February 20th, 2009

Why it takes so long between selling the book and seeing it in stores

“For writers, few steps in the publishing process are as strange as the state of suspended animation between submitting a manuscript and seeing the book appear in stores. The sudden change in cabin pressure from writing to waiting can be jarring — and can last a very long time. “It comes as a huge shock when it happens the first time,” said the Irish writer Colm Toibin, whose first novel, “The South,” appeared in 1990, a year and a half after he turned it in. “It was all slow and strange.””

Read more from this New York Times article here.

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Five Things on a Friday

1. Nelson has signed off on Lis Wiehl's and my concept for the third book in the Triple Threat series.

2. We'll get edits next week on the second in the series. It's called Hand of Fate.

3. The title for the secondbook, Hand of Fate, is how Face of Betrayal, the first in the series, got its title. We were having trouble with a name. We came up with dozens that didn't work. But we knew the second would be be called Hand of Fate, after the name of a radio talk show run by a character named Jim Fate. From that we decided the titles should follow a pattern.

4. I have an idea for the third title that follows the same pattern: body part plus "of" plus noun. Amazon reveals it hasn't been used for a long time, and not for anything too high profile.

5. What suggestions for titles that follow that pattern do you have?
Face of Betrayal
Hand of Fate

Hair of?
Bone or Bones of?
Finger of ?
All ideas go into the hopper.

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Who are some adult authors on LJ?

I realized today that all - or nearly all - my writer friends on LJ write for kids of one sort or another. I do that half my writing life - but the other half I write for adults. Do you know of any writers on LiveJournal who write for 18 and up?

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