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.
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.
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.
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 …
Ready to see the cover?
Yeah, you are ….
I bet about now you’re like, Erica, just show the cover already, and I’m like, Bah hahaha. NOPE ….
GET ON WITH IT, CHAPMAN ….
All right. All right, jeez.
Here we go!!
WHOOO!! Love it! I couldn’t be more proud or happier for Linda!
THE FUNERAL SINGER will be out September 24, 2013 with Swoon Romance!!
Have a great weekend rockers!!
Below is a little about THIS IS W.A.R.
This is not a story of forgiveness…
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…
*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!!
Want more of Lisa and Laura? Links below!
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
- If the new idea is all you can think about? Write it! This means something. Best time to strike is when you have nothing but ideas and they’re all about the same concept!
- If there’s a deadline involved. Yeah, some writers have deadlines. This makes the decision pretty easy. I would think…
- If you have knowledge about the subject. If you already know what the story is about and there is only a small need for extensive research? Maybe you can crank that one out pretty quick.
- If you have an emotional connection to the idea. This is what always works for me. If there’s emotion behind it your future readers will see that in your writing. Best to write that one now!
- If you know the idea is hot right now. Editors are clamoring for it. Yeah, I would write this as fast as I can. I’m not saying to write to trends, but if you already have an idea and you think it’s hot. That wins for me.
- Or maybe the new idea is just easier for you to write right now. Sometimes when you feel like you’re forcing yourself to write something it’s best to step away and write something else. Or maybe even take a break and read a book.
- If someone you know is excited about the idea too. You’d be amazed how often this plays into what I’m writing. I suspect we’re all kind of like that. If an agent/Beta/CP is waiting for it? That’s a great sign and good motivation!