|JCP News • Issue 40 • April 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
Blogs and Updates
I haven't been blogging much lately. I think I'd rather write fiction than blog posts. Though maybe I could write fictional blog posts.
Update: Still not enough tag-clicks on A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion for me to give away a paperback.
Update: Sorry, I don't have a release date yet for the paperback of GhosTV. Soon.
Article: Not everyone who’s written something has their eye on getting that piece of writing published. But if publication is one of your goals, here are three ways you can increase your story’s chances for publishing success via editing. Read my three tips at NaNoEdMo!
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Name the ImprintA quickie poll for you: if I decide to publish some mainstream thrillers under the name J.C. Price, do you think I should publish them through JCP Books, or create a special imprint to further differentiate the non-m/m titles?
-yes, create an imprint
-no, use JCP Books
If you have suggestions for a name for this imprint, please share! (Note, I worded the question weirdly last month so I'm leaving it up one more month.)
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Happy unbirthday to you!
Lookee here, I'm another year older. Actually, as I write this, I'm not yet, but I will be by the time you get it. In the past I've done unbirthday promotions…then ended up sitting at the computer all day waiting for the shopping cart to go bonkers. So this year, no. I'm going out to lunch and buying a bathing suit at the catalog return store where everything's 50% off the anniversary of your bloody and bawling entry into this mortal coil.
Not a whole heck of a lot to report. I've been writing a lot, mostly Starving Years, and getting some paperbacks and ebooks together since the graphics card on my art computer seems to be dying. I hear the next release of iMacs is supposed to be good, so hopefully my art computer will last until they hit the shelves!
I've been reading a lot lately, Nancy Kress in particular, and what's interesting is that I'm finding a lot I agree with and a lot I disagree with in her work. Unlike reading a piece I entirely love (or hate), reading a work that has a little of both seems to be bringing out a lot of critical thinking on my part.
Various stuff I've absorbed by watching writers I otherwise like when their stories aren't working for me:
1. Character death had better be onscreen, it had better be necessary, and it had better be treated with all the gravity and impact it deserves. I seem to remember a bunch of "Oh, by the way, these guys died" at the end of Deathly Hallows. What a rip-off. Nancy Kress killed off a beloved and endearing side-character in Dogs. While his death did impact his best friend so it wasn't a total blowoff, the moment of his demise was weird and unclear, at the hands of a smaller side-character who was irritating and unsympathetic.
2. The protagonist needs to be the one to solve the problem. Not someone else. And not off-screen. Early on in the Stephanie Plum series, she's got a scary-assed psycho rapist stalking her. Then, at the end of the book, her boyfriend Ranger quietly goes off and dispatches the creep. No good. If the protagonist can't solve the problem, you need a different problem.
3. Gimmicky characterization is a no-no. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher is an action and magic-packed series about a Chicago wizard. In general, the series is great fun. But Harry Dresden's go-to catchphrase is "Hell's Bells," and I'm not kidding, he says it on nearly each and every page. Even his biggest fans think it's ridiculous; they've made a drinking game out of it. I made sure not to reduce Victor Bayne to a catchphrase! (One reader sadly said he'd only uttered, "Cripes," a couple of times during GhosTV…not true! I believe it was four times in 110 thousand words. If he does it too much, it loses its appeal.)
Thoughts on Cover Art
Later this month, Payback: Channeling Morpheus 1 second edition will be released. Wow, it doesn't seem like it's been three years but it has. Every couple of months thereafter a new Morpheus second edition will come out.
I'm curious about the best way to approach Sweet Oblivion, since I actually consider them to be Channeling Morpheus 5-10. I'm thinking of re-naming and re-numbering them as they come out, but I'm concerned it'll be confusing. (There will likely be overlap as the publisher removes old versions from distribution channels.)
I've dubbed the paperbacks Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary and A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion #1 and #2 of the Channeling Morpheus Series in an attempt to make sense of it.
What do you think about renaming it all Channeling Morpheus? Logical or confusing? I'll give a copy of the re-vamped Payback: Channeling Morpheus 1 to a lucky respondant. Go to a quick survey!
If you already own the first edition ebooks, I don't think you need to buy the second. There will be some minor editorial changes and luscious new covers, but I'll put a cover you can just download to enjoy by itself from the product page.
As I lay out the new covers, I find myself happy that "Michael's" photographer has priced his photos so high you won't find them on twenty or a hundred of the latest m/m releases. I feel like the Payback photo is iconic for the series. The photographer put certain effects on the shot—converting it to black and white, cranking the contrast, zooming in so close there's no wiggle room at all to frame the shot differently than she has. So this has shaped the "look" of series. In trying to create ten second-edition covers, I'm hoping to make a cohesive body of covers that all do cover #1 justice. (Aside: the Bill-model's mouth is so pretty I could just die.)
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The Starving Years, Chapter 24
He'd heard many people's dreams involved being back in school again, facing a pop quiz that would comprise their entire grade—and they didn't know the answer to a single question.
Nelson usually aced pop quizzes. Even in dreams.
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