If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

WWK welcomes Welcome Wednesday author interview guests--Edith Maxwell (writing as Maddie Day) 11/4, Elizabeth Duncan 11/11, and J. A. Hennrickus (writing as Julianne Holmes) 11/25, to our blog. Polly Iyer is filling in for us on 11/18 due to a delayed publication. Thanks, Polly! Our guest bloggers this month are--Sam Bohrman (11/7) and Pat Gulley (11/14) in addition to our steadfast Saturday bloggers, Sam Morton (11/21), and Kait Carson (11/28).

Kait's blog will be our last in 2015. Warren Bull will introduce the holiday season on 11/29. Gloria Alden, KM Rockwood, Shari Randall, E. B. Davis, and Paula Gail Benson will present holiday shorts among the holidays. Please look at our 2015 Guest Calendar for December dates. We will resume blogging on 1/3/16.

Maria Barbo at HarperCollins's Katherine Tegen Books has bought a debut YA fantasy by Sarah Henning, tentatively titled Heartless and pitched as the never-before-told origin story of the sea witch from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" told in the vein of Wicked – from the villainess's point of view. Publication is set for fall 2017; Rachel Ekstrom at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for world rights. Congratulations, Sarah! --Publishers Weekly 11/9/15

Gloria Alden released the sixth book in her Catherine Jewell mystery series. Carnations for Cornelia is available at Amazon. Congratulations, Gloria.

Congratulations to WWK's Carla Damron. Carla's book, The Stone Necklace, will be released on February 2, 2016. Pat Conroy served as Carla's editor on this project. For further information, look on Facebook or Amazon.

Warren Bull's "When Stinking Aliens Take Over Your Planet" appears in the new Whortleberry Press anthology, Strange Mysteries 6. "The Interview" was chosen to appear in the Flash Bang Mysteries anthology. The anthologies are available on Amazon in paper or Kindle formats.

"A Matter of Honor" by Robert Dugoni and Paula Gail Benson will be published in the first Killer Nashville anthology, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD BLOODED, released on October 27, 2015.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Explaining Progress to TWDW

Explaining Progress to TWDW

It is hard enough for an author to continue writing given the paucity of positive feedback. I find even sharing the feedback with TWDW (Those who do not write, which is nearly everybody) is a difficult matter.

In New Zealand, not only am I in the land of the Kiwis, I am in the Communications Disorders Department of Canterbury University where my wife Judy is a visiting professor. When people ask about how my writing is going, I have a great deal of difficulty communicating.

Since I’ve been here I had one short story published in the e-zine Yellow Mama. That’s easy enough to describe. I also had a story accepted for future publication in Lost Coast Review. Also in the, “No worries, Mate” category in terms of describability.

Two friends said they would write a review of Murder Manhattan Style for Amazon.com As a writer that’s great news, if it actually happens. If everyone who said they would write a positive review actually did, I would easily have twenty, five star reviews instead of five.

When the publisher of an e-book version of Murder Manhattan Style asked for the cover picture so he could adapt it for publication, I was stoked but it was harder to explain why. One more inch toward publication but I did not know when the book would be out or how to order it. Giving a reason for happiness beyond saying, “one more inch of progress,” is hard. One editor sent me a copy of the cover of an anthology I will have a story in. A different few millimeters forward toward publication but the date is still uncertain and it cannot yet be ordered yet. Both of those steps are progress along the long march to publication. I received from an editor of a different anthology who sent suggested changes in my work for me to review and respond to. That is an advance from a place much earlier along the long slog. Since projects are in various stages of development, that means I have been producing and sending out work over time. It also means that I have been getting acceptances fairly often. Good things, but not exciting to talk about with TWDW.

If I tired to explain this I would have to add my internal automatic cautions that projects sometimes fail to reach fruition for a variety of issues outside my control including the health of the editor and the financial health of the publisher.

I also think if I took the time to explain all the steps and pitfalls between writing and publication people would cut the conversation short, start to avoid me in the hallways and possibly even run in the opposite direction when they see me coming.

I wonder how a stonemason building a medieval cathedral responded to the question, “How was work today, honey?” Did the mason reply, “Great! I finished a gargoyle’s nostril in record time.” or “Not so well. A stone fell from the third flying buttress on the left, nearly crushing two horses.” Maybe the worker just brushed the dust off and answered, “What’s for dinner?”

What do you say when TWDW ask you about your writing?


E. B. Davis said...

A rep from my local SinC chapter called to find out what I've had published this year. Their November meeting is devoted to promoting their writers. Although I had three stories accepted this year, only one will actually be published this year, and when I mention this one, I added that the story was pure romance.(A Shaker of Margaritas: Cougars on the Prowl-Mozark Press-probably November 2011) To which she stated, sorry-we only promote crime fiction. Oh well...

Since my WIP isn't ready to submit, no one is even asking me anymore. At least my SinC chapter assumed I was still in the game. Yes, it is discouraging, Warren.

Pauline Alldred said...

The stone mason probably said, what work? I do this for eternity and, from my point of view, it's probaly going to take that long to complete.

Warren Bull said...

EB, No wonder why people think I just sit around all day. Not long ago when I friend asked what plans I had for the day I answer, "I'll be writing at home all day."
"Good," he answered then I can call you any time,"

Warren Bull said...

Pauline, LOL. That's how a writer feels too.

Victoria said...

I think I'll just answer "974 words today," or "1,500 words today" next time someone asks. Their eyes glaze over if I go into any more detail than that, anyway.

Warren Bull said...

Victoria, They don't understand how much mental sweat and effort went into those words.