along at the moment, trying to find that magic balance between home life and writing, trying to get Severance finished and contemplating what I'm going to write next.
I've heard back from a few more agents, but have held off sending anymore queries yet - partly because I'm more interested in getting Alastor's story finished at the moment. A couple of rejections have been run of the mill form letters, but one rejection in particular left me happy and more determined than ever to get an agent. This agent said while she really liked the story, she has a full client list at the moment and doesn't have a place for a newbie author. She didn't feel she'd be the right agent for me because she knew she didn't have the time to devote to the project I deserve. Obviously I would require more work than a veteran author simply swapping agents, because I don't have the experience yet. But I had to be happy from that because it seemed to suggest that if she had a place open in her client list for a newbie author, she would have seriously considered taking me on.
So as each near-miss rejection rolls in, I become more determined that I will get an agent. But, as each agent gets back to me with a rejections, I start thinking more and more about starting that Phoenix/Griffin paranormal romance idea I have. But, the urge is not so strong, its just a vague inkling. So, for the time being I'll ignore it and keep up with querying, I still have a few agents left on my list. Maybe in the new year I'll get to that paranormal romance.
For now, I have more than enough work to keep me occupied!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Party Time!

That's right, it's time to start partying. At 4 o'clock (my local Australian time) the e-book version of Sanctuary will be available to purchase.
As part of the celebrations, I'm guest of honor at a blog party Tamara Gill is having to commemorate the upcoming release of her first published Naughty Nibble, also with Noble Romance Publishing.
So hop over for a visit, answer an easy question for your chance to win an e-book copy of Sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

And the Promo Whirlwind Begins.

I haven't done much writing in the last couple of days because I've been busy filling in interview sheets, organizing promo spots for myself, and pretty much sending my cover all over the place. And of course I'm still floating over it. I think I will be for a long time!
In other news, I got a really positive rejection from an agent a few days back. She'd read some of my ms and said although Atrophy wasn't right for her, if I don't find anyone willing to take it, she wanted to see other work from me. So, that's another open door for me I suppose. Of course, I really want to sell Atrophy to someone, but I have to admit, I have a contingency plan in my phoenix/griffin series if I can't find an agent for my sci-fi romance.
The idea is a paranormal romance and I think I've managed to come up with an idea that is quite a bit different from any other paranormal romances going around at the minute. Of course, I'd love to throw myself headlong into it and write the story, but I honestly don't have time right now. Other projects obviously need to take priority.
I'm still hoping to get Severance finished in the next couple of weeks, though as the days go by and I don't have time to write, the date of completion keeps getting pushed back. And I can only hope that people really like Sanctuary and want to go on to read Alastor and Nakita's story.
So much to do, but I love being busy.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Excitement!




So, I got my book cover for Sanctuary and it's gorgeous. Really! I can't believe how totally over the moon I am about it. I'm very proud and excited about being able to start flashing it all over the place from today. I can't thank the artist, CH Scarlett, enough. It's a bit scary, really. Although we were half a world away from each other, had never met or talked besides the short, vague paragraph I wrote on what I wanted on my cover, it was like we were on the same wavelength. Like somehow she saw what I saw. I only had an unclear, blurry image of what I wanted, but I knew as soon as I saw this cover, it was even better than what I'd considered.


Check out her other covers on facebook she's a very talented lady!


Seeing this has made it all very real, and makes me want to work my butt off to get Severance finished (I've got about 25,000 words left to do) so I can get it subbed and see some more beautiful cover art of my characters. And in mentioning that, I know I love this cover more than anyone else ever will, because it is mine and it is the image of my hero come to life. The likeness to what I had in my head when I was writing this book is uncanny. Like I said, scary that this is what came back to me. I think Ms Scarlett must secretly be psychic!


Right, well I have a website to update and a few places to send a copy for promo purposes. Better get to it.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Industry Stuff

I read an article this morning, thanks to link posted by a fellow RWA member, about the fact that from early next year, the New York Times will have a separate bestsellers list for e-books. The NYT bestsellers list has long been the pinnacle achievement for authors. If you're a NYT bestseller, then you've really made it. The new bestsellers list is good news for people whose books are only available by e-book format. Of course, I imagine most of the time, the e-book bestsellers list will mirror the print bestsellers list, as now most big name authors who publish with the bigger publishing houses have their books available as e-versions as well. But, I can see that occasionally, a little-known author from a smaller e-pubbing house, or even self-published via kindle, will have a cult hit that'll climb to the number one spot, knocking those big-names clear. I would have to assume this would open up all sorts of doors for that author. So, in some ways, this development could change the outlay of the industry as we know it now, by subtle degrees.
I'll be keeping an eye on this, to see how it all pans out.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

No News Is Good News?

I haven't heard anything from the other agents I've quried in the last 5 weeks or so, a rejection or otherwise. Some of them state it could take up to 10 weeks to hear back on a query to them, so I'm not holding my breath.
In the meantime, I'm attempting to write the second book to my Sanctuary series for Noble, titled Severance at the moment. Though the story is all there in my mind, just waiting to be written down, every time I sit down in front of my computer, I seem to find something else to do. Check my email. Stalk people on Facebook. Update my web page. Read a few blogs. Write my own blog post. Research nebula clouds. Check the seven day forecast (looks like rain on the weekend). Look up the world clock to see what time it is in Budapest. Even stare mindlessly at my desktop wallpaper (its Serenity, the Joss Whedon movie). Luckily I haven't started playing solitaire yet. Then I'd really know I was in trouble.
But now I really think I've run out of things to use as a procrastination tool. So I should at least go try to get my daily minimum of 1000 words done. Maybe I should pull the Internet plug while I'm at it, or the urge to look up this week's promos for my favorite TV shows might overwhelm me...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rolling in Rejections

That's right, I might as well be rolling in rejections! This week didn't pan out so well for me in query-land. I didn't get any requests for more material and received at least one form rejection almost everyday this week. But it seems the constant deluge of rejections have thickened my skin. Or maybe its the knowledge that my first book will be coming out in a couple of weeks. Either way, my reaction at getting a rejection this time around has been like water off a duck's back. In the past, though I always strove to remain detached and told myself the rejection didn't matter, I still had a moment of deep disappointment. And honestly, sometimes it would put me in a mood for a couple of days.
But this time around, trying to get an agent doesn't feel like the be-all and end-all of my whole life, it just seems like the next step in my career. So the rejections haven't worried me, I've just sent off a couple more query letters. And I suppose it doesn't hurt that I still haven't heard back from many of the agents in my top-ten. Maybe if I get rejected by all of them, I won't be feeling so Zen about things.
In the meantime, I've got to get on with writing Alastor's story, currently titled Severance. I'm almost halfway through and would like to have it just about finished in a couple of weeks when Sanctuary comes out, so I can send it to Noble and see about getting the sequel out quickly. But in order to do that, obviously I need to get some words down on the page, not on my blog!