Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eligere paperbacks on the way and next steps...

Eligere paperbacks are on the way!

It's sort of exciting, considering that it represents one of the rare instances in my life where something goes according to schedule.

At the moment, I'm trying to figure out what my next move will be. I've been sort of keeping up with the DOJ lawsuit against Apple and some of the Big Six houses. And to be honest, I'm torn. On the one hand, I knew that traditional publishing was going to have to change if they wanted to stay competitive. But I didn't think they should get sued. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, considering that Apple has more liquidity than our government.

Normally, I wouldn't let publishing news bother me. But I can't really help it since I currently have a manuscript under review at a Big Six. And if recent events are going to cause them to tighten their acquisitions even more than they already have, then I know my chances of getting picked up will be a lot slimmer. I don't want to add to my rejection file anymore, but if I have to, I guess it won't kill me.

For now, the only thing that I can really do is, well, keep writing I suppose. I've got ideas for the third Seranfyll book and I'm looking forward to starting on it. But before I do, I thought I'd try an intermediate project. While I love working on all things Seranfyll, I don't want to get tunnel vision.

A couple years ago, I wrote my version of a paranormal/scifi romance for YA and, I have to say, it isn't my best work. It was a total reaction to the Twilight phenomenon, and after writing it, I learned that I don't write romances well. However, I still liked some of the ideas and characters that came about while I was working on it, so I didn't want to completely send it to the recycle bin.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I decided to pull it out and tinker with the first few chapters. But I started having some fun and began writing it from a different perspective, specifically the guy's. I ended up with a few new chapters of an alternate version around the same concepts and characters. I took those new chapters to a critique meeting and was pretty surprised at the positive responses. So, I think I'm going to continue playing around with it and see where it goes. And who knows, maybe I'll put it through its paces on the traditional track, collect a whole new stack of rejection slips, and then self-publish it.

We'll see...