Wednesday, January 27, 2010
1. She said working with Small or Micro-Press Authors has it's pros and cons. While she loves the passion and enthusiasm they bring with their book, she doesn't appreciate the ego that sometimes comes with it. Self-published authors especially have a hard time accepting 'no' for an answer if she decides not to carry their book. Another problem is supply. Small presses work with distributors to ship their books. The ease with which a bookstore can order copies (and whether they can return unsold ones) depends on the distributor. If the distributor is POD, ordering can be difficult and returns not allowed. For the Pacific Northwest, she recommended Partners West Regional. They put out a catalogue listing all the books they distribute. That's a plus too, since she can look through one big catalogue instead of a multitude of small ones directly from the publishers.
2. I presented our Indie-Debut 2010 Catalogue and she said there was a lot of info missing. Really? Like what? Little things like how to order the books! What the trim size is!! PRICES!! In our defense, a lot of that info isn't available yet. For books coming out in December, price points haven't been determined & ISBN's haven't been assigned. Her solution was simple. Don't call it a catalogue. She showed me a booklet Random House puts out called the Paperback Reader. It lists books available with a short summary, age range and sometimes a little about the author. That's what we have. So our Indie-Debut "2010 Catalogue" will now be titled "2010 Releases" and will be dressed up a little more.
3. She also suggested going to a tradeshow (like ALA, BEA, etc) which is an idea we've already been toying with. If you're a Pacific Northwest Author and you're considering attending tradeshows, she recommended the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. This year, it'll be held October 7, 8 & 9 in Portland. Publishers, authors, booksellers and librarians all attend and it's a great way to get your book in front of people.
4. Lastly, we talked about my book. I gave her the pitch and told her a little of the book's publishing history. She agreed it sounded like something she'd be interested in so I will take her an ARC when they're available and keep my fingers crossed. And if she says no, I hope I'm graceful enough to say, "Thanks anyway."
Now, I'm off to redesign our "2010 Releases" booklet...again. :)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
2. Above you'll find page 2 of the Indie-Debut 2010 Book Catalogue. The catalogue is also available on the Indie-Debut website. If you haven't visited lately, you should. The site is full of GREAT writing tips, articles on the publishing industry and information about our Indie-Debut 2010 Authors and Books. Stop by today!
3. We won our v-ball game last night...by forfeit. Not so fun, but at least we know we'll go into the tournament as the #1 seed. (It sounds like I'm a diehard volleyball player, but the truth is we're really bad. We play in the 'lower rec league' and the concept of 'bump,set,spike' is way beyond us.)
4. I'm meeting with one of our local Indie Bookstores today to talk about my launch event in July and a possible event in March to celebrate Small Press Month (and Indie-Debut 2010 too).
5. Lastly, I just want to give a shout out to Hank Phillipi Ryan. I met her through a contest last year and she has been encouraging me ever since. I emailed her for a favor for a fellow Indie-Debut Author and she totally came through. Six cheers for writers like her who really give back! And also, her books are great. If you haven't read Prime Time, Air Time, Face Time or Drive Time--put them on your TBR list!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I've been writing since I was five years old, and I'm 39 now. From middle school through college, I wrote 20 young adult novels, all in longhand in spiral notebooks. I still have most of them. Since late 2004, I've written another 45 young adult novels, most of which are still first draft. Connection's my first published YA. As for a "day job," I don't have one currently due to health issues.
A blurb about Connection: Shanna Bailey believes nothing in her life will ever change. Her home life is terrible, and school isn't much better. When she starts high school, she expects more of the same, but when she meets Jonah Leighton, everything changes. Jonah teaches her things that completely change her perception of reality--and of herself. But when a demon tries to possess Kaylie Sturbridge, the most popular girl in school, can Shanna trust herself enough to help banish the demon?
2. Please fill in the blank for this sentence: "If you like ________(young adult novel), you will love Connection!"
I'm really drawing a blank on this, so I'm just going to say, "If you like paranormal novels, you'll love Connection."
3. Who are some of your favorite authors?
For YA, I really like Laurie Faria Stolarz's books. DJ MacHale's Pendragon series is excellent also. When I was a teen myself, my favorite author was Susan Cooper, which is probably why Shanna's reading one of her books in Connection.
(Ed. note: Susan Cooper rocks!!)
Personal attention from the publisher. Also a quicker turn-around time from acceptance to publication.
5. Fries, tator tots or onion rings? (very important question in Idaho!)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
2010 is a different animal. With my book coming out, I have too much writing/ marketing/ editing to wait for a time when I'm not busy. And anyway, I'm super busy. Since the beginning of the year, I've picked up two new residential projects. I took this week away from writing so I could get a big set of construction documents out of the way. At least, that was the plan. Here's what happened...
- The drawings-- about 80% done.
- Got a request for the full manuscript on a query I submitted in January of LAST year. I printed, packaged and shipped it off.
- Volleyball Monday night.
- Managing editor requested an inventory of all the marketing materials I had and what more I would need for the beginning of this year.
- Interviewed for ANOTHER new architecture project Tuesday night.
- My step-daughter arrived for a week-long visit.
- Got calls on two MORE new architecture projects.
- Sized 49 beams for construction documents.
- Discussed with a colleague how our structural program has a lot of odd glitches. Scary.
- Sent off an agent query.
- Set up meetings next week for new projects.
- Decided against becoming a board member for a local NFP. (too busy)
- Created Indie-Debut Book Catalogue.
- Coordinated virtual launch party for our first Indie-Debut release! YAY JO RAMSEY!!
- Traded emails with local indie-bookstore regarding a launch event for my book in July.
- Updated promotion schedule for The Invisible Sister.
ahh....it goes on and on. The point is that I can't do all the stuff I have on my plate. Architecture alone is enough to fill each and every day. But I can't stop writing...not after I finally have something coming out!
so....I can't believe it, but...I think I have to hire somebody. Now, I just have to figure out which tasks to farm out: cleaning and house stuff? structural calc's? That would make my projects about 1/4 as time consuming and carry 3/4's less liability. Or do I need someone to do admin stuff? Or marketing stuff?
Unfortunately, I don't have time to think about it right now. I think I need someone to think for me.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Instead, it will come out ... THIS JULY!!!
I've got some work to do! In addition to fulfilling all the deadlines I was just given, I have to completely redo my marketing plan and release party ideas. And, I have two less months to get it all done!
**SQUEE** SOOOO EXCITING!!
Monday, January 4, 2010
To ease myself back in, I'm not going to tackle anything too esoteric. I'm going to talk about miscommunication. I've seen a lot of it lately, between scheduling our trip to Ecuador and my daily life with one/sometimes four nine year-olds. Here are a few tidbits I found funny...
- "It is as throughout all Alaska that big wild good life teeming along the road that is north to the future." --Sarah Palin
- The departure time gives the room it is by day at 12 o'clock.
- The breakfast is served up to 11 o'clock he/she gives the tomorrow.
- This forbidden one the entrance gives alcoholic drinks to the facilities of the inn. (This is my favorite)
- The reservations are only for the day and pointed out hour should reconfirm their reservation in the moment that leaves toward the city of Cuenca.
- When making a reservation you will have to settle 50% of the amount to pay, the other 50% was canceled the day of entrance in the inn. (I think Sarah Palin wrote these).
And just this morning, I found this comment on my last blog post:
I think it means HAPPY NEW YEAR!!