Writer’s Resources

I updated my website with links to various writer’s resources. It’s not very comprehensive at the moment, because I mostly linked to stuff I use all the time. If anybody has anything they think should be added to the resources, please either shoot me an email or comment here. 🙂

For those of us not attending Nationals …

Since there’s several people who aren’t able / don’t want to attend the annual RWA conference, here’s some of the things going on around the web this week:

  • Book in a Week! I’m running a writing challenge this week over at Romance Divas. Basically, the way it goes, you figure out a goal for this week, write/edit your butt off, and check in for cheers and booyahs. 😉 More info here.
  • Lucy Monroe is holding a Blog Party the entire week, with lots of nifty prizes. There’s lots of cool topics — and all you have to do to be entered in the contests is comment!

Have fun! 😀

The First Sale

Posting this again because it’s closer to the deadline…

As some of y’all know, we’ve been doing author interviews over at Evolution, the writing community I co-administrate. One of the other admins and I were brainstorming the other day and we’d like to do something a little bit different …

Here’s the deal. We’re looking to feature a quasi-collaborative essay about writers’ first sales. What counts? Anything — a novel to New York, a novella to an epublisher, a short story to a big name market or your college newspaper … whatever. If it counts to you, then it counts for this.

Feel like being chatty about losing your first sale virginity? 😉 Great. Write whatever you’d like, as long as it relates to the subject of your first sale. Also, the essay should be under 500 words, as I imagine there should be a fair bit of response to this.

Send me the essay at [email protected] — and please, just post it in the body of the email. With something this short, it’ll be easier than trying to manage attachments. Also, include your name/pseudonym and a link to your website, which we’ll post along with your essay. 🙂

The deadline will be midnight on July 31st.

If there’s any questions, please feel free to post here or drop me an email. If you’d like to forward this along to other groups/loops/etc, go right ahead.


Blog Questions

Tagged by Angelle:

1) When did you first start blogging and why?

Technically, I started keeping a writing-related journal around May 2002, but I didn’t post it online; I was living at home at the time and paranoid about my folks. I finally gave in September of that same year and started a blog at Blogger (here if you want to see, though the archives are also on my LJ).

Why? Partially to keep people I knew updated on what was going on, as it got very tiring having to tell people the same thing a bajillion times. Also because I’m an affirmed attention slut and like comments. 😉

These days, promotion is also a part of it, though if I didn’t enjoy blatting my opinion to anyone who’ll listen blogging, I wouldn’t do it. 🙂

2) What don’t you talk about?

I’m pretty open in general about myself, what I’m working on, and my lifestyle. I don’t necessarily go into specific detail, though. I’ve mentioned I’m into extreme kink, but I doubt most people are interested in my posting that sort of material on my blog. That being said, I’m more open about things that might be “controversial” or disturbing to readers on my LiveJournal, and usually behind a friends lock. My general attitude about entries there: Don’t like it? Tough shit.

3) Are you and your blogging persona the same person?

Yes. I see no reason in hiding who I am — if you look around the net, you can find my actual legal name, though I use Nonny in almost any social context and will eventually change my name. I use a pseudonym for my published work, but I’m also open about that (and ones I’ve used in the past).

4) How do you use blogging to build friendships?

I comment to people’s blogs, I check out people who comment, and I blog-hop. I wouldn’t necessarily say that blogging in and of itself builds friendships, but it’s definitely paved the way for some — there are people I’ve met that I wouldn’t have otherwise except through my blog. Or else certain posts have led me to IM the author and chat for a bit about the subject.

5) How would you describe your writing style?

Oh gods. Um. It depends. I don’t necessarily have a standard “voice” — it depends on the genre, characters, and setting. I’m much more “formal” and quasi-archaic in some of my fantasy work than I am in my contemporary.

Two things that tend to be standard in my work, though… I write about strong female characters, and I tend to explore unconventional issues and themes, like homo/bisexuality, polyamory, and taboos (as you can see from reading the story I have on my website, In Dreams of Mine). 🙂

Tagging: Dayna

Updated website

I updated emdrake.com with a revamped short story page (yeah, I know I just put it up; I didn’t like it), poetry, and links to reviews of Waking the Shadows. 🙂

OMG! *squee*

I’d sent Waking the Shadows off to Literary Sass about a month back; they’re an especially harsh review blog. They’re veryh onest, though, and some of the things they’ve complained about, I can see and understand their reasons why. I didn’t expect I’d get totally shredded like some of the books they’ve reviewed, but …

They rated it a 1. Both reviewers.

Cue jaw dropping.




I’m also apparently the first author to make it into their “People who subbed their shit and made us love it” category. 😯

OK, someone needs to help scrape me off the ceiling now! LOL

Cobblestone Press Q&A at Evolution

Join us August 11th, 12th, and 13th at Evolution for an event you won’t want to miss. The ladies from the hot new epublisher, Cobblestone Press, will be dropping by for a full-fledged Q&A. Here’s the preliminary lineup, with perhaps more to come:

Karen Erickson
Cora Zane
Marie Kulhane
Lucie Simone
H.A. Fowler
Madison Layle
Brandi Broughton
Shelli Stevens
Sara Dennis
Crystal Jordan
Tempest Knight
Susan Greene
Charlene Sands
A.L. Debran

Sable Grey
Deanna Lee

Brandi Loyd (managing editor)
Rochelle Weber
Susan Greene

Ever had a burning question you wanted to ask about editing, writing for epublishing, the business? Or just been curious and want to find out more? Stop by and let it all out. This should be a real blast. 😀

Feel free to pass this on. 😉


Deceived by Twilight
10293 / 30000 (34.31%)
I don’t know why this last scene took me so long to get through. Granted, it’s a fight scene, and I haaaaaaate those, but still … *shakes head*

Does this count as a request for a full?

I heard back from Rachel Fox at Liquid Silver the other day regarding A Passion Draconic. She said just to go ahead and send along the full novel.

So, now I need to make the edits, do a basic line edit on the rest of the manuscript to see if there’s anything I haven’t caught, and probably print it and run over it again, just to be sure. 🙂


Amanda Brice is running a series of Freya’s Bower “author profiles.” (Read: Interviews. ;)) She just posted mine; clicky! 🙂