Saturday, June 27, 2009

Deadly Ink Conference

Here I am, hanging with the likes of Chris Grabenstein, Jane Cleland, and Lincoln Child (another of my personal favorites).

Deadly Ink, run by Debbie Buchanan, is one of those little gems of a writing conference that focuses on mystery writers and luckily is within driving distance of my home. So I'm here (there) this weekend with my good friend Rosemary Goodwin who is also in the Deadly Ink Anthology (me? not this year, but thinking of making Dobson and Teague a franchise).

Nothing's better than sharing the rarified air of those who've "made it" - at least compared to me. I now have more new writers to read and enjoy and old favorites to savor. I just hope some of it rubs off. Elizabeth Peacock and the Body on Abbey Road needs a home!

Monday, June 22, 2009

A New RWA Brouhaha - ha

Traditional (Print) Publishing with a NY house vs e-pubs. Who's the Real Writer, the (in the words of Diane Pershing, President of RWA) "career focused".

Some intersting articles on the subject: (Scroll down and read Deidre Knight's post and then go back up to Diane Pershing's answer)

As a soon to be published e-book author, I am biased.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Why Erotica?

I guess the first best answer is: That's what sold and...that's what sells.

I wrote a novella on a whim. Ellora's Cave had a call for submissions: "Oh, Yum." Older woman, younger man. I'd been reading that to stretch one's "writing muscles", you should try something different - something you're not used to writing. Or, in my case, never wrote - read, but never wrote.

And so I wrote a novella that after almost a year, was rejected by EC.
At NJRW conference last October, I had an appointment an editor from The Wild Rose Press, a small press/epublishing company that was growing by leaps and bounds. So I pitched it and the editor said she wanted to see it. I sent it and a few months later, TWRP bought it - much to my surprise. I had written it on a whim.

Now, I'm doing edits, have a pen name so I can write under other genres, and working on promo items for RWA National in July. I have a contract! I will have an e-book soon.

Am I excited?
You betcha.
No one is more surprised than I am.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

When the Day Job Takes Over...

...or over takes you.

Back to work after vacation, I promised myself to work on my writing in some way every evening. That lasted for three nights. The last two nights? Not so much. In fact, not at all.

The Day Job (hence known as DJ) has me exhausted mentally and emotionally. At the DJ I have several projects to be completed by next week. I'm working almost constantly during the day. Physically, my DJ is not that difficult, but emotionally, with office politics, is a different story.

This evening after the DJ, I wanted to read...I really wanted to read. I tried everything to keep my eyes open. It didn't work. By 6 PM I was in bed (without my supper) for a nap. Supper was 2 hours later.

It's now 10 PM and I can feel my eyes getting heavy again. Did I write? Just this post and a couple of emails.

Trying again tomorrow.

Monday, June 1, 2009

What I've Been Doing Lately....

I just submitted a story to True Romance.
I received a rejection from the Mystery Writers of America anthology.
I didn't hear about the one I sent to Deadly Ink.
I'm working on the novella revisions.
This weekend I will put nose to grindstone and work on "Moonstone Magic" - I want to pitch that at RWA National.
And I have to get some momentum for "The Change" - another novel I want to pitch.

I'm typing my pudgy fingers to the bone.