One of my publishers- Sweet Cravings Publishing- is having a 25% off sale site wide this weekend. Pick up some great books for twenty-five percent off. The code is Mothers25. Here’s a link to the page. If you like erotic over mainstream, the sale is on over there as well. Just click to the home page and it’ll lead you there.

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Closed for the Holidays

All right, so I’m not a scorge or anything, in fact I love Christmas but I hate it when places close early for the holidays. Mainly I hate it that agents, editors, and publishing houses close like a week in advance for the holiday season. Hey! I’m still writing here and waiting! All right, so I understand that they don’t want to start new material before they are closed for a few days. But this brings up a point to me. What is the proper amount of time to wait to her from a publisher?

At our monthly GCCRWA meeting this subject was brought up by a young lady who was waiting to hear back from an editor that she pitched to in March. Now, I pitched to the same editor and sent my material right then to her. I heard back from her on a short story in mid September. Two days ago I received an email from the same editor apologizing for her delay in getting my material back to me. I was like “What are you talking about?” turns out I’d sent her another story in September and she was sending me a “please submit more material but we pass on this ms.” rejection. So for this editor the first time frame from submission to rejection was about five months. The second time was about three months. I like how her time frame is going down.

And just this past week I received a letter in the mail from an agent that I’ve queried many, many, many times. I hadn’t remembered I’d sent her anything either. Which I had sent her the partial back in August. She apologized for the delay, saying that it had gotten lost on her desk. I’ve seen the work load this agent has and completely understand. Again this was a rejection but the personal hand written note was very appreciated. Her time frame:about four months.

Now for another editor, I sent a story to one editor after nationals in July. I emailed said editor to ask if she would like the partial via email or mail. This editor is in Canada so I figured she’d want to do email. NOPE. And she warned me that with taking over her new position that she was swamped and I wouldn’t hear back from her until December. Thats six months! Oh well. But its December and they are closed for the holidays and still no word from her.

I hate emailing agents and editors to ask if they’ve read my material yet. I feel like its tacky and makes me look needy. But at the same time if their website says that an author will hear back from them in three months shouldn’t I go with that and expect them to also? I just don’t know. What would you do? Would you begin emailing away at three months or let it ride and see when you receive answers?

Ok, enough scorgey talk lets get to Holiday Giveaway Part 3!

On Rachel Firasek’s blog http://www.rachelfirasek.com/ author Daryn Cross is giving away a free ebook.

Author J Rose has model Jason Aaron Baca on her site, no giveaway but its a model and a playgirl guy!!! http://jroseallister.blogspot.com/2010/12/interview-with-cover-model-jason-aaron.html

Author Terry Spear’s is at star-Crossed Romance today giving away two copies of her new book Wolf Fever! Yeah I’ll be stopping by to comment and hopefully win one! http://star-crossedromance.blogspot.com/2010/12/guest-terry-spear.html

All Romance Ebooks has a copy of Hero by Cheryl Brooks for free! http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hero-450474-143.html

Thanks everyone! Happy Holidays! I’m officially CLOSED 🙂 Bawhahaha!!

Writing is Fun Again

Yes, Lordy!
 
I woke up, as always at 2 am since I am a big old forty-something year old woman whose body has a conscientious objection to sleep, and in that hypnagogic state a line I just love came to me (No Herman’s Hermits this time): Martyn had held a number of women as they had done some of the most remarkable things, but never before had a young lady softly wept onto his shirtfront.
 
Yes, I know it has an adverb in it. It belongs there. Deal with it.
 
So I got up, wrote a couple hundred words on my WIP before my brain went back to sleep (just not my body, darn it!) and now I am back into writing instead of editing. I feel it coming. All of a sudden one guy I didn’t even give a name to has stepped up and whacked me on the head and said, “‘Struth, woman, do you not even realize that I am the villain?” So a bit of reworking of what I already have, but oh, it works!!!
 
When it is this much fun, it makes you forget all the stupid stuff about publishing and contests. Lordamercy, I just love writing down the stories!!!!!
 
And to inspire us all as we deal with agents, editors, contest judges, and the most uncaring, soul-rending critic of all — yourself — I offer words of wisdom from the late Saul Bellow:
 
There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book.
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