Okay, go!

Sorry it’s been such a long time. I just didn’t have any new news to share with you and I was a little bummed about the rejection. It sapped my motivation to update this blog based on my novel Amethyst Epiphany.

Recently I queried a new publishing company about my manuscript and they’re interested in looking at my book. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that perhaps my beloved book and characters have finally found a home just as the ones in my Magic series have done.

One can only hope.

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Another Rejection

Sorry it’s been so long. I had been hopeful that this novel would have a new home by now. Alas, this is not the story.

Amethyst Epiphany, had another rejection. It’s frustrating, but I’m not going to give up on this dream. It was the first novel I have ever written and I will get it out there, somehow, someway. Right now, however, I am going to focus my attentions on my upcoming novel Blood & Magic.

I am by no means giving up on Amethyst Epiphany, but I am putting it on the back burner for now.

Really hope someday soon you will be able to meet Calliope and the cast. In the meantime, however, feel free to follow my Blood & Magic blog here: http://www.bloodandmagic.blogspot.com/.

The Future of Amethyst Epiphany

Well, I have some bad news to inform you all of. The publisher that once looked at Amethyst Epiphany has dropped the title. However, this isn’t the end of my beloved characters. I still have many ideas in my head and Calliope’s future and the future of her children all mapped out in my head.

I will be searching for a new publisher to present to you my fae princess and everyone she entangles herself with in her crazy web of life, and I hope you will all be willing to come along with me on the adventure.

I have been told that I should self-publish through Amazon and that is indeed one option, but I will find the best option for me and this novel. In the meantime I am working on some non-Callie adventures.

Fret not, I still plan on continuing her story and getting her voice heard.

Speaking of which evidently faeries have lovely singing voices. In my head this is how Callie sounds whilst singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD1I7c3G9Ls.  What do you imagine a fae would sound like singing?

Unforgettable Characters

Well, this week I dropped off my old laptop at my grandmother’s neighbor. It is the computer Amethyst Epiphany and the first eight chapters of Crimson Betrayal (which I’m thinking of renaming Crimson Desire) on it. It’s a fairly old computer – I’ve had it since my college days and I graduated five years ago. I’m hoping that he can salvage my story from the computer that is far past kaput. I know it should be somewhere on the hardrive, so hopefully he can take the start of the sequel and put it on a flash drive or cd for me so I can upload it onto this computer and keep working on it. That would be ideal. 

No idea how long that will take. 

I’m fairly excited about Amethyst Epiphany. There’s still a lot of work to do marketing wise, but I’m confident I can do it. Just have to brace myself for unforeseen complications and come up with solutions to problems. 

But I know Calliope and company are more than ready to make their arrival into this world. I hope that you’ll all enjoy them as much as I do.

This story is very emotional driven and character driven with lots of magic and lessons along the way. I have so many ideas for the sequels that I hope that I get to work on them very soon. I have more ideas for the third book than the second, but I remind myself that I must finish the second first. 

It was funny when I was first working on this I hadn’t expected it to be a trilogy. But the characters have minds of their own and insisted their story could not be told in one book, and after writing the first book, I quite agree. I fell in love with each and everyone of them along the way. Even the villains hold a place in my heart, not as big a place as the heroes though, because evil people are icky. Ha ha.

Have you ever read stories of characters that just couldn’t leave you? What made them so unforgettable? 

Some News!

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Great news, everyone! Received an email from my editor yesterday: Amethyst Epiphany is scheduled to come out in October. I’m excited! Yet I’m also nervous. A lot of work to do marketing wise, at least. My editor would like to me to double my social media followers both in April and in May.

So if you and any of your friends are interested in following my writing endeavors please feel free to friend me on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/authorlindamcrate. You can also add me on twitter: thysilverdoe. These are the social media outlets I’m to target the most. However, I am  also on tumblr: http://thysilverdoe.tumblr.com/, deviantart: http://thysilverdoe.deviantart.com/, linked in: www.linkedin.com/pub/linda-crate/70/580/19a/. The purpose, of course, is to reach as many possible people as I can.

So feel free to follow me any of these places if you’d like to know more about me and my upcoming novel. I’m pretty shy, but I’m friendly. At least on line. In person you may have to pull my teeth to get me over my awkwardness, but I’m more social than I used to be. 

Get ready to swim with the mermaids, fly with the fan, and swoon over the elves among other things. 😉 Did I mention I’m pretty excited? I can’t wait for you to get my book, and I hope that you all enjoy the start of the journey. It’s a trilogy. 

Originality

It’s always something that I crave. I despise the same old tired troupes, but who doesn’t? We all tire of the cliches that have been beaten to death like a dead horse.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde. So bearing the word’s of Mr. Wilde in mind I’m trying to apply this to my novel. Not in the tale itself, though, as it tends to write itself and I tend to get really original ideas (not to toot my own horn or anything). But rather in the way I promote and market my book.

I want it to stand out from the rest. I want people to look at it and read it and come back to it time and time again because it’s unforgettable. I want to leave a ripple that will cause a pond to change.

So Amethyst Epiphany is going to be a reality soon, and that both thrills and terrifies me. I’m working on it’s sequel, it’s true, but it just seems sad that one third of the journey is going to be over already. I love these characters and these places, and now it’s time for me to wing them into the minds of others so they can love them and adore them as much as I do. I’m really hoping that my promotion strategies and marketing are unique enough to grab attention. Because I know my story’s good. My editor told me that. Several times. They may be biased, but I happen to like their opinion.

This is both terrifying and exciting all at once.

Christmas Time Is Here

 

Christmas is a special occasion meant to be spent with friends and family. A season full of love, warmth, and laughter. As such it’s not a season I would ever exclude from my stories. Especially not with my Calliope and her friends and family.

There’s lots of thoughts circulating around my head. Especially about chapter eight which I have yet to finish of Crimson Betrayal.

I’m wondering if I should maybe do some Christmas traditions in my story? What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

I’m really trying to consider if I do this, however, what they should be. After all my character has met only just met her father in the previous book. She’s a princess so obviously some of the rituals would probably be different than the ones mere commoners employ, and yet I didn’t really have them do anything special. There was no fancy Christmas dinner and she spent time with both her father and her boyfriend’s family’s and exchanged gifts.

Neither she or her father are pretentious, stuck-up people. I was thinking maybe instead of a Christmas tradition (since these can take a while to adapt to especially when you’re still figuring out and developing relationships with people) that maybe they could go to an orphanage or to those in need and donate some time and money to the less fortunate and try to build some morale – because strange things are happening, people are disappearing and dying, and there are things going on that really can’t be explained. There’s confusion and pandemonium, and I’m sure the king would want his peoples to feel at ease especially with a special holiday such as Christmas.

I think that  I really like this idea.

Have you ever done anything to benefit others on Christmas?