My faithful blog readers will remember that I already interviewed K. Dawn Byrd. You can refresh your memory here.
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released in April and was Desert Breeze Publishing's bestselling novel for the month. Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense released August 1, also with Desert Breeze Publishing.
K. Dawn Byrd is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook group, Christian Fiction Gathering
When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 14 years, walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home, and plotting the next story waiting to
Publisher (there will be links at this site to purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the Sony ebook store and others)
Book blurb for Killing Time:
Mindy McLaurin, thinks it's the end of the world when she's incarcerated on trumped-up embezzlement charges. While in jail, she investigates the death of an inmate who allegedly died of an overdose. Mindy suspects foul play when her cellmate dies and she learns that both women had ingested the same drug. Mindy trusts no one, including Drew Stone, the handsome counselor she can’t stop thinking about. She faces many challenges, including constant interrogation by the Major and emotional abuse from the other inmates. Upon release, someone is stalking her and framing her for the murder. Can she prove to Counselor Stone that she’s innocent of all charges before she loses him forever?
And now for the interview:
Friday, July 30, 2010
My faithful blog readers will remember that I already interviewed K. Dawn Byrd. You can refresh your memory here.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
For my fantasy YA novel, I first used the title All-Knower's Land of Imagining. Kinda long and unless you read the book, you won't understand it.
So I next changed it to The Land of Imagining.
Hubby suggested Alexia and the Land of Imagining, which is what I've been calling it.
But lately, I've been thinking that that title is once again too long.
I've been toying with Alexia's Power, Alexia's Pen, or The Pen's Power.
Titles are so important. Whenever I go to the bookstore and browse around, the books that I pull off the shelf first have a great title. I'm sure that's how most book shoppers are. Which means that coming up with the best, perfect title is necessary.
So you all can help me, here's the tagline:
A magical pen unleashes a young teen's power to control a fantasy land, a realm only she can save from evil.
And my pitch:
When fifteen-year-old Alexia finds a magic pen that writes on its own accord, she discovers the mystical and real Land of Imagining.
The Head Demon rules this world and wants to kill the All-Knowers, a peaceful race who can read minds and heal. Alexia, their chosen one, discovers the pen gives her the ability to control the All-Knowers. Frightened of this power, she confides in her mother, who is the Head Demon in disguise. He steals the pen and kidnaps her family, forcing Alexia to travel to the Land of Imagining.
Determined to save her family and her people, Alexia must locate the demons’ secret lair and secure her pen before the Land of Imagining becomes the Land of Terror.
Any title suggestions?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
November last year, I started to submit my fantasy YA novel to agents. I freely admit that I committed one of the major cardinal sins of writers - querying too early. Since then, I have editing and polished the MS until it shone, with the help of some very talented beta readers. The story is much stronger now than it had been back in November. I honestly can't think of anything that I would change in the story.
That said, I accumulated a lot of rejection letters from my first query-go-around for this novel, many of which were just on the query letter itself, without a writing sample. I also revamped the query letter. It's much stronger now.
So my question is, is it all right to re-query agents? I was only planning on re-querying the ones who rejected the story passed on the old query letter, although I could mention that the novel has been revised since they had last read it. Should I mention that they already rejected the novel?
Querying agents is hard work, and despite all of the agents' blogs that I read, and authors who have agents, I can't help but have some questions. Not that I think there is one right answer for everyone.
And for those that are curious, here are my query stats for my other novel, Hidden in Shadows:
queries sent: 40
partial requests: 4 (2 rejected)
Monday, July 26, 2010
I'm the featured author at Inspirational ebooks! Be sure to leave a comment (with your email addy) to be entered into the weekly drawing for PDF copies of all the ebooks featured this week, including my Woman of Honor.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Just a short post today, a video from youtube called Librarians Do Gaga! It's great! Lady Gaga's Poker Face has been changed into Catalog. Too funny to not share. Enjoy!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Today I thought I would blog about promotion. I haven't done the best of promoting my books lately, at least not very actively, not like I used to. I hardly ever post excerpts on yahoo groups. The only groups I really talk on are ones where we talk about writing, not necessarily to pump up our own.
And yet, according to novelrank, I'm selling steadily despite this.
I have a few guesses. One, I have a lot of contacts on facebook, between my personal page and my fan page. And I post on them when my books are available for a different ereader and I mentioned Barnes and Noble's sale of my books. Normally they sell for 5.99 each, now just 2.56. Not sure how long that's gonna last but that's over 50% off!
I've also been blogging more consistently (lol, I don't think I'll ever be someone who can blog every day though) and I comment on more blogs than I have before. And I'm active on goodreads.
So those are my guesses as to how my sales haven't dropped off despite not actively pushing my books. What avenues of promotions work for you? What seems to affect your sales? What doesn't?
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A writer's worst enemy... time sucks. Whether it's promotion or catching up on emails or facebook or twitter or yahoo groups or even reading blogs, there are so many distractions for a writer, and those are just the ones on the computer! There's also your family and friends and real life (what's that???) and eating and showering. And don't forget the evil writer's block!
My personal writing enemy is definitely time. I have to sacrifice sleep in order to write and as my due date draws ever closer (August 2nd) I'm running out of time before I'll have to take a break from writing, at least until I can get my then two children on some kind of a schedule so I'll have enough sleep that my writing won't be utter crap. So now would be the final push to get as much done as possible and instead of writing, I'm spending more time checking my emails and reading blogs instead. Not using my time the most wisely, I'm afraid, although the past week or so, I have been doing a better job.
What about you? How is your writing going? What is your personal writing worst enemy? And how do you avoid it?
Monday, July 19, 2010
Before I start to query agents widely for Hidden in Shadows, I thought I would post my latest query letter (just the pitch portion) for it:
Lorna McCloud is an assassin hell bent on avenging her father's murder only she has no leads. Soon she has more important issues to deal with than whether to use a dagger or a gun to kill her next target.
First, she's captured by the Paranormal Intelligence Agency, a shady, clandestine organization. A PIA henchman tells Lorna that she has the ability to create and hide in artificial shadows, a power she had unknowingly used during her nightly killings. Lorna distrusts the agency, escapes, and flees to a small island where many of her potential clients want the king dead.
Then Lorna meets the king. Lorna hasn't felt the stirrings of love in a long time, but something about the noble Alaric makes her long for the light after her lifetime spent in shadows.
Torn between murder and love, Lorna has never been able to escape her past or her ardent desire for revenge, and now they may prevent her from her only chance of living a normal, happy life.
What do you think? Do you like it? Would that entice you to request pages?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I've been a bad writer lately. I haven't been doing much, other than thinking about stories and germinating plot bunnies. Not exactly the most productive thing for a writer to be doing... after all, I should be writing! Not just thinking about writing!
But yesterday, I submitted several short stories to different pro magazines. 3 short stories and 4 flash pieces. Which brings my short stories out in the horrific land of limbo to 16. Plus I have 5 or 6 more that I want to polish up some before sending them back out. Writing shorts is easy enough for me... it's getting them accepted that is giving me problems. lol But I keep trying and revising and submitting. That's all I can do. If all the pro markets reject the stories, I'll move down to semi-pro.
An update for Hidden in Shadows:
I received a personalized handwritten rejection from Laura Bradford:
Thanks so much for sending me a sample of Hidden in Shadows and it was a pleasure meeting you at the Lori Foster gathering. Unfortunately, after careful consideration, I have decided to pass on the project. While I love the premise, I just didn't feel swept away by te writing. I wish you all the very best luck finding a great home and enthusiastic champion for your work.
Not a bad rejection letter. I'll take anything that isn't form, lol
I'm still tweaking Hidden in Shadows query letter. Once I'm finally happy with it, I'll be querying agents for it. Wish me luck!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Medieval Chronicle is an online magazine devoted to (surprise, surprise) the Middle Ages. I'm a recurring columnist there, with my first introductory article is now available. The best part? My article is available for free this time around, even if you don't have a subscription! Here is the direct link.
My column is called To Reap the Harvest in Due Season and in each issue, I'll write about different women as they go about their lives trying to fight the elements and the land to cultivate and feed their families.
If you read my article and enjoy it, consider subscribing. Annual subscriptions (6 issues) is only $10.00. One issue is regularly $3.00.
One more quick item: my books are on sale at Barnes and Noble. $2.56 instead of $5.99! That's over half off! And even if you don't own a Nook, B&N has a free ereader program that you can download onto your computer. So pick up your copy of Woman of Honor or Knight of Glory or Be Mused today before the sale ends (which I have no idea when it will).
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Just a quick post to say Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow American bloggers and a wonderful Sunday to those who aren't American. Anyone have any exciting plans for today?
Saturday, July 3, 2010
The lovely Stina Lindenblatt gave away a bunch of blog awards and let the recipients pick which one they wanted so I choose this lovely one:
And I pass this award onto:
Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins
Carolina Valdez Miller