Archive for March, 2008

Gimme A Woot! Woot!

March 29, 2008

Finished revisions! Neener! They’re off to the crit partners and I’m back to the serial killer. Is it day 3 in this book yet so I can kill someone again? Bwahahahahahahahaha

I is tired wurk too hard
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Excerpt- When Petals Fall

March 28, 2008

© Copyright Marissa Scott, 2008.

“You don’t mind if I cut in, do you?” purred a feminine voice. Lizzie looked over her shoulder, and got slapped back into reality when she saw Amber Worthington standing behind her. The bimbo stood there dressed in a super short, skintight skirt that barely covered what she so obviously wanted to flaunt. Her low-cut shirt so tight her fake breasts nearly popped out of the V-neck. The woman had a body made for sin and Lizzie had the body of a teenager. If she had one-fourth of what the other woman had up top, she wouldn’t feel nearly as inadequate as she felt right now.

Amber’s timing really sucked. She should let Amber have her turn. Maybe it was for the best. But, damn it, it didn’t feel right. Not for her.

As she started to step out of his embrace, Jake’s arms tightened, holding her close. She glanced up, unable to see past the underside of his clean shaven chin as he said, “Maybe some other time.”

Amber was not a woman to let a minor thing like rejection slow her down. Beyond a fleeting expression of shock, she didn’t give any sign she was discouraged. “I’ll hold you to that.” The sway of her hips as she walked away was designed to have any red blooded man panting. If Jake was panting, he as doing a good job hiding it. She watched his face as they danced, her feet automatically taking the appropriate steps as she mentioned with feigned nonchalance, “You could have danced with her, you know.”

“I didn’t want to.”

“Why not?”

He pulled her closer, spun her around quickly in a half circle then flashed her a killer grin that had her heart leaping in her chest and told her, “I’m dancing with you.”

“She’s after you, you know.”

He shrugged a shoulder.

“Oh come on, Jake. You’re not the least bit interested?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

He raised a brow. “What?”

It was her turn to shrug a shoulder. “Why aren’t you interested?”

“She’s not my type.”

“She doesn’t need to be your type to have sex with her.”

“I’m a grown man, Lizzie. As much as I appreciate your looking out for my interests, I know what I want. The only one I’m interested in is you.”

(more…)

Agent Love and Writing

March 27, 2008

Laura Bradford is the best agent ever. Just saying. I love her. She makes me feel great when I’m down and feeling insecure. My smartest moment was when I sent out partials all over and said, “Eh, what the heck. One more partial can’t hurt, right?” and sent it off to Laura. My wisest moment, ever. She IS Wonder Woman and she’s got a heart of gold.

For my writing, I’m doing revisions… well, additions actually since I’m adding a new chapter one to When Petals Fall. Nearly done. Less than one day of work and it’ll be all done. Woot! I love revisiting Lizzie and Jake, they did win Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight Contest for me last year after all. But for this beginning, I needed to get it right. There is no room for error. Last shot deal here boys and girls. So, I started writing angsty thinking that’s how it’d be after seven years apart. Did. Not. Work. I wrote 1500 words and was like, meh. This sucks. And while it didn’t suck per se, it sucked for what I was trying to achieve. So I took some time to figure it out. I mean, Laura doesn’t breathe down my neck and say, “Revisions, now!” No, she lets me take my time to work shit out. So, I took it. Darn near two full weeks, but I got it. Instead of angsty, it’s light, witty, and full of sexual tension and attraction and I’m enjoying it very much. I also weaved the beginning of the suspense thread a tad earlier which I think totally works (though I do have to change that one tire scene, KATE! REMIND ME! Thanks!)

Overall, I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished. Do I think I could have accomplished it faster? *shrug* Probably. Would it be as good? Probably not.

Now, once I get the last 1200 words or so written (tonight (Friday)), I’ll send it off to my crit partner Jen to go through and then to Kate to see if either Jen or I missed anything–Kate has the eyes of a hawk, love that! She sees things no one else can, amazing that sister of mine. I was saying… Then it comes to me to finish it up, tie off any loose ends, and zip it back to Laura for her input. I may or may not have more edits/revisions (which if I do I’ll fix immediately) and then it’s back to the lovely Laura to pitch to the editors.

Then! I’m back to my serial killer. Oh how I love this story. Felicity Harper and Gabe Morietti. Sigh. They are the most unlikely pair, yet they accentuate one another perfectly.

Tomorrow I’ll share an excerpt of When Petals Fall. I think maybe from the dance scene. What say you Kate? Dance scene? Or the very beginning? Hmm…

Thanks for listening to me ramble! Hugs chicas and chicos!!!

Wednesday Writing Update

March 26, 2008

Ok, so good things to report today. I’ve pretty much finished revisions of the beginning of the book, so now I can get working on new stuff, which is great, since I haven’t in a while.

All in all, with all the revisions and additions and deletions that I did, I ended up adding about 2,000 words to the story as a whole. I wrote a WHOLE lot more than that in general, because because I deleted so much, it averaged to about 2k of additions. And I’m totally satisfied with that!

Also, I finished first edits on a book I’m editing for WCP. It was a great story and really easy edits, so I was happy sending that over to the author yesterday. I should be getting back edits shortly from another author, so I’ll have those to do over the weekend.

Things seem to feel really good right now. And baby’s doing great! We’ll be painting the nursery this weekend. As of today, I’ve officially started the 7th month! 🙂

When it all falls apart…

March 21, 2008

You know how I seemed so utterly enthused yesterday about writing? Well, I wrote over 2000 words yesterday. In one day. I was so proud of myself.

Only to find out this morning that work had had some sort of server error in the middle of my writing, so it didn’t save ANYTHING of what I did. Nothing. There are a lot of people up in arms this morning about their work not being saved, but I’m DEVASTATED. I had e-mailed myself the document when I was finished, as I always do, only to open it this morning to see THE OLD DRAFT. I had been saving and saving all afternoon and it had saved NOTHING. Freaking. Server.
Luckily I had sent a scene to Marissa to look at, so I have that. And I have the general idea of what happened, so it shouldn’t take me TOO long to rewrite. But egads, what a serious blow. I perfected a lot there, and to have to do it all again… It’s hard and intimidating, when coming in today I was ready and raring on hitting the next chapter.

Sigh. Off to work while I have at least some memory of what I wrote… 😦

Please excuse our look…

March 20, 2008

…as we migrate to a springy theme. 🙂

Listen up, BICHOK

March 20, 2008

No, I did not just swear (though it sounded kind of mean, huh? ;-)). BICHOK stands for Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard.

And you know what? That’s what I’ve been doing. I have forced myself to get over this huge fear of rewriting the beginning of my book. Why did I need to? I couldn’t move on later in the book with it written as it was, so I knew it needed to happen.

Do you know what it feels like to look at 100 single spaced pages and know that a good portion of it is going to change? Gah. INTIMIDATING.

But sometimes you just have to open the document, stare at it in fright for 10 minutes, and put those hands on the keyboard and START. Work through the fear, and find the story again. Yes, it’s changing. Change is scary. But I’ve started. And every time I open that document and change a little more, it still scares me.

But I told that BICHOK I would do it, and so I am.

On a side note, Jaci Burton wrote a lovely post today on the 70 Days of Sweat blog about one of my biggest faults – comparing yourself to other writers. Check it out!

Quote of the Day

March 19, 2008

I don’t pretend to have all the answers.

I don’t pretend to even know what the questions are.

Hey, where am I?

– Jack Handey

Come chat with hottie model Chris Winters!

March 14, 2008

Ever wonder where authors get their inspiration for their heroes? Do you picture a certain man in your head when you’re reading? Do you ever just want to bite those chiseled chests on the cover of our hot romances?

If so, join us Saturday, March 15 for a day of fun on the Whiskey Creek Press Torrid reader’s yahoo group as we chat about the books behind those steaming hot man covers in celebration of WCP’s 5 year anniversary!

In addition to our talented authors who will be dropping by, special guest includes model/actor Chris Winters! Chris will be on the loop from 12pm-2pm EST to chat with the authors and readers about what it’s like to BE one of those steaming hot men!

The fun starts at 10am EST on Saturday, March 15, and we hope to see you there!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wcptorridreaders

A little info on Chris Winters to whet your appetite:

Chris Winters is an American model and actor. He is known for being the Valentine’s Day guy for Dollar Tree poster ads and playing ’Michael’ in “A Haunting: Ghost Soldier” on Discovery Channel. Chris has worked with various companies and photographers throughout his career. These include Subaru, Arby’s Dollar Tree, Swimways, and other various local and national work. On the acting side, Chris has appeared in various local commercials and then earning him a few episodes on Discovery Channel’s ’F.B.I. Files’ and ’A Haunting’. He also has appeared on various independent films and major motion film such as Evan Almighty.

Chris is also a competitor in the upcoming Mr. Romance 2008, at the Romantic Times Convention, being held in Pittsburg, Pa. He was a contestant last year, although never mentioned it much to people whom he met. This will be his second year in the running and sponsored by Betweenyoursheets.com and author, Christine Feehan. The Feehan camp sponsored him last year along with Crossing Realms. He was introduced and founded by author Lisa Yvette. She led him inside the romance world and later within the competition gained some followers based on his charm and ’goofiness’.

Chris is best known for his personality, goofiness, and fairness. His modeling depicts on various emotional states and he believes in using the environment along with his own self being. “Anyone can take a good picture. However, if you use your environment along with yourself, then you have a great picture!” Living by that rule, Chris has shown again and again how great images come out, by selling a product, or an emotion, he pulls it off rather well. Chris can be found at the following locations: www.chriswinters.com, Myspace, or you can see his celebrity profile at:www.imdb.com/name/nm1952233/ .

The Best $150 An Author Will Ever Spend…

March 14, 2008
You write your book, shine it up really pretty, then decide where to send it whether it be to an agent or a publisher or epublisher, you send it there, and then you wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Until one day you get an email or a phone call stating that either an agent is interested in representing you or a publisher/epublisher is interested in publishing your book.You get excited! You squeal! You happy dance!! You may even happy dance nekkid through the house… whatever trips your trigger, but in any event your heart soars because, damn it, somebody out there loves your story and noticed your talent! Woot!

Next comes the contract. You look at it and the majority of the time the reaction is what? You come across option clauses, subsidiary rights, print rights, etc., and if you don’t have knowledge of such clauses or legal jargon the best thing you can do at this point is to educate yourself. Whether it be by contacting an authorly friend or an attorney who specializes in Intellectual Property you need to find information on what is the industry standard and demand better for yourself. At this stage, the only one looking out for you is you. The agent and/or publisher will, of course, have an excellent reputation (if they don’t, what the hell are you thinking even considering this?), but honestly, the publisher and/or agent are doing what they need to do: they’re looking out for number one. Numero uno. Because if they didn’t do this, they’d go under in no time flat.

This is what you need to do. You need to look out for numero uno. You, yourself, and no one else.

Are you scared to do so? Hell yes! You’re going to be afraid of losing the contract with this publisher and, oh God, it’s your dream publisher! or with this agent, and she/he is the best, making sale after sale, basically on fire! and you don’t want to lose out on that chance! But you know what? Neither do they, not if they really see your talent, and if you’ve got a contract in front of you… they see it. Really see it.

So, breathe, and think rationally for a moment. You never, ever want to sign a contract without reading it. Do not do the, “Omigod! I’ve got a contract! I’m so grateful that I’m just going to sign it, I don’t care what it says!!”   Do not sign a contract without understanding every single word of it.  Why? Because you deserve the best deal you can make and more than likely the agent and/or editor/publisher are expecting you to negotiate the terms. Know what else? You’re not the only one who negotiates.   Want to know a little more? If the terms you want to negotiate are reasonable, they’re going to accept your negotiation. If not, then you try again and meet in the middle, between where they stand and where you stand, and you’ll both be happy.   A happy author and a happy editor/publisher and/or agent working together is a beautiful thing.

Now, I talked above about hiring an attorney if you don’t understand the jargon… do this.  It’s crucial for a long and happy future, and you know what? To have an attorney go over the contract with you and explain what things mean, costs approximately $150. That’s it.

What do you get for that $150? Print rights? Subsidiary rights? Option clauses (God save us all)? Anything not in the contract that should be? Money, when you get paid and how you get paid?   Explained… and dude, we all need to know about the money. You get all that and more… One hundred and fifty dollars to secure a happy future. One hundred and fifty dollars to insure that you’re not, at any point in time, going to be bending over and taking it up the rear. One hundred and fifty dollars for peace of mind.

If the publisher/editor and/or agent isn’t willing to negotiate, then as much as it’s going to break your heart  and scare you to death that you’ll never get another deal  (which you will, if one saw how amazing you were, another one will as well), you need to walk away. Yes. Scary right? Walking away. God, the thought alone ties my guts up in knots.  But, signing away your soul for the sake of getting published is only going to cause you more heartbreak later on down the road.

Ask questions, negotiate terms, get it in writing, but most of all never ever settle. You, your writing, and your future are worth so much more than that.