Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Few Thoughts on Book Blurbs

A few days ago, an author who I'm kind of friendly with online asked me if I'd blurb his upcoming book.  Sometimes I say no to these requests (politely), and sometimes I say yes. It depends on various factors, some of which have to do with how I'm feeling that day.  That sounds kind of crappy, I know, but that's how it works.  Today I came across this perfect quote about blurbs from author Mark Jude Poirier...

A blurb from an author I admire might seduce me into buying the book. A blurb from an author whose work I dislike can make me leave the book on the shelf. A blurb from an author I actually know and dislike on a personal level—usually based on their abhorrent behavior in graduate school—means I will turn the book backward on the shelf in the bookstore or hide it under a stack of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue.

Asking for blurbs is humiliating and horrible. If your editor and or publicist can do it for you, you’re lucky. If left on your own, ask writer friends or professors. Because I know how awkward it is to ask for blurbs, this is what I usually say when I’m asked to blurb someone’s book: “I’d be happy to blurb your book, but are you sure you don’t want to ask someone with a fan base that isn’t limited to his mother’s book club?”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Take Heart, Gamer Girl

I haven't really given a lot of thought to the whole Gamer Girl controversy, probably because it seems so stupid and unnecessary to me.  I know that some online friends of mine have endured some harassment for being females who are into fantasy and gaming, but the very notion of that is just so dumb it's stunning.  A long time ago, way back in the 1970s (you know I love the 70s!) Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart tried to put to rest the lame idea that women just can't rock out as hard or as well as men.  The idea that we're still having these kinds of discussions only feeds my pessimism about the human race, especially when I see how things are for women in many places around the world.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Progress Report

Had a good week of progress on the great dystopian urban fantasy.  The manuscript currently stands at four chapters, 14,100 words.  Getting closer to revealing the actual title.

Update--I forgot to mention this when I fired off this post last night, but the votes are in. Ki'arem was the clear winner, so that's what I'll be calling the race of creatures.  Thanks for all your input.

Have a mighty fine weekend, friends.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lisa Ling--Shapeshifter

Is shapeshifter one word or two?  Probably a hyphen.  Doesn't matter.  The title isn't fair to Lisa Ling anyway.  I was watching her excellent CNN show yesterday and saw this scene of her in the jungle lit by night vision goggles.  The scene was much better and creepier than this photo (which I snagged from her FB page), but I wanted to post it anyway.  Every once in a while you see something that is exactly what you're trying to describe in your writing.  I'm in the process of developing a race of magical people for the dystopian book I've been talking about lately, and having a bit of trouble bringing them to life.  Then I see Lisa Ling looking all animalistic with these big, glowing eyes, and I thought to myself that a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Update

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Okay, I'm a couple of days early, but odds are I won't be blogging over the next several days so I wanted to get my greetings out there. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Like a lot of people my favorite holiday used to be Christmas but that changed a long time ago. Now I'm more about eating than I am about presents ;)

I've been busier than usual lately with book work.  Still haven't gotten my edits back for THE BLOODY CHORUS but I'm told they are on the way. The delay is frustrating but it's given me time to work on the dystopian story.