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Archive for April 30th, 2010

April Wrap-Up
Friday, April 30th, 2010

This is something I like to do for me. I figure if I put my accomplishments and failures out there, it will give me a kick in the butt to do better as I move forward.

In April, I wrapped up The Big One. My Vikings in Space project for Berkley. I wrote the final chapters, then spent a week or so editing the crap out of it. I’m praying my editor likes it, because I sure as hell do.

I followed that by writing the second half of the third book in the Lone Star Lovers series for Samhain. It’s sexy and not terribly complicated (which was something I needed after the Viking story). It’s in the hands of my editor, and again I hope she likes it because I’m pleased with it as well.

Then I turned my attention to quick-plotting the big turning points of the second book in the Viking series I have planned. When I had the bullets down, I wrote the synopsis. Thankfully, that is all that is required for the proposal. I really didn’t want to write any pages until I knew the editor liked the first book, because book two starts exactly where book one ends.

I finished the month with the start of a project I’m working on with Sasha White. I hope to have it done in a couple of weeks because I’ve set myself some ambitious goals for May. This is what I want to achieve. I won’t beat myself up if I don’t get to it all, but I like setting the bar high:

* Finish the novella for the co-written project with Sasha
* Write a 12k paranormal novella
* Write the first 6 chapters of the next Viking book
* Write two erotic short stories
* Revise a three-chapter proposal and ship

Guess we’ll see how well I do. 🙄

A Short Story Challenge
Friday, April 30th, 2010

I’ll admit I have a fondness for writing short stories. I’m an author who enjoys a challenge. Calls for submissions for erotic collections offer me an outlet for my competitive spirit. I’m known as a novelist of erotic romance—not so known in the erotica world. So when I receive acceptance for a short erotic work I feel validated as a writer.

I’ve been lucky to appear in the following collections so far: Zane’s Purple Panties, Black Lace’s Sexy Little Numbers, Cleis Press’s Lesbian Cowboys, and Harlequin Spice’s Naughty Bits.

I also will appear in the following Cleis collections this year: Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, and Lesbian Lust.

Something I’ve done in the past with my local RWA chapter and with the Rose’s Colored Glasses loop, when I find a call that interests me, is offer a challenge to other writers to write a short for that collection. We share ideas and critiques. Writing the shorts can offer an experienced writer a quick-win and sharpen flabby skills. For the unpublished author, it provides a supervised challenge to improve budding skills.

Why should authors consider writing shorts? For one thing they don’t require a huge investment of time so you can work on a short story on the side while writing the bigger book. In addition, writing short requires an author to choose every word carefully and make every one count. It sharpens your skills.

It’s been a while since I chimed in with a challenge to my writer’s groups, but looking at the calls for submission on the ERWA website has me stoked. The site lists many cool, different sorts of projects to dive into. I am going to challenge myself to write a story for four different calls. (Egads! Now you’ll be able to track how often I get rejected! :confused:)

I’d love some company while I write these. If you are an erotica or erotic romance writer, or have thought about taking the plunge, this is a cool way to try it out. If you’d like to join me, let me know. I’d love a partner or five. We could bounce ideas off each other and critique each other’s work. We might not sell, but the effort is never wasted. What you produce could be the start of a longer book, or something you could offer as a sample of your writing for free on your website.

These are the calls I’m interested in:

Due 6/1/10: Big Book of Quickies – No more than 1200 words
Due 6/1/10: Carnal Machines – Steampunk Erotica – 1500-4500 words
Due 7/15/10: Dream Lover: Erotic Paranormal Romance – 2000-4500 words
Due 8/1/10: Lesbian Cops – 2500-6000 words