Friday, April 30, 2010

How paranoid are you?

So I’ve been working on a new paranormal romance and I'm close to hitting the 50K mark which is great, but as my word count increases so does my paranoia. I find myself doing extra things to make sure that I don’t lose any work. This is mainly because I have lost work in the past…wrote 3K only to have my computer shut down for no apparent reason and lost everything! I cursed, a lot.

In order to prevent that from happening again I make sure to do a “save as” frequently (because just hitting that disk symbol at the top of Word apparently does not actually save your stuff all of the time. I also save my work on multiple jump drives and email it to myself every once in a while.

I never leave the house without a jump drive with all of my work on it (you know, just in case the house burns down or something). I sound crazy, don’t I? I know I do, but I just don’t completely trust my computer.

So what do you all do to protect yourselves from losing work? Are you just as psycho as I am or have I taken it to a super-crazy level?

Friday, April 23, 2010

And Finally...the news you've all been waiting for...

Okay everyone, I finally feel like I can give you the news you’ve all been waiting for…sorry to have strung you along for so long…

My balls have dropped and in the end I secured new representation! That’s it! That’s the big news! Yippy!

A while back I posted that I was taking a giant leap of faith which was ending my contract with my current agent.(Although I didn't tell you all that at the time.) Unfortunately, we just didn’t share the same vision for my future work and I knew that in the end, whether I waited or didn’t, we just wouldn’t agree on what I needed or wanted to be writing. So, after discussing it with a lot of people and getting some wonderful advice from an author whom I respect a lot, I did it…I ended the relationship.

It was hard…it was very hard. I really liked my agent; she was the first person to truly believe in my work and paid me a lot of fabulous compliments, but in the end I could see that it just wasn’t going to work out. So I started searching for new representation and boy, let me tell you, it was very stressful.

So, 29 days later, I got another offer and another wonderful agent telling me that I could write…we really clicked actually, had a fabulously long conversation and I accepted her offer. So I’m now represented by Sarah Heller of the Helen Heller Agency and I couldn't be happier.

So I'm working on my new paranormal romance with a light heart, writing what I want to be writing and feeling pretty good actually.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Wait is Killing Me!!!!

Okay guys...I have some news. It's good news, but I don't feel right about announcing it yet, not until I get an email from a certain I'm stuck waiting.

In my agonizing waiting time I find myself checking my email obsessively...willing that email to come so that I can make my announcement.

Have you been in this position...waiting on an email? Refreshing your screen obsessively in hopes that in that next moment the email you are waiting for will come.

I've tried to distract myself. I have another two WIP on the go...but I can't write all the in between, I check, and's maddening!

How do you get through the wait time? What do you do to distract yourself and keep your sanity?

Friday, April 9, 2010

My balls are suspended!

Assassin Angela Addams

Okay, so I realize that I might be playing with the balls (pun intended) metaphor a little too much but I can't help it...I do write erotic romance after all ;)

So, as you can see, I've received the cover art for my new novella, Assassin and I have to say that I'm pretty damn excited! I think it looks amazing! The artist, Sable Grey, did an incredible job capturing the characters. Very cool!

On another of those balls that I mentioned last week, well, there's been some hasn't dropped yet but it is suspended mid-air, posed directly above my head...what will happen? I'm still not sure...but we'll see, hopefully tomorrow!

Wish me luck...

Friday, April 2, 2010

One of my balls...

Okay, so a couple of posts ago I mentioned that I had a few balls in the air and I was stressed about waiting for the outcome...well, one of those balls has dropped and, luckily, it didn't bonk me on the head.

I've been offered another contract from Cobblestone Press for a novella called Assassin. Assassin is about a government trained vampire huntress named Stella who discovers that she doesn't want to kill her next target. In fact, she is quite enthralled by him and is very interested in learning more about him...all of him. After saving his life she discovers that he holds the key to her missing memories about who she really was before becoming an Assassin. There's lots of violence, action and, of course, sex...because it is another erotic romance!

I'm really excited to have another opportunity to work with Cobblestone. They really are a great e-publisher. Of course, I doubt I would have had the offer if it hadn't been for beta reader superwoman...Donna...thank you for your merciless proverbial red pen.

So, that's one ball down...a couple more to go and I know I'll be in for a wait with the other two so I'd better get back to work and distract myself.

Speaking of which...I've started another paranormal romance and I'm quite excited about it. It's flowing well; I'm already pushing past chapter three. The characters are clicking, the plot is flowing and the romance is well underway.

Despite all the stress...good and bad...I feel like I'm in a great place right now.