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>Author Chat: August 1-7 2010, Like a Sacred Desire: Tales of Sex Magick July 31, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in author chat, circlet.
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>From the Circlet Press Blog:

Come celebrate the release of the Circlet anthology Like a Sacred Desire: Tales of Sex Magick in our Livejournal community this coming Sunday August 1st through Saturday August 7th. Several contributors to the anthology will be making posts throughout the week to discuss the book and answer your questions. There will be giveaways and discussions with authors such as D.L. King, David Sklar, Angela Caperton, Jana Denardo, Elizabeth Schechter, and the editor of the anthology, Jennifer Williams.

Dark Diva Reviews recently had this to say about Like a Sacred Desire:
I could easily see this collection being used in a discussion group on mythology and sexology. Joseph Campbell would have had much to say about the characters and situations found here.

Want to learn more? Then stop by our author chat starting this Sunday. We look forward to seeing you!

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I’ll be doing my part on Tuesday, August 3rd.

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>Since you asked so nicely… July 31, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Drum Mage, writing.
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>Will there be more with Steven and Nick? If you haven’t yet read The Hand You’re Dealt, you might have no idea who I’m talking about. If you have, then you might be one of the people who’ve asked me that question. I’ve been asked this a couple of times since Like a Sacred Desire came out, so let me say it here and get it on the record.

Yes. There is a novel in the queue. The tentative title is Drum Mage, and it follows a year in the life of Steven, with some flashbacks that tell more about his past, the accident that took his sight, and how he and Nick came to be involved. There will be nine chapters, with one themed for each of the major Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year, and then one to wrap up the story. Essentially, you’ll be getting a year and a day.

Now, don’t go looking for this any time soon. It’s third down on my to-do list, after the revision I’m working on now (Princes of Air) and House of Sable Locks, which is much further along than Drum Mage. My writing time will be increasing in the next few weeks, so I hope that the writing will progress a little faster. Even with that, I don’t think we’ll see Drum Mage until 2011.

However, that won’t stop me from posting bits and pieces as I work on them. Just to keep your interest.

>To-dos July 23, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in to-dos, writing.
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>The current state of the Imp….

To Revise

  • Prince of Air (This is the current priority — self-set deadline of August 15)

To Write:

  • House of Sable Locks (novel, in progress — second priority)
  • Drum Mage (Bumped up in priority since “The Hand You’re Dealt” came out)
  • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
  • Wanderer’s Moon (next book in the Midnight Moon series.)

To Outline

  • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
  • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
  • Mystere Book 2 (which hasn’t given up the title yet and may turn into book 3 and A&L will be book 2)
  • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
  • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
  • Tales from the Arena

To Sell

  • Nomad’s Moon
  • Exile’s Moon
  • Infernal Machine 

Allow to percolate

  • Professional virgin story (no title as of yet)
  • Wandering star story

>Dark Diva reviews Like a Sacred Desire! July 19, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in book reviews, writing.
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>Now this is the thing to wake up to on a Monday morning! Dark Diva reviewed Like a Sacred Desire and gave it FOUR Divas, and named The Hand You’re Dealt her favorite story in the anthology!

EEEEE!!!!!!

>Like a Sacred Desire! July 12, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in new books, writing.
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It’s OUT!!!!

Like a Sacred Desire rolls out this morning, and includes my short story “The Hand You’re Dealt.” (which is the first story I ever wrote for Circlet!). Go check it out — the teaser for the book is from Hand!

>EroticBliss pARTy – August 7th! July 11, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in appearances, Reading.
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For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Stacey Murphy, Co-Owner
Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique
1810 N. Orange Avenue | Orlando FL 32804
www.TheBlissfulLotus.Blogspot.com
BlissfulLotus@gmail.com
407-462-8298 (cell)
The EroticBliss pARTy is Coming!
Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique presents EroticBliss! A sensual celebration of Erotic Art, Artistic Nudes and Erotic Poetry.
Blissful Lotus will be a “buzz” on Saturday August 7th, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm as the EroticBliss pARTy gets underway featuring the provocative feminist art of Elizabeth Shupe, the captivating performance art of Perego, a reading of Steampunk erotic poetry by Elizabeth Schechter & the sharing of a coming of age love story by Liz Allen.   
We bring to you an evening that will inspire, seduce & tantalize your artist palette. This pARTy will also feature Love Tarot Readings, Corset Models that will tease and tempt the crowd and Perego will “WOW” the guests as he creates a sensual work of art LIVE.
Join Us on Saturday, August 7th
8:00pm – 11:00pm: Mix & Mingle ~ Schmooze with the Artists & Writers
8:30pm – 10:00pm: Love Tarot Readings in the Lotus Lounge
8:30pm: Reading of “Who Got Liz Gardner” by author Liz Allen
9:00pm: Live art performance by PEREGO
10:30pm: Erotic Poetry Reading of the SUCCUBUS by author ELIZABETH SCHECHTER
Other Important Details:
  • EroticBliss pARTy will be held at: Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique at 1810 N. Orange Ave (south of Princeton)
  • Door Fee: $5/pp
  • Audience: Adults 18+
  • Special Offer: All guests will receive 10% off their entire purchase @ Blissful Lotus
EroticBliss will feature this arousing line-up of both artistic and literary talent:
  • Elizabeth Shupe:  A featured Nude Nite Artists, Elizabeth’s art is filled with intense symbolism drawn from feminist, Tarot, Fairy Tale traditions and more.  In her words…”Art to me has more to do with spirit than with the finished object.   Art peers into the dusty drawer of the artist’s personal history. Art is the resurrection of an ancestor’s tea-stained imaginary world.   An untouchable past is opened, hopes for the future are explored and the joys and anxieties of the human experience are expressed; all in a personal symbolic language. That to me is art.” Elizabeth Shupe Website
  • Perego: The artist that brings you the Vagabond Art Party and the Art Army, how do you define his artistic style? Perego is all about Performance Art, and “his art” is Performance-Art-Theatre.  In only a way Perego can do, he combines light, sound and movement in a striking and provocative exploration of the material and spiritual worlds; incorporating action and the spontaneous energy of his environment.  Well tonight, we’re going to see his erotic and sensual side. Go To Perego’s Website
  • Elizabeth Schechter:  Well…Ms. Elizabeth is a pansexual pagan perv with a penchant for purple pornographic prose (and a great love of alliteration). She’s been writing since very early grade school, and finally seems to have gotten the hang of it. Her professional fiction debut, the Steampunk short story The Succubus, appeared in the Circlet Press anthology Like Clockwork.  As her day job, Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mom, and is the mother of an active and rambunctious toddler who loves to keep Mommy from writing during the day. She lives in Central Florida, where she amuses herself at playgroups by describing herself as a pervy fetish writer when other moms ask what she does for a living. Surprisingly, she actually does get invited back to playgroups! Elizabeth Schechter Website.
  • Liz Allen:   Born and raised in the Sunshine State.  Her career path has spanned from physical to fiscal to literary starting in nutrition,  then riding the roller coaster we call the stock market as a financial advisor and ultimately penning her first book at age 49… Liz’ debut novel “Who Got Liz Gardner” was published in April 2009 as the result of an international contest and is now enjoying tremendous popularity in book clubs around the world. Her short story “Radiance” was published in the 2009 winter edition in Literary Magic Magazine and will be included in the anthology “Wisdom of Our Mothers”.  A second short story “A Dark Secluded Place” will be published Summer 2010. Liz Allen Website

>On Publishing July 3, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in ex-cathedra from my navel, publishing, writing.
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>I wrote this for a writing group of which I am a member. I’m the only one with pro credits, so they asked me about publishing and how to get published. Here’s what I came up with:

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First, Publishing is NOT like what you see in TV (Ignore Castle. The writers I know who watch it think it’s a comedy). Publishing is slow, subjective, and the writer very rarely gets rich. I can think of three off the top of my head who did (Stephen King, JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyer). Most writers I know either have a day job that pays their bills, a spouse/partner who supports them, or can bring in enough in royalties that they can support themselves, a dog and a cat (and that writer has a roommate who helps with the rent. And even she occasionally flirts with the idea of getting a real job. There’s no health insurance in writing.)

The most important thing is that you have to be persistent. Publishing is a REALLY subjective business. What one agent or publisher turns down might find a home with another. Don’t let the rejections get to you. Most of them are form letters, anyway, when you get an answer at all. A good number of agents and publishers are of the “no answer means no” school.

Before you even thing about selling anything, make sure it’s the best work you can possibly turn out. Join crit groups like this one, but make sure that the membership is not open to the public. Public posting of your work ANYWHERE, evne if you made no money on it, means that you’ve given away your first serial rights. One group that I like a lot is the Online Writer’s Workshop — where your work can possibly be read by Elizabeth Bear, Joshua Palmatier and C.C Finley, all of whom are alums. This is something you can put in your query letter to an agent that really makes them take notice. Oh, and make sure that you keep your wordcount in spec — an adult novel over 100,000 words is pushing it. 80,000 is better. A YA novel over 60,000 or so is too long. If you write an epic 200,000 tome, you’ll never get it looked at. Ask me how I know…

If you’re selling anything longer than a novella for your first sale, then you want to try for an agent. You REALLY, REALLY want an agent if you’re going the traditional publishing route (I’m mostly doing e-books right now, so I don’t have an agent.) Expect a lot of rejections, unless you’ve managed to write the next Twilight, (in which case, I hate you). Personally, I’ve queried over a hundred agents for the novel that I wrote with a friend. Please note above that I said I don’t have an agent. 😉  Get a copy of the current Writer’s Guide — it lists agencies, and you can see which agencies cover your genre. You can also check Querytracker, Agent in a Box, or AgentQuery. Do your research. You want to be a good fit with your agent. You will (hopefully) be with them for a long time.

The reason that you need an agent is that there are very few traditional publishing houses that take submissions from unagented writers. In the Science Fiction world, there are two – Tor and Baen. (Right now, that novel is out in the slush pile at Baen). Now, if you submit to a publisher, and you get an offer (my fingers are crossed here), then you can go to an agent and ask them to represent you. Nine times out of ten, they’ll say yes. This is like free money to them — they get their 15 percent without having to do the groundwork to sell the book. (They’ll sell the REST of your books for you, and make sure you get the best possible contracts. Trust me on this. You NEED an agent in traditional publishing).

Now, there is one thing I cannot stress enough. MONEY GOES TO THE AUTHOR. The author doesn’t pay the agent — they take their cut out of what the publisher pays. The author also doesn’t pay the publisher. EVER. If anyone ever tells you that you need to pay reading fees or editing fees or that you have to buy so many copies of your book to see it in print, RUN.

Now, the reason I keep saying ‘traditional publishing’ is because with e-books publishers, the rules are a little different. There are no advances, for one. You either get paid a flat fee and royalties, or you just get royalties. This does not suck — in traditional publishing, if the publisher doesn’t make back your advance with book sales, you never see a penny of royalties. With e-books, we’re talking months to publication, not years (in most cases. I’ve just hit my second anniversary of my first sale, and that story should see publication this month.) You don’t need an agent, and most of them are open for submissions all the time. The turnaround for submissions is faster, too. That novel at Baen? I’ll hear about that sometime next year. I have a novelette out with Cobblestone Press, and I should hear about that by September (they have a 90 day turnaround.)  To learn more about e-book publishing, check out EPIC.

Have I covered it all?