A very sincere thanks to the lovely & talented Valarie Savage Kinney for allowing me on her blog to post the A-Z basics of Livian!
I think this may be the root of truth for an author. Home is where your book is.
Sure, many authors have more than one publishing home for their works, and I highly encourage using multiple outlets for every author. I want to go in depth on this topic, and I will- in the near future and likely through a vlog. If you know me or my work at all, you know my debut novel was previously published with another publisher and is now in the process of becoming a second edition through Twisted Core Press. Let’s take a moment and celebrate this new cover.
That is what home looks like to me. Yes, the previous cover was very nice and the artist was top notch, but authors are these stubborn, obtuse, critical perfectionists. We have things in our mind a certain way and like minds with true communication are the only ways to fully capture the magic.
We hear so much about bad author/publishing deals.. We hear about scams. We hear about diva authors. But sometimes, it isn’t that dramatic. Sometimes, it is like a decent date. You meet someone. You are attracted to them. You checked them out, and they aren’t felons but you don’t realize until you go on a date, that no matter how perfect the match may seem, the spark and the long term goals just do not exist. Publishing is like dating. You have to get that right match and the right match for you, may not be the one you thought it would be. Sometimes, sadly, you do not know, no matter how good it looks on paper.
As I said, I will go into this much deeper very soon and it will be a conversation you’ll want to check out. The main point of this, is Livian. She is home. If you have never read Livian, I do hope you keep an eye out and grab a copy. If you have read it previously, it will be different. It will be worth reading again. It will be my vision. The ending is darker, twisted, and sends you straight into a part of the world you didn’t see in the first edition.
So here is to the warrior fairies, the tattooed elves, the dwerger beneath the dirt, the hidden dragons, the demonic unicorns, and the dreamers. Livian is home.
I hold my head in ultimate shame. I have been the worst writerly blogger, possibly in the universe. Well, minus those “wordsmith” sorts that blog “abt thr new buk an how it got 2 b a Ny bst sllr when a gud pulblishering hizzouse sees da potental” Ha. Sorry for cracking on all you bloggers out there that roll that way, but publishers do check you out and your blogs. How do I know this?
Well, simply because I got popped by my publisher for my lack of internet workings and blogging. We all know I exist via facebook, twitter and even linkedin but this has to be done as well. I suppose I assume I post something on facebook and it gets various shares equals to what I need to do for online marketing. My hands are still stinging from the pop (haha) but here we go- I am officially back to blogging and will even do this blog tour thing. (I swear, if I am going to tour, I am going to need sweet tea and brown m&ms at every stop- and of course, groupies. You guys can make that happen, right?)
You know what, I may even pop on one of my wigs an some eyeliner just so I look up to par and send a vlog out soon. That would be a wonderful way to catch you up to speed with everything going on in my own little literary world.
Bless Burst Books and my publisher, she wanted me to blog and I have to say, she gave me something WONDERFUL to blog about to you all. Many of you have asked one question over and over. When will LIVIAN be a “hold in your hand actual paperback?” Guess what? Get those debit cards out so all of my whining and claims of people stating they were waiting for an old fashioned book to be released doesn’t look like a diva author move. Seriously now, buy it. Don’t make a liar out of me. I will also now be reconnecting with the schools that were interested in a speaking session and pre-ordered book signings- as well as any new ones with interest (hint hint.)
The paperback book is officially released on the publisher’s website (I do make more money via those purchases) and will be released in print soon on other book worthy vendor sites. PURCHASE LIVIAN PAPERBACK EDITION HERE!
I have been rather slack about blogging lately. My literary journey has been rather busy. I couldn’t be much more blessed.
Taking a look back at my previous blog, you are aware that I’ve dived in, head first, into the Seven Deadly Sins project. All of the writers seems to be rocking each story & making waves with the hype on this book. The outlook for this book is already appearing to be very promising. Of course, with such talent coming from all directions, I really can not claimed to be surprised by this.
Even though I had followed each of these writers for some time before this project ever came into play, and assumed I had a grasp on the six personalities, I am still learning and continuing to have my mind blown by these authors. I can personally take a step back and see how my friendship has evolved with each one, but to take another step back and see how the same evolution is taking place between them all- Ah, it is better than anything on television. We are really starting to feel like our own little family. Looking out for one another, deeply supporting one another, even asking where someone is and if anyone has talked to them should one of us vanish for a few days. Shockingly, I have found such comfort inside of this sinners tribe. I look forward to giving you updates as the project continues.
As for my original baby, “LIVIAN”, I have received so much positive feedback over this novel, I have permanent pudding face. I must share this lovely blurb on LIVIAN with you.
” ‘Livian,’ by Michelle Picarella. You won’t get any spoilers here, by the way. Anyway, ‘Livian’ is a high fantasy tale about growth and a young girl’s development. Michelle’s crafty design of the tale is so clear that the words flew by and I wasn’t able to savor each page long enough. Additionally, the way she wrote the story leaves no question unanswered, no stone unturned, and I literally felt for the character’s well-being from the very first page. Humph! And she calls herself a newbie. Yeah right.” A.T. Russell (To continue reading what he had to say, including The Seven Deadly Sins, the wonderful Dawn Kirby (lust of Sins) as well as other authors- click here. or here….
LIVIAN is still in the waiting game process. I know I haven’t been in this submission game long, but in “writer’s time” it feels pretty close to forever. I know that it is well worth the wait, and will be in the end of it all. “She” is currently in submission to a small group of publishers. I have not heard back from all, but several that I have had contact with have requested full manuscripts after reading the partial, have told me a time frame that I should hear back within, & one even referred to me as a future best seller on my Facebook. Sigh. So, to be sure, good things are a’coming. Patience is a virtue. I am getting my zen on and just waiting for the blessings to continue.
I will be blogging more often, and as I mentioned before- as soon as LIVIAN gets a deal that I sign, I shall become a “Vlogger”. Scary, eh? Have a blessed day, everyone.
(With the Dreamers)
A watched pot never boils, they say. I boil homemade sweet tea every single day. I watch that pot, and you know what? It boils. The same does not ring true with the mighty inbox. It does not matter if you keep a tab open for your inbox, or even if you refresh it over and over. If there is no mail- there is no mail.
When I first started sending my queries to agents, I did things “by the book”. I only sent one single query out each time and waited for a reply before moving on. I also compulsively created my query/synopsis just as I had read that it needed to be done, “by the book”. The biggest blow to my journey so far concerning the book business is that there really is no such thing as this folklore of “by the book”.
Each bit of research that I have done concerning how a new author needs to go about doing things contradicts another. I constantly tweak or even rewrite my query letter and synopsis around a new finding. This does not include the 13 revisions of the book as well as the one total rewrite. I do think that my biggest fear is that each time that I have redone my query/synopsis, I have possibly sent the new and improved pitch to an agent that would have been impressed with the previous edition.
Even though I no longer wait on each individual agent before sending another query into the shark pit- I also do not see a purpose in mass sending a query into the world of agents. One day, I just may get this epic query with all of these do-overs and I would hate to have used all of my agent seeking resources before that happens. I wish that there were some uniform proper way to do this that ALL agents could agree on, but until then, I can’t help but feel that Vegas odds are a heck of a lot better than this.
My hope is still high. Each rejection is closer to that life changing “yes”. Strangers of all ages seem to fall in love with ease with the book and it’s characters. Luck and timing seems to be all that I need. As a fellow author said to me the other day, “An agent’s week is a writer’s month.” So true…So true…
Looking for artists of all sorts! Read any portion of “Livian: A Fairy’s Tale” under the NOTES link and show us your vision of the Gothic world of Warrior Fairies, Blood Thirsty Unicorns, Hidden Caves of the Dragons, The Tri-moon nights, or any other scene that grabs your attention! Deadline is Halloween! The first week of November will be closed to submissions, though open for votes on the favorite! The highest voted art will be the main photo on the FB page!
ALL PHOTOS WILL BE USED in rotation during the contest, sharing the link within the Literary Circles of agents, authors, and publishers, and certain photos will be used in a teaser movie/slide for the book.
*The artist retains all rights to his/her artwork, allowing special permissions for use promoting Livian: A Fairy’s Tale for online.
REMEMBER- This is a book meant for children-young adults- even though Fairy Tales are wonderful no matter the age- keep the art work clean or it will be removed. Thanks!