Stuff and Nonsense

I have some news… I’ve mentioned it in passing on Twitter, but I’ve signed the contracts now so it’s official: I’ll be writing an essay for a Smart Pop anthology coming this Fall! I’m very excited to contribute to this project as I’m loving The Vampire Diaries TV show.

I didn’t read the books the first time around – I don’t think they made much of a splash this side of the pond back in the day, although I’ve now got the first couple to try. It’ll be interesting to compare them to the program, but the anthology itself is very much about the TV version. I remember not being massively impressed by the pilot, but am so glad I stuck with it because it totally rocks now! It’s a lot of fun and, honestly, who can resist the wickedly gorgeous Damon? πŸ˜‰ My essay will be written in the form of diary entries (at least, I’ll give it a try!), and is about the storytelling device of journals within The Vampire Diaries and other shows/stories, something I am particularly interested in. *bounces excitedly*

Other stuff… Um… I am busy putting the finishing touches to Beautiful Ghosts for Agent M. I really, really hope we can send this one out on submission soon. This sounds sort of over-the-top, but if I ever see this book on shelves one day I think I will explode with happiness. Heh. I β™₯ Moth. Is it wrong to love my own character so much?

Oh, and the winner of my giveaway for the UK editions of INCARCERON and SAPPHIQUE is:

~ * ~ Firewolf!! ~ * ~

Congratulations! I will contact you shortly to organise sending your prizes. And thanks, everyone, for entering. πŸ™‚

Here are some cool links I have to share:

Nathan Bransford on why You Can’t Make Something a PhenomenonTo be sure, marketing helps a book’s popularity, and a publisher can work wonders when they bring all of their resources to bear to give a book a boost. But that just gives a book a shot. What happens from there depends on the book itself and whether it catches fire with its readers. Such a good post and I couldn’t agree more.

Sherwood Smith asks if people actually follow up on somebody after reading a sig appended at the end of a poster’s/commenter’s name? — this is something I’ve thought about myself, and I wish I’d seen her post sooner. There are tons of great comments and a really interesting discussion there.

Jane Friedman discusses the increasingly asked question posed by aspiring authors: Should You Hire a Professional Editor? — good comments on this one, too.

Angie from Angieville On Angels, the Prettiness/Fickleness Thereof — angels are the Current Big Thing according to some industry peeps. Pretty book covers, ftw! And really, you should be reading Angie’s blog ALL THE TIME for it is made of awesome.

Lilith Saintcrow totally inspired me with her latest post at the Deadline Dames, Do That Thing. No one says it quite like Lili.

Check out Victoria Schwab’s blog all this week as she has interviews with cool people like… Myra McEntire, Tessa Gratton and… um… me! *g* (Mine’s up on Friday.)

Justine Larbalestier on Teenagers and Reading — LOVE this.

The fabulous Nova Ren Suma on The Writing Part of Being a Writer — yes! This is what it’s all about.

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35 Responses to Stuff and Nonsense

  1. Carolin says:

    Oooh, awesome about the Vampire Diaries essay, that sounds like fun!

  2. Maria Lima says:

    Go you!! I’ve done one for the True Blood antho and will be doing one for the upcoming Glee antho.

    Love to work with Leah W & SmartPop.

    • Kaz says:

      Maria, thanks so much for visiting my new ‘home’! πŸ™‚

      And thank you – I saw that you’ve done these before. Leah is awesome!

  3. Tricia Sullivan says:

    I can’t wait for BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS to go out on sub! So exciting.

    Thank you for all the links. Off to read some now!

  4. renee sweet says:

    So exciting about the anthology!!! EEE!

    Also? Julie wins EVERYTHING!! *pouts* (just kidding – congrats! :P)

  5. Naomi says:

    Sigh. I really want to write an angel novel. It’s been kicking around my head for about six or seven years now, but every attempt I’ve made to actually write it has failed. Maybe that’s better? In my head it’s a glorious epic. On paper it’ll probably be godawful mush!

    • Kaz says:

      I have a sort-of angel novel written, but it needs a rewrite. So much to write about!! Too little time… πŸ˜‰

  6. Angie says:

    Aw, Kaz. You’re awesome. And that’s very exciting about the essay!

    Also I would like to meet Moth. πŸ™‚

    • Kaz says:

      *beams* I really do love your blog. ‘Tis the truth.

      Moth is fun to write, I’ll tell you that much… Heh.

  7. Whoo, congrats, honey! Your star just keeps rising. *happy*

    I was actually thinking of you earlier today. (Funny, it feels more exposed to write personal comments here than it did on your LJ. . .weird, weird.)

    Let’s see. . .I read the Vampire Diaries back in high school and loved them (but think I’d really not like them now) and haven’t tried the TV show. But your essay would be fun to read in any case.

    I’ll also be looking forward to your interview on Friday!

    Okay, I guess I should get back to work. *poof*

    • Kaz says:

      πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

      The TV show is just… very entertaining. Heh. I really do enjoy it.

      I’m glad you still stop by – I’m making an effort to keep up with my friends, but it’s not working out so well at the moment. *sigh*

  8. Leisa says:

    Hey, congrats! That’s awesome news.

    I hope all goes well with BG. I’d love to see more of Moth. πŸ˜€

    • Kaz says:

      Thanks, Leisa! πŸ™‚

      I dream of Moth out there in the world… with her own book… *sigh* Maybe one day!

  9. Steph Burgis says:

    Woot! Congratulations on the anthology inclusion – I love that series of books!

  10. Adel says:

    Yay, congrats Kaz! That’s awesome! And can’t wait for more Moth!

    And congrats to the winner! Lucky! And happy reading!

  11. Sheela Chari says:

    Hey Kaz, I’ve finally set up my google reader so I can read all those blogs I’ve been wanting to read that aren’t on LJ – like yours!

    Congratulations on the anthology! I’m so glad you are almost done w/your next sub.

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  13. Firewolf says:

    Congrats on the anthology! That’s so awesome.

    And *HAPPY DANCE* wow… I won more books. I think I’m hitting a lucky streak right now.

  14. Mardel says:

    Lilith Saintcrow is one of my favorite writers. You are becoming one too! – of course I’ve only read the one anthology story in Eternal Kiss – but the only reason I bought it was to check out your story. πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to the next anthology you’ll be in. Good for you!

    I can’t wait until your book comes out too, I’m getting impatient. (in a nice way, really!)

  15. Mardel says:

    oops forgot – Congratulations Ms Thing – aka Firewolf! Happy Reading!

  16. Yolanda says:

    Congrats! πŸ™‚ And I’ve got my fingers crossed for Beautiful Ghosts.

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