Tuesday, November 24, 2009

NaNoWriMo: Are We There Yet?

It's the final week of NaNoWriMo.org's national novel writing challenge, and eager writers are frantically tapping keys in hopes of hitting the 50k goal by the 30th!

Hitting the goal means typing an *average* of 1667 words daily, and those following that plan should cross the 40k mark today. Some will have fewer words and can catch up with a big burst of word count at the end, and others will already have made the goal. I am happy to say I crossed the goal on day 18, and completed the novel a few days later. Yippee!

So where are you at with writing for this month? 0 words, or 50k+? With 1 week left to go, I challenge YOU to write 10k words! By the end of November you could have written a short story, or 20 percent of your next (first?) novel! Happy writing...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cast Your Vote for Best Trailer Today!

On my Tuesday Trailers segment this week, I posted the two videos that Dragonfyre Entertainment has entered in a book trailer contest over on You Gotta Read Videos' blog.

If you liked the videos we did, please hop on over there today and cast your vote! Kata Sutra's trailer is number 17, and Their Secret Paradise's trailer is number 18 on the list. There are lots of great videos up there, so take a look and vote for your fave! (Hope it's one of ours, LOL!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Trailers Twofer!

As promised during my week-long Good Book Trailers series, on select Tuesdays I'll be showcasing and reviewing YOUR promotional trailers!

This Week's Promo Trailer, well, it's really TWO trailers, and they're both trailers designed by my joint husband/wife venture, Dragonfyre Entertainment.

The reason I bring these up today is because both trailers have been entered into a book trailer contest over on YOU GOTTA READ VIDEOS! #1 will be featured on their blog today, and #2 tomorrow. Voting for trailers showcased this month will take place between November 21-26.

Trailer 1:

What I Love About This Video:

This was cool to make because of all the action and martial arts in the novel, which is different than the usual romance trailers I've made. My absolute favorite parts of the vid are the music by the awesome Kyoto Connection, and the jump to live action footage via the motorcycle speeding around a curve. The music segues nicely into the shift, too.

Trailer 2:

What I Love About This Video:

The island paradise scenes turned out really cool, I thought, and the music (again by the fab Kyoto Connection) really ratchets things up. I also like the tagline we came up with for this, "Satisfaction Supernaturally Guaranteed."

Want YOUR trailer featured here in a future TUESDAY TRAILERS? Post a link in the comments, or Email me and tell me where to find your trailer. Meanwhile, it's back to the writing desk!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Featured Spot on Movie Mondays!!

I'm thrilled to say that the spooky HAUNT JAUNTS blog is featuring the short horror film I helped consult/edit! Check out Courtney's awesome blog, "a travel blog for restless spirits!" http://hauntjaunts.net/blog/

Friday, November 06, 2009

Special Call for Submissions

While Eternal Press accepts fiction up to 140k, I'm putting out a special call for shorter work between 10-40k.

We accept a wide range of fiction. Current hot trends include:

*Sci-fi with romance/erotica elements
*M/M erotica

We are currently NOT seeking:

*Non fiction
*Short story collections
*Religious genre fiction. Thematic elements of spiritual beliefs are welcome, but we are not currently publishishing stories that fall into the religious category.

How to Submit to Eternal Press:

Submit a cover letter in the body of the email that contains the following:

Word Count
Brief Synopsis
A bit about you

Although we like to encourage open, free and creative expression, do let us know whether the piece contains any questionable content. For instance, we allow rape under certain circumstances, but it should not be meant to titillate. Writing about child abuse is one thing, but we aren't interested in seeing the acts described in detail.

We do put disclaimers about content if it could potentially disturb our consumers, so do let us know in advance.

Attach the following to your cover letter in .doc or .rtf format (no .docx):

For stories under 50k: The complete manuscript with your contact information, title, word count, and genre at the top.

*For novels 50k +, the first three chapters with your contact information, title, word count, and genre at the top

* Your manuscript should contain either 1-1/2 or double spacing and one inch margins. Use a 12 pt. Book Antiqua font.

Send to Eternal Press with a subject line: SUBMISSIONS_your name_book title to... ceo@eternalpress.ca

Monday, November 02, 2009

What's Your Favorite Yahoo Group?

I don't know about you, but I have belonged to a whole mess of Yahoo Groups at one time or another. In fact, I confess that I currently am subscribed to over 100 groups. Many are writing/reading/publishing-related, naturally, but I'm also part of numerous gardening, regional, spiritual, and homeschooling groups as well. Do I have time to read these? Nope. Many are just places to promo, places I joined because my publishers have arranged author chats there, or places I no longer have the interest to follow.

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and wanting to streamline my chat groups. I'll admit, I look at them and just cannot decide which groups I really want to sit and "chat" on, especially when it comes to author groups. While many of these have active memberships, a whole lot of others are little more than drive-by promotional stops (and I'm guilty of this as much as the rest).

What I want to know is, what is YOUR favorite recommended Yahoo Group for good, friendly, old-fashioned CHATTER? That place where Everybody Knows Your Name, Where can you put up your feet with a cuppa joe to laugh and learn with fellow authors (or readers)? Inquiring minds want to know. I may hear some groups I'm already on, and just need to focus more attention there. Others may be new to me, but deserve a shout out for everyone to see. So dig out those bookmarks and share the wealth!

A few I like for chat:

Amethst Winters and Company --a fun group for chat, also nice hosts for author chats!

Marketing for Romance Writers --Not for general chat, but a good spot to get info on author promotion--without having to sift through any author promos

Romance Junkies Readers --Nice and fun for general chat, and they host a lot of publisher/author chats where they will try to jump in and comment while the authors are "live."

Sunday, November 01, 2009

NaNoWriMo: And...We're Off

Are you NaNoing? If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo, November is officially National Novel Writing Month. In honor of this, writers (published and for the loves alike) attempt to write a 50k novel in 30 days. Hop on over to http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and sign up--there's still time!

This is my 4th NaNoWriMo. I won each of the past three years, completing a total of four projects. Three have been published or are contracted. I love the camaraderie of taking part in something where I know that so many other writers are in there chugging along with me!

A few tips for NaNo:

1. You need to write an average of 1667 words each day to make 50k by November 30th. I like to start off with a bang the first week and strive for 2k+ daily, so that I have a head start for the inevitable times when life crops up and bumps my word count off. (Weeks 2 and 3 are famous for this.)

2. Consider hitting a write-in! On the NaNoWriMo forums, you can join regional boards for your local area and find out who's NaNoing near you! I do a once weekly write-in and it's a lot of fun. We actually DO get writing done, too, and it's a good way to find "sounding boards" when you're stuck for an idea, can't remember a word, etc.

3. Shut off your internal editor. It's not called NaNoEdMo (though there is one), and for this challenge, quantity is what counts, not quality. Of course, you can't cheat and write "la la dee dah" 20k times and be done, and you'll try to write a cohesive tale as you go along. But if you're one to go back and correct sentences, stop and fret over plot holes, etc., this is the time to change your ways--for a month, at least. Just let it rip, let the raw story pour out of you no matter how rough, and sort it all out during the editing phase.

How about it? Any NaNoer's here have favorite tips you'd like to pass along? I can always use more!

Good luck...