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Friday, September 17, 2010

My First Release Day *Ever*

Hello Fellow Writers!

Yesterday my erotic romance Punishing the Art Thief was released by Ellora's Cave. I went on a couple of blogs to do interviews (see here at Natalie Dae's blog and here at Lily Harlem's site). Hubby and I went out to dinner last night to celebrate :)

When I first started writing this blog, it was because as an aspiring writer I found myself constantly searching online for good information for writers. How to format my manuscript, how to get a literary agent, how to write a synopsis, how to write a query, etc. And I wanted all that information to be put in one place: my blog. And along the way, I've been telling you folks all the steps I've been taking on my path to becoming a published author. Now the sorts of posts I'm blogging have changed a bit, partly because I've covered all the basics in previous posts before but also partly because my own interests have changed. Now I'm interested in hearing what other more experienced authors have to say, and I have an even stronger interest in finding myself a literary agent (I think).

So last night at dinner, the fact that I actually accomplished my life-long ambition of getting published just sort of made me woozy with excitement. (I probably ate enough calories to even out the fast I'm doing for Yom Kippur, lol).

My beta reader got back to me with her notes on my novella Chastity Belt, so I'll probably take a look at those today. And I really need to get a proper outline going for Protecting Emily. Or maybe I'll just "pants" the whole thing, like Stephen King does?

Wish me luck, and good luck to you too! Please, if you read my book, drop me a line and let me know what you think. I promise to write back :)
Shoshanna

13 comments:

  1. Congrats Shoshanna! It must be a wonderful feeling to reach this huge goal. I'm sure this is the first of many published books for you. You have a long and prosperous career ahead of you.

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  2. Congrats. Someone once sent me a congratularory card with a bunch of rats doing the congo. I do wish I could find that and sent it to all who have new released.

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  3. Congrats! Do good!

    (I'm a little confused about a beta reader giving you notes. I thought they were just supposed to say, "I loved it," or "It didn't float my boat." I thought beta readers were readers, not writers.)

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  4. Oh. And here are the Conga-Rats, btw:

    http://www.bluemountain.com/display.pd?prodnum=3182308&path=82923

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  5. Thanks! *loved* the conga-rats, too funny! Hopefully all writers are also readers, and I like when a beta reader gives me an in depth critique. I do the same when I beta-read someone's stuff. It might be big picture stuff like "I don't understand the Hero's motivation" or it might be little stuff like "you're missing a word here" lol Here's an article about beta-readers: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-beta-reader.htm "In addition to acting as a general proofreader looking for typographical errors, the beta reader also looks for flaws in characterization and plot."

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  6. Congratulations Shoshanna! I just love your blog. Full of wonderful, important information for a wannabe like me . I agree with others ... this is just the first of many more for you!

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  7. Hi Shoshanna!
    I can't wait to read your book. I'm holding off, using it as an incentive to reward myself for finishing my revisions. Hopefully the first week in October!

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  8. Thanks Wendy! Good luck with your revisions!

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