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Sunday night always comes too soon

Actually, this was a reasonably productive weekend. Yesterday evening we went over to framefolly's place to celebrate her birthday (a little late), going out for extremely delicious Korean food, then back to her place to chat and play with WII for a while. Fun stuff!

Today we got The Mom's shopping done, then back home to FINALLY catch up completely with Craig Ferguson (the DVR is now completely empty except for a few saved Craig eppies and the David Tennant Hamlet which I still need to watch). Read some of my Thyroid book and ripped a bunch more CDs. Was very bad today and ate hardly anything of value (except for some leftover pasta), and even just had cherry shortcake for dinner (a little angelfood cake from Costco, fresh cherries, whipped cream). Took a long bath, reading a chapter and a half of Our Mutual Friend, and am now watching episodes of M*A*S*H on TV Land.

Summer has come to Phoenix with a vengeance. Inside is good.

My arm hurts. It may finally be time to actually talk to the Doc about my various problems. I've always hated going to the doctor for anything unless I was actually, you know, dying. Besides the fact the last time I went in, I ended up paying $42 OOP for seven minutes with the nurse practitioner.

I need both encouraging words AND a new list of publishers and/or agents. I believe I've sent Ring of Fire to every one I had on my old list. I know my lackadasicality would make me an instant washout if I went to Smashwords, since I can't even market myself with paying publishers. (At least Smashwords doesn't charge.)

Scary stuff.

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cornerofmadness
Jun. 7th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
while i don't have a ready list of agents, i still think you shuld try marketing it as urban fantasy if you already haven't. I think the last time we talked about this it had made the romance rounds
wildrider
Jun. 7th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
I did indeed start to, but I'm really not sure where to turn next. I need a new "Writer's Market," although I'd like one that specializes in fantasy fiction (the last actual book I bought was one of your standard market ones, and not really that helpful!).

dsgood
Jun. 7th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
http://ralan.com
http://duotrope.com

Both better for spec-fic markets than Writer's Market, in my opinion.
wildrider
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
I am on Ralan's list; I need to use it better. Thanks!
cornerofmadness
Jun. 7th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
www.ralan.com used to have some for the novel. it's more a short story source. i think a lot of this has moved online which is rather dangerous IMO
wildrider
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
I am on Ralan's list, but now you mention it, I did notice it was largely marketing for short stories, which sadly, I don't write (I try, I do try, but they never seem to be able to come out that way).
cornerofmadness
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
and most don't pay enough to make it worth your while to write in the first place
ljs
Jun. 7th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
Hurrah for your weekend!

[hugs]
wildrider
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
{hug!}
framefolly
Jun. 7th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the bowls and the dinner! It was a terrific birthday celebration :)

I hope the doctor will be helpful and not ridiculously priced.

The scary link is scary. I moved the spill to my NY home and gasped at the scale.
wildrider
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Nommy, nommy foods!

We shall see. I'm going to force myself to follow a strict diet this week, see how it goes, and call for an appointment. *crossed fingers*

I know. I was moving it all over the country to see that -- that when centered over Phoenix it stretched from Winslow to Blythe, California, was horrifying!
nutmeg3
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest checking out the e-pubs or the e-/paper combo pubs, like Ellora's Cave, which is big on very sexy paranormal romance. I haven't heard about Smashwords, but it looks like self-pubbing in e-format, and if that's true, I recommend trying all the paying routes first.
wildrider
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
I've been turned down by a couple of the e-pubs, but I'm sure I didn't have all of them.

The hard part was I initially was turned down by several places because I was marketing this book as a paranormal romance, but most of my readers agree it's really Urban Fantasy, leading to different potential markets BUT I'd already cut myself on some potentials by going with a somewhat inaccurate cover letter...

I'm beginning to wonder if I shouldn't work on my SECOND truly completed novel and see if I can get that accepted (as Urban Fantasy, but historical -- yikes), and THEN when publisher is got, THEN push Ring of Fire.

I just totally suck at self-promotion, is the bottom line here!
nutmeg3
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
That's actually a good plan. Not to mention there's no reason not to be marketing both of them simultaneously.
wildrider
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Now to do it!
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