Abaddon books recently released a new novella/novellette Midnight in the Garden Centre of Good and Evil by friend, fellow writer and Inkbot buddy Colin Sinclair. I had the privilege of beta reading a pre-release version of this funny, scary, dark story and the even greater privilege of being quoted in an author blurb on the work's cover. COVER BLURB! I FEEL SO PROFESSIONAL! Ahem, yes. Check out the awesome cover below, then head on over to Amazon and grab a copy. YOUR BRAIN WILL THANK YOU!
Funny thing about writers: for all our creativity, we are (generally speaking) an INSANELY self-doubting bunch, always focusing on what we HAVEN'T done, or HAVEN'T accomplished and seldom focusing on all the great things we HAVE achieved. I'm as guilty of this as any writer (more so, in fact) and so I decided to do a post to recognize all the effort I've put into my writing this year. Are these accomplishments? HELL YES, even if half the stuff doesn't involve an actual publication! I think this list will give non-writers some idea of how just much work goes into being a writer, and will hopefully prompt my writer friends to jot down their own activities and give themselves a little fist bump for their awesomeness. So, here goes:
I recently started beating myself up for not writing any new novels this year. Then I realized I've edited a total of SIX novels since January 1st.
Oh, and if anyone is interested, I've sent out 50+ queries between SimSim (which I've primarily been querying), Serengeti and Eddy, so add queries and synopses to that writing total. I HATE QUERIES AND SYNOPSES! Most of the responses so far have been polite rejections or the dreaded 'no response', but to-date I've gotten four full requests and two partials on SimSim and a full and a partial on Serengeti. There's something there, I've just gotta find the right agent to recognize it. :)
Short stories are how we authors get our 'little wins' while waiting for that big novel break. They typically don't pay much but it's amazing how one little short story sale can fuel an author's creative drive for months on end.
New Stories Written:
I haven't posted to my own blog as much as I should (I'M SO SORRY, YOU POOR NEGLECTED BLOG!) but I did complete two special, guest posts for my publisher that you can find here and here. Normally I wouldn't mention blog posts since they're kind of par for the course, but these two were a bit more...creative than usual, so I thought they were worth noting.
So, that's it at a macro level, along with marketing for my two books (Breakshield and Seiokana, of course). Not a huge list, but I'll tell you this little list has consumed an absolute TON of my time. I recently submitted SimSim and Serengeti to Hodderscape as part of their open submissions period so maybe that will garner same late year interest. In the meantime, I'll keep querying, and keep hoping there's an agent out there that loves my stories as much as I do.
J.B. Rockwell grew up reading fairy tales, folklore and mythology, as well as anything and everything about ancient cultures and their history, and never lost her taste for any of it. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two cats, all of whom provide inspiration for her stories, whether they know it or not.