Yes, you read that title right. Vacation happened! It’s why I wasn’t posting on Monday last week. Miss me? LOL
We had a great time. Went towards the San Francisco area. Took in a baseball game, walked Fisherman’s Wharf, drove down Lombard Street, and took a boat tour of the bay. It was warm and sunny, something we miss out on here in Seattle Suburbia. Don’t get me wrong, we DO get to see the sun. After a long, gray winter, however…it was good to soak up some natural vitamin D.
The other nice thing about the break is that it made me forget about everything that ‘had’ to get done that typically gets in the way of my writing. Work happens every day. And I LOVE my job. It’s the other stuff (dishes, laundry, etc) that I tend to put higher on the list of my must do list. They take priority over writing, and they shouldn’t.
So, I’m back at work today. Finally caught up on my emails and have a good sense of what will be done tomorrow and the rest of the week. Writing will happen soon, as well. I’ve got the last book in the Raven Chronicles to finish up, plus have the edges of a new Amari book floating about in my mind.
It’s a toss up which one will be written first. Which one do you think? Finishing up Arwenna’s tale, or letting everyone know where Alaric comes from?
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I know…I’ve been busy with the blog this week! Today, though, I had something on my mind that wouldn’t go away. And it’s important to share.
When you sign with a publisher, be they big or small, don’t ignore them. Don’t spend two months trying to weigh your options on a contract offer. Or three months deciding if you like a cover. Six weeks to get back to your editor? Not cool.
Yes, life happens. Things crop up that are sudden and unexpected that take over your life. But your writing career should NOT be placed on the far back burner. Serious authors, who want a long career, are responsive.
Unfortunately, there are writers out there who see this only as a one way street. They expect their House to drop everything and answer their questions immediately, yet take months to get back to them on other things. This is not right. It’s unprofessional, and rude. Do not expect a lightning fast response if you can’t be bothered to make a decision on your cover art without consulting sixteen friends and relatives.
Besides being rude and such, most contracts will have a clause stating how long you can take before requested revisions are completed, etc. By putting it off, even if YOU aren’t in a hurry, you could be breaching your contract and giving your House the opening to drop you. And you won’t have any reason to complain.
I believe in treating others as I want to be treated. If I want to be successful as an author, then I don’t shoot myself in the foot if I can help it. That includes dealing with edits in a timely manner, approving or asking for changes to the cover art without being a diva, getting my blurb to the EIC before they ask for it, and responding to emails from my publisher in a timely manner. Are they having trouble with my paypal account? Yeah, I’ll get right on it. I won’t wait six days.
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Like most Monday’s around here, it’s a slow one. Kids don’t have to be up quite yet due to school starting later on Mondays. I can sit, write my blog, and watch the cats play.
As an author, my mind is constantly going. It’s filled with ideas, what to do next, dialogue between me and my imaginary friends. I’ll be thinking about upcoming events, or a way to reach readers that I haven’t found yet. I freely admit that one of the best perks about being an author is that when you mention you hear voices in your head, no one reaches for a straitjacket. This is the normal for an author…constant noise.
Which is what makes the quiet of a Monday so important. It makes me slow down, take a few deep breaths, and revel in the quiet. Weekends can be chaotic, so knowing I’ve got some time coming where I can find my center, regain my perspective, and breathe is important.
Next Monday even more so. I’ll be spending this coming Saturday at Emerald City ComiCon with my husband. It’s something we’ve done for three years now, and look forward to the next one as soon as we leave site. While I’m not a guest of any kind, I do have a friend who has a table on Artist’s Alley. He was generous enough to give me a small corner of his area to put out some postcards and business cards. I’ll share them here in a minute. I have no idea if they’ll be of interest for people who stop by Luke’s table, but it’s worth the chance.
If you like it, let me know! If you’re going to Emerald City ComiCon, I hope you find his table (or me!) and pick one up. And – don’t forget – the presale for ‘Fin’s Magic’ is still going on! Check it out here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/420044
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Special treat today! We have K.C. Sprayberry stopping by to promote her new release, “Evil Eyes”!
Here’s a teaser for you:
A man stands inches from her. She didn’t hear him coming. Christine cups her burgeoning belly, fear drying her tongue to the roof of her mouth.
“Whore!” The man points at her belly. “We had a committed relationship, and you screwed another man. There’s the evidence right in front of my eyes. You’re nothing but a whore.”
His eyes scare the life out of her. They’re dead, soulless, compelling. She can’t move, no matter how much she wants to.
Tears wash her face. She’s trapped, with nowhere to turn, but to dive into the lake and try to swim before the freezing water paralyzes her muscles. That would mean endangering her baby. She can’t move, can’t put this little life in so much danger. Yet, she’s in danger from this man approaching her step by step.
Paperback is coming, but you can get it NOW on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Eyes-K-C-Sprayberry-ebook/dp/B00J1QC3V8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395015157&sr=8-1&keywords=evil+eyes+by+kc+sprayberry
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