Woot! 😀 I should’ve finished The Spider Inside Her last night, but I had to change the villan’s reveal in the last chapter. Deadlier by the Dozen (the second book in the series) would’ve solidified a theme for my villans, and I want to keep readers guessing while seasoning the mystery. The hardest part was coming up with a motive and making sure all ends were tied up. I had one before, but I have this horrible feeling that there’s something I forgot, but for the life of me I can’t figure it out. So, I’m calling it quits and leaving it up to another eye to pick my story apart. Mine are all dried out with TSIH.
The next step is to see what my editor from Hazard Editing finds. I’m still hoping to release TSIH by May 15th, but we’ll see. I definitely want it available before I go to ConCarolinas the first weekend in June. If all goes well, I might have print copies of TSIH, too. But that might be pushing it, so that’s a wait-and-see thing. Right now, I just want to get this book edited and out, so I can start working on Deadlier by the Dozen.
I didn’t put an Acknowledgement page in Bittersweet because…well…I didn’t want to. I’ve always put Acknowledgements in my books, but I wanted to do something different, more intimate by using a Dedication page. Not only that, but I had a long overdue Dedication to make and given the nature of Bittersweet, the timing was perfect.
But, that doesn’t mean I can’t let it go without mentioning a few names, so here it goes.
First, a huge thank you to my beta readers, Edie Ramer and Stacey Curtis. Bittersweet wouldn’t be anywhere had it not been for you guys calling me to the plate. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my fabu cover artist Jax Cassidy. This girl rocks! Also, Lisa Hazard of Hazard Editing, thank you for doing a fantastic job with keeping my grammar on track and giving me the ah-ha moments during my critique. Like Jax, you have a client for life as long as you’re willing to have me. 🙂 Also, a big thank you to my fans. This book is for you more than anyone else. For that, I thank all of the indie/self-published authors who came before me and convinced me that this might be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made with regards to my writing career. To some of my favorite teens and pre-teens Allie, Syd, Colby, Jorden, Sara, Jackie, Paige, and anyone else who I might have forgotten to mention, I love you guys.
So, there you have it. And if you missed it, check me out my video interview with the amazing Kalayna Price. 😉
What do you guys think about Acknowledgements? Do you read them or skim over?
Remember this blog regarding my take on Smashwords? Well, it’s official. I’m in. I’m going to self-publish BITTERSWEET, my paranormal YA.
This book received a bunch of requests for partials and fulls, but it was still a no even after I made revisions. Don’t get me wrong. I received rejections that made me believe agents really read the book and cared enough to give me personal attention. That’s huge! Those are the kind of rejections I love. But in the end, it was a no-go. For the longest time, I thought–and continue to think–that I might have something here.
So rather than put BITTERSWEET under my electronic bed and forget about it, I’m going to put it out there on my own and see what happens. Everyone I’ve contacted and have gone this route before me have been extremely helpful with giving me hints and pointers to make this happen. Ideally, I’d like to release ebook and print at the same time, but I’m not sure if that makes financial sense. Right now, I’m shooting for a March 2011 release, but, we’ll see. I still have some editing to do and I need to hit up some more beta readers. Whatever they find means there will be at least another round to do, and I am so game. 🙂
I’ve also been in touch with cover artists for pricing and my next stop is to either do the Smashwords ebook formatting myself or hand that off to someone else. I’d rather do it myself, since I want to do it for future books. However, I also want it done right. I’ll have to dive into Smashwords’ Style Guide again and see if this is an undertaking I have time to do. Then, there’s the print layout to design, which I hear is a pain. So much to do and so little time. Wait a sec, I’m on Marcia Time with this. How cool is that? It doesn’t mean I’ll take my time, but it’s nice to have the pressure off. 😉
Oh, and book two in my Bittersweet series will be called SILENT SCREAM. I’m still in the plotting phase with this book, so it’ll be a while before this one gets out there.
Man, am I excited about this new venture! 🙂
I was going to take a break from the blogsphere so I could concentrate on my newest WIP, but this came up and I wanted to share. 🙂
The time has come. I’m talking about edits. Samhain handles their edits in a way that’s new and different to me, and I like it. But do you want to know what REALLY made me smile? My fabulous editor called STRIPPED a “gritty urban fantasy”.
It’s GRITTY! Yayyyyyyyyyyyy!
Do you have any idea how I’ve longed to hear that word? Do you know how good it feels to have someone get you like that? Whether it’s a crit partner, an editor, or a beta reader, nothing feels better than when they hit it on the head.
Gritty pretty much describes my writing these days. There are very few topics I’ll shy away from and don’t think I should. Then again, I’ve seen so many horror movies that I’m pretty much desensitized by now. I have no problem with putting my characters through hell and dragging them through the brimstone on their bare backs. Let’s face it. If I were in their shoes, I’m pretty sure the worse would happen to me. I guess that’s why I like “glad I survived” endings. Gotta balance out all of the doom and gloom somehow.
But getting back to the topic. My editor gets me and I am so cool with that. Fingers crossed that my cover artist does, too. 😉
Whether it’s an editor, a crit partner, or a beta reader, who “gets” you?