beth_bernobich: balloon heart (balloon heart)
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.


Apr. 14th, 2017 10:47 am
beth_bernobich: balloon girl (balloon girl)
...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)
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 (ballet dancers)
...I have a new agent! Amanda Rutter at the Red Sofa Literary Agency.


Jun. 15th, 2015 08:30 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (umbrella mushrooms)
Last week at the old job. I've finished a number of tasks far ahead of schedule, so I'm using these last few days to tackle some issues that we've always wanted to address.

Latest round of sketches from the cover artist have arrived. In the next day or two, I need to sit down with my cover designer and get his input. Guys, this is going to be such a great cover.

Agent loves the latest version of Not!Sherlock. She has proposed a short list of publishers to me, and the manuscript will go out Real Soon Now. *cue excitement*

And to scratch my writing itch, I am slowly working through my geek girl story. When I first wrote it, I thought it was the best thing ever. I still love the story all to pieces, but I know I can make the execution better.


Jan. 3rd, 2014 09:38 am
beth_bernobich: petal twigs (petal twigs)
Sarah Monette talks about How to Help a Writer's Career. Go. Read. She says lots of good stuff.

I talked about this same subject in November. Since then I've followed through on buying more books from authors I love, and telling my friends (and sometimes complete strangers) about those books. I do need to write more reviews, because that also makes a difference.

And thank you to those folks who have done the same for me. It really can make a difference when a publisher decides whether to continue, or cancel, a series. Whether an author needs to start over with a pen name. Or if they manage to sell another book at all.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (scene 24)'d find a picture of this publisher.

Tired of the publishing rat race? Have some un-sold novels in your trunk? Posh Books will take those books off your hands forever.

And I do mean forever. This outfit pays between $150 and $200 for all rights, for all time. Basically, they are purchasing the copyright to your book. They might or might not edit the book. They might or might not put your name on the cover. They might even change the story completely.

In their own words, they "are taking advantage of other people's missing knowledge/indifference/ignorance," but their excuse is that "nobody is forcing anyone into doing something they don't want to."

See here for the relevant thread on AW.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (cat on a wire)
...are filled with a never-ending list of things I simply must accomplish. This time around, the list includes:

  • Review at least 100 pages from the galleys. My goal is to finish reading by next Friday so I have the weekend to figure out which changes are real ones, and which are me tweaking the text for the sake of tweaking the text.

  • Prep the next installment of my low-key promo posts.

  • Get a haircut.

  • Figure out what else we need to do before we list our house for sale.

  • Pack a quantity of small items to ship to M at college

  • Plus lots and lots of housework chores, including cleaning the carpet where Fig has been demonstrating her displeasure with Octavia with a series of wet, smelly presents.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (fox & phoenix)
First pass galleys for Fox and Phoenix arrived in my inbox this morning. They are gorgeous. *pets the shiny galleys*

This also signals that bound galleys will be going out to reviewers Real Soon Now.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (facepalm)
Several days ago, I blogged about a customer on B&N who posted an angry review for "River of Souls" because she expected a novel and got a short story.

And y'know, at this point, I'm not so pleased with B&N myself. )


Feb. 7th, 2011 12:29 pm
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (handful of pearls)
Just to let everyone know, my collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories, was declared out of print over the weekend. There might be some copies floating around on Amazon or through used book sites, but the publisher won't be printing any new ones, and the e-books are definitely not available anywhere.

I very much want to keep the book alive. How I accomplish that is something my agent and I will discuss this week.

(Comments closed here but email is welcome.)
beth_bernobich: petal twigs (petal twigs)
I had a nice long talk with my editor on Thursday. Queen's Hunt is now officially set for a Summer 2012 release. At the same time, Tor plans to repackage the series. That includes new covers for Passion Play and Queen's Hunt, plus new jacket copy for them both.


It's a matter of numbers. )
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (facepalm)
I just received an email from the blogger I wrote about earlier. It's a long email, but the essence is that I was mean, I didn't represent him or his class fairly, it's not his fault, he can't respect me for writing my post, and I better watch out because I was really close to libel and several of my commenters did cross that line.

There's material for all kinds of snark about Bingo cards, but I don't have the heart for it. Because, in the end, I'd rather he listened and learned, so that he can pass along the information to his students. And it looks as though he's too angry to do that.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (facepalm)
I came across this blog post yesterday and wanted to bang my head in frustration.

The blogger is a high school teacher who teaches a Creative Writing course. As part of the class, "students are required to research markets, write queries and cover letters, and, finally, submit their work to a publication." This is a great idea, imo—teaching the business end as well as the creative end.

Just a couple problems. Apparently the teacher himself has little or no knowledge of publishing. He doesn't guide the students in their research, or point out potential pitfalls. The result?

One of his students submitted her novel to Black Rose Writing, a vanity press which makes its money by selling books to authors themselves. The founder is a former Publish America author with no background in publishing. The company itself has no distribution. (See AW thread for more details.)

That's problem #1. Problem #2 is that he sees no problem. I understand he doesn't want to rain on the kid's parade, but... What if she thinks this is how all of publishing works? What if she keeps sending her work to clueless outfits like Black Rose?

What if she dreamed of more?
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (facepalm)
New publisher Wildheart Books. Absolute Write has a thread on the outfit here.

Good intentions. Falls short in the "having a clue" category.

ETA: Wildheart (note new website) has given up trying to be a publisher, and is now selling basic copyediting and design services. Still not necessarily a great idea, but definitely several steps in the right direction.

oh wow

Sep. 9th, 2010 10:12 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (scene 24)
Remember Astra Publications? The outfit with ten pro-paying magazines, all launched in the same week?

Duotrope now lists them as closed, and the websites are all gone.

Two weeks from start to finish. This must be a record.

Note: The guy behind Astra, Alex Korovessis, also runs Kasma Science Fiction, which still exists. I wonder if he intends to refund any donations or purchases made to Astra.

ETA: The girlfriend's site has also disappeared.

ETA2: And Kasma itself is gone.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Clock Man)
I was going to post something about the Harlequin debacle, then I saw Jackie Kessler's two brilliant posts on the subject.

oh dear

Nov. 9th, 2009 02:28 pm
beth_bernobich: obsessing (obsessing)
The Amazon page for my forthcoming collection shows an actual ranking. Which means someone preordered the book. Which means I'm going to be obsessing even worse than usual. (Even though I know better than to keep refreshing the page. Really I do. I can stop anytime I want. Um, maybe.)
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (japanese paper)
According to the latest newsletter from PS Publishing, they are busy sending out recent releases, including Ars Memoriae. Hopefully, those who bought a copy should receive one fairly soon.

ETA: A former co-worker reports that he received his copy yesterday.


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