Editors are incredibly important. They are valuable, indispensable assets to authors and we should treat them with the utmost respect. At the same time, they are not always right either. They are human, just as the writers are human. But, to make the book better, that we need to find common ground and work from it. That is what we should look to in our editors…knowing that they want our book to be the best that it possibly can.
Writers are not the easiest lot to get along with. We can be fiesty, insecure, pains in the ass, disagreeable, stubborn. We, or rather, I, like to believe I am right, 100% correct. I don’t like to think that my book can use improving, but honestly, once I think about it some, all my books can be. We should not be afraid to speak up, to ask questions, to seek guidance, to need brainstorming help from our editors. They are the one person we have to connect with, the one person we have to go through to get another book accepted. They are the one person that is going to have to go through that book as much as we the author did writing it, so they should want to help us. They also are overworked and often underpaid for the incredible task they take on. Editing is not easy. It is not a walk in the park. It is not something one can do willy-nilly. It takes a good deal of understanding, of desire. We have to know what the editors are thinking, what they are trying to say if we are confused by their words and they have to know what we are trying to convey in the story we are telling. They are the champions of our books and I for one and grateful to all of mine, past and present.
I learn a lot through each round of editing. I need to learn a lot. I need to become a better, stronger writer. I learn a lot through revising and rewriting. I learn a lot through the questions my editors ask throughout the story, even though from time to time I’m not sure why they’re asking me if I meant to say something. Of course I meant to say it, otherwise, I wouldn’t have put it on the page. But, learning is part of growth and growth is something I am very interested in in all areas of life, most especially though in this career I have chosen to pursue.
This week my editor at Ellora’s Cave announced to us, her authors, that she was leaving. This was devastating to me. I am a new author at EC and this news has scared me. She understood my writing in a way that I felt at home with. It took me a few days to be able to write to her and tell her how I was feeling, to give her my unfailing support in the new paths she has chosen, to share with her how much I learned from her during the very brief period of time I knew her. I did cry as I wrote to her and I did cry when she replied. It is like losing a friend.
It is a business. Editors come and go. It doesn’t mean we, as authors, have to like it. We simply have to accept it and keep writing, keep doing what we do through the fear, the uncertainty of what’s going to happen now. What if the next editor and I don’t get along? What if we don’t connect on that level that editors and authors have to connect on? What if the new one doesn’t like my writing, my voice? What if I never sell another book to them?
I feel some of these things even with editors that haven’t left.
I try to let my editors know that I am thankful for all that they go through for my books when I know they have many other books to get through, too. I try to take on a good deal of the work myself and not have to have them hold my hand through the editing processes.
I do ask a lot of questions though.
I am very fond of my editors. I would be devastated to lose any of them, even if it were my choice.
Suz from Ellora’s Cave. Jana from Loose Id. Bethany from Samhain. Tera from Samhain. Shell from Phaze. Leanne from Cobblestone.
These women, all of them, have shown me things in my writing that I didn’t know what there. I have received good reviews and very bad reviews, great sales and poor poor sales and while the bad and poor ones sting, there are things to take away from them all. It’s important to remember that someone out there believed in the work, someone picked it out of a pile and said ‘I want to edit this, I want to work with this person.’ If we can remember that, well, then we’ve learned something about ourselves as authors, as people.
The editors are a piece of the publishing puzzle that we can’t do without. I am humbled and touched that I have been able to work with some fantastic ones. They are part of the reason I love writing so much. So, thank you, Suz, Jana, Bethany, Tera, Shell, and Leanne.
Happy Wicked Wednesday! It’s release day for me at Ellora’s Cave. My second novella with them, Simple Need, is now available! It is, and I quote “SCORCHING” (this from a reader!)
Simple Need is an Ellora’s Cave Exotika and it is hot and different than anything else I’ve written. It’s open and blatant and raw around the edges. I had the best time writing this and after this experience and communication with my editor, I know she wants more writing like this from me. That’s a fabulous compliment to get. Simple Need was fun and it’s sex all the way through.
Because it’s Thanksgiving (tomorrow, but I’m feeling generous today), I wanted to say Thank You to my readers. I’ve acquired a lot of new ones this year and a lot of new friends as well and I am thankful for all. And so, in the spirit of the holiday, I will be giving away a copy of Simple Need or the book of their choice from my back list to three readers.
All you need to do is tell me what you’re thankful for this year and what your favorite Thanksgiving dish is…
Vinter is not your typical businessman. Tattoos, piercings and not a suit and tie in sight. One-third owner of a bar and a tattoo parlor along with being a bassist in a band, Vinter comes and goes as he pleases. He likes his beer cold, his music hard and his women scorching hot. Until he’s knocked off his game by a suburban doll he can’t stop wanting.
Elise needs a change. In men. The buttoned-up businessmen she’s been dating leave a lot to be desired—in romance, in respect and most definitely in sex. A recent text message from her now ex-lover drives Elise into a popular bar on the outside of town, where she meets one of its owners. He’s just the kind of man she’s never had and definitely the kind she’s always fantasized about. Big, bad and oh so naughty.
Unexpected tenderness. Unimaginable lust. Being dumped has never felt so damn good.
And when I say tattooed and pierced, I mean TATTOOED and PIERCED! Boy is very, very BAD! (Oh, and he’s based on a real man, everything about him is alive, breathing, and hot!)
I hope you enjoy this new release. I am currently working on the follow up novella to The Demon is an Angel as well as working on a Red Hot for Samhain, and my first Loose Id title, Sugar Rush is in the final editing stages and you’ll see that release hopefully in January. Lots happening in my little writing world, so, stay tuned and stay wicked!
I cannot express how thrilled I am that this book is now finally available! I have been waiting since…November of last year when I signed the contract for it and it’s finally here and YAY!
I have guest blogs up at Nikki Duncan’s blog today and at Naughty in the Backseat. I have tweeted about the release, Facebook’d it, and I’ll be headed over to Myspace in a bit to blog about it as well. One would think I’d run out of things to say, but different people look in different places and well, this is about readers. I want readers. I love readers. It’s why I write. I want people to read my books.
Aidn Greer is a much-sought-after Dominant in the BDSM lifestyle with an unusual problem. He hasn’t owned a submissive in more years than he cares to think about. He’s bored with unchallenging women, yet mentoring other Doms and training subs has left him cold as well. He’s craving something other than plain old vanilla—a taste of something sinfully sweet that, for once, he can really sink his teeth into.
Professional cake baker Bailey Harris wasted ten years bored to tears with her marriage, enduring a job she hated, and harboring a secret desire for something passionate, fulfilling and dark. Then she found it…in the world of BDSM. Exploring on her own brought the kind of mind-opening experiences that led her to declare her independence—and exposed a yearning to find the one Dom for whom she’s willing to kneel. Permanently.
When Aidn and Bailey meet, it’s fire and ice. Sugar and spice. And an experience that satisfies every detail of both their fantasies. Almost. While the big, beautiful sub is everything Aidn wanted, her fierce independent streak could be more of a challenge than he bargained for…
You can read an excerpt from Pink Buttercream Frosting here.
I can’t imagine being in better company on release day than these wonderful and very talented writers. They each possess unique and different story telling abilities. Please check all of them out and well…me too!
In a couple of months I will be turning in one of the follow-up books to Pink Buttercream Frosting. I am still trying to settle on a title and the direction of the book. When I have something in mind, I will be sure to let everyone know. There is also a Samhain freebie story coming with two of the characters from Pink Buttercream that I think will surprise you. I will let you know when it becomes available through the Samhellion blog.
I love writing PBF. It is a story that is near and dear to my heart and soul. I hope those of you that read it will love it and Aidn and Bailey as much as I do.
Please enjoy your Tuesday and look for information on the upcoming Cupcake Giveaway that begins tomorrow.
Good Morning, All! I haven’t blogged in more than a week and that means I am definitely in need of a good hard spanking. However, in lieu of actually getting one, I’m simply going to make for the lack of blogging with actual…blogging.
My topic today is Creations by Kendra. She’s an amazing graphic artist both for publishers and in her own business. She’s incredibly passionate about this, always trying new techniques, always learning new methods, always improving her already impressive skills.
She specializes in banners, cover art, Myspace and Twitter backgrounds, websites, book trailers and other promo material. I have only known her personally since meeting her at the Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together this past summer. Her personality is fun and engaging and she’s always talking with people and connecting in ways that I only dream of. She’s very outgoing, I’m very shy and quiet. I would say you could ply me with alcohol, but then I’d just fall asleep, so…
A few of her banners…
You’ll notice the little cupcake off to the side…she’s trying to find a way to work my love of writing about hot sex and sweet desserts into a theme on my website. Completely her own idea and I absolutely love it. She’s also the one that will be moving my traditional site over into a WordPress site next year and I can’t wait!
Kendra has been the cover artist for this hot little BDSM series from Eliza Gayle and she created this banner to go along with it.
And of course, her own banner for her own site.
She’s designed covers from sweet romance to erotic to urban fantasy.
There’s something in these two covers I like. I’m not an artist like this, so I don’t know technical terms. I only know I love the use of color, the use of texture, the use of imagination and interpretation while at the same time, trying her best to adhere to what the author wanted.
As an author, I know how difficult it is to describe into words on a cover art form what we see in our mind’s eye for the cover of the book that we’ve labored over for what seems like years. We don’t want the artist to botch that up and trust me, I’ve seen some covers that…*shakes head* But, at the same time, and more often than not, I see covers that leave me salivating and wanting more. And no, it doesn’t always involve the hot yummy nearly naked man. Get your minds out of the gutter and pull mine out while you’re at it.
She’s an avid reader of all genres, so don’t let these two paranormal websites trick you into believing that’s all she does. It’s not and in the future, you’ll see that. Her ability to create what the author wants while adding her own special brand of magic and individuality to it is what I like so much about Kendra.
Some of her other clients include Samantha Kane of the wildly popular and highly erotic Brother’s in Arms series at Ellora’s Cave, Lori Foster, and Jennifer Ashley.
One of her Myspace designs…
One of her book trailer creations…
I just wanted to give you a taste of what this artist can do. She’s friendly, she’s open minded, she’s dilligent in her work, and she strives to give the very best of her ability. I’m proud to finally have met her and can now call her friend. She had no idea I was going to do this blog about her, but I am continually impressed with what she can do and what she’s learning to do. I love learning new things and I think it’s an amazing testament to a person when they are always improving and trying new things, wanting to try new things, wanting to expand on what they already know. Kendra is one of these types of people. You’ll be impressed by her, too.
She’ll be participating in the Cupcake Giveaway with Romance in the Backseat that has been inspired by my upcoming (TOMORROW! EEK!) Samhain release Pink Buttercream Frosting.
Tueday night I took my daughter to see Blink-182. Aside from the language which kids in elementary school do not need to hear and the sexual references that well, had even me, an erotic romance writer kind of cringing, the show was very good. I am happy to give my daughter these experiences because I had them when I was a teenager. Between the ages of 14 and 18 I went to upwards of 20 concerts…The Beach Boys to Rick Springfield to Duran Duran to Bon Jovi to Motley Crue to Poison to Def Leppard. There were others inbetween and others that I have gone to after. And yes, I was and still am…a Headbanger. I make no apologies and I have no regrets and my brain is still intact.
I loved going to live shows. I love the memories and that is one of the reasons I take my daughter. She loves the live shows as much as I do. Together, she and I have seen Fall Out Boy, Hey Monday, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Blink-182. She’s seen others as well… And she loves them all. The smile on her face afterward is worth the outrageous cost of concert tickets. It’s one of those ‘priceless’ moments.
One of the things that got me in this Blink show was the drum solo. I remember back in the ’80’s when I went to see one of the Crue concerts, Tommy Lee did the roll cage drum solo. It was awesome. It was incredible to watch and I remember it in vivid detail. Well, the other night, Travis Barker, the drummer from Blink-182 did a flying drum solo. He’s probably one of the top, if not the top rock band drummer around. He’s amazing. So, I went out to YouTube and found both Tommy Lee’s solo and Travis’ solo.
One difference here is that Tommy Lee, in his flamboyant way talks. If you are bothered by a lot of cursing, I understand. Travis, on the other hand, doesn’t talk. He rarely smiles.
I’m posting both here for your enjoyment.
I wish all of you a wonderful day. Please come visit me tomorrow when I’ll be blogging tomorrow over at Eliza Gayle’s DAMM blog.