Happy summer! The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.equinox-and-solstice.com/html/summer_solstice.html">solstice is here</a>. According to some sources, solstice dreams come true. Have any good dreams?
Yesterday, the toddler got all upset trying to explain something to me. She wanted to be a tiger. OK, be a tiger. You can pounce and growl! Nooooooo. Tearful toddler wails as she attempts to explain that tigers have big, fluffy tails. How can she be a tiger without a tail?
Aha. My big terry robe has a matching tie. I remove the tie from the robe, tie it around the toddler's waist in back, and voila, one long, fluffy tiger tail. Toddler is delighted and spends the rest of the day being a tiger.
If only it was always that easy to entertain with a tale...
Lots of interesting market posts out there. <a target="_blank" href="http://mjroseblog.typepad.com/buzz_balls_hype/2006/06/to_market_to_ma.htm">MJ Rose discusses writing to market</a> and whether you can do it without selling out. (To which I say a resounding YES.) <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lydiajoyce.com/blog/?p=346">Lydia Joyce has numbers</a> on making a living at writing, interesting reading although it does make me think of that quote "lies, damn lies, and statistics". Because while it can help give you a picture of publishing, the individual factor is much harder to pin down.
Anyway. Writing to market. Here's an example from my own experience. I pitched three projects to St. Martin's. I wrote synopsis on the first two. One was paranormal, one contemporary. All three projects were books I want to write and feel enthusiastic about. (I will write the other two, have written 1/3 of one and will sell them elsewhere if SMP doesn't want them.)
The one that sold was the contemporary. If you look at my booklist, I have about a 50/50 split on contemporary and FF&P. Well, the numbers are skewed now I think in favor of FF&P. But the point is, I like to write both. It's not selling out to write the contemporary, because I love that book, too.
I think the key to writing to market without being a sell out is very simple: don't pitch or undertake anything you don't really want to do. When I see somebody holding their nose and saying "erotic sells so I'll do that, it'll be easy, those books are so badly written the publishers will buy anything" I know that writer is going to have one of two outcomes. Complete failure, or a complete change of heart with the discovery that by God this erotic stuff is fun and I'm pretty good at it!
You can't succeed doing something you hate. Period. If you hate the genre, the readers and the publishers and the other authors, give it up and move on. Find another market segment that resonates with you. Publishing is huge, there's something somewhere to get fired up about that will sell.
When I blogged last night about Father's day, it made me start thinking about Smoke Signals. An absolutely amazing movie, and why haven't I gotten around to buying the book yet? I like the reality and the humanity if this movie, and one of the most moving moments is the poem Thomas Builds-the-Fire recites at the end. I found <a target="_blank" href="http://www.miracosta.cc.ca.us/home/gfloren/alexie.htm">a link to it here</a>. Good Father's day reading. And if you haven't seen the movie or read The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, it's a good day to go to Borders.
Happy Father's Day to the dads out there. Including mine. *waves*
Here's my opportunity to publicly praise my husband, <a target="_blank" href="http://designingdad.com/">the designing dad</a>. He's spent more hours than I can count walking a fussy baby on his shoulder, drawing pictures, reading stories, watching kid movies, hiking around wearing a child in a backpack and generally being a terrific dad. He's a pro and he's only been at it 3 years. :lol:
So the website is getting a bit behind. I will get some updates together for dates and titles if nothing else on upcoming stories. Need to get the fall releases onto the site along with the 07 titles. I have two scheduled for 07 so far, one for EC, one for St. Martin's Press. I don't think I'll worry about anything beyond title and date on those until we get closer to the end of 06, but I should at least have 'em listed.
Schedule looks like this:
TBA Sept. 06, Wolf In Shining Armor, Ellora's Cave
Nov. 1, Night Music in Beginnings: A Samhain Anthology, Samhain Publishing
Dec. 7, Yule Be Mine, Cerridwen Press
TBA 07: Only Human (Torrid Tarot: The Star) Ellora's Cave
July 07: Wild Wild West, St. Martin's Press
Miss Lonely Hearts is in there but the new date will get set after I turn in the ms.
The husband and I have our updated 5 year plan down, complete with short term goals. It was time. Our 5 year anniversary is in Sept. and everything in our lives has changed 100% since then. I have my writing planned out, too, although Night Music has a hurry-up on it that may shift the order of things a tad.
The official title of the Samhain antho that Night Music is part of has been announced! It's Beginnings: A Samhain Anthology Vol. 1. Can't wait to see what the cover will be. Same cover image will be used for the print anthology and the individual ebook (each story will be available for individual download as well as the combined print book, giving readers more options).