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Dark Road Rising [Jul. 28th, 2008|04:55 pm]
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It's been a long and winding road, so to speak, but I have in my hands the contract from Ace for the next Jack Fleming novel, Dark Road Rising, courtesy of my completely amazing agent, Lucienne Diver of the Knight Literary Agency.  Please do check her blog as it's really, really Teh Cool--which is quite a feat since she lives in a baking hot state that is not Texas.

There you will find, in case you missed it, the cover of Rachel Caine's forthcoming Weather Wardens book, Gale Force and an interview with Marjorie M. Liu. You'll recall that Marjorie has a wonderful story in BFSHoneymoon and some great novels for your reading pleasure.

Cruise over to Rachel's blog, because she has an awesome drawing going on concerning the release of Gale Force.

Dang, maybe if I pimped my own books as much as I do others my sales might go up! ;>D

Back to the contract--don't expect the book to be out next month, 'cause that's just not gonna happen. Maybe a year from now if we're REALLY lucky. The good part is the book is finished, and I delivered a final draft copy. Next time I see the MS will be after the editor's put in her stuff, and after that I see galleys--which is a stack of photocopies of the typeset pages. I go over that for typos & such, turn it in, then they make a book and send it to the stores.

In big time publishing this takes awhile to do, but it's worth it. Nothing quite matches walking into a B&N and seeing my book on the shelf. That NEVER GETS OLD, trust me.

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A sidebar to those who still think you have to pay to get published--and there are many scam sites that tell you this--I did NOT pay to get this contract.

In REAL publishing the money flows to the writer.

How you get published is to WRITE WELL, send stuff in, and a publisher buys it from you or your agent. You do NOT lose your copyright, rights or anything, I promise! You GET a CHECK and it's not that ridiculous joke of one dollar that PubliSHAMerica tosses at its victims.

For the others who know this, please spread the word. I still get folk asking me how much it costs to get published and one of these days my head will explode, and we can't have that.
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Back in the real world....

More good news is that Dark Road Rising--and I HOPE they will keep the title!!!--is supposed to be in trade paperback, which means it won't cost nearly as much as a hardcover.

I'm put off by HC prices too, but I will often buy a trade as it's not that much more than a mass market size paperback and easier for me to hold. HCs are too heavy, and regular paperbacks have an annoying habit of springing from my grasp to tumble across the floor. (I'm not making that up, I think they have invisible kangaroo legs.)

In the meantime, see the previous post about the Strahd comic book that's out next month--I don't know what date exactly, as I don't check their site daily.

For those unfamiliar with Strahd, he's the bad-ass but elegant vampire  from the Ravenloft universe. Think Dracula with magic and some heavy influence from Barnabas Collins since Strahd's ### # ## #### ###### ## #### ### #######. (SPOILERS!!!!)

Back in '92 I was asked to write his autobiography (AKA a work-for-hire book for TSR) and things went well.  Some years later I wrote another Strahd book for WotC. You can still find them on Amazon, just search strahd & my name.

In between I did a short story for Tales of Ravenloft, which I adapted for Devil's Due Publishing.

Isn't this a simple, non-screwy business??

Anyway, you don't need to know much more than that about him to enjoy the comic.

Word of warning--they are expecting it to sell out FAST. Strahd is the single most popular character in the Ravenloft universe (everyone loves a slightly murderous, neck-nibbling bad boy--just ask Spike!) so your local comic store will likely run short. You can mail order from the publisher--I THINK!--so check it out.

 I can't wait to see it. I've no idea what kind of art is on the inside, just the cover. 

But whoa, baby!
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[User Picture]From: paradisacorbasi
2008-07-28 10:55 pm (UTC)

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More Jack! Awesome! Thank you for the heads up!

Plus all the other goodies on top!

[User Picture]From: la_azteca
2008-07-28 11:01 pm (UTC)

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Looking forward to the next Jack Fleming novel.
[User Picture]From: vila_resthal
2008-07-29 03:06 am (UTC)

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Pat, you're so right about the perils of "Vanity Press" publishers. This was one of the main themes of my panel discussion at this year's LibertyCon. I told the kids that attended my panel that "anyone who wants you to pay them to publish your work, or even for what they call 'reading fees' is EEEEEEVVVILLLLLLLLLLLLL and is a scam artist trying to con you out of cash that you probably never will have. Honest publishers pay YOU, taking a chance that your stopries will make money for both you and themselves."

Thanks again for putting the word out about those folks who would seek to prey upon beginning writers.

And congrats on the next Jack Fleming book! I'll do my usual and buy the first paperback copy that I see. I don't have shelf space for hardbacks in my tiny little house. Never stop writing, dear Lady. Your work is one of the high points of my reading pleasure, and has been for many years.

Dan Hollifield
Aphelion Webzine
[User Picture]From: jmward14
2008-07-29 03:17 am (UTC)

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Yay! Can't wait!
Hugs, happy dances and confetti,
Jean Marie
[User Picture]From: blackaire
2008-07-29 05:45 am (UTC)

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YAY. I'm so happy I got to blurb this.
[User Picture]From: p_n_elrod
2008-07-29 04:32 pm (UTC)

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And I was so delighted to get your blurb on this!

Thank you again!!!
From: vyrdolak1998
2008-07-29 06:15 am (UTC)

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Congrats on getting your contract!
[User Picture]From: sanqhian
2008-07-29 01:42 pm (UTC)

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I eagerly await the release of Dark Road Rising, even if it is months away. Jack is easily my favorite vampire.

I do have one question for you, and no, it's not how much you paid to get published. =P I've been wondering for a short time now; does getting published by an online magazine count as a publishing credit? Can it be used on a query letter or do agents not really care? Thanks. =)
[User Picture]From: p_n_elrod
2008-07-29 04:42 pm (UTC)

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It depends on the on-line magazine. If it is a large, well-known publication that pays real money to buy your stuff it might count. Jim Baen's Universe is a good example. http://www.baens-universe.com/

If they paid an advance for the work it might count. That used to not be so.

But Baen's Universe being the exception, it's still not as good for your resume as selling something to a print magazine.

You can have 20 stories in a dozen e-magazines, but agents and acquisitions editors are only going to be interested in the one story you sold to Ellery Queen.

The short answer is that e-magazine publishing credits are usually worth the paper they're printed on.

You can put it in a query letter, but be ready to have it all dismissed.

[User Picture]From: rachelcaine
2008-07-31 01:17 pm (UTC)

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YAY! I'm so happy about the new contract, and oooh, I'm really looking forward to the comic, too! CONGRATULATIONS, ma'am!

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[User Picture]From: p_n_elrod
2008-07-31 02:25 pm (UTC)

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Back atcha! This book was made possible through your contribution of time and patient listening while I whinged on during the writing process, not to mention all that beta-reading!

THANK YOU!