Next: news. On the upcoming page, it says there's something in January. And to not get excited. Well, the "something" will be...River and Wolfe finally on Kindle.
The books came out years ago--River when Amazon was selling Mobipocket ebooks, which they then pulled so they could start doing Kindle. Still, at least it was on B&N as a Nook Book. And despite people bitching to the contrary (really? seriously? um, GOOGLE??), Wolfe has always been available in various ebook formats on Mundania's site, Fictionwise, ARe, etc. But neither are in the actual Kindle store.
What we're going to do is a duology omnibus. Both books in one, combined for a lower price point than buying them separately. It's an experiment, to be sure, and we'll see how it goes. I'll also be including an author's note, perhaps talking about where the will-never-be-written third book would've gone.
And this is important because there is a high likelihood that, at the end of 2012, the books may go out of print.
I realize some of you like them. I appreciate your kind words about them, truly (when not posted on a piracy board). And perhaps if I had more time and the inclination, I'd revisit revamping them (as I did Bloodlines) but...I really feel done with the world/stories and don't want to rewrite them. I have so many more stories I want to tell instead.
This plan isn't set in stone, of course--I may change my mind. But when you're nearly thirty years old and have grown a lot as a writer, it's kind of hard to have a book you wrote almost a decade ago out there. By the end of 2012, I'll have four novels and a novella out there for purchase, hoping that'll make up for the lost income from retiring River Wolfe.
It's all hypothetical at this point, but if you're wanting either book, next year will probably be the time to get them. The omnibus release date is to be determined--I have to go over both files, actually proofing Wolfe (*whines*) again, and get all that stuff sorted out.
Now. More stuff and things.
- Lineage is out for edits. It is also out as an ARC with someone as a Christmas present. *whistles innocently* *awaits teasing* I think the first chapter of Exhumed may also be included in the book's release.
- I should probably plan promo-y things for Lineage's release (February 21). So far I have a guest post to write for Feb 20 and that's it. If you would like to host me on your blog for an interview/guest post + giveaway or whatever during that time, I'd be ever so grateful. If you're a book blogger and would like to review any of the books in the series, give me a shout. Priority given to those who can review ebooks (PDF, PRC, EPUB, MOBI) but I can usually finagle a few print copies. Email me if interested--messaging at social networking sites isn't usually a good way to track me down. Read moreabout themif interested.
- Exhumed is coming along. I have about 30K words left to write.
- Amends is has been on hold with trying to write three books for NaNo and now coming off of the burn out from that. Time willing, I want to devote a week during the holidays to just write serial stuff for January and beyond. I'll probably have to unplug to get it done.
- I may start posting the odd book review on the blog. Note: I will not be A Book Reviewer. They will be reviews of books I enjoyed as I have to work in this industry and will not bitch about my peers, so no bad reviews. They will be sporadic as I haven't time to read outside of work much. They will likely be by friends of mine because I choose to spend my time and money on those I know. I will be genuine, of course. It's also my way of trying to give back to the community, and I will endeavor to post the reviews on GR and maybe Amazon.
If you read Wolfe, you know there are a lot of loose ends. This is because I never saw either book as being remotely about plot--both are purely about the main character's arc. And I realize this bugged some people. But I did, ultimately, see where things were headed (her "destiny" as is alluded to repeatedly in both books), and figured I'd wrap this up in an anthology of shorts.
I called it Changed, for some obvious reasons and some not-so-obvious reasons.
(This paragraph is for River/Wolfe readers) The set up of the antho had one main, present day story, divided into multiple parts. In between were short stories from different character POVs in different points of time. I'd written two already: "Rebellion" was from Daryl's POV and took place the night he bit River, while "Doe, A Deer" followed Jewel Doe about two weeks prior to the start of Wolfe (if you've read it, you know what her condition was by the end of it and might guess what the story was about). Other shorts involved Kia and Noah from Wolfe, Danielle from Wolfe (as a possible love interest for Charlie), Gray and Rick Nacy from years before the start of River, as well as one short that followed the young hunter River runs into towards the end of Wolfe. I also wrote the opening for the main, present set storyline and plotted out where it was all going.
I'm putting the rest of this behind a cut because a) I'm posting an excerpt from Changed and there may be people who might not want to read it, and b) I'm tying this to a larger issue that you can probably guess about by looking at the tags for this entry. But if you do keep reading, please know that I deeply appreciate it. Read more
* Saturday, I saw New Moon. I'm trying to think of a worse movie, but I can't. Even Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter was better (because it had a) bad kung fu, b) a Mexican wrestler, and c) vampires that killed people rather than sparkled, which all makes it better). The LOLCat version was totally apt and if you read it, you don't need to see that dreadful film ever.
* I got a lovely review for Wolfe from Bitten by Books - Five Tombstones. "Well written with very defined characters, the series is very compelling and captivating, so much so that I find myself somewhat curious about Ms. Cameron’s background and if she’s hiding any secrets about herself." read more
Yes, I'm secretly a werewolf. ;-)
No, you know what it is? Why I could get in River's head so easily? Because even if I'm not secretly a wolf-turned-human, I've always felt like an outsider looking at humanity. River is just that to the extreme.
* Lili on having a room of one's own, and the will to write. I was an only child, so I did become accustomed to writing in a space by myself, but throughout school as a teen, I did learn to write anywhere. I wrote on my old laptop while I was babysitting, I wrote in class during lessons (probably why I failed nearly everything). The room of my own had to be in my head--it was the only place others couldn't tread. So I would stick on headphones, go into that little room, and write regardless of the distractions around me.
Finally...I was at a friend's place working on Wednesday and I found (and scanned) an old photo of me 'cause, like, that's just the thing to do--post embarrassing old photos. So here's thirteen year old Skyla...clearly it's the mid-90's. I mean, THE HAT.
I throw it around a fair amount, and I know that sometimes that can make it lose its meaning.
But when I say I HATE Wolfe, the sequel to River, I mean it....I really, really, really fucking hate that book.
I know I shouldn't be saying this, considering the book is coming out late May/June of this year. I'm going to need to sell this book to you, because I have very little money and I'd very much like some of yours. So I'm sure that, as the author of said book, me declaring that Wolfe was/is/will always be the bane of my existence is probably not a high selling point.
River--the first draft--was written in two weeks. It was a fast book. I just dove right in with a premise and it kind of took over. Wolfe began immediately after I completed River. That was late 2003.
I completed it early 2008.
So that should give you a sense of how much I disliked the process of writing it. It wasn't at all easy, like it's predecessor, and I think it took me longer to really "get" what it was about. If River is about accepting circumstances you can't change, Wolfe is about making a choice about what you want to be, and what you want in life. Human or wolf? A pack of humans and a beta mate, or something more?
Maybe I hated it so much because River hated it. She had tough choices to make, and a lot of ugly things about herself to confront. My boyfriend thinks I should kill her off if I continue the series, so that should tell you something.
The only reason I finished it and sent it to the publisher was because I was in a really bad head space last year and worked constantly. I didn't care about how much I hated it, I just wanted it done and gone.
I try not to stress about it too much. Apparently the ever brilliant Elaine Corvidae hated The Crow Queen (Lord of Wind and Fire Book Two), and yet I loved it and thought it was wonderful. So I know full well that we aren't always the best judges of our creations. But, truthfully, it's not that i think Wolfe is a *bad* book...
I just hate it.
Oooh, I just saw on Twitter that Sarah Haskins has a new Target Women. I'm going to go watch that now.
Do you ever wake up from a dream seriously thinking that something you dreamed is an actual memory and it takes about an hour to realize that it's not?
That has nothing to do with this blog entry, but I just thought I'd pose the question.
I just heard last night that Wolfe has been assigned an editor. I'm both happy and sad about this fact. Happy because the novel is moving forward, readers will finally get to read it ("When is the River sequel coming out?" is probably *still*my most often asked question!), and because god knows it needs a good edit. I'm sad because I turned in the draft a year ago and I was not in the best head space when I did it...so I'm half expecting to hear, "this sucks!" or something, LOL. It's a decidedly dark book and I'm not sure how people will respond to it, but here's hoping readers will mostly love it.
There's a new chapter of Curio Killed the Cat online for your reading pleasure. It was a kind of awkward chapter to write, but I'm totally stoked about the next three--I introduce a new character and it gets really fun.
And because I've been watching a whole lot of Twin Peaks lately...here's an awesome video I stumbled upon:
(Have I mentioned what a Cooper/Audrey shipper I was? Annie was great, but...I loved him and Audrey. Also, Bob still scares the hell out of me.)