Friday, April 11, 2008
That's probably what you're thinking, since I haven't blogged (first I typed "blooged," which shows you how out of practice I am) in ten days. This morning I turned in the rewrite for The Reawakened (yes, you will cry buckets, but not until November) and found out I'll be getting the line edits back in ten days, before I've had time to forget what it's all about.
Line edits, basically, are when the editor gets a little more nitpicky than the first go-around (where he or she discusses major issues, such as character and plot and I dunno, maybe the fact that the manuscript is twenty-five thousand words too long, just as a fr'instance). The author makes changes as quickly as possible and sends back the manuscript so it can go to the copyeditor.
For both of my publishers, the line edits are done on paper, which means I write each change on the manuscript, and then the editor (or her lovely assistant) types in my changes. Some publishers are moving toward electronic edits, which I imagine involve Microsoft Word's comment and track changes functions (anyone with electronic edits, feel free to enlighten).
So, the latest updates:
1. There's one more day to enter the ARCs for charity contest. Please consider donating to the MS Walk. Even a fiver would help me make my fundraising goal and more important, help treat and one day cure this devastating disease.
2. The May issue of Romantic Times (on newsstands now!) has a feature on me and Wicked Game. My name is on the front cover 'n' everything. You can read an excerpt of RT's and other reviews on the Wicked Game home page. I won't post each review on my blog, because if I'm going to be self-aggrandizing (and oh yes, I plan to be), it should be in a less boring way than linking to reviews. Like linking to interviews, of which there shall be so many, I'll probably have to start lying just to keep everyone entertained.
3. WVMP Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll swag will be available very soon. As in, days.
4. I'll be at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention next week Tuesday through Saturday around 2. I'm on the Urban Fantasy 101 panel on Friday at 11am, with fellow authors Kelley Armstrong, Keri Arthur, Richelle Mead, and Jeanne C. Stein, as well as Paula Guran, editor of Juno Books. I'll also be signing copies of Eyes of Crow and Voice of Crow and sneak previews of Wicked Game at the Book Fair on Saturday from 11-2. If you see me at the convention (hint: try the bar), stop and ask for a "Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll" or "Feed the Need" button.
5. Then I'll be at the New York Comic Con on Sunday, April 20, signing pre-publication copies of Wicked Game at the Simon & Schuster booth from 12 to 1.
***This is the first time this novel will be available to the public, and it will be FREE!***
So if you want a free signed book, stop by the S&S booth as close to noon as possible, before we run out. I'll stick around until 1:00 and sign cover flats, your arm, or your forehead--or just to chat.
Speaking of the real book...here it is! They came in the mail yesterday.
That's Misha (Mikhail Kristanovich), galvanized by the greatness that is Wicked Game (or possibly by the guy honking his horn in the next door neighbors' driveway--geez, what is his deal? Just go to the door, for cryin' out loud!)
I think that's it for now. As you can tell, I'm a bit fried. Tomorrow I'm thrilled to be doing an interview with Fast Forward TV. Wish me luck, and a complete lack of stuttering stupidity!