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You can call me Emily, or you can call me Emma, just don't call me late for dinner (ha!). Welcome to my ramblings about writing and life in general.
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I'm not completely finished yet. I'm having some problems with my links so I'm adding a few at a time each day. Please let me know if something isn't working right, or if anything is messed up.
In other news, after working on the blog for most of yesterday, I got my edits for A Walk on the Wild Side!!!
Most of it was fairly easy, changing words, etc. But, I did find out that the new word I'll have to do the search/find thing for is "though." I must have cut about 30 of them.
I made myself do all of the easy ones (deletes, easy word changes, etc) last night and left the harder ones (ie, anything requiring the slightest bit of thought) for today or tomorrow.
I'll be adding about 4 scenes (well, maybe I should say I'll be adding to 4 scenes) where my editor suggested opportunities for more showing and less telling. I won't complain about 4 places since pretty much my first ms was entirely telling!
And I'm proud to say that the only edits in any of my love scenes were to add more to one of them!
I guess that's good for an erotic romance writer.
I went to Bath & Body Workds yesterday and bought a whole bunch of stuff to give away as contest goodies!! (It's their semi-annual sale so I got a TON of stuff actually).
I stocked up for my author day in August and actually have plenty more for some nice summer contests.
So, now I just have to figure out what my first contest is going to be.
In other news, I'm hoping to get the whole wordpress thing figured out to start using it tomorrow. While I think there's going to be a lot more "behind the scenes" stuff that needs to be done, I'm hoping to change over tomorrow.
Idea: I'll have a contest for the launch of my new blog!! Check back Monday for details (except with a little luck it won't be here you're checking, but don't worry, I'll redirect you).
I think I managed to add maybe another half of a page yesterday.
But, I did start taking notes (since I have trouble getting out of editing mode and back into writing mode) so I do know places where I have to go back and add stuff. I also have another list of things that need to be added, but I'm finding it difficult to figure out where to put it.
It's stuff that's kind of important (like for instance, why the hero doesn't really have a job) but the place where I feel like it would most naturally fit is way after somone would throw down the book for not knowing why the hero doesn't leave the house!
But things are still moving forward, and as they say, slow and steady wins the race.
Yep, my novella Little Red will come out in March 2006.
[whiney voice]But, that's so far away....[/whine]
I don't even have a calendar that goes as far as March 2006. HOW AM I EXPECTED TO NOT WRITE DOWN MY OWN RELEASE DATE?!?!?
In other news. I'm slowly plugging along with my revisions for my werewolf story. On Monday I realized that I was 30 pages short of the minimum word count for SPICE (isn't that a porno channel too - probably not going to be a big help to the erotic romance cause that way). As of Today, I'm 28 pages short of the minimum word count.
Suddenly the end of July is feeling really darn close!
I've also decided to enter another ms in the HQ Blaze contest. Just for the heck of it.
But I really need to get back to oh, you know, WRITING!!!
I've got a chapter meeting tonight where Flo Fitzpatrick will be talking about "It's not what you say, it's how you say it," public speaking in time for pitches at Nationals.
Hopefully it will inspire me to actually do my pitch since I'm still waiting for someone to tell me that I should cancel my appointment (please, won't somebody tell me I shouldn't pitch).
I have this fear that my pitch is going to be like (bear with me here) the episode of The Simpsons where they all go to the bookfair and Lisa gets up and says to Amy Tan, " I love the mother-daughter relationships in The Joy Luck Club" and Amy Tan replies, "No, that's not what I was going for at all. You couldn't be more wrong. Please sit down I'm embarrassed for the both of us."
I'm afraid the editor is going to say, "What in the hell gave you the impression that we were interested in anything like what you write?"
There's been some posts lately around the blogosphere about (what else) complaints about romance.
From yesterdays Romancing the Blog post, to the Smart Bitches who are taking a poll on people covering their bookcovers, it seems like a lot of people are down on the romance genre.
Here's the thing. If you don' t like the titles, if you don't like the characters, if you don't like the sex, NEWSFLASH: You may not like romance!!!
Is there anything wrong with you? Not necessarily.
But don't try to make romance into something else.
I don't really read a lot of science fiction. I don't like it. It's not my kind of thing. So you know what I do? I don't read it!! I don't tell science fiction writers "you shouldn't have so much science in these books."
The image of romance is such a huge thing. But you know what? Most people don't give a good god damn. And it's the people that care too much that are the ones giving romance a bad image.
Romance accounts for more than 50% of paperback books sold. All of those people are NOT active in the online romance community. They continue to buy books because (another newsflash) they like them. If they didn't, they wouldn't be buying the books.
So why do so many people online think they speak for everyone?
You don't like clinch covers? Fine, don't buy them. You don't like secret babies? Fine, don't read them. You don't like hot and heavy sex in your romance? Fine, don't read them.
Do horror writers have fits over the image of their genre? Seriously? I'd like to know.
Unfortunately, I only got through about two and a half chapters of edits yesterday (hey, it's not my fault VH1 was showing the entire first season of America's Next Top Model)!
Anyway, over the past two days I've read two really good ebook novellas.
First, Catching Caroline by Sylvia Day. This one was really good, but totally not what I was expecting. Now that I go back and investigate the website a bit more, it's not such a huge surprise, but I have to say, I liked the surprise.
This was the first book I bought by Amber Quill. I tend to prefer things in HTML, but I found the way they did things a bit confusing at first. Of course, once I read the directions, it was all good. Plus, it was a good deal at only $3.00.
Also, Three Wishes, the first book by Amelia Elias came out yesterday (earlier than expected). This too was quite a good book. Amelia and I share a cp, so I've heard good things about her writing though this was the first I've ever read. Three Wishes leaves room for sequels which I anxiously await.
Amy's publisher, Aphrodite Unlaced is a newer publisher, and at the moment they only offer titels in .pdf format. That's fine, but I found that they only way to read it was to use Adobe Acrobat (I've got a mac and ususally use preview to read .pdf's, it takes less time to load). That was annoying, but it won't stop me from reading more.
The only problem I had with either story was, well, there wasn't enough of either! But, I guess that's the problem with novella's, huh?
Hopefully, someone will have that problem with my novella too!
I really need to get back into the writing groove. Actually, that's not true, I need to get back into the editing groove (Ha - back - like I was ever actually there).
I've got two mss that need major edits before Nationals. Well, at least one. The other one I'm still not sure about. I didn't start edits on it a long time ago because I think there's just something wrong with it (though I have no idea what). It has too much plot or something or the external and internal conflicts don't align enough or something.
Anyway, I've got a short story to crit for Kim today, and I'm going to have to force myself to just write my darn werewolf synopsis.
I woke up with an aching back this morning (I hurt it doing laundry of all things yesterday) so whatever I do will have to be from flat on the couch - thank god for laptops.
Amy's book came out today, so everyone should go buy it!
I'm still struggling along with wordpress. Once I finish my synopsis, I'll try to tackle plugins.