As some of you know, I sent City of Dreams back to LT3 for consideration for a different anthology. They'll either admire my determination or ban me from submitting anything to them EVER. The story is just under 18k words.
And Prince of the Stable is on Kindle, part of the Kindle Select program, which means it's exclusive to Kindle until May-ish. It is also just under 18k words.
So I thought I ought to, just in case, write a third m/m fairytale to maybe bundle together for a small print book, maybe in old fashioned paperback size, rather than the splashy, popular trade paperback size. I mean even if LT3 accept City of Dreams--and they should, because it's awesome--the rights will one day revert to me. And if they like it, they might like this new one, too... either way, as Sil would point out, an alternative plan would not be amiss.
I thought I would share my "process" since I thought of it. I've got a working title of Heart of the Matter, and like the other stories, drawing elements from a variety of fairytales, primarily Snow White. I'm going to post an excerpt of the very beginning of how I work, because it's very hard for me to describe in author interviews and such.
And that, kids, is what my "process" looks like: bits of notes, questions to self, random dialogue. Amazing to think it ever all becomes a coherent story, eh?
Writing can seem to have its share of hurdles, but anyone who's gotten to The End knows that the hard parts are yet to come. Beyond editing the piece to within an inch of its life, comes the really difficult bits: shopping it around, writing a blurb, a synopsis, a query letter. Waiting a min. of twelve weeks to learn if you can shop it elsewhere. And if you're self-publishing, then you need to format correctly, and get a decent cover, and blurb.
And the promoting, You want to promote your work without being that annoying person who is always saying, "buy my shit!" Howzzat work? Well, helpful websites are eager to tell you. Provide useful information. Hmm, well, I certainly help you to avoid crappy books by reading and reviewing them for you...right? Be fun, upbeat. No, failed that one. I have books in my stack of reviews to do that I really liked, and they're so much harder to write than the books I didn't. Snark comes easy to me. You'd think I could write villains just like *snap* but no, my characters get all my good humour, witty banter, and kindness.
I'm not even snarky in a useful way, like Chuck Wendig (check out his blog, btw. I want to be him when I grow up.)
So I'm asking you, my readers (all four of you), what would YOU like to see on this blog, besides more awesomely mean reviews?
Oh, and I need a picture... hang on...