Saturday, April 25, 2009

On Dreams Coming True

Hi,

I am working hard on making my dream come true. I want (and I am going) to be an author with books published by medium to bigger sized publishing companies. So, of course, I am very interested when someone who is already there talks about the business. I was very surprised about the financial figures of a NYT-Bestseller. As you can see, if you want to get rich being an author (even a best-selling one) isn't the best way to go.

On the other hand, giving up is not a good option as Toni McGee Causey pointed out in a blogpost (the second half is more interesting for writers although the first bit is great, too. That woman has quite a voice!).

So here I am, slowly assembling the bits and pieces that I need for my next novel. It will be another YA-Fantasy. The setting will be as close to 1001 Arabian Nights as I can make it and the main character will be a girl in a society where girls have little to no respect. So she will have to dress up as a boy at least for part of the book. It's going to be interesting, I think. She will also meet some creatures that belong to the Egyptian mythology (like the Phoenix and the Sphinx) because her adversary will be an Egyptian magician. Let's see how much closer to my dream this project will bring me.

The 1% inspiration is nearly done, so off to the 99% of transpiration...
Cat

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Starting a new project

Hi,

after being "idle" for a while (meaning that I cured a really bad cold while trying to keep the house from tumbling down and getting the kids dressed right for school with enough food to get by) I began my next project. The first step, as always, is getting an idea. Well, as any writer can tell you, ideas are the most difficult part of the whole process. Once you sweat out your idea, sitting down for 3-5 month writing thousands of words every day revising them again and again and sending them out to unsuspecting agents and/or publishers is easy as eating cream.

So, if it is so hard to get ideas how do writers do that? It's a big secret and I'm only sharing it because I remember the time before I became a writer. Sitting there, staring at an empty piece of paper with a scented candle mumbling prayers to the Muses and still not receiving anything. Only when I turned to the Internet I found what I was looking for. Could it be that the Muses digitalized themselves and took up residence in Seventh Sanctum? It is a great place to get ideas. You can come up with such breathtaking ideas as:
  • The corrupt cop who is the last of a lost species and who is the inheritor of a mysterious power.
  • The eccentric homeless person who awaits the perfect student.
  • The rare good member of an otherwise irredeemably evil race who is the last of a lost species.
With ideas like these you can't fail. Every agent and publisher is bound to fall to his/her knees begging you to send in your manuscript. Go ahead, play with the generators and write (did I mention that writing is the easy part?). We'll see each other in writer's heaven (the so called publishing world) and you can tell me your experiences.

By the way, thanks to "Pecked by Ducks" for the link.
Have a great time,
Cat

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Holidays

Hi,

I began planning my next project with the techniques learned in Holly Lisle's "How to Think Sideways" course. I came up with some really interesting conflicts. Also I was surprised at how many fascinating fearytale creatures can be found in "1001 Nights". I will use many in my story because they will provide interesting twists and problems for my protagonist. I am really looking forward to writing this story.

In the last two months some writers and agents have been trying to "help" each other with "Queryfail" and "Agentfail". It resulted in some very unfriendly commentary. I personally can't understand the hustle. We should be glad for what the agents do. Without them many books wouldn't get the right editor. And the agents should be glad that we are writing books otherwise they would be out of a job.
If you have never heard of the "war" you will find a funny overview here.

Enjoy the sunny weather (if you have some),
Cat

Saturday, April 4, 2009

April already

Hi,

I meant to post a little folly on April Fool's Day but I got seriously ill instead. That way, I was fooled. Lucky for me, my kids behaved. Somehow they can if they know I'm not well (which doesn't happen all that often).

I am glad that I finished "Victor's Rage". It is now out on submission and I hope to hear something in a month or two. Also, my agent had some encouraging news for me and we brainstormed several new projects. I decided on a YA in a setting resembling 1001-Arabian-Nights. It (for now called "Amadi") is shaping up nicely and if all goes well I will start writing by the end of the month.

Till then I will tend my garden. At the moment it is an overgrown, uneven wasteland with wild narcissus blooming everywhere. But since I want other plants to grow, too, it's about time I get involved. The last two days (with a lot of sunshine) I weeded the 4 flowerbeds to the front and filled them with bark mulch. Next week will find me in the back-garden freeing the roses from the creepers and clipping raspberries and blackberries.

I wish all of you just as much fun in the sun,
Cat