Woot! I’m going to be a publisher too

So about two weeks ago I downloaded Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1) by Susan Ee on my beloved Kindle.  The moment I finished the last page I went looking for book two. I was hooked. To my absolute horror, there is no book two as of yet. I ended up looking her up and reading some of her blog.  After seeing that she writes AND makes movies, I guess I was okay that book two isn’t out yet.  I also looked up her publisher. As a writer trying to figure out what to do with my book, I thought maybe her publisher might be interested in my story.

That led me to something else, but first, some background. And a cigar. Let me take you outside with me…

Okay, cozy outside chair, cigar lit. I finished my full length novel near the end of last year. It was mindblowingly (is that a word?) awesome to have done that. I’ve had several test readers and I love the reviews.  I attended the Writers Digest Conference in January and pitched my novel. Out of four pitches, I had three ask for either the first 50 pages or first two chapters. I sent the first two chapters to two of them (one is snail mail and I honestly haven’t gotten around to that yet). One hasn’t answered yet (okay, it hasn’t even been two weeks yet) and the other sent me no thanks. It was actually totally nice and it didn’t make my head want to shrivel or perhaps fly to NY and throttle someone.

I’ve been looking at traditional publishing versus self-publishing. And trying to figure out which way I want to go on that. On top of that, I’m also co-founder of the Ink Slinger’s Guild, a writing group, which started up a little over a year ago and is one of my pride and joys. This year we are doing an Anthology. I have to figure out how to publish it.

Then my husband decides that he will help with whatever I need in order to get our daughter’s children’s books published. So here I am trying to decide which way to go.  Well, I have a solution for some of it.

When I went to Susan Ee’s publishing company, I found that SHE is the owner of the publishing company. That spurred me to thinking. I could open my own publishing company and that would take care of my daughter’s books and the Ink Slinger’s Anthology. I will continue to send out my book to traditional publishers and if it comes down to 100-200 rejections then maybe I will simply take matters into my own hands. Or perhaps I will do it sooner. We’ll see how I feel about it next week.

My intention is to share the bumps and successes that I come across, the resources, the friends etc. as I move along this journey. And of course, I will continue to tell you about yummy books that make me happy (or occasionally vexed or confused).

Wish me luck! Cheers!

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Okay, I know I haven’t posted in a year. A lot of great things (and not so great) have occurred but I will get to them a bit later…

Because I just finished Hounded by Kevin Hearne. I’ve read a TON of books in the last year and I have a huge list books to review BUT this one was so friggin enjoyable that I had to blog immediately. I can only hope this is the start of more frequent blogs. 🙂

Hounded is the first of a series. If the fact that I bought the next two in the series (can you say LOVE KINDLE!) doesn’t tell you how much I enjoyed the first, well, …hm.  The book stars Atticus, which isn’t his real name, as a 2000 plus year old Druid in current day. He is just trying to survive, run his book and herb shop and be left alone. Of course, when you happen across the God of Love’s sword, which just happens to be able to slice through ANYTHING and you stash it away for a rainy day, things tend to come after you. This book has Gods, demons, werewolves, vampires, the Fae and more. Kevin Hearne’s humor is absolutely hilarious, I actually laughed aloud a few times. That’s pretty rare. I was completely entertained. Kudos to Kevin for a thoroughly enjoyable book. I look forward to reading more.

And with that, I leave you to go work on my taxes. The exact opposite of reading Kevin Hearne.

Child of Fire by Harry Connolly

Loved this book.  Talk about distracting.  The first chapter starts with Ray Lilly driving along with a very powerful sorceress (or magician or something) who hates his guts but isn’t allowed to kill him.  He’s following her driving orders only to pull over to confront a couple on the run and then watch one of their children burst into flame.  It doesn’t stop after that.  Ray is a criminal who’s trying to not to be one, fresh out of jail and suddenly stuck with a member of the Twenty Palaces, a secret group that’s sole purpose is to rid the earth of people wielding illegal magics or taken over by demons, killing whatever gets in the way to that goal.

This is one of those books where you finish it and immediately feel the void of needing the next fix, the next impossible situation of Ray Lilly and the thirst to see how it ends.

Harry Connolly rocks. A new role model for me and my writing.  It made me feel like my writing was sub-standard and yet inspired me to be better.  To figure out how to create my characters more, unroll my story more intelligently.  Or certainly try like hell.

Click here to go to Harry Connolly’s website.

Lucy Snyder’s Spellbent and Shotgun Sorceress

I finished these two off pretty quick back to back.  Honestly, I think I’m going to have to remove books from my house.  It’s so easy to get involved in someone else’s story and stop working on my own.  But at the same time, they can be so inspiring.  I’m torn.

These books start off with a bang and keep going.  I enjoyed them.  If you enjoyed any of the other books I’ve recommended, you’ll like these too.  There were parts where I could put the book down and others that I couldn’t.  I like that. I know some people like a book that grips them to the point of staying up half the night.  Sure, I can appreciate that but I also appreciate a book that I can put down periodically and get something else done.  I don’t always want to but life has to be taken by the horns and wrangled with, can’t live it sitting on the couch or the comfy chair in the back porch.

These books are about a gal named Jesse Shimmer who, despite her crappy life thus far, finally finds her place only to have it ripped out from under her, ground up and tossed into the fire.  She feels it but still has the guts and tenacity to kick some arse and get it back.  I like a strong character who feels it, even has a good cry but gets back up on her feet.

Good times. Enjoy.

Click here to go to Lucy’s Website.

Stacia Kane’s Ghost Series

Okay, I’m back.  I didn’t fall off a cliff or in Florida, a boat.  I am here just doing everything possible except blogging and writing my story.  So after much soul searching (and kicking my own arse) I’m getting it back together again as it should be…writing daily.  Maybe not on the blog but for sure the novel.  It’s finally moving again.  I promised myself I would finish two novels this year.  See, last year I said I would finish the one, didn’t make it. So this year, if I go for two I sure as hell better get one done.

That said, I just finished the third book in Stacia Kane’s Ghosts Series.  That’s not actually what it’s called, I’ve just been calling it that.  The first book is Unholy Ghosts, the second is Unholy Magic and the third is City of Ghosts.   You can see them here.

I gotta tell you.  After the first chapter of the book I did not think much of the main character.  I think it’s mostly because I’m one of those people who has never taken drugs, don’t care too either.  This character is chock full of ’em, literally.  It was a real turn off BUT the story was friggin interesting.  So the further I go, page after page, the more I’m liking this character.  By the time I finished the last book, I knew she had come along way and was not just glad about it but genuinely happy for her.

All I can say is…read them.  They’re good.  Really good.  Now I’m going to hunt down her other series. 🙂

Slacking

Just realized how long its been since I posted. Naughty me. Since then, I’ve probably read at least ten books and even seen a movie or two…oh, and some episodes of Bones. Plus I’ve been writing. Finished a short story that I’m just editing and then sending off to a contest and been adding to my novel. I used to say never-ending novel but it needs to end so I am going for the end of the year. Still have a ways to go but the story line is coming together nicely (finally!). I’ll be adding more soon on some of the greats books and not so great that I’ve burned through lately.

Warrior by Marie Brennan

Recently finished Warrior by Marie Brennan.  In this world, witches are not just the norm but an established part of the world.  They are feared and revered due to the powers but their purpose is to do the bidding of the Goddess and generally help the others less fortunate.  But they are also secretive and something is going on among the ranks.  One of the Keys of one of the witch factions is killed in a seemingly normal event but a couple of bounty hunters are called in confidentially to investigate the possible murder.  One of these warriors is a beautiful young girl whose rough life has sharpened her skills and hardened her heart into one of the best.

The witches have schools where witch daughters are left by their parents at a young age to learn and train spells, herbs and rituals until their powers come in.  One girl specifically goes to take her test of readiness only to find that she can’t fully control them until she finds and kills her doppelganger.

While the witch, a gentle and thoughtful girl, searches the countryside for her assigned kill, the warrior searches for the murderer of a Key witch.  When they meet up, hell breaks loose as the girl discovers that the warrior is her doppelganger.

The beginning of the book I found to be a bit slow albeit interesting but about half way it pulls you in while you explore two very different worlds living together and the adventures of the two girls.  I am looking forward to reading the second in the series, Witches, to see how it all pans out.