Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happily Stressed Out

I’ve written two novels. Yay! (Actually, I’ve written three but one is in major need of tons of help) One is quietly sitting on my little USB drive waiting for me to edit it. The other has been thoroughly edited and now I’m querying agents in its awesome name. Wanna know what? The novel was a crap-load easier to write than the freaking query! My. Brain. Hurts. I’ve had headaches and upset stomachs and this is still the beginning.

About three months ago I thought I had written the perfect query. Are you laughing? I’m not. Well, I am but in an, “What the hell were you thinking?” kind of way. Then, I found
and had lots of strangers point out the obvious to me. The members of the CCW group had gone over it, but they’d read the query AFTER they read the novel. That kind of puts them in a strange yet familiar place when they read the query. Letting someone read it who knows nothing about the novel has helped me more than you could possibly imagine. When an agent takes a look at the query letter they know nothing about the novel. They haven’t built a relationship with the characters like my fellow CCW had. The agent has yet to point out what they don’t like about the novel. They just read the query and say, “Hmm. No. Your query is off and wrong and just no.”

So, thank you  And Queryshark, you rock in that, “I’m tearing you to bits, but I love you!” way. And this is good. I’ve learned so much by writing a totally crappy hook. It’s gotten better. Like waaay better. And that’s what counts. A writer has to have thick skin because even if you’re a bestselling writer there are still people who will hate your work and say you suck. But that’s just fine. There are ten times more people who love your work and anticipate that next piece of awesomeness that you release. And they rock the bells.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stayin’ Warm, Natches?

For me, ‘natches’ is an endearing term.  I don’t just call anyone a natch.  You should feel special.  I feel all warm and tingly when I refer to you as my natches.  Warm is nice right now, isn’t it?  It’s all cold and more cold outside so we need some warm feelings.  I’m off tomorrow, and hopefully Friday, and I going to cozy on up to my family and a nice bottle of wine.  Talk about warm feelings, eh?

The impending storm has me ready to sit up all night long and write away.  I’ve also decided to be a little more proactive in my writing.  Yes, I’m querying a few agents but I want to do something that will get my name out there so I can say, “Hey agent, I already have a nice sized following but with your help we can do this!  You natch, you!” 

I’m being goofy.  But I’m also being serious.  I’ve met CJ Ellisson a few times and she says, quite often, it’s good to bring your own following when you get an agent.  It shows that you work for what you want and are not afraid to put yourself out there to get it.  Don’t get me wrong, I am sooo not going to spend tons of money and find out it was all for naught.  I’ve found quite a few very cool websites and blogs that charge you a small fee to publicize your work. 

I’ll let you know when to check it out. 
If you haven't done so, check out Hunted by Angels and Finding Angels.  Both links are on the right side of this here page.  Let me know what you think.   



Friday, February 7, 2014

Me, myself and them!

I once read that a writer should only work on one thing at a time.  If you have an idea for a book while you’re working on another piece, you should take notes and push it to the side.  Up until a few days ago, I thought it was hogwash.  I’ve worked on two different pieces of writing at the same time and never had any problems.  That is until Haines reared his hunky head and wanted to be the Alpha in the bunch.  He’s so selfish.
For those of you who are familiar with Haines from the Hunted by Angels novellas, you know he’s quite dominant and doesn’t like it when things aren’t going his way.  Even when Perry tries to be her normal forceful self, he puts the kybosh on it.  Haines is an incubus.  He’s all broad shoulders and sexy, and full kissable lips and tall and sexy.  In my head, Haines reminds me of Idris Elba.  Ohhh… Idris Elba.  I love him.  He’s so… Haines. 

Moving on.  Perry and Haines have been on the back-burner for a few weeks and I’ve been giving all my attention to Kayla and Patrick.  These two are from my werewolf novel; the one I’m querying agents with.  I love Patrick.  He’s a go with the flow kind of guy who wants nothing more than to protect and please Kayla.  Kayla is a take it as it comes kinda gal who rolls with the punches.  So not like Perry and Haines.  And they decided it was time to have a voice. 
When I tried to go from one to the other I had to step away from the computer for a few minutes.  I thought I’d lost my mojo!  These two couples are so different.  So awesome, but so different.  I found that when I worked on the werewolves, my frame of mind was so lovey-dovey that when I tried to write Haines he came out wrong.  He wasn’t my Haines.  And I love Haines the way he is.  Ohhh, Idris Elba.

So, now I’m a believer.  Yes, I do think you can write two different pieces at the same time but when you have characters that are so diametrically different you need a minute to get your thoughts straight.  I would never want to get my boys mixed up.  They have their own personalities and to try to push them together makes them so less awesome.  It’s almost like having a split personality, in a non-mentally unstable way.  The part of me that can make Kayla and Patrick who they are can’t be present with that Perry-girl and Haines lady is here. 


Now, what’s going to happen when Kayla and Patrick meet Perry and Haines?  It’s so going to happen.  But, I don’t think it’ll be as easy as I thought it would be. 


Ohh, Idris Elba…