Which do you want first? I think good news should always be first because it tends to carry one through the bad news. Of course in this case, both good and bad pertain to me so it doesn’t really matter to the reader. Still, here’s the good news.
I’ve been assigned a new editor. She seems very nice (we’ve only spoken on the phone) and she’s exactly who I would’ve chosen for myself.
The bad news is that Ballantine is not going to give me a new contract until they see how well Too Darn Hot does. Remember the numbers post? It’s all about the numbers. That means how well you sold. Nothing to do with getting audio sales or book clubs and definitely nothing to do with reviews. It’s how many copies of your book were sold. As respectable as the numbers reflect my sales for the first book in a mystery series as I see it, it wasn’t enough for my publisher, and that’s who the boss is.
Since TDH will be published in late June, 2006, I probably won’t know anything before this time next year. A little more vacation time than I wanted. Or needed.
I don’t have a “dying to write this” idea now, but I plan to start hitting the keys on January 2nd. It’s a Monday, which is when any self-respecting author should begin a new novel. I hope I don’t have to insert a smiley face everytime I make a little joke, because I don’t plan to.
At this stage in my career, I don’t have a lot of time to waste. I’ll be open to a new idea and hope that something comes my way. Even if doesn’t happen by Jan. 2nd I’ll sit down at this computer and face the blank page in Word on my monitor. I’ll sit there my usual 3 to 4 hours even if I don’t type anything. I can’t write if I’m answering email or surfing the web or reading a book.
For now I’ll read, blog, go to the movies and see friends. But I’ll be at my post on January 2nd, 2006.
I may be down, but I’m not out.