One of the interesting things I keep hearing is that readers hadn't realized how funny the book was! So that must be entirely to do with Kevin's delivery.
Getting the right narrator is everything.
As a dear friend so eloquently put it...I'm losing my ming!
So the house is filling with houseguests and I have a book due and am splitting for four days to a hotel. Because I am nothing if not a social animal. NOT.
But before I retreat, snarling, to higher ground (and I am not snarling, by the way, it's more me looking harassed and tending to hyperventilate), a couple of bits and bobs.
My article on publishing -- part of Jessewave's ongoing series about writing and publishing m/m fiction -- is now up at Jessewave reviews. I know it's a little uncomfortable to discuss this stuff -- contracts, money, etc. -- in the broad light of day -- in public -- but it's useful, even necessary that we have an open, ongoing dialog. This is a very small community, folks, but your publishing career stretches way beyond what you do here. You need to plan ahead. You need to think Big Picture on this.
Secondly (I have no idea whether I'l truly have internet access at my hotel -- oh, I am SO not kidding about the hotel) I and a number of other writers of historical m/m fiction were interviewed by Dr. Sarah Frantz over at Dear Author. That's tomorrow, but today Dr. Sarah (Dr. Frantz?) posted an editorial on the topic of historical romance that's worth reading.
Those of you who track my erratic thoughts on such things know that I believe we should differentiate between Romantic History and Historical Romance, but the publishing industy hasn't caught up with me on this one.
"Dead? You say my bird is dead?"
(A free copy of any of my historical (or other) novels to the first person who can name from whence cometh the film that quote.)
In about an hour I'll be chatting -- probably to myself -- over at Love Romance Cafe.
And tomorrow I'll be at Coffee Time Romance offering a $20.00 gift certificate to BevMo to anyone who can accurately answer the grueling questions I posted in the forums section (apparently either a lot of teatotalers or no one is reading my work).
You have to be a member of the Love Romance Cafe to vote -- the nominees are listed in the Polls section.
Then over at CAPA -- That's the Romance Studio's Cupid and Psyche Awards -- I'm up for:
Not sure how the voting is done there...
(And I just noticed I need to post something over there to get my little graphic thingie which will look GREAT on my website. )
And last but not least over at Preditors and Editors, I've been nominated for Best Mystery Novel 2008.
So lots of fun, and very flattering -- thank you very much!
Here's what I'm working on at the moment -- The White Knight (sequel/prequel) to The Dark Horse. This one is exclusive to Loose Id. And I scrapped my story idea for Partners in Crime IV and started a new one called Lovers and Other Strangers -- which I am really enjoying. And I just about to dive into Somebody Killed His Editor. Yes, three, three, three projects in one! In one month. That's the plan anyway. And for once -- oddly enough -- I'm hugely (for the moment) enjoying all three projects. What gives?
And what is new with you as we head into this blank slate of a New Year?
And then I need a 200 word blurb.
The blurb is the cover copy for your book. Remember, when you go to print, this is what's going to convince people to either buy your book or to open it up and take a closer look. On the website, the blurb, combined with the excerpt, has to be sharp enough to make the reader take a chance. In 200 words or less, convince the reader to buy your book.And since it would be impossible to write these without having an idea of the story, you can read the first three chapters or so at my website. More than that you don't really need, because we don't want spoilers popping up in the blurb.