Saturday, 31 March 2012

Tag, You're it!

I've just been tagged by fellow Fifer, and Minx of Romance, Suzanne Jones. I've been busy the last few days, so haven't had the chance to respond straight away. Sorry Suzanne!

So here's the deal, I have to answer eleven random questions, ask another eleven and tag eleven lovely folk to answer them :o)

1. What was the last thing you laughed about?
My inibility to stop procrastinating whenever the opportunity presents itself. Actually, I have a good excuse this time. I'm lost in my CP's (published) book!

2. Sweet or savoury?
Sweet. What's better than chocolate?

3. What annoys you most?
Nose hair. You can trim it folks, it's not a crime.

4. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would that be?
That is such a cruel question, lol. 1 book, really? Okay, then I guess it would be Of Mice and Men. It makes me cry every time.

5. What's the best birthday present you've ever received?
A home made card from my little brother. (I like home made things)

6. Hard copy or ebook?
I like both.

7. What are you most proud of?
The fact that an R, regarless of how many I receive, just makes me more determined to suceed.

8. If you thought you were human, but were really a robot, would you want me to tell you? (Okay, I stole that from The Big Bang Theory - but I thought it was a great question. Personally, I wouldn't mind being a robot, but if I thought I was a robot then found out I was human I'd be pretty upset).
I love that series and can't believe I missed that episode! Yes, I'd want to know. I crave information like a man stranded in the desert craves water. :o)
9. What's the happiest memory you have of your childhood?
It was when I was nine. I know this is going to sound soppy, and daft and all those things people think they should say, but the best memory I have is when my step-dad of seven years (I called him by his first name at this point) told me that my mum was pregnant. He said he loved me like his own daughter, and asked how I'd feel about calling him 'dad' now that his second child was on the way. I'd wanted to for years, hell he WAS my dad, so that - to me anyway - was the happiest memory I have. He's still my dad, the only one, and I wouldn't want anyone else.

10. If you could do any job in the world, what would you really like to do?
I would love to be an author, and I hope to be someday, but for now I can't deny that I love my day job. Law was my other dream (the more realistic one) from my childhood and working full time in a lawyers and part time as a writer is the best of both worlds!

11. Where do you see yourself in eleven years' time?
Hopefully alive, and happy. Knowing my family and friends were too. That's really all I can ask for.

Now for my tags. My apologies folks, please don't feel you have to reply. 'Specially if you dont have time.

My 11 questions:

1. What is your favourite kind of romance, and why?
2. If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you want there?
3. What is the last thing that made you feel all warm and fuzzy?
4. If you could read minds, whose thoughts would you want to listen to and why?
5. If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?
6. What's your favourite holiday destination?
7. Who is your idol?
8. What is your bravest act in life so far?
9. Your favourite pet?
10. What is your favourite fairy tale, and why?
11. Morals. What does that mean to you?

Melissa Blue, Amy Swetkovich, Amalie Berlin, Michelle Smart, Aurelia Rowl, Annabeth Albert, Incy Black, Joanne Stewart, Lacey Devlin, Madeline Ash, Susie Medwell. TAG, you're it ;o)

Monday, 19 March 2012

Revisions – Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

I’ve just jumped into a bunch of revisions on a wip I sent to an Editor. Looks like the ‘writing two at a time will have to wait’

I actually received these suggested revisions last week and have spent the entire weekend wondering what the best way to tackle them was. Before, when I revised a partial with suggested revisions from Mills and Boon, I had to re-write the whole thing again, only managing to salvage one scene. I actually loved revisiting my characters and enjoyed writing the story again.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to tweak a few scenes for this story to make them fit, but the start will need to change, as will my hero and his motivations.

So, yesterday I decided to re-write the whole thing from scratch and salvage any scenes I can. (Probably giving myself more work than necessary) but I think it will be the cleanest way to go. The verdict is still out on whether I'll love doing this or hate it. So far, the first chapter was good fun to write.

Of course, if anyone has any suggestions or wants to share their method, I’m all ears ;o)

Friday, 16 March 2012

And the winner is....

Inn. C. Black. Incy, email Melissa your details and she'll let you know how to get her book and send you the voucher. Well done!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Multiple Projects

So I was trying to decide what to write next and there is two ideas which stand out from the rest. I've just finished outlines for both, and have begun to write the first chapter for each to see which one flows better. Truth is, I can't seem to put either to the side. Today I came to the decision to have a bash at writing both, maybe I'm crossing the line of insanity here, but I can't choose between them.

I know it can be done, Lorraine Nelson works on multiple projects at a time and I'm sure other authors do this too. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions so I can stop my character's personalities blending together? I'm doing okay just now, but later...well. Watch this space!

In other news, there's only three days left to win an Amazon gift voucher AND a copy of See Megan Run by Melissa Blue. All you have to do is leave a comment here.

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Monday, 12 March 2012

The Joys of Publishing with Melissa Blue, plus giveaway!

I'm psyched to introduce Melissa Blue to my blog. She's my long term CP and she's here to talk about publishing in general, and self-publishing. As well as writing multiple witty yet heartwarming romance novels, she has also delved into the world of self-publishing and is doing spectacularly well (being her CP, I can totally see why. Lets just say there's plenty of snark, tears and shivers involved in her stories). Read to the end and leave a comment for the chance to win not only a copy of her amazing debut first self-published book 'See Megan Run' but also a $15 Amazon voucher! Seriously, a free book and $15 dollars to buy more, what's stopping you? :o) x
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Hi, my name is Melissa Blue and I used to be published. Or I was unpublished after being published and then I re-published except it's self-published.
Ok. Let's try this again, my name is Melissa Blue and I'm going to tell you things they don't tell you about publishing.
I used to be a newbie. I used to believe that there were publishing faeries who sprinkled dust on manuscripts and voila your book ended up published. No, I'm not being facetious (maybe a little) or condescending. There was literally a time where I thought all it took to get published was writing a book and sending it in. I was 19. I wasn't exactly a worldly 19, either. I had vast knowledge in one area and that was it. So, write book + send book to publisher (Harlequin was the extent of "publisher") = book is published.
Did you notice there was nothing in between or after? To say I had a bit of a learning curve is an understatement. Let's fast forward so this blog isn't novel length. I learned a few things about writing, for one. Your characters need to have a goal. Go figure. You need to think in terms of career, as in write more than one book, send and voila published. (More than one book in the same genre too.) Sometimes (most times, if not all the time) being published isn't all rainbows and farting unicorns. And sometimes after getting that brass ring you end up unpublished again.
Who'd thought? And one would think I'd learned my lesson and learned a thing or two about being self-published. Before, you know, I jumped off that bridge of insanity.
Of course not, 'cause here's the thing about being published. No one's journey is the same. Plus, you can read about the details but human beings tend to gloss over them until it is NEED TO KNOW. Take a moment and imagine your dream publisher….Do you know off the top of your head what format they prefer? Is the synopsis two pages or up to five? What's the e-mail addy or address you need to send the ms to? Even if you know, aren't you going to double check?
Yeah. That's how it ALWAYS is. Published in a traditional sense. Or self-published. There are ways to make your life easier, but nothing is easy.
Self-publishing isn't any different, except you are the publisher. You are going to find out the details of things you never knew existed. Like All Romance E-books requires you to upload your own formatting. And Smashwords has its own formatting i.e. a word doc in a very specific manner. And that watching to see if you've had a sale is ten times worse than checking to see if the editor has replied back. Maybe a hundred times.
And are you published? Or is the "self" designation required. Or are you some freak-a-zoid like me and formerly published but now self-published.
Here's the bit of advice I glossed over again and again when I was unpublished (the first time) there is no secret handshake. It's a bit of luck and hard work. Go figure.
Well, you can find more barrels of sunshine on my blog. Where, it’s a complete coincidence, you can find links to buy my books.
Wait there’s more! Leave a comment and you can win a $15 Amazon gift card and a copy of one of my books--See Megan Run.
And! For a limited time you can ask me any questions about self-publishing.
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Thanks Melissa! You're a star. You can buy Mel's books here. :o)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

New Ideas...

 
So you've finished your story and have edited it to the best of your ability. Then what?

For me, I've got so many ideas bubbling around in my head I didn't know where to begin. Luckily, over on the Harlequin forums, there has been word of a Romance pitch coming up which has given me a boot up the backside. I've dug out my notebook and had a glance over my chicken scratch writing, in an effort to figure out what to write next.

The possibilities are endless for each and every one, and there are plenty of secondary characters in other wips I could use, but I feel like doing something different. I came across a scribble (not even a plot, just a vague idea of what the heroin could do for a living!) and began brainstorming. Two days of daydreaming later, and I have a vague idea of who my hero and heroin are. Its amazing that a little scrap of an idea can grow arms and legs so quickly.

Even though I only have a rough idea of the outline and no clue how I want this to end yet, I started writing. I know, I know, I preached on a previous blog entry about the joys of plotting and how great it was working out for me, but I'm officially back to pantsing for now! Does anyone else switch around like this? I feel like I'm breaking all the rules here :o)