Mini-Musing –This is a Scary Business

So I’m cleaning my office today, despite being on stay-cation.  Trust me, it’s messy and needs it.  Now last time I did this I mentioned on Facebook that I came across some books I don’t recall purchasing and/or reading.  I guess it happens when you have almost 400 books in your office alone and keep buying more every month or so.

Some of the books, I took the time to look up the authors to learn more about them and to see if they had more works.  Some did of course but many didn’t.  In fact a few of them seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth – or at least off of the internet.  It just makes you wonder what happened.  Did life make it impossible from them to continue?  Did the publishers cancel their contracts for whatever reason?  Did they decide writing wasn’t for them or only wanted to do one or two books?  Did they pass away?  

For example here are some of the books I have been looking over and whether or not they have a sequel.

Diana Marcellas – Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea.  There seems to be one sequel and a few other books and some reprints by another publisher.  The last being 2014.  There’s no website or blog for her.  I did find a posting on Goodreads from her ex- who gives some additional info and provides pen names, but there’ still nothing recent.

S.D. Tower – The Assassins of Tamurin.  I really liked this book if I recall.  But she’s not written anything since, looks like or at least I’m not finding anything.

Devin Cary – The Winter Queen.  This is another book I liked reading and again nothing online except re-sale copies.

Drew Bowling – The Tower of Shadows.  I haven’t read this yet and I want to but it’s Book 1 and there’s no indication of a Book 2.

Caiseal Mor – The Meeting of the Waters.  It looks like the author is concentrating on music which is cool of course but this has one sequel and that was in 2010.

This is just a sampling.  I hope all of the authors are planning to return to this hectic thing that we all love called writing, because I’d love to see the continuation of their stories.  In the meantime, I’m going to try and find as many new authors that I can and discover new works.  And of course, purchase more bookshelves.

Peace~

CJ

Musing 5/30/16–OK, so I bent the rules a bit.

First off, have a great Memorial Day everyone and remember to take the time to honor the brave men and women who protect our freedoms!  I have an important article posted on my Facebook page but here is it again: Memorial Day 2016: In defense of memorials to our military heroes.  Read it and look to see if there’s a monument you may have to protect.

I’m on stay-cation right now which to me is the best type of vacation you can take.  I’m finishing up school work and chores today then I’ll have the entire week to do my thing.

I had a very interesting last week.  I participated in Query Kombat as stated in my last post and actually had a blast!  The contest is fairly well known and is presented by authors Michelle Hauck, Michael Anthony and Laura Heffernan.

My query wasn’t chosen but I have had two very nice authors volunteer to critique my query, so here’s a shout out to the fabulous, Elizabeth Roderick  and T. Frohock!  Elizabeth BTW is the author who gave me the heads-up about the chat and stuck with me throughout the contest.

Now here’s where I bent my own rule.  After Query Kombat there was a 140 Twitter Pitch contest for those authors whose queries weren’t chosen.  Now you’ve read how I feel about Twitter Pitch contests and how my feelings haven’t changed.  But again after posting this:

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I received an extraordinary amount of positive feedback, encouraging me not to let some a**hole (well maybe not that word but you get the idea) ruin it for me.  And I’m giving a shout-out to them all!  May your books end up on the bestseller list!  So with the help of author Kathleen S. Allen (MAJOR SHOUT OUT!) to help me tweak the choices I obtained from Carissa Taylor’s Twitter Pitch Logline Generator, with a shout-out to author Tina Spear,  I was actually able to come up with a few good pitches, and then of course received the request to critiques.  So I guess I can try another one.  I’m still a bit wary because this was only one contest so I suppose we’ll see how the next ones goes.  Peace ~

CJ

 

Musings 5/15/16–Just an Old Fashioned Update

It’s been way too long since I posted something but I can’t promise that will change in the future.  Is anyone reading this blog at all?  I think maybe once in a great while I get a comment.  Of course I’m always appreciative when that happens.  I’ve just been a bit discouraged lately when it’s come to my writing.  That and the problems I’ve been having at the 9 to 5 if you follow my Facebook page.  Top that off with the journey to obtain my BS in Business Management takes up a lot of time and causes a lot of stress.  One more so than the other.

I’m not feeling too well right now, so I’m going to sit here quietly and sip some ginger ale.

But, now I believe I’m back in the game.  I participated for the first time in a query chat – namely the chat associated with #QueryKombat.  They are one of the group of folks who present some of the Twitter Pitch contests.  No, this doesn’t mean I’ve changed my mind about them.  However, my participation started with a post:

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I came upon the #qkchat rather by accident  and it caught my interest.  Even though I’ve been in this business for decades I still have questions – especially now with the way the business is changing.  Just re-read some of my Writing the Way I See It posts.  A fellow author very graciously advised me of the 9:00 pm time and I managed to get home early enough to participate.  And what a good time I had!  In fact a good time was had by all.  Drop by my Twitter Page to see the questions and answers and to look over the chat tweets in general.  They are very informative.

So tomorrow #QueryKombat submission opens May 16th at 9:00 am EST and closes on May 20th at 12:00 pm.  The link above is to the submission guideline pages.  Basically, you’ll be presenting the query for a completed work to be looked at by a list of agents. Have a look around the websites of the sponsors and the Twitter feed for more information.  After this, I’ll probably hang out on Twitter for awhile.  But I say, give it a try.

Now I’m off to tweak the appearance of this blog and my website.

Peace~

CJ

MUSINGS 3/20/16 ~ Writing The Way I See It Part 3: Twitter Pitch Contests.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring and that damn groundhog has some serious explaining to do.  After a week of wonderfully warm weather we get hit again with freezing temperatures.  I have a mountain of gardening catalogs sitting in my office and my desk at work and I can’t do a thing with them.  Well that’s not entirely so, I can order what I need although the seeds will sit around the house for awhile.

Was a bit bummed today.  I’m officially on spring break from school so I am finding myself without activities for the first time.  I just bought one of those stand-up freezers a few weeks ago and have filled it with all kinds of goodies so grocery shopping is no longer a worry, although I wonder what we would do if the power went out.  But after Big Brother and I watched about twenty episodes of Fairy Tail, I felt a bit better.

So if you happened to stop by my Facebook page and looked at my Twitter, I mentioned something that’s kind of been discouraging me lately.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I give all the authors who obtained representation this way a big Boo-Yah!  For those of you who happen to be visiting here and may not have seen it, I spoke of what seems to be a new and rising trend, Twitter pitch contests.  I’ve spoken of this in a previous musings from 2/15/15 – wow, a little over a year later Writing the way I see it:  Changes in the Industry.

I recently was looking on Query Tracker, and checking to see if there were any new comments when I came upon one where the author had happily announced she’d taken part in a Twitter pitch contest last week and got a full request the next day!  Again, I say Boo-yah.  But on the other hand I sent a query letter to that same agent back in January and haven’t heard a thing yet.  I’ve also seen pitch contest requests get offered representation a few days after the initial request.  How do agents go through a full manuscript so fast?

But as to what I printed exactly on Facebook it was:

Maybe I shouldn’t say this but sometimes it’s very discouraging when you take months or even years to perfect your query letter as many an agent and editor has instructed, only to read that someone got a full request at one of those Twitter Pitch Contests on the same day. Meanwhile I and others like me have to wait months or years before we hear any word, if ever. Should we even bother with query letters anymore? I tried a Twitter Pitch contest once and all I got was my work dissed (no, not a critique) by an “author” who didn’t even have anything published or even a web presence as far as I could see. And when I complained to the people that ran it, no response. To add injury to insult, my comments on that person’s novel idea never appeared.

So is the query letter soon to go the way of cassette tapes and floppy disks?  Sorry I can’t think of any appropriate examples.  Oh wait – the way of publishers who actually accepted unsolicited manuscripts?  So are we now all going to have to learn to tout our books in 140 characters or less?  Maybe I’m over-thinking it as usual but still – sometimes I feel like the query is being kicked to the curb.  And I still have no desire to pare down a 95,000 word book into two sentences.

Peace ~

CJ

Soul Fires AVAILABLE NOW!!

Boo-Yah!  Soul Fires is now available for purchase at Liquid Silver Books!  So show some love and stop by the Liquid Silver Books* site and order your copy today!  And stick with me until this weekend and I’ll have a nice contest set up!  It’s been a awhile since I’ve hit the virtual shelves and I am so proud of this work!  I know you will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!  And as always feel free to drop me an email and tell me what you thought!  Peace~

CJ

 

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Author C.J. Black
Series Soul Fires
Book # 1
Genre GLBT, M/M, Paranormal, Contemporary, Demons, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Incubi
Heat Level 3
Words 34,000
Content Notes Spicy, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse
Publication Date 12/21/2015

 

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A missing journal, a thief in the night, unbridled passion between two men with ethereal powers that sets their souls on fire … C.J. Black is pleased to present Book 1 of her paranormal romance series Soul Fires. Myles Bryce and Demetrius Jordan live in a world where things really do go bump in the night. Together, they’ll have to find a way to stop the evil stalking them. Hot, sexy, and filled with all manner of paranormal beings, you’ll love Soul Fires!

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