Saturday, December 13, 2008
Things That Make Me Go Hmmm...
Heather Hiestand/Anh Leod
Currently: Working on Chapter 2 of the third book in a series. Pray that this one sells!
Mood: I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...
1. Reality shows - why can I get more addicted to them than any regular TV show? Once I get suckered into watching one, I can't stop. What is wrong with me?
2. Weather warnings - nothing can throw me into a panic faster than a snow threat. Forget being professional at work. Forget that today isn't grocery shopping day. I'm terrified! Yesterday I spent my afternoon at American Tire with all the other idiots buying new tires for my busband because I was worried about him driving in the snow. But, the (very nice) salespeople were so busy they were helping people in the store and taking calls at the same time. So I left with the WRONG, and yes, MORE EXPENSIVE tires because they took down the order wrong over the phone. I'd have been better off to be at home sipping hot chocolate and thinking about hot Greek guys.
3. Why is it that every day lasts forever when you have a submission out to someone new. If I'm submitting to a previous editor time flows normally. New publisher/editor/agent, one day feels like a month. Nothing strikes more horror in my heart that a form letter saying it will take 60 days or whatever for them to respond to a query.
4. How many books do you need to read from a given publisher/line before you submit to them? If it's category, the answer is obvious - 10 or more. But what about small presses that publish quirkier stuff? Will reading their books help at all? Major Hmmmm question. Anyone have thoughts on this?
By the way, I finally have a novel in print! It's Cards Never Lie, my first Heather Hiestand novel - a romantic comedy. Check it out at http://www.jasminejade.com/p-6817-cards-never-lie.aspx?skinid=13. Sorry that isn't a link but my laptop is being wonky and I can't get the link button to work.