Shannon Stacey

Tuesday comes…

And I’m apparently still suffering from blogger’s block. Everybody else seems to have the most profound things to say lately. I’m just sitting here hoping for something profound to pop into my head in time for my RTB column. :roll:

Can I just mention how depressing it is to read about the over-saturation of the vampire romance when writing a vampire romance? Very. And while I can try to convince the muse we’re dealing with a different kind of vampire (*cue Vic Mackey*), so is everybody else. And one of the key things that makes him ‘different’ is the thing that’s making the heroine balk. (I love that word—it makes her sound like a chicken.) This book is really a pain in the ass.

I’m curious to see if Harlequin/Silhouette will drop any Bombshells in time for Nationals again this year. Pun intended, as that’s the line with the longetivity I’m most curious about. There doesn’t seem to be any way to tell how the line’s been received, and whether it’s still a good line to shoot for, or if it’s going to pull a Flipside. I’m a little worried about Intimate Moments, too, even though I always imagined that as their ‘flagship’ line. Despite statements to the contrary, I can’t see their cutting back to 4 books and refocusing on top-selling authors and themes as a good thing for my SIM ms. It looks like Blaze is top dog for now. (Might be all that yummy sex. :nookie:)

Mostly I’m just fighting off the monkeys that keep chattering away “You haven’t heard anything from your editor about the changes you made because YOU SUCK!”

(I might have to go steal Cece’s uzi smilie for those monkeys.)

Anyway. Random musings from somebody trying to avoid scooping the litter boxes.

11 comments to “Tuesday comes…”

  1. Charlene T
      · April 19th, 2005 at 10:43 am · Link

    Ignore the monkeys. Ignore the market. Just write! If your books are half as funny as you are, I will be slapping my money down the instant they’re for sale no matter what they’re about.

    And I love vampires. I have one or two of my own. :grin:

    Seriously, I got all depressed about The Market after I wrote my first three books. I flailed around, I didn’t know what I was going to do. Finally I decided I was going to write whatever I damn well pleased because there was no guarantee I’d ever sell anyway; that way at least I’d be happy! And what do you know, I started selling everything. I truly believe that if you start by pleasing yourself and being true to your story, you will succeed in the end.

  2. Demented Michelle
      · April 19th, 2005 at 11:08 am · Link

    I know what you mean about the vampires! My first novel was vampires and I shelved it for the next market cycle (and that way I don’t have to edit it! Yay! Look at me weasel out of work.).

    Okay, so blogging topics…hmmm

    What was the bravest thing you’ve ever done when you could’ve just walked away? And you can’t say ‘submitted a story to a publisher/agent’.

    Your oddest job or on-the-job experience? (I worked as an archivist’s assistant in a museum, shovelled pig poop, and went on buying trips to Guatemala for the family business).

    Does that help?


  3. Demented Michelle
      · April 19th, 2005 at 11:10 am · Link

    Oh and I just sent 50 pgs to my beta reader and am convinced I haven’t heard back b/c it sucks. So I’m right there with you in the trenches ! :oops:


  4. Kitty
      · April 19th, 2005 at 11:20 am · Link

    Balk balk, yeah I’m hearing chickens now :lmao:

    I’m a reader not a writer but I don’t think you can have too many vampire novels. I’ve only read one Christine Feehan’s vampire-ish romances but I liked that one. So get on with it so I can read yours :kiss:

  5. Jaci
      · April 19th, 2005 at 12:40 pm · Link

    You think you’ve got bloggers block? Clearly you haven’t read mine today. Boring piece of drivel that it is. I’m in high anxiety due to RT and my brain cells are NOT being creative. Tomorrow I’ll probably blog about packing my suitcases. :snore:

    Screw market trends. Write what you love and what you want to write. I’m writing a vampire/werewolf/menage story right now because that’s what my muse wants me to write. I”m light years behind the vampire world, but can I help it if I watched Underworld late? :eyebrow:

  6. Jorie
      · April 19th, 2005 at 12:47 pm · Link

    I’m worried about SIM, too. I’m not sure that anyone new has sold to them since they cut back. As for Bombshell, I would think if they’re still making the Waldenbooks bestseller lists (unlike SIM) that they are doing okay.

    I hear you about market saturation. I’m writing werewolves, sigh.

  7. Shannon
      · April 19th, 2005 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Kitty, I like the way you think! :dance:

    I know I worry too much about the market, especially since EC makes its own rules, which totally rocks, but it’s the Virgo in me. :nod:

    I did see the Bombshells on the list, which is enouraging. One is Lindsay McKenna, and the other’s part—the last?—of the Athena Force continuity, but it’s good to see them there.

    And we’ll just keep our fingers crossed for SIM. :thumb:

  8. Bron
      · April 20th, 2005 at 7:07 am · Link

    Yes, I’m wondering about SIM, too – directions and places for new authors. The Goddess Leslie has requested a full manuscript from me after critting a contest-winning partial and said she’d get it on the right editor’s desk. I haven’t finished it yet (she knows that), so it will be interesting to see what happens. I won’t hold my breath :crazy: I’m not quite sure I really fit amongst what I’m currently seeing over here in SIM – but we’re months behind, and their new direction (whatever that is!) will take time to establish, so who really knows? Other than the editors, of course :wink:

  9. kate
      · April 20th, 2005 at 8:06 am · Link

    What gets cut what thrives all seems random to an outsider. Wonder if it feels that way to the people in the industry as well.

    I haven’t heard from my editors as well. I have two editors ignoring me, so I win the pathetic author award! yah!

  10. Shannon
      · April 20th, 2005 at 9:33 am · Link

    Well, she wasn’t ignoring me. The email I has sent never arrived. :oops: My bad.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, Bron! I know they’ve just done some shuffling since Shannon Godwin left for a new publisher, but I don’t think it’s having much of an effect on response times and what have you.

    And though it’s been a long time, I’m feeling a renewed sadness that Leslie moved up in the company and no longer works with the aspiring authors. :cry:

  11. Jaynie R
      · April 21st, 2005 at 6:12 am · Link

    I love Bombshells. I haven’t been so excited aout a category line since well, ever.:dance:

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