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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Download Spiders for Free at Amazon this Week

Just a short announcement. Spiders is free this week only, so if you'd like to read it, now is a great time to do so. As of right now, Spiders is # 2 in Kindle's suspense and horror category, and is # 500 overall. So, I can honestly say I have written an Amazon best seller!  

Here's the download link:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My book was released early!

I just found out that my book was released at Amazon yesterday, and I didn't even know it. Right now, it's just on Kindle, but the print book should be available soon. It's a Prime book, so you can check it out through the lending library for free. I haven't really cared about the book's release, but now that it's out, I'm finally excited about it. Thank goodness. Maybe I'm coming out of my funk. I wish my dad could have seen this. He never got a chance to read Spiders. At least he saw the cover before he died, and he loved it. I was really happy about that.

You can read the opening chapters and a review at Amazon. Just click here. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lost my Dad

As most of you know who have followed me, my dad has been in home hospice for two years. We lost him two days ago. He had a really long, hard fight with end stage COPD. Even before he went into home hospice, the doctors had been telling him he needed to be in hospice. Doctors gave up on my dad about five years ago. My mom never gave up on him. My dad never gave up either. He fought for every breath in the most courageous battle I have ever seen. Still can't believe he's gone. As much as he suffered, and he suffered unimaginably, he never got angry. He never got mean or bitter. He just grew more loving, more kind, and more gentle. And funnier. My dad was one of the funniest men I've ever known. And my mom and dad together were like this well-honed comedy machine. Talk about fast and sharp witted... that was my dad and mom. What an amazing team. 

Now I really feel like I'm floundering and don't know what to do next. I guess I've put everything in my life outside my immediate family on hold, and now I realize how wrong that was. I have completely isolated myself. I apologize to everyone for that. I'll try to do better in the future, once I've gotten over the loss of my dad. He was one of my best friends.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cover for Spiders

Just got my cover for SPIDERS, and I love it. The Wild Rose Press has excellent cover artists. Diana Carlile did my cover, and she gave me exactly what I asked for. I'm waiting for the final galley, so I still don't have a release date.

9/16/13 update: I have finished the final galley, but I'm still waiting for a release date. Hopefully, in time for Halloween!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What is an Acquisition Team?

For someone who works on the inside of a large publishing house, the language of their world is as familiar to them as grass. To an outsider, the language of their world is about as clear as the mud under the grass.

I asked a new question yesterday. What are acquisition editors and what are acquisition teams? Naturally, the acquisitions editor is part of the acquisition team, but other people are as well. And one leads to the other. Our manuscript is not going to make it to an acquisition team unless the acquisitions editor wants to acquire it first.

The reason it's important to know which acquisitions is being referred to is because one is still slush-pile stage and the other is farther along in the process. At the latter stage, your manuscript is discussed between colleagues and in editorial meetings. There are formal and informal meetings going on. As the process moves along, more people are involved and more departments are brought in, such as marketing and sales teams. While I researched this yesterday, I was staggered by all that goes on inside that big publishing house. (I imagine the process is similar for small publishers.)

There is a lot involved in getting a book out of the slush. Once an acquisitions editor decides (s)he likes a manuscript, it is passed to the next person. They read and decide if they like. If it succeeds at these early stages, proposals are drawn up and it becomes a subject of meetings. It's easy to see that every moment they spend with your manuscript costs them money. More people read it. In fact, it seems to be read by a lot of people--people who know books and know the hard, cold, dollar facts of publishing. It's the subject of meetings where pitches are made by complete strangers for your story. Their efforts for your book may succeed or fail. Even if they fail, what a thing to consider that they tried! They invested in you.

If you want to know about what goes on inside a big publishing house when they consider your story, then these are the articles. 

Five Publishing Hurdles (And How to Clear Them)

The Acquisition Process

What's an acquisitions editor? How can I help this editor?

How book publishers decide which books to publish

What leads the acquisition team to say no, even when the editor says yes?

How to speak publisher - A is for Acquisitions  

Harlequin Shivers asked for a Revise and Resubmit for CLIFF HOUSE. The news is even better, though. I was asked if I wanted to work with an editor to take my writing to the next level. Absolutely, positively yes!

Here's another article. This one is about R&R. Very interesting. 

Have you ever wondered what an acquisitions editor is? Or an acquisition team?