30 June 2005
Filed under: Goofball Rebel Files
Do-do-do-do-do-do. [Twilight Zone theme song going on, in case you’re wondering.]
Janet Mitchell walked in nice and slow into the WWRO–World Writer Rights Org–interrogation room, pulled out the metal chair, and sat ramrod straight, folding her hands on top of her file. “Thank you for agreeing to chat with us today, Rude Blog-Commenter Person.” Her eyebrows furrowed. “That’s a mouthful. Can I call you Rudy?”
Rudy shrugged a thick shoulder. “Uh, sure.”
“Are you comfortable? Can I get you something? Water?”
“Good, good. Now, can you please tell us why you feel comfortable putting down other writers’ work on-line?”
He lifted his thick monobrow. “Because it makes me feel cool?”
“Cool. Okay. You see, Rudy, that just doesn’t cut it. I happen to believe a writer’s work is sacred to the writer. I mean, writing is hard, stressful, intricate work. Writers practically slave over creating new worlds, diving into someone else’s head, and bringing them to life.”
Rudy scratched his belly, letting out a wide jaw-cracking yawn.
“Anyone,” she went on, “who can write a book, whether it is good or bad, deserves a medal, and a trillion brownie points. Anyone who puts his/her heart out for the world to see, and has to read or watch people pick it apart, is one kick-butt individual.”
Rudy shifted his wide frame in his chair. “Hey, hey, hey. You’re picking on the wrong blog-commenter person.” He shoved a wide thumb into his chest. “I can kick butt with my stories too.”
She leaned back, crossing her arms. “Really? That’s great. Are you published?”
“Finished a book?”
Rudy licked his sausage lips. “Yeah.”
He scrubbed at his nose. “20. No–more like 50!”
“Super. Next question.” She made a show of examining her file, but knew every question by heart. “Did you know if you bashed an author in a blog’s comments, the author could actually read the comments if they googled themselves, or the character, or the book title. Because blog posts–as well as comments–are published on the World Wide Web. Did you consider this, Rudy?”
Rudy swallowed visibly, Adam’s apple doing a good bounce. “No. Why would the author google his name, book, or uh, character?”
She waved a hand in the air. “I don’t know. Maybe he’s bored. Maybe he’s curious. Maybe one of his friends does it. Doesn’t really matter. What does, is that it’s possible the bashed author could find your comment, and maybe just maybe, they come after you and ask you why you cut ’em down on-line. They probably won’t sue–“
His eyes bulged. “WHAT??”
Had him now. “Oh yeah, you know, for slander. Did you ever think of this Rude–I mean–Rudy??”
Rudy flicked his eyes to the door. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Um, in fact, I don’t even know you.” He squinted in her direction. “Who are you really?”
“How kind of you to ask.” She rose from the chair, shoved it into under the table, and hands still on chair, leaned forward. “Name’s Janet Mitchell, and I eat guys like you for breakfast.”
A tear of sweat ran down Rudy’s face.
“But best of all, I’m a writer, and I would hate for someone to bash me or my work. Is it too much to ask, before you feel you need to put someone down in public, to ask yourself how you would feel if someone said or wrote that about you or your work?” With that said, she pushed off and headed for the door.
She heard Rudy’s chair crash to the floor behind her. “No one would dare! I am King!”
Opening the door, over her shoulder, she said, “Kinda all makes you go, hmmm, don’t it?”
29 June 2005
I just wanted to take a moment to say, you guys, who visit my blog, are really great. Your encouragement and advice are always wonderful and inspiring. When I started this blog, I didn’t know I would meet such awesome people. Posting on forums and chatting with other writers has nothing on the individuals you meet through blog-hopping. =) I just wanted to say Thank You for taking the time to wish me luck with my writing. I appreciate your thoughts more than I can say. Okay, enough with the mushy stuff. LOL!
Last night I was browsing through Longs and I always stop by the book section. I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE to look at book covers. Unfortunately, sometimes the cover is better than the book! *wince*
I stopped when I saw the cutest new covers for the new Harlequin NEXT line. Check these covers out. I think they are sweet, colorful and welcoming. What’s your take and has anyone read any?
“Through old friendships, new relationships and newfound personal strength, the heroines in these novels discover that an unexpected fork in the road can be exactly what you need.”
28 June 2005
I’m pretty sure I’m up to Submission Update 4.
Another pass on DA with another publishing house. Not a straight rejection like the last house, but this editor gave some feedback and offered another read after revisions. Unfortunately, this editor’s revisions do not match editor #1’s request for revisions or #2’s.
This editor felt I was too heavy on the heroine and hero’s relationship. She wanted my other characters brought out more for readers to identify with, and she wanted someone else’s backstory brought out sooner. Also would like more on how the organization began and how everyone was trained. It was almost like her revisions were more mainstream ideas than romance.
Another point against me was the house was already bringing out a new series similar to mine sometime in the future.
So I’ve had 3 houses pass with offers to read after revisions, and one flat out rejection. If I wanted to get real depressing I could say 4 REJECTIONS total, but I don’t, so 3 passes with offers for 2nd reads, and one straight R. =)
27 June 2005
I’m going to take my queue from Tanya today, and chat about Romance Heroes. I’m in deep focus on my YA, and new blog ideas just don’t come about when I’m so focused on a wip. =) So instead of boring you with the repetitious struggles of the book, here’s what I love in RHs.
I’m pretty much for the alpha heroes. I love them tough, sexy, a little rugged. They don’t follow orders well when they know what’s right–but the thing is, it has to be right. *g* They can’t just bulldoze into something that’s wrong.
They’re well-built in the chest, gut, arms, and thighs. They wear boots or tennis shoes, jeans, with either tight-fitting tees or loose dress shirts. They stand in a room, and demand everyone’s attention. Their skin is tan or dark. They are not too hairy, but just right. They talk no-nonsense, and they walk the walk. They look at their heroines and that’s all they see.
If they want something, they go after it. They don’t wait for it to be handed to them, unless it’s their heroine. When the time is right, they wait until the women come to them.
They’re both book smart and street smart. They know how to kick ass, and get the job done. But most of all, they are not perfect. They screw up like any normal person and then they try to make it up double-time.
They smile sexy. They may be rough, but know when to be gentle. They love. They care. They help others even when it is against their best interest.
They want their heroines, who are not the sexiest women on the planet. They see something in them that no one else has taken the time to see. And they treat them better than they have ever been treated. They protect the women they love. They cherish them. They love them more than anything.
They are what I love in Romance Heroes. =)
26 June 2005
The YA revisions are going well. I don’t know if it’s because I have a clearer direction than before (with the help of my agent =)), that maybe I feel like I’m starting something new, or if it’s because I’m back to my comfortable voice.
Having to basically restart a book from the beginning isn’t very appealing, but I learned as a writer sometimes you just have to do what’s best for a project. You have to tell yourself you’re not just a wannabe writer, but a professional, sort of like on Kacey’s post about the author telling writers to believe in themselves.
The thing is, I really only have one solid book under my belt. There was a romance I wrote a long time ago that was horrible and who knows if it was even a book, more like a really bad novella. LOL! And then I wrote the first version of my RS, Deadly Adam, that was just as bad. I don’t count those previous attempts because I didn’t know any of the mechanics involved in producing a worthwhile story. So I really want to get at this YA and finish it. Feel the glow of having completed a second book. But it looks like with the revisions and rewrites that won’t be achieved until months down the road. All I have to say is good thing I didn’t choose to be a writer for the short term. =)