Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Hello? Anyone out there??

If a blogger blogs in the woods and no one reads it, does it really exist?

I'm sure it does, even though I don't yet appear to have much of an audience. As it happens, blogging is rather a lower priority these days, behind editing my two completed novels, writing three new ones for Wooden Cat Books, and reviewing submisions for Nano Press. That's not counting the day job, caring for house, husband and pets, and getting ready for the holidays.

Not complaining. Just commenting.

The datebook is coming, the datebook is coming!

The Medical Haiku 2006 Date Book, which includes the entire 2006 Calendar of National Health Observances, will be available for shipping by December 20th. I just got word that it will be done at the printer by the end of this week.

Order here:

Shadow Publications

Monday, December 12, 2005

First Submission!

I received my very first, official submission.

It's really quite exciting.

At first glance, though, the formatting is really messed up. By that I mean there are three to five extra line breaks every few paragraphs; sometimes right in the middle of a line. No idea where they came from. The problem is that I'm the one who's going to have the main jobs of copyediting, proofreading, and then formatting the thing into a book. It wouldn't matter if the story were riveting, but I'm already struggling to stay interested after just a few pages. Because I promised a critique as part of a rejection, I'll skim the rest of the story (to see if it improves) and do the crit. But then I'm afraid I have to draft a rejection letter.

I want it to be a kick ass rejection letter, though. One that doesn't ruin someone's day. One that makes a writer feel they didn't waste their time sending me their work. Maybe one that can even make them chuckle a bit through the tears. How's that for ambitious!

Has anyone gotten any rejections like that? Letters that validate you as a person even when you're afraid they're really thinking you can't write your way out of a paper bag? Anyone want to share any phrases or pieces of those?? Thanks in advance for your help, all you faithful readers.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The nibbles begin

So far I've posted notices about my new status as an actual, paying publishing market on the following sites:
  • Forward Motion
  • NaNoWriMo
  • Absolute Write

Any other suggestions about where to get the word out would be much appreciated. I'd love to get Miss Snark, Writer Beware, and POD-dy Mouth to link to me, partly because I adore those blogs but also because they get great traffic.

Remember, although for the moment I'm trying to generate manuscript submissions, the next inevitable step is going to be selling the books! The key to the marketing strategy is selling directly to writers by keeping cover prices low. That's why we're not going through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or any of the "usual" outlets. But the trade-off for buying a Nano book is the knowledge that the author is getting royalties from the very first book sold, and that NaNoWriMo is getting a donation. And we all know what wonderful work they do with their donations!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

New Ventures

As you may have noticed, this blog has been quiescent of late. There are two reasons for this: first, I got busy with other random things like real life (tm) and my own writing (won NaNoWriMo!) Second: I decided to take the full-fledged plunge and begin soliciting manuscripts from other people. That's right; I'm expanding from self-publishing into the real thing.

Here are the links, which I'm also putting on my sidebar:

Shadow Publications
Nano Press
Wooden Cat Books (not yet as fully up and running as the others)

Please feel free to come check us out, and to link these to your blog. The key to this new marketing experiment is going to be word-of-blog, so come along with us.

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