Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Wow, time is really flying by! Christmas is only a week away! Actually, it is only 5 days away! As we hurry to the stores for last minute shopping, we double-check our lists to make sure we haven't forgotten anyone. And then slap our heads when we realize we did and run back to the store to see if we can find something. Doesn't that sound familiar? This is the most hectic time of year for everyone including those stores. Things run out all the time because hot items sell so quickly. And then when we have those items on our lists, we have to settle for the next thing and hope those stores have 'em. Transformers are a big hit this year. Pirates are too from the movie Pirates of the Carribean. I haven't seen the latest yet but I plan on it sense I enjoyed the first one, yeah I know there are 2 new ones--got to see them both lol.

While you are out there shopping, please remember to drive carefully and take your time. In some areas, the roads are slick and dangerous. I wouldn't want to see anyone getting hurt this time of year. It just wouldn't be right. This is a time for happiness, sharing, being with people you love, memories worth charishing, singing, wishing people good tidings, and so much more! With that in mind, I would like to wish everyone a happy Merry Christmas!
Now for the new year! Have you made your new year resolutions? I have! I think I have said it before but I can't remember lol. My memory flies away from me a lot lol. Anyway, I plan on writing another 2 books in the year 2008 and hopefully get them published! I plan on marketing all my books even harder than before, getting in more book signings. I plan on bringing a great newsletter to my readers. I plan on having great topics to share on here in my blog. I would love to make a lot of new friends. You can never have too many of those! I plan on getting interviews in more public places than the internet (got to have those). I don't even know what else I can add here.
What about all of you? What are your goals for the year 2008? Reply back and let others know. Come on, don't be shy. Have fun with it! See you next week!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another Day!

Time seems to pass by me like its the wind, very fast and hardly noticed lol. I finally finished the first round of edits of my book, Mother of the Dragons. I changed a few things to improve on the story. I plan on making another round of edits and look for it to be finished by the first of the year. Then the fun part begins--looking for a publisher. For those who know this part of writing knows this isn't fun. There is so much that needs to be done. A writer has to research, finding the right publisher for that particular book. If the genre isn't right for the publisher, they will return it without even reading it. They know the genre by reading the query letter the writer first sends them. Each publisher has a list of guidelines they want writers to follow. They list what they want, word count they are looking for, some want agented authors and some don't care either way. They are looking for manuscripts that have already been edited by the writer. They look at the targeted audience. If they just published a book on vampires and your book is about the same thing, they may turn you down. If the pages have a scent or come with gifts, they will turn the book down because they don't take bribes. They want to be won over by a great story and they are hoping its right there in your story so give it to them without the frills. Dazzle them with your words! Writers don't include a photo of themselves unless they are asked for them too.
Writers recieve many rejections for many reasons before finding a publisher who will accept the manuscript. This is time consuming. A contract must be drawn up, reviewed and sent to the author either by mail or by email. Then the author will review the contract, sign it (keeping a copy for their records--signed too) and send the copy back to the publisher. From there, the publisher will begin designing a cover and editing the story. This is real time consuming so the author will begin another book as he/she waits to hear back from the designer and editor. Some publishers ask the author what he/she visions on the cover, some don't (they will let you know if they want your opinion--otherwise, don't volunteer). A sample of the cover will be sent to the author for review and acceptance. If he/she doesn't like it, the cover is refused and a new cover is designed until everyone approves it--the publisher has the final say. The editor will work on the manuscript making suggestions for a better flow, settings, context, characters, etc. The editor will also look into spelling and grammar. When the editor is finished, the author will look it over and accept or deny changes and return it to the editor for another round until it is finally finished. It will then be passed on to the copy editor who will double check spelling and grammar making sure words aren't missing that are needed for the sentence to make sense. Once approved the manuscript is passed on again for formatting which the book is made into the way readers will see it when it is finished. Once it passes this round, the book is sent to the printers to be made into a book or ebook, or both. Once it is made it will be sent to reviewers and copies are sent to the author. I may have skipped some steps but that is the overall process of getting the book from the author's hands to the publisher's hands, and eventually to the readers.
Once the book is in the author's hands and even before, the author begins to market the book to the general public. Every author markets his/her books differently. There are many books out there that have ideas to help authors promote their own books. Some information is free on the web. All writers want to be noticed, that is the main goal. Getting the name out there is very important. Some publishers help and some don't but writers should always do some marketing on their own either way. Depending on the publisher isn't going to get your book out there and known by the world. It takes time and energy but its worth it when the writer sees his/her books in the hands of new fans who adore that reader. Each new book the writer publishes adds more readership and publishers know that. They want writers who plan on writing a lot of books not just one or two. The more you write, the more you publish, the better chances you have to get noticed!
Amber Rigby Grosjean

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Another Week Closer to X-Mas!

Well, we are another week closer to the big day. Are you decorating your homes yet? I began shortly after Halloween lol. Yea, that was early but we were in the mood for it so we began early. We have our tree up which you got to see in my last posting. Haven't started baking yet. I figured we would do that next week or so to make the cookies last till Christmas. I love baking cookies, esp. this time of year lol.

Mother of the Dragons is still being worked on. These things do take time but I enjoy visiting others worlds. In the first newsletter of the year, I will discuss this new book. Hopefully by then I will be finished working on it and going to the next book, Till Death do us Part, which was the same book I started writing before Mother of the Dragons. I wasn't happy with the way it was going so I took a break on it to work on this book. Writers do that from time to time. Some writers work on many books like I used to all at the same time. Other writers only write one book at a time from beginning to end. That's including editing them as well.
Tonight, my husband and I moved my office back into the spare bedroom. It turned out we wouldn't need that room after all. He and I both agreed that I needed my extra space for all my writing supplies. I tend to have things gathered up in areas that appeared to be a clutter lol. It's not messy but it was all crammed together so it looked like it was. Now I can reorganize my space and keep it looking nice. But when it does get to the point where my creativity does appear messy, we can just close the door and forget about it! I have always liked that anyway. If you can create a space that is seperate from your everyday living all the better for you. Granted, you're a writer 24-7 but having a room that can be used just for writing will get people in your family used to your writing habits and know when a good time to bug you is. This will "teach" them your schedule. When you are in your special space, they know to leave to alone so you can write! Don't rent a space outside the home because you would use up that extra time driving instead of writing and you need all the time you can muster up. I went into more on this topic on my writing site at so if you are a writer, check that out. More information will be added as time passes so be sure to keep returning! While you're there, check out my official site too. Its under the button called Amber Rigby Grosjean.
Well that is enough for now. I will see you next week when I discuss more things for your pleasing eyes! Have a great weekend!
Amber Rigby Grosjean <----my official website!