Archive for January, 2007

31
Jan
07

Saskia Walker’s Interview…

…goes up tomorrow!

So come back!

Yeah, I’m making up for being Twitty.

31
Jan
07

Maybe Authors Shouldn’t Blog

I can hear outrage coming from all over the publishing industry. And elsewhere too.

I know I’m a blogger myself, so let me explain.

According to CBS research David Poltrack, only 8 percent of Americans read blogs regularly. That’s 24 million people. From a Pew study, 39% of Americans have ever read a blog–57 million.

(I know, it’s a bit of a segue, but I’ve got a dozen other things to do today)

So is it worth the time spent blogging?

For some authors, it most certainly is. If you’ve found a sizeable readership, then hell yeah! Keep doing it!

But if you don’t, maybe it isn’t. And it’s not a failure on the blogger’s part if the blogger fails to attract an audience because goodness only knows what will attracts an audience.

There are many authors who started blogs because their publisher/editor/agent/other authors suggested it. I’ll discount the drive-by bloggers who only post about their latest releases every few months here.

I’ll give you….Author X! I’ve seen many Author Xes online, and I’m sure you could probably name a few yourself.

X tries. She does everything blogging gurus tell her to do. Blogs very regularly, does contests, links like mad etc. But she can’t find an audience who sticks with her. She’s been at this for a year.

Is it worth continuing to blog? Because maybe it isn’t.

The Pew study link is courtesy of Tim Worstall (yes, I’ve been trying to be good and reading blogs on economics but I do not think it’s been an edifying experience for me).

30
Jan
07

7 Questions with Patricia Briggs

1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.

Now that the silly season (Christmas) is past, I’m somewhere in the 2 range. If I didn’t have teenagers to worry about, I’d probably be a 1. Writing keeps me sane. I’ve told my husband that it is much cheaper than a therapist. As a control-freak, whenever the world gets to me, I start writing. In my stories, if my characters don’t do what I tell them to do, they suffer — until they do. So at least in my own little world I am in control — which means I don’t have to be in control in the real one.

2. Was it a huge mental shift to write Mercy’s books, moving from fantasy to urban fantasy? I’ve read the Raven duology and Moon Called, and you sound distinctly different in both.

Yes. But it was a good shift, like taking off the tennis shoes which fit just fine when you first put them on, but, throughout the day, they became tighter and tighter. Then when you take them off, there is this great feeling of relief. I was very near burn out, having written Raven Strike in less than six months, and was ready to take a very long break. When Anne, my editor, called to ask if I could write an Urban fantasy, it was like a breath of fresh air: suddenly I had all sorts of stories running around in my head. Great fun. I expect that it will feel as good to switch back to straight fantasy as it did to change to Urban fantasy in the first place.

3. Is her series open-ended, or do you have an ending in mind already? It does look like the longest series you’ve ever written. Oh and I’m rooting for Samuel. *g*

This is very open-ended. Since there is no over-all plot, I am free to play a bit. Right now I have contracts for two more books (for a total of four) and I’m not getting tired of playing in Mercy’s world. I expect there will be more than four books. There is also a possibility of writing books about other characters.

4. Tell us more about the novella in the Ace anthology you’re doing with Eileen Wilks, Sunny and Karen Chance. It’s about Charles?

Yes. It’s working title was “Charles goes to Chicago”. My editor thought I should come up with a better one so it’s officially “Alpha and Omega”. It is the story of what happens when Charles travels to Chicago to deal with Leo, the Alpha who had poor Mac changed and then sold him for experimental purposes. I knew there was a lot more to Charles than Mercy knew about, but he turned out to be even more interesting than I’d thought. Fun stuff — at least for me.

5. You mention on your site that you will consider writing a book with a different protagonist. Do you mean different protagonist, but still set in the same world as Mercy’s?

Yes. There are a lot of things Mercy doesn’t know — and a lot of stories that I can see telling. I’d like to do a story on whichever werewolf Mercy doesn’t end up with, and maybe Jesse, Adam’s daughter, when she goes off to college. Or even Zee’s son Tad, who has mostly been an “off scene” character (though I have a few scenes I wrote to get into gear that have Tad in them). I don’t see myself running out of material very soon. Of course there is always that third Hurog (Dragon Bones, Dragon Blood) book that has been tapping at my subconscious for the last few months . . . I wish I could write faster.

6. Do you think the Mercy books cost you some of the readership you built with your previous books? It is very different from the rest of your work, after all.

Actually, for the most part, that doesn’t seem to be the case — though I’ve had a few people who read Moon Called tell me that they weren’t interested in straight fantasy. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that after reading Moon Called, they read my straight fantasy — and went on to enjoy other people’s fantasy as well. I think that most people would actually enjoy a lot broader range of story telling than they think they will.

7. Share with us your New Year’s Day resolutions.

Oh goodness. Not to make New Year’s Resolutions? That way I can escape the guilt of never, never ever, actually succeeding in any resolution I’ve ever made.

Patricia Briggs’s current release, Blood Bound, should be available in bookstores near you.

29
Jan
07

Keri Arthur: Full Moon Rising

I got this because Angie liked it.

And well, it’s not a bad book. But Full Moon Rising could have been SHORTER.

I think some of the sex scenes could have been cut, which isn’t to say they were gratuitous, just that I found my eyes glazing over each time a new sex scene popped up towards the end of the book. I don’t think I can say that they were gratuitous because I didn’t actually read them.

I can forgive a lot if you provide me with One Single Character that I desperately want to know about. Doesn’t have to be your protag even.

Except that I couldn’t find that One Single Character in this book.

This rates 2.5 out of 5.

PS Can someone tell me when Angie reviews the next books in the series so I won’t read the reviews and be tempted to buy them?

PPS The UK covers suck big great, hairy balls.

29
Jan
07

VA Rocks the socks off SB

The cover, that is. I’ve not actually been lucky enough to read Vampire Academy, though Succubus Blues was fab.


I think that the Vampire Academy cover is better. But Richelle tells me that’s blasphemy. Is that true?

It can’t be, right? After all, I Know All.

PS See Richelle,  I told you I talk about you all the time. This is Proof.

PPS In case she decides that I’ve incurred her Displeasure, I really do love Georgina Kincaid.

26
Jan
07

Friday, Fly High and Free!

RTB’s looking for reader columnists. You know, like me. But I’ll be blunt: it’s a lot easier to say, sure, it’s just a post every 6 weeks or so than to actually write one every 6 weeks or so. Speaking of RTB, I’ve got 2-3 possible ideas for my next one, but if you’ve got any suggestions, feel free!

To read about the UK book trade, read Scott Pack’s blog. Via Kate Allan’s Marketing For Authors.

Read Scooper’s review of Ninja. I’m not reviewing it because I’ve read it so many times I couldn’t tell you what the flaws are. Also, will someone please tell Racy she’s not supposed to be reading reviews?

Via Dear Author, a column in TV Guide by La Nora.

Read Angelle’s review of Demon Angel. It’s freaky how most people say the same things about this book. I’ve said this 3 times now. I likey Number 3.

Jaci Burton reviews Succubus Blues. And, hurray, I’ve got my hands on SDI!

But…sadly, not The Rest Falls Away. My bookseller was wrong, Colleen. I sad sad too. Also, the meme attacked me, you evil person!

For Jackie Kessler and Jezzie, Jezebel sauce.

25
Jan
07

Tagged by Jordan….

I thought I was going to escape this. Just goes to show that my survival instincts are non-existent.

Womens Fiction Book Meme

Contemporary, Historical, or Paranormal?

Paranormal. Duh. *g*

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?

Mass market

Heyer or Austen?

Believe it or not, I’ve not read either.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?

Brick and Mortar.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Borders? Not that I’ve actually been to the one here in ages.

Woodiwiss or Lindsay?

Back then, it was Lindsay–I think everyone else who’s done this meme has said Woodiwiss so far though.  I’ve not read either in years.

First romance novel you ever remember reading?

Can’t remember, but it was a historical. Probably Woodiwiss or Lindsay though.

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?

Once upon a time, when I was young and had a lot of free time and excess energy, it used to be alphabetize by author, then title.

Now it’s random, but signed books/ARCs have a special shelf which getting full.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?

Call me naive, but I cannot believe people throw away books in perfect condition. That’s just wrong, even if you hated the book.

Read with dustjacket or remove it?

Remove. They bug the hell outta me.

Sookie Stackhouse or Anita Blake?

I’ve read both, and I don’t want more of either. I read the first Sookie Stackhouse, and the first 5-6 Anitas, so maybe you could say I’d rather read Anita though.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

Usually it’s when the book ends, unless I’m on the train or something.

It was a dark and stormy night or Once upon a time?

Once upon a time. I’d rather read the backstory than about weather.

Crusie or SEP?

Crusie. Without a doubt. It’s true I’ve read more Crusie, but I’ve read at least 3-4 SEPs, so I can make a fair judgement, for all you SEP fans out there.

Buy or Borrow?

Borrow. I almost wish I read slower because I can’t afford to buy enough to feed my reading habit. Even if I bought only exclusively mass-market paperback, my budget would still be 2k (in USD) a year.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?

Recommendation. If I see a lot of people talking about it, it goes on my list. Not much of a browser any more–my wish list goes everywhere with me now.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?

It’s enough that the major plots are tied up. Not necessarily the overarching plot of a series though.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?

When I have a spare moment. So I usually read on the train in the mornings, sometimes during lunch and before I sleep if I’m awake enough.

Series or standalone?

I don’t care so long the major plot in the book is tied up. It’s not like I bother to follow many series beyond the first book anyway.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

Tuff question. I don’t know.

I tag Alice Audrey, Racy Li and Edie Ramer.





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