Like a Wraith, Like a Shot in the Dark

Hey, how about that? It’s Friday. It’s been a fairly eventful week for me – new job offer on the table (though not unexpected, it’s still very exciting), starting to really have my writing voice step to the fore, and moving forward with a big change in my life. Now all I need is for Monday’s appointment with the dermatologist to go okay and I’ll be really rolling along. No big worries there, though, just getting a few suspicious moles checked out.

The last two years have been full of such change for me. In 2009, I had pretty much given up on my dream of ever becoming a published author. I was happy – or so I thought – to just drift along doing the best I could within the confines of the life into which I had fallen. I was, basically, something like the character in the original version of my novel: my boldest goal was to be left alone and let fate control my life. Somewhere along the way, that changed. Part of it was certainly no longer being in a very sick relationship, but part of it was also just learning to be comfortable in my own skin. I’m grateful to the people who have helped me get to that point.

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time over the last few days reading through other authors’ blogs, and have found some really interesting ones that I plan to share in the next few weeks. I’ve also discovered that the YA market is absolutely huge, even bigger than I thought it might have been. Did the successes of Harry Potter and Twilight cause this boom? Because I don’t recall it ever being quite so large. I’m also quite surprised by how many of my adult friends on goodreads have a library that’s something like 90% YA books.

Anyway, I’m not talking about this to denigrate the…what is it? It’s not quite a genre. Age range, I suppose. Or fans of it; I know there are some great works coming out of that scene right now. I’m bringing it up because unfortunately, I won’t be linking too many YA authors because this blog may sometimes feature language and topics that just wouldn’t be suitable for YA readers.

I am, however, going to make one exception…I’ve been friends with Jayde Scott on Goodreads for awhile now, and I’ve enjoyed her blog posts quite a bit. Not to mention that I’d like to help her maybe get a tiny bump in sales – her book is on sale for 99 cents right now, and the preview is pretty good (I picked it up awhile ago and have been waiting to get through my backlog before I get to it). Check it out!

I guess we also get a two-for-one today, as I originally planned to link to A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, by author Joe Konrath. I especially recommend his latest post, in which he talks about an impending boycott against Amazon’s Thomas and Mercer imprint. I hadn’t heard of such a thing, but it just seems ass-backwards to me. Why not support the rights of authors to self-determination?

Anyway, have to move on to other projects. That’s enough for today. May even have an entry tomorrow!

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