History A'la Carte 3-28-13

A longer, but fascinating program on the Regency era for your enjoymentf History a’la Carte.

And now, a  new installment of History a’la Carte to start the new year. I am always amazed to find out how much I didn’t know that I didn’t know.

Get to know Sue Millard

Please join me this morning in getting to know Sue Millard!

Writing is such a challenging endeavor. What got you started on it and what keeps you doing it?

I started aged 7 writing consciously “for” other people to read. A very good teacher when I was 10  used to read both prose and poetry to the whole class every Friday afternoon. He spotted my ability with words and encouraged me, and once you’re launched you never really stop loving words. I sold my first poem at 10, tried a novel when I was 12 (it was crap) and then studied literature at Chester College (now the University of Chester; I was on one of its first degree courses).

What keeps me writing? It depends. Poetry comes and goes, because it needs a powerful inner source. Prose – fiction and non-fiction – are more workmanlike, but I still want to produce something worthwhile, that buyers will want to keep. I do enjoy people saying that they liked my books and poems. I think that’s a given, isn’t it?

I’d like to say that money keeps me motivated to write, but it takes a long while to see profit, especially on paperbacks where you have costs up front. I have to take the view that it’s a long haul and once set up a book should go on earning. Continue reading

History A'la Carte 3-21-13

Here’s the last part of the Tudor era feast on this installment of History a’la Carte.

And now, a  new installment of History a’la Carte to start the new year. I am always amazed to find out how much I didn’t know that I didn’t know.

Count down to New Release…just hours now…

All the Appearance of GoodneessMy bad!  I just realized that I hadn’t updated the countdown since it was at 7 days! I had a good reason for it though, I haven’t been up for air in those seven days!

The good news….I HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON!

At 3:30 today I hit the submit button at Amazon.com. Now it’s just waiting for it all the process and hoping that there are no file problems. It all checked out on my end, but still holding my breath.

Even better…. I’m on PubIt as we speak right now, getting it ready for NOOK.

It’s a little like the last few hours of labor, waiting for the book to be born!

I’ll keep you all posted….

If you’re getting bored while you wait, check out the latest chapter of It Only Stands to Reason or  Chocolate the Regency way!

Get to know Shannon Winslow

Please join me this morning in getting to know fellow Austen Author, Shannon Winslow!

Writing is such a challenging endeavor. What got you started on it and what keeps you doing it?

I’ve always loved books and reading, but I had no clue that I was a writer at heart until about ten years ago. That’s when, after becoming obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, I stumbled onto a sequel. “Yay! What could be better?” I thought. I had always wanted Darcy and Elizabeth’s story to continue. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the book was a big disappointment. It didn’t seem true to the original, and it didn’t match my vision of for what the sequel ought to be. So, I decided to try my hand at writing one that was. That’s how I got started. What keeps me going is that I’ve never had so much fun in my life! I’ve explored other creative mediums, but nothing else has ever so thoroughly captured my imagination and delighted my intellect as the challenge of writing.

What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Do you still have them?

My first serious effort at writing became my first novel, The Darcys of Pemberley. After months of work and some needed revisions, I got brave, went to a writer’s conference, and submitted the manuscript to a literary agent I met there. A couple weeks later, I got the call from New York that we all hope for. The agent loved the book and she wanted to represent me! I was an overnight success! Well, not really. It took a few more years before the book actually made it into print. Continue reading

History A'la Carte 3-14-13

A little chocolate video to go with your Regency Chocolate on this installment of History a’la Carte.

And now, a  new installment of History a’la Carte to start the new year. I am always amazed to find out how much I didn’t know that I didn’t know.

 

 

Count down to New Release…7 days

In the home stretch now  Seven days (including today!)  until the new release is due out.

Cover is done, emergency rewrites, line edits, first  round of proof reading all done.

Advanced Review Copy, revised, made into kindle and in the hands of 5 reviewers. Done.

First four chapters of printed proof copy proofread–manuscript bleeding–again!  MUST. STOP.CHANGING. THINGS!!!!

One stop left to schedule on blog tour. Color coded excel spread sheet with all relevant information created. First post due in 5 days!!!!  Agghhhhhh! What have I done? I committed to writing another 25K words!

How come this list keeps getting longer?

Still need to learn to use the e-pub translator so I can get books on Nook and Kobo–yes, they really will be available there, all of them! Yeah!

Need to write cover copy and format cover for each outlet.

It’s getting closer!

If you’re getting bored while you wait, check out the latest chapter of It Only Stands to Reason or  Chocolate the Regency way!

Count down to New Release…9 days

light at the end of the tunnel!

In the home stretch now  Nine days (including today!)  until the new release is due out.

Cover is done, emergency rewrites, line edits, first  round of proof reading all done.

Advanced Review Copy, revised, made into kindle and in the hands of 5 reviewers. Done.

Printed proof copy printed and bound, red pen found and attached.

Three stops left to schedule on blog tour. Color coded excel spread sheet with all relevant information created.

How come this list keeps getting longer?

Still need to learn to use the e-pub translator so I can get books on Nook and Kobo–yes, they really will be available there, all of them! Yeah!

Need to write cover copy and format cover for each outlet.

It’s getting closer!

 

If you’re getting bored while you wait, check out my latest posting at English Historical Fiction Authors about one of my favorite subjects, Chocolate!

Get to know Regina Jeffers

Join me in getting to know the fascinating Regina Jeffers today.

Writing is such a challenging endeavor. What got you started on it, and what keeps you doing it?

In November 2008, I was still in the classroom as a teacher. I was explaining to my Advanced Placement class about voice and syntax, and I had pulled several examples of classic literature and popular literature for the students’ examinations. The lesson was in preparation of their reading Pride and Prejudice and later, Ethan Frome. I was highly critical of one of the samples, and one student took up the challenge with “If you know how to do this, do it yourself.” And so, I began writing Darcy’s Passions, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s point of view. I held no conceit or thoughts of glory. I simply wished to answer a student’s challenge so that I might return with one of my own. Continue reading