Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Optional question this month:
What publishing path did you take, and why?
I sought the traditional path to being published. The first few years, I submitted manuscripts to agents, editors, and entered a few contests. I used to keep those rejections, but it became a fire hazard. The entire time, I continued to work on my next book and attend conferences and join writing groups to improve my craft. There was so much I didn't know at the start. I eventually found a small press that I am still with, New Concepts Publishing, who publishes my romance novels. But along the way, I've had three different small presses go out of business while I was under contract with them. One of them gave no regard to their authors and RWA went to court for us and got our rights back where they were tied up in a bankruptcy case. Not pretty. I had another mid-sized publisher who decided they were going to change direction and they dropped over half their authors. I had three fantasy novels under contract with them at the time.
I'm still working on a fantasy novel that I intend to pitch to the big traditional houses and an agent or twelve, but it's a long way from ready. The path to publication is sometimes frustrating and is seldom a reaping of huge financial benefits. But as long as I enjoy writing, I'm going to keep at it. My most recent novel, The Alien and the Teacher, is the first in a new series of space opera romance. Getting this cool cover helps me to forget the frustrations. It is only available from my publisher at this time.
Anne R. Allen had this interesting post related to today's question. 9 Pieces of Bad Advice for New Writers.
Some trivia from The Old Farmer's Almanac because I like Factiods.
At least 182 moons, including those around dwarf planets, are known to exist in our solar system.
A group of flies is called a business.
I have a less kind name for a group of flies. Living in the country with horses and goats living nearby, flies bring a little too much business to my house.
Back full time watching the granddaughter now that school has started. I'd need twenty pages to tell you how fun and amazing she is. Never thought I'd be one of those grandparents, but here I am.
Has your path to publishing been a smooth sail? Ever get some really bad writing advice? Flies getting in your business in your neck of the woods?
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
I'm honored to be a co-host for this month's IWSG blog hop. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this terrific group and all the people who help keep it going. You can find all the participants on this list. Try and visit some new folks today.
I'm sharing co-hosting duties with some terrific bloggers. Thank you, Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, and Lee Lowery.
This month's optional question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
I would say don't wait. If you have a story inside you that you want to share, write it. Don't wait until the kids are older and you have time. Don't wait until you take one more class or attend one more conference. Butt in chair and write. Right now.
I'd like to thank the bloggers who hosted me for my mini-tour to promote the release to Exile's Savage Lady. I also want to thank my faithful followers who stopped into to comment on my various stops. You guys are the best. If you missed any posts and would like to science up a little, here's the list.
The Whole Shebang What science subjects did I research for the Survivors of the Apocalypse Series?
Christine Rains What is minimal viable population for humans?
Write With Fey How a pandemic could end the world.
Paranormal Romantics Where would you want to spend the apocalypse?
Diane Burton The Domed City. Can it save mankind?
Let me close this post with some wisdom from The Old Farmer's Almanac.
If an average man never shaved, his beard would grow to be about thirty feet long in his lifetime.
A group of goldfinches is called a charm. (Lots of these pretty birds around my abode.)
Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. Euripedes.
Do you have some good advice to those starting out in the writing business? What's the longest beard you've ever seen? Are you dry where you are, or suffering like us with more rain this week?
Friday, July 27, 2018
My kids are really picky about their beer so I appreciate a character like Gerry. And people not showing up for work is the worst. Do any of these character remind you of anyone you know? Did you ever recognize a location in a story as somewhere you've been?
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Something for Readers
Do titles come easy to you, writers out there? What is your favorite super power? Ever use real towns in your stories?
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Cisco Santos is a bull rider trying to rebuild his career, not save a damsel in distress, but he’s certainly not going to let some goons take the money out of her hide. On the lam together, they end up stuck in a snowstorm. By the time the snowplows dig them out, they’re a lot more than traveling companions.
Thanks, Heidi. Any RV people out there? Can you imagine being trapped in a snowstorm in one? Do you know where the Snack Food Capital of the World is located?
Monday, July 16, 2018
This coming Wednesday, Heidi Hormel will be on this blog as part of my Wednesday Author Spotlight plan. Are you into the RV life? Please stop back and read what Heidi has to say.
This Thursday is IWSG Twitter pitch party. Read the rules first and then use this #IWSGPit. You still have a few days to get your pitch ready.
This a a great article posted by Anne R. Allen back in June about some scams directed at desperate writers. Take a look.
Here's a quick little post from Penny Sansevieri on using blogging to promote your writing. She says some very sensible things.
I think Killjoys is returning this Friday night. I hope so. It really ended on a cliffhanger. The 100 and Salvation are not disappointing this season. Both are really tense and so many characters are stuck with no good decisions.
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." J.K. Rowling
Today is another day of brutal heat, but we had some rain yesterday so my grass has a chance to survive. Good day to stay inside and hit that elliptical and write. Still keeping up with my 1,000 words per day.
Are you giving the pitch party a try? Any one try to scam you lately? Getting any writing done?
Friday, July 13, 2018
My post is about how society will crumble if a pandemic strikes, a quick and deadly virus. Not need to comment here. Give me your thoughts over at Write With Fey. You might give me an idea for my next book.
Thanks to all of you who have been following along on my mini-blog tour for Exile's Savage Lady.