beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Default)
2017-09-04 04:49 pm

stuff, good stuff...

As the subject line says, stuff. All kinds of good stuff.

Many epiphanies with therapy. Yes, it's painful, but there have also been some moments of pure amazement and joy. I am finding pieces of myself that I had locked away, because the memories were too painful.

Query letters for my pirate novel sent out to bunches of agents. Four full requests so far, plus a few "we've passed this up to the senior agent" responses.

Copyedits for Not!Sherlock done and handed back to my editor.

Two chapters/12K words completed for Not!Sherlock2. I used to have titles for both books, but marketing thinks we need something that is less genre-specific. I am down with that. Once I hear back about titles, I will let you all know.
beth_bernobich: balloon heart (balloon heart)
2017-07-26 07:41 pm

getting better all the time...

Two+ months into therapy and proper medication, and I feel...whole. Hopeful. A number of positive emotions that I never realized I was missing before.

I've also parted ways with my agent. While there were several reasons, they all came down to 'not a good fit.' I think the therapy helped me realize that it's okay to say no, this isn't working. And no, it's not me being weird. Luckily, I have a new ms ready to query. I just need to make a list of agents and polish up the query itself.

Meanwhile, copyedits for Other than Honorable should land in my inbox in two or three weeks, and I'm making splendid progress on the second book.
beth_bernobich: Crab (Crab)
2017-07-01 08:42 am
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all kinds of updates...

It's hard to believe I haven't posted here in two months. A lot has happened since then.

The D&A check for Not!Sherlock (aka, Other than Honorable) arrived. Claire O'Dell and her novel now have placeholder pages on the Harper Voyager website. I did some brainstorming for a few major plot points for the sequel, and the plot now feels stronger and more compelling.

Vacation also arrived, and oh my, it was lovely. We rented a house by Lake Michigan, and spent a week hiking, eating delicious food, and swimming. We also did some serious relaxing.

And something else happened. It took a small crisis, but I am finally seeing a therapist, and getting medication for my depression. I've tried therapy before, but now I have someone who specializes in trauma, and who just makes sense with what he says, and what he asks. It's painful, but the medication also helps with that. I feel....as though I have a long road ahead of me, but I'm better able to deal with it.
beth_bernobich: cat on wire (cat on wire)
2017-05-01 09:00 am

Edits are done!

My second round edits for Other Than Honorable arrived late this past Friday. And early this morning...I'm done and the new version is on its way to my editor. (There were no structural edits for this round, and the line edits were very light.) Copyedits won't show up for a few months, so...

It's time to start writing book #2. I already have notes for an end-to-end plot, some of them detailed, and some of them very vague. I have an opening scene in mind, and I have several images for the end moment. Once I have a few chapters written, and more of the plot ironed out, I'll get my editor's opinion.

Meanwhile, my house and garden need attention, not to mention my family.
beth_bernobich: balloon girl (balloon girl)
2017-04-14 10:47 am

and....

...the signing check for Not!Sherlock just arrived on my editor's desk.

*happy dance*

*makes plans to buy that new laptop*
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (ballet dancers)
2017-02-03 09:00 am

sale! sale! sale!

I am delighted to report that my novel OTHER THAN HONORABLE, aka Not!Sherlock, has sold to Harper Voyager in a two-book deal. The tentative release date is Summer 2018, with the sequel coming out the following year. Here is the announcement in Publishers Marketplace:

Claire O'Dell's OTHER THAN HONORABLE, in which Dr. Janet Watson and FBI Agent Sara Holmes, two black and LGBTQA women, must discover who is murdering veterans from America's New Civil War using espionage, advanced technology, and deduction, to Amber Oliver at Harper Voyager, for publication in Summer 2018, by Amanda Rutter (World Rights).

The novel first went out on submission at the end of February last year. After one rewrite request, two phone calls with two different editors, and a lot of anxious waiting, the offer came through last week. (But I had to wait for the go-ahead before I said anything in public.)

And now I have deadlines. Edits are due in May. An outline for the sequel, which I've tenatively named Separation from Service, is due September. And given recent horrible events, I need to rework the political backstory.

I am both excited and daunted.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Rose Fractal)
2017-01-01 12:00 pm

hello, new year

Last year, I set only three writing goals for myself. One the one hand, I only accomplished two of them. On the other hand, I really like what I did accomplish:

  • There's the new version of the pirate novel, which I had to rewrite from the ground up. Several chapters proved to be very thorny (I'm looking at you, chapter 10), several new chapters showed up, and the entire second half needed rethinking.

  • Then there's Not!Sherlock, which went out on submission in February, got a revise and resubmit from an amazing publisher in May, and is now awaiting final word from that same publisher.

There was more, but those are the highlights. There were also two fabulous vacations, one medical curveball, my first tattoo, and a promotion at the dayjob.

Here is where I usually list my goals for the New Year. And usually life hands me a plot twist that upends those goals. This year? Even more uncertain than ever. Everthing depends on whether Not!Sherlock sells. Or the pirate novel. (Or both!) But if I had to pick a few goals, I'd choose:

  • Write at least one chapter of Not!Mansfield Park

  • Write one novella in my River of Souls world

  • Release new editions of Passion Play and Fox & Phoenix, print and e-book, with new covers and lower prices for the e-books

Low key goals, but goals that are important to me. Let's see how it goes...