Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wrting News

First mine:

I received my copy of the July issue of Scarlet Magazine today. My short story, Happy Birthday to Me, is in the center pull out Cliterature section. So cool to see MY name on the page even if I don’t know many people I could actually show this to. It’s not up on the Scarlet site until next month but you can read it in the Total-E-Bound’s Free Read section of their new and improved website. You can click on the Scarlet cover to get there. Warning – It’s a very short story with a whole lot of heat so don’t be surprised. That’s what the magazine people require. Generally, my stories have a plot surrounding the steamy stuff which makes everything fit nicely. I'd love to hear what you think.

I have a question for writers. What do you do if you finish something and can’t decide if you like it well enough to submit it? Send it anyway? Let a trusted few read it and go on their opinions? Trash it and start on something else? I am essentially finished with my most recent WIP and I think it sounds mechanical. I let someone new see it and she commented that I make the characters come to life, that she can picture them clearly. Maybe I’m just being paranoid but I’m still just not sure even though this individual reads a lot and makes sense when we’ve discussed books other than mine.

Now for something from Ellora’s Cave:

We've decided to hold the first EC Convention (2009)in Akron, Ohio. I spoke with the convention center this week and should have bids from several area hotels by July 1st. I will meet with them again on July 2nd to schedule some appointments with the hotels we are interested in. If all goes well, we should have details for you by the end of July. We are looking at the following dates (all Friday-Sunday) :

Sept., 18th - 20th
Sept., 25th-27th
Oct., 2nd – 4th

Please put a post out on your sites to see if your readers are interested in attending. This will help a great deal to estimate the number of rooms we will need. Ask them to respond with name, address and Ph# (optional) via email to
conventions@ ellorascave. com (notice that "conventions" is plural). Mention the above dates and the following "tentative" outline.

Friday Night – EC/CP/TLC Celebration Party
Saturday Morning – Continental Breakfast
Day – Workshops
Night – Awards Banquet **The city is working on something fun for you to do (if interested and thirsty) after the Awards Banquet.**
Sunday Morning – Continental Breakfast
Afternoon – Book Fair
Evening – An author sponsored event. RT has a movie and popcorn night at their farewell gathering. If you want to participate or have a suggestion please let me know.

Once I have an idea of the number of interested people (authors, readers, book stores, models), and we decide on the hotel, food, etc., we'll be able to determine the cost.

Am I going? I’d like to but really don’t know if I can yet. How about you?


LynTaylor said...

You might need to sit on it (not literally) for a few weeks and then come back to it. I wouldn't submit it unless you were 100% confident with it.

Anny Cook said...

I usually put my new wips aside for at least a week (sometimes two) and then reread it.

One book I actually asked for the editor to send it back to me. In that case she said make whatever changes/additions I needed to and resubmit.

If you're still uncertain after the cooling off period ask a trusted peer to critique it for you.

Amarinda Jones said...

Submit it!!!!!

Excellent news on the Scarlet mag thingy...well done

Molly Daniels said...

Yay for you! Where can I pick up a copy?

I agree with the above...if everyone you trust likes it, then submit it:)

Kelly Kirch said...

I'm going. Absolutely.

With WIPs they go to my crit group anyway. They are tight and will point out the problems. I trust them. If they say it's awful, then it is. But if they like it, even if I'm not sure, I'll sub it just to check the water temperature of the publishing house. Then decide if something comes through.