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Honesty From In-Between

Hi Everyone!

 

It’s talk like a pirate day, did you know that? Don’t worry, I won’t be Arrrrghing and Ahoying anywhere on here, but I thought I would acknowledge it at least. Cause, COME ON. Anyhoo.

Oh, hi Chris Pine, how ya doing over there… Sigh. Moving on.

 

So, I have something I want to talk about. I’m going to get serious and honest and feely, something I don’t do often enough that maybe I should. In fact, my first instinct is not to be this honest, but I’ve never been one to conform, so why start now, right?

Recently, my agent and I parted ways. It’s okay, folks. It really is. She’s amazing and wonderful and she will bring something unique and insightful to anything she does. And we’re going to stay in touch, be friends, and I’m okay with this.

No, this isn’t a blog post announcing that I’ve found another agent. I haven’t.

Whew. There I said it. Boy, those posts are a lot easier to write than this one, let me tell you. But I think ones like this can be just as important. If not, then oh well, I’ve at least got it off my chest and I feel better. That’s something, right?

I’m in the early stage of querying, and I know I’m not supposed to talk about that. At least that’s what we’re told. Don’t talk about going on submission, don’t talk about querying. But I know you all know. Or you will. It’s really no secret. Yes, I’m taking a risk even talking about this, but I have all this… I don’t know. Stuff in me and I thought that this was the best outlet for it. I may wake up tomorrow and be dead wrong, but it’s like 2:30 in the morning and I couldn’t NOT write this.

It can seem when you are feeling your lowest that things may never happen. I know what that feels like. It was a blow to hear what I did, but every set back like that gives us the opportunity to improve on our best, or what we thought was our best. Rejection in any form can suck the marrow out of your bones, weaken you, make you feel like you’ll never get it right. And when you read authors who just… can write like that’s the reason they were put on this earth, it can get discouraging.

I mean half the time I think I’m writing Klingon for a bunch of non-Star Trek fans. That’s how it feels sometimes, but always, always in the back of my mind I think… someone has to speak it somewhere, ya know? SOMEONE will get me.

And it will happen. Someday. You have to believe that or well, shit. All of this rejection and pain and crap isn’t worth it, not really. Every time you hit these rocks in your path, you do learn something, gain a little more hard skin on your body so that you can withstand what comes next, but really? If we’re writing to eventually get published, or to publish again or publish better, or get a movie… you have got to believe it’s a possibility.

I think that’s what’s so hard about being in-between for me right now. Every day that goes by, I start thinking I’m more and more of a hack. Someone did love it once, so someone’s bound to love it again, right? That doubt that creeps in is enough to kill ya. or at least kill that beautiful spirit.

Don’t you dare let it. It would be SO easy for me to be pissed at the world, to be bitter at the industry and to be sad that the tables didn’t turn my way, or some other lame cliche’. But I’m not going to let myself. I won’t. Maybe that’s my blind optimism that my close friends know about and I probably drive them nuts with, but dammit, that’s all we have sometimes. HOPE.

So, I’m going to keep the faith, and even if I don’t get another agent with this MS or even the next. I write because I love it. I will keep writing because I love it.

I will not reject myself too. That’s just lame. And stupid.

Okay, it’s like almost 3am, and I have to get up early.  I love you all. You are beautiful and I have faith in all of you.

 

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Blog Hoppity Hop!

It’s blog hop time! My good friend and author of an AWESOME YA novel FLICKERMelanie Hooyenga asked me to participate in this fun blog hop. Don’t know what one is? She explains it better than I could ;o) 
“For the uninitiated, a blog hop is when a group of writers (or otherwise connected bloggers) answer the same series of questions then tag both the people who tagged them as well additional people. You know, to keep you hopping from blog to blog.” 
As you may know, I am a rule breaker when it comes to these things so… I’m just going to say anyone who reads this can join in the fun!
HERE WE GOOOO!
1. What are you working on right now?
I am revising my YA Thriller and making sure I don’t offend half the nation with it… LOL. It has some dark religious elements, but it’s fun to write something that’s dark in a thriller type way instead of a tragic/emotional way.
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
The story I wrote before that one was an “issues” book so it’s a lot different. I need to concentrate more on the plot with this one and you know, I have my KILLERS back. So I’m a happy girl. No one really killed anyone in my last one which makes me a sad panda. 
3. Why do you write what you do?
I love exploring emotion and tragic, dark things. I’m a pretty happy person most of the time, but when I stick my headphones in and just GO THERE, I can tap into some seriously messed up shit. I can’t build worlds well and I loathe writing long descriptions (Although, some of my favorite books I read have a lot). There’s something about that dark side of people that just fascinates me.
4. How does your writing process work?
I’m a pantser so no outlines. I have a general idea of where everything is going. I’ve learned a lot about structure by editing at Entangled. I have an idea of what needs to be in an MS and now it just comes naturally. I  tend to fast draft my first draft then revise like crazy.

That was fun! How would you answer these 4 questions? Leave your blog in the comment below and I’ll add you to the post! Don’t forget to check out Melanie’s YA book FLICKER

Cover Reveal!! Linda Budzinski’s, THE FUNERAL SINGER

Hi Everyone!!

 

I’m SO excited today to show you something AWESOME. But first let’s go back to 2012 for a little story about a mentor and mentee.

Not long ago… in an internet contest far away, I met an amazing writer with a story to tell. It all started when my bestie, Brenda Drake called me last summer and had this idea about a contest where we would mentor one writer through an entire manuscript.

This is how the call went down. Yes, I’m paraphrasing ’cause I can barely remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

Me: “That’s such a cool idea! Wait. Whoa, are you sure you want to take that on? That’s a lot of responsibility. *bites nails*” 

Brenda: “Yes, it’s going to be amazing! And we can have the winners all on one blog and I’m sure I can get other mentors, and we’ll have a month to do it and…” Brenda said.

Me: *laughs* Okay, okay, let’s do it. GAME ON,” I said somewhat enthusiastically.

THUS #PitchWars was born.

I had no idea who I would ultimately end up with, or if I would get the writer I wanted (there was a lot of competition!) but once I read Linda’s THE FUNERAL SINGER I wanted it and her! I had to do some last minute groveling to a fellow mentor (she’s awesome and I’m lucky to call her my CP) to keep it, but luckily she thought Linda and I would make a good pair and graciously stepped aside.

I LOVE this story and I’m SO excited that Linda has found a home for THE FUNERAL SINGER with Swoon Romance.

Here’s a little about the story…

Being a funeral singer was a dead-end job until it led her to him …

Seventeen-year-old Melanie Martin has witnessed her share of lame eulogies and uninspired epitaphs while singing part-time at her dad’s funeral home. She’s determined to be more than a funeral singer, more than just someone’s “beloved wife” or “loving mother.” 

When Mel’s impromptu rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a local rock star’s graveside service goes viral on YouTube, she becomes an Internet sensation, gains thousands of fans and followers, and snags a hot rock star boyfriend–Zed Logan, bass player for The Grime. 

But instant fame isn’t easy—and neither is love. Especially when Mel realizes she’s falling for another guy—one who may just want her heart more than her voice …

AMAZING, RIGHT?

Ready to see the cover?

Yeah, you are ….

 

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I bet about now you’re like, Erica, just show the cover already, and I’m like, Bah hahaha. NOPE ….

 

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GET ON WITH IT, CHAPMAN ….

 

All right. All right, jeez.

 

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READY?

 

Here we go!!

 

 

 

 

WHOOO!! Love it! I couldn’t be more proud or happier for Linda!

You can find her online at lindabudzinski.com or on twitter @LindaBudz

THE FUNERAL SINGER will be out September 24, 2013 with Swoon Romance!!

YAY!!!

 

Have a great weekend rockers!!

~Er

 


Blog Tour: THIS IS W.A.R. – Who Would You Cast: Lina

Hi Everyone!!

I’m SO excited to have a chance to be a stop on Lisa and Laura Roecker’s THIS IS W.A.R. blog tour! You may not know this, but I featured their blog here in January 2010. If you’re curious you can read the post here. Lisa and Laura have always been so kind to me so I’m thrilled to have a chance to return their kindness by telling all of you about their AWESOME book!

Below is a little about THIS IS W.A.R.

This is not a story of forgiveness…

 
The mystery of their best friend’s murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family.
 
Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent.
 
And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone.
 
They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.
 
Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.
I adore Lisa and Laura’s voice. I fell in love with it first on their blog. They had that unique way of saying exactly what I was thinking. When I met them and saw that they were just as funny and sweet as their words, I knew I would read anything they wrote. THIS IS W.A.R. is packed full of their wonderful voices AND thanks to Soho Teen you have a chance to win a copy. Just fill out the Rafflecopter at the end of this post!

SO. Today we’re talking about who Lisa and Laura would cast as Lina! Lina just happens to be one of my favorite characters in the book, so to say it better than me, I’m passing the guitar pick onto Lisa and Laura…

Lina would be played by a girl we went to high school with named Jenny. Lina has bleach blonde hair and tattoos up and down both arms. She’s striking. The best part about casting our books is that we can pull names from our childhood in addition to celebrities because we obviously know the same people. FYI people we know from high school: we may or may not have borrowed your picture from Facebook when we’re outlining characters. You’re welcome.

*For obvious reasons, we cannot include Jenny’s picture without asking. Don’t think we didn’t consider asking. If it weren’t socially unacceptable and stalkerish, we would most definitely request a picture. But that may result in some sort of legal “situation” and we’re not in the mood.

Gotta love authors who pull from real life. I’m SURE I’ve done the same thing!

Thank you, Ladies!!

 

Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing partners with a passion for good books, pop culture, and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. A prepubescent obsession with Lois Duncan and their mother’s insistence that they read Men Are Just Desserts inspired This is WAR. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio, in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn’t agree to a duplex. Cyberstalking is always encouraged at lisa-laura.blogspot.com and @landlroecker on Twitter.

Want more of Lisa and Laura? Links below!

THE LIAR SOCIETY (Sourcebooks Fire, March 1, 2011)
THE LIES THAT BIND (Sourcebooks Fire, November 1, 2012)
THIRD LIE’S THE CHARM (Sourcebooks Fire, December 2013)
THIS IS W.A.R. (Soho Teen, July 2013)
http://www.lisa-laura.blogspot.com/
http://www.lisaandlauraroecker.com/
Big Thank You to Soho Teen for offering a copy of THIS IS W.A.R. for this giveaway! You can Enter below. U.S. & Canada Residents only please.

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How Do You Prioritize YOUR story ideas?

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you’re having a good week. I’ve been a little plague-y this week, but hopefully I’m at the end of this crud ;o)

Many writers have many ideas.

Stating the obvious again, Erica? Real original. I know. I know. Stick with me it gets better…

So sometimes these ideas manifest into actual books. Some into half books, some simply stay ideas.

But how do you know which to write? And when? What does it take to prioritize the ideas in your head and finally get something on paper? For some there isn’t a system. Maybe you just write in order of the ideas that come. Maybe you work in a series format and need to write the next in the series. Maybe you throw a dart at the wall of ideas and it chooses for you. Whatever you do, my guess is it works. It’s what you feel comfortable with. But for those who don’t always know, I’ll share what works for me.

7 ways to prioritize your story ideas

What about you? How do you prioritize your ideas?
Rock on, Er
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