- I have decided to pull Hex from submission. I received some sage personal feedback from two agents and form rejections from all the rest, and I realize that Hex just isn’t ready yet. I love this story. I believe in this story. I know, really and truly know, that this is a story worthy of publication…but not yet. I see that now. So I’ll be going back to work on that after…
- I’m working on a new project. A newer new project. I’d been working on my time travel steampunk novel when this new project came along, and it was going pretty well. But you know how you’re working on a story when all of a sudden another story idea jumps out of nowhere and bitch-slaps you, demanding to be written? That’s what happened to me. I’m not really sure about this one. I mean, I love the idea, am having a blast writing it, but it’s kind of weird. I’m not sure how you’d market this one. It would appeal to fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but it’s not either one of those things. It’s a truck stop romance set in a world infested with oversized crustaceans and giant squid, and it’s called The Octopus That Drank Lake Michigan.
- With this new novel, I have a pretty diverse collection of stories in some stage of being in progress. I’m trying to figure out how to make this site reflect all of these weird and different from each other stories and still have a unified feel and look. And I’m thinking of altering my online presence in other ways. I used to be an avid blogger. I still enjoy blogging occasionally, but time constraints which I never used to have are making it difficult to blog with both quality and frequency. I’m still going to keep the blog, but how do I want to use it? And do I want to turn to a social networking site as my main way of connecting with other writers and, later, readers? I’ll be figuring out all of this sometime and reporting on the changes when they come.
- Lastly, I guess I can share this now, since she’s gone public with it on her own blog. Way back in 2006, I first became friends and critique partners with AG Howard, and after years of hard work, she has now signed her very first book publishing contract with Amulet in a 2-book deal. Hers is a YA novel about what happens when the descendant of Alice of Wonderland fame finds herself on her very own Wonderland adventure. So congratulations, Anita! Here is the link to her announcement. She’s planning to do a series of posts about the submission process soon. I love reading about authors’ journeys to success, so I for one am planning to tune in for those.
Have a lovely day!