Scribbles and thoughts ...

These are ramblings from J L Wilson, published author of romantic suspense, mystery, and paranormal -time travel fiction....

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Yes, I'm busy

It's getting crazy ...

I know, I asked for this, right? Yikes, but I'm busy.

I'm doing a rewrite (almost done, yea!) I just got edits from my editor for my book coming out next year. I need to get going on promotions. I need to sign on to some loops and introduce myself and figure out what I *should* be doing for promotions.

Oh, yeah. I'm V.P. of my local RWA chapter next year.

And I'm working -- out company is the middle of being took over, so things are lulling right now (everybody waiting for the hammer to drop), but still ... I've got a 40/hr/wk job. And because we're being took over, I want to touch base with doctor, tax guy, etc., because all of that stuff (medical plans, insurance, retirement) will be changing soon.

Then add in the holidays: going to a play on Saturday (a chance to relax and laugh, yea!), an open house next week (should be fascinating, it's at a wild animal preserve, I will blog about it, I'm sure), local RWA party (at which I will play Vanna White to a friend's Pat Sajak as we auction off various items for fund-raising), then there's Christmas (my shopping is mostly done, yea!).

Hey. I had a lot of 'yea' in this blog.

I guess it ain't all that bad. {smile}


Saturday, November 25, 2006

And more news!!!

Sorry I haven't posted lately. I've been busy and what time I don't spend writing, I spend sleeping -- which ain't much. Between Thanksgiving, work, and other obligations, it's been crazy, especially since ...

I have more news to share -- Closing Time, which is now renamed Your Saving Grace, will be published by Cerridwen Press!!

Yes indeedy, I will be a multi-published author in 2007. I'm not exactly sure on my release date, but it'll be earlier than the Pig Book. The book will come out in E-format first (downloadable) then will hopefully be available as print later (i.e., within a few months, I hope). Bear with me, I'm still new to this publishing game.

I just filled out my first Cover Art sheet (I was probably WAY too wordy on what I wanted, but there are certain things I just don't like on a cover, and I figured I may as well shoot the moon and discuss everything and anything I like and dislike).

Next I'll move on to edits. Those shouldn't be too bad because my editor and I have been talking about changes as we go along, so the manuscript is pretty clean right now.

I'm also working on rewrites to one of my reincarnation stories. I'm anxious to get that wrapped up ASAP so I can move on to the whole publishing, promotion, and pitching thing for my books.

I'm glad to be with these two publishers (Cerridwen and Triskelion). Both are solid leaders in the E-industry, Triskelion has a good print base, both have authors working for them who I respect and read, and both are well organized and welcoming to new authors. So I feel like I've landed in a good place.

Now if my work life will settle down, I'll feel better. The company where I work has been acquired by a Biggie from California, and I may be 'selected for redundancy' as they so quaintly phrase 'lay offs'. I won't know for a few more weeks yet. This could be a good thing or a bad one -- more time to write, but loss of steady income and medical benefits. I'm not panicking yet. I won't panic until I get the pink slip (if I do get it).

Until then, I'm busy ...

I'm going to try to post to this blog on Wednesday and Saturday, so stay tuned for the continuing saga of As The Author Learns [about the publishing industry].


Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Okay, not really SOON, but coming next year at this time.

(are you ready)


Officially titled:

Every Rose Has Its Thorns

Yep, it's real, folks. I'll have a book published next year, one starring Melvin the pig, J.T. McCord and Molly Lawford. It's set in Tangle Butte, Minnesota, a fictional small town based on a real small town that shall remain nameless.

I'm so excited I'm just about unable to sit still. Note I said 'just about'. I can sit still long enough to post this. My publisher is Triskelion Publishing, an e-pub outfit. I'm hoping I'll get a print deal out of this -- not sure if I will. I'd love to see my book sitting on a shelf.

No, I take that back. I'd love to see it FLYING off the shelves. Which it will if stocked in certain parts of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, several bookstores in Iowa, a few in Kansas City, some in L.A., a few in Denver and surroundings, and in the University of Pittsburgh area in Oakland (Pittsburgh). I've got friends and/or relatives in those spots and they've guaranteed me a run on the store.

More will be coming about the book, the process, and the impending publication. Ike Bernstein, the editor of the Tangle Butte Daily Tribune, will be posting to this blog shortly, interviewing the main characters of that and my other books. So stay tuned for Ike's pithy prose and incisive questions, like,

"Molly, why the hell do you love M&Ms so much and why do you sort them into different colors and keep them in an artist's tray on your desk?"

See -- deathless prose. You'll love it, I promise.