One week after publication

 

It’s now been over a week since A State of Jane was officially released. Fortunately, my office was closed on the publication date, Monday, September 17th, for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I had it all planned out – I would wake up early (but not too early since it was my day off), I would send out all of the announcements, via blog post, Facebook, Twitter, email my friends, my book club, my various chick lit writer’s groups, attaching all of the buy links. Once those tasks were completed, I would go for a run and by the time I came back, I assumed I would have a few congratulatory messages to respond to before I jumped in the shower. Then, I would send out another tweet or two and jet over to my hair salon to get my hair done. I had an appointment for a haircut and highlights – a 3 hour process that I would have preferred to not do the same day my book was coming out. Since I had a busy week ahead of me though, it was the only time I could squeeze in three hours, plus commuting time.

That was the plan.

In actuality, I woke up on Monday morning to find that my ebooks had not actually been uploaded onto Amazon or Barnes & Noble due a communication glitch – the person in charge of doing the upload didn’t realize that the official launch date was the 17th and so while he immediately uploaded the books upon being made aware, it takes 12-24 hours for the books to show up in search results and as a result, I did not have any buy-links to share with the exception of the paperback on Amazon. Since I wanted to announce the availability of the book in all formats at the same time, I sort of had a break down. My plans went up in smoke and I felt as if the day off from my day job was wasted since I wouldn’t be able to use the time to promote. I was also a tad embarrassed since a few of my Twitter friends had already congratulated me for the release on Twitter but commented that they were not able to find links. After crying for a few minutes and sending frustrated texts to my sister, boyfriend and boss, I took a walk to get coffee and something to eat. When I got home, I saw that my publisher had sent me a box of 25 paperback copies of A State of Jane . Seeing an entire box of my book in print practically had me in tears of pride and joy and virtually melted away my earlier frustrations. I uploaded pictures on Facebook and enjoyed the comments I received that the cover was awesome. (It is!) I also took to heart the texts I received from my sister and boyfriend that it was just a slight hiccup and wasn’t the end of the world. Later, I went for a run and when I came home, my doorman told me I received flowers from my boyfriend in honor of the publication. This also helped me put everything else in perspective.

Although the book was still not showing up in search results by the time I headed out to get my hair done, I was a much happier person. That afternoon, while I sat with my hair in foils nursing a glass of red wine, I felt even happier when, after searching Amazon about ten times, the Kindle version of the book finally showed up in the search results, followed shortly by Barnes & Noble. As soon as I got home, me and my awesomely highlighted hair got busy sending out all the emails, tweets and Facebook posts and I spent the next few hours completely touched by all of my friends who not only posted that they had either downloaded the book or ordered a paperback but they also shared the release of A State of Jane with their friends as well and some of their friends posted that they had also purchased the book. I went to bed happy that night, although when I write “bed”, I don’t mean “sleep” – I couldn’t fall asleep for hours! I was too excited 🙂

Despite the snafu, the release eventually went through and I am officially an author of two published books! But the work is not over, not by a long shot. Now comes the promoting, which most authors will agree, is extremely hard work. I have scheduled interviews and guest posts with various bloggers over the next couple of weeks and I have sent the book out for review. Although my official blog tour through Chick Lit Plus and the amazingly organized Samantha is not scheduled until January 2nd, several bloggers/reviewers have the book in their hands and I wait with baited breath and chewed fingernails to see what they think of A State of Jane – so far the feedback has pleased me but it doesn’t mean I don’t pull my hair out of my scalp with anxiety whenever someone new posts her opinion. On a far less stressful note, I have a launch party scheduled for early October. If anyone plans to be in New York City on October 5th and wants to come, let me know. The location is so-far being kept from me by my friends but I can put you into contact with my fabulous party planners.

On another note, a draft of my third novel is currently with my first beta reader, who happens to be my sister. Once I get her comments, I will send it along to a few other people and eventually to Diana Spechler, one of my favorite authors who has provided her “book-doctor” services to me with both Just Friends with Benefits and A State of Jane and without whose guidance, I am afraid I could never comfortably submit my book to my publisher.

One end note and a slight confession – I am really exhausted! I have spent the last year writing a 3rd novel, editing a second, posting reviews for every book I read and almost every bar/restaurant I frequent and all while working a very busy full-time job. Something has to give. In the coming months, I know I will be answering countless interview questions and wracking my brain for topics for guest posts and I think, at least for now, I need to concentrate on those since they are directly related to the promotion of A State of Jane. For those of who you appreciate my book reviews and possibly even follow me on Yelp, you might be seeing less of me for a while I decompress. I need it!

Buy links:

http://www.amazon.com/A-State-Jane-Meredith-Schorr/dp/1935961691/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347991938&sr=8-1&keywords=a+state+of+jane

http://www.amazon.com/A-State-of-Jane-ebook/dp/B009CDVZ64/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347991980&sr=1-2&keywords=a+state+of+jane#_

http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?WRD=a%20state%20of%20jane

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Meet Jane Frank

 

I am gearing up for the release of my sophomore novel, A State of Jane on September 17th. I am extremely excited for you all to read it as I am very proud this book. That is not to say I didn’t feel immense pride two years ago when my first book, Just Friends with Benefits, was published, but it is different. I started writing Just Friends with Benefits on a whim and while I always hoped it would ultimately get published, it seemed more like a fantasy than a goal I could actually reach. I wanted to prove to myself that I could write a novel. On a personal level, I also wrote it seeking closure. A State of Jane (formerly known as Taking Back the Fadeaway and Planet of the Flakes), on the other hand, was written with the intent of getting it published.

Additionally, most of the characters in Just Friends with Benefits were loosely based on people I knew. By contrast, while the plot for A State of Jane was inspired by my own frustrations dating in New York City, the characters were created entirely by my overactive imagination. Any similarity to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

People close to me recognized the character of Stephanie Cohen from Just Friends with Benefits because she was a lot like the person who created her (me). This was not the case with Jane Frank, the main character of A State of Jane. I am nothing like Jane. Jane had a relationship with her High School sweetheart that lasted nine years. I didn’t have a boyfriend in High School. Although Jane and I are both paralegals, Jane aspires to be an attorney whereas law school was never in my plan. Jane is an amazing cook and I (hahahahahahaha) am NOT. Jane is a neat freak whereas I absolutely abhor cleaning my apartment and do it out of mere necessity. Jane is certain that her happily ever after is just around the corner whereas I am always fearful of the rug being pulled out from under me. Jane doesn’t drink beer and never smokes whereas I have been known to drink too much beer and smoke the occasional cigarette. Jane only watches sports when trying to impress a guy whereas I love baseball.

On the surface, it might appear that Jane is a bit of a goody-goody but as you will discover while reading A State of Jane, she is quite surprising, very spontaneous and more than capable of letting her hair down. Jane has a life plan for herself – she wrote it down and everything. What she fails to take into account is the inability to control the actions or reactions of other people. It is this discovery that drives Jane to do things that are nowhere on her to-do list. It is also this discovery that shows Jane that some of lifes most cherished moments are those that cannot be planned for in advance. I am nothing like Jane Frank but there were times while writing this book, I wished I was.

Who would I want to play Jane in the movie version of A State of Jane? Ashley Williams, probably known best for her role as Victoria in How I Met Your Mother.

 

Cover – A State of Jane

Without further ado, the cover of A State of Jane!

 

The cover represents a loss of control which is exactly what happens to my main character, Jane Frank, when her life plan veers off track.

Jane Frank is ready to fall in love.  It’s been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed.  With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father’s law firm.  There’s just one problem: all the guys in New York are flakes.  They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation.  Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood?  Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew’s advice and turn the game back on those who scorned her?  As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize that the dating life isn’t as easy as she originally thought.

old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway

I’ve been trying to save money lately. Between being in a long distance relationship, attending several weddings this year and the high cost of living and playing in New York City, I spend way too much. However, I am not going to stop going out to dinner because I love trying new restaurants and most of my socializing revolves eating/drinking. And I’m not going to break up with my boyfriend because, well, he’s awesome. So, I’ve been trying to save money in other, smaller ways.

For instance, there was a time that I would buy books I wanted to read regardless of price. Now, I am waiting until the cost of some of the bigger named author’s books come down a bit before buying them and I might (brace yourself) actually start taking books out of the library rather than purchasing them. I still haven’t read Emily Giffin’s “Where We Belong” and it’s killing me but, seriously, $12.99 for a Kindle download is ridiculous.

I’ve also downloaded quite a few free reads on my Kindle lately. I started reading a few of them this weekend, but had to put them down. Not because the writing was bad, but because I couldn’t relate to the characters and, further, they made me feel bad about how my generation is being portrayed in books. The main characters in each of the books complained about gray hairs, and sagging bodies and boobs that were beginning to hang down to their bellies. In most cases, their husbands left them for someone younger or they were jealous of their younger counterparts and, in general, they didn’t seem to have any youthful spirit left in them. I assumed they must be at least in their fifties and was shocked to read a bit further and discover they were only in their late 30s-early 40s (my age range)! Unlike the characters in these books, I do not feel old and I don’t look old. Because I’m not old!

I’ve definitely matured in many ways since my 20s. My career has progressed, along with my salary. I’ve written three novels and published (almost) two. I still party, but I’ve learned to do so in moderation (mostly). Instead of staying out till 5am drinking cheap beer, I stay out till 1 or 2 drinking wine or prosecco. And I still drink cheap beer while watching football with friends on Sundays! I still have the same taste in television, movies and books, but instead of crushing on the teenage boy character, I like his dad. (Actually, sometimes I still crush on the teenager. When he’s played by Zac Efron…) Intellectually, I’ve become much more self aware which has enabled me to appreciate what is important and let go of what is not. I am definitely wiser and more “adult”. However, I am in just as good shape, if not better, than I was in my 20s. My boobs are not sagging. My face is not full of wrinkles. I still get hit on by men, both younger and older. And the night I met my current boyfriend who is a few years younger than me, a very cute 24-year-old girl was basically throwing herself at him, yet he only had eyes for me. I am still “young” at heart. Scratch that, I am still “young” – period, however, I am not a “girl”, I am a “woman.” Most of my entire circle of friends is just like me: we’ve grown up but we haven’t grown “old”.

Unlike most of the books I read, not all women in my age range are married with children. And not all of the single ones are divorced. Like our younger counterparts, some of us are in relationships that have not yet led to marriage, others are still looking for “the one” and some are simply happy playing the field. While I am sure that many women in my age range can relate to the characters in the books I read, I would love to read a novel that better represents me and my friends. The only one I’ve read that comes close to capturing that spirit is Erik Atwell’s “Thank You For Flying Air Zoe.”

I started writing my third novel about a 39 year old woman who personified my social circle but I temporarily put it aside to write something else. Now that I am in revisions of my work in progress, I am thinking that I might try again to write a novel that is neither about a young teeny bopper starting out in adulthood nor an aging woman who fears her best years are behind her. I would like to write a book about that undefined place in time when you’re old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway.

Blurb for Planet of the Flakes

Further to my last post, things are moving along for the publication of Planet of the Flakes. I am still working with my editor who is in the process of reviewing my revisions, but has already let me know that she really likes the new scenes I added to the book to flesh out the secondary characters and develop my main character’s relationships with her friends and family. Additionally, I am scheduled to have a phone call with my Book Manager this afternoon. The Book Manager will be assisting me with the promotion and marketing of the book and I am very excited to hear her ideas. I didn’t have any assistance with marketing for my first book and am delighted to have someone on my team this time around. All that remains is the assignment of my cover artist. I have been brainstorming ideas for cover art and am looking forward to that stage of the process.

Finally, my editor sent me the blurb for the book and I wanted to share it with all of you!

Here it is!

“Jane Frank is ready to fall in love. It’s been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father’s law firm. There’s just one problem: all the guys in New York are flakes. They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation. Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood? Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew’s advice and turn the game back on those who scorned her? As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize that the dating life isn’t as easy as she originally thought.”

Hopefully, the blurb has tweaked your interest. If you have ever dated in NYC (or any large city for that matter) and been on the giving or receiving end of the disappearing act, you will probably relate to this book. And even if you have been happily married for 20+ years, I guarantee it will make you laugh and possibly make you cry!

My gig as a guest author

I’m waiting for the Bolt Bus to arrive at 34th and 8th to take me to Philadelphia. I am guest author this evening for a chicklit book club and need to commute from NYC. It’s raining and I’m afraid my hair will frizz even though I got a Kerotine treatment that’s supposed to take care of that. It shouldn’t matter what I look like – it’s not a date or anything – but I assume all eyes will be on me and don’t want anyone to say “great book but the author has really bad hair!” Better, I suppose than “lousy book and the author has really bad hair!”

I’m on the bus now and out of the rain. Getting on the bus was not without issue though. In true Meri fashion, I fought with another girl. I thought she was cutting the line and have no tolerance for people with a sense of entitlement. That being said, she wasn’t cutting the line. My bad!

My friend Sharon, who I met years ago through my own chicklit book club in NYC, started her own club in Philly and asked if I would be a guest author tonight. Hello? Exposure? Probable sales? Not to mention that I am a huge fan of book clubs in general. No brainer! That’s not to say I’m not nervous. I am. I’m afraid the book will not be well received. I’m afraid the attendees will be thinking, “who the hell is Meredith Schorr and why are we reading her book? My sister’s best friend’s cousin knows a girl whose step father’s uncle is related to Nora Robert’s hair dresser. Why can’t she come instead?” I’m afraid they will be nice to my face but later confess to hating the book at the June meeting. I’m being paranoid which is not all uncommon for me. Most people have really liked my book and there is no reason to suspect that the members of the Philly group will be different, but they are valid, human concerns nonetheless, right? I didn’t write a speech or anything and hope it will be more of a Q&A. I can’t imagine anyone asking a question I haven’t heard before like, “Is the book autobiographical? How long did it take to write? Was it difficult to get published? But you never know.

I’m off to take a nap now but I’ll continue this after the book club. Wish me luck!

I am now on the Bolt Bus waiting to go back to NYC. This time there was no confrontation with another passenger! I also arrived early and the driver let me take an earlier bus. I am digging Philadelphia! I know what you’re all wondering though- how was the book club?

It was great!

Sharon and I met up early to catch up over dinner and a beer. I needed the latter to calm my nerves! At 7 we climbed the stairs to the 2nd floor of the Triumph Brewery where the book club met. There were tables strewn across the room but Sharon and I pushed two large tables together to make one that would accommodate about 11 of us. Although 20 or so people rsvped “yes”, Sharon said several bailed at the last minute. As the organizer of my own book club, I am used to last minute cancellations and did not take it personally. Besides, I am more comfortable in smaller groups anyway. In total I think there were 12 of us and with the exception of 2, I think everyone actually read the book. They all claimed to have really enjoyed it and since two of them gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, I am tucking away my paranoia that they are just being nice. They all said it was difficult to put down towards the end and I agree, I really hit my stride in the last 100 pages or so. There was some mixed answers as to whether they predicted a major twist – most didn’t but a few did. And then there were the questions. Do I work from an outline? Once I finished the book, what were my next steps? Was Stephanie loosely based on me which, after hearing my ‘”yes” answer lead to questions about how many of the other characters were inspired by my life. There was some serious blushing by me when we discussed the sex scenes and questions were asked about my soon-to-be published book Planet Of The Flakes. And much to my surprise, there were, indeed, questions I hadn’t heard before. For instance, how did I come up with the names of my characters? The answer was that, with a few exceptions, I didn’t put much thought into it at all and whatever name came to me while introducing a new character was the name I chose. Another question was whether I believed it was possible to make a living writing. The answer was that, for a select and lucky few, it was possible. For now and for the foreseeable future, I was not one of those people.

All of the women were so kind and seemed genuinely interested and they were all pretty funny too-like the women in my own book club in New York. As with most casual book clubs, the discussion segued to other topics like movies, other books, reality television and Zac Efron. I think I was the one to bring up Zac. I’m a wee bit infatuated…

 

I had brought customized JFWB bookmarks and as the evening drew to a close, the women asked me to autograph them which was super cool. They had all downloaded an e-version of the book so there were no physical books to sign. I know there is a way to autograph a Kindle download but I think that’s kind of lame and so I haven’t looked into it.

The girls all thanked me for coming and one asked if she could send me pages of a WIP if she decided to start writing and of course I said, “yes.” I love when people ask for advice or guidance. It’s a way to pay it forward.

Sharon’s friend Jen let us stay at her apartment that night and on the drive back, she teasingly referred to me as “the talent.” I could get used to that!

All in all – successful and fun night! Book clubs are such a great way to make new friends and I know if I ever left NYC to live somewhere else, joining or starting a book club would be one of the first things I did!

 

 

my second novel is being published!

I am way overdue for a blog, I know. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to blog, it’s just I’ve been too busy crossing my fingers, twiddling my hair and chewing my fingernails while awaiting the fate of my 2nd novel.

Well, I can finally announce that my second novel, Planet of the Flakes, has been contracted by Booktrope Publishing, a small press publisher based out of Seattle. I’m totally stoked!!

This time around, I actually had choices, which was both a good and bad thing. It was good because it’s always better to have more than one choice than no choice at all, but it was bad because having choices means making a decision and making a decision comes with the risk of making the wrong one. That being said, I made my choice and I think (and certainly hope) it was the right one. I’m beyond excited! (And, yes, I am aware that I said that already but at least I expressed the same emotion using different words the second time around. It’s the least I can do as a writer!)

What is Planet of the Flakes about? So glad you asked! Here’s a blurb:

After ending things with her first-ever boyfriend of nine years and waiting the requisite 365 days to avoid a dreaded rebound relationship, twenty-six-year-old Jane Frank is finally ready to fall in love for the second and hopefully last time. Jane doesn’t care if she meets “the one” via online dating, at a single’s event or through the law firm where she is employed as a paralegal, as long as she is in a loving, committed relationship by the time she starts law school in a year.

Jane dives head first into the New York City dating scene only to discover it is infested with flakes who are interested today and gone tomorrow without so much as a phone call, voicemail, email, text message or even Post-it note. At first Jane tries to maintain her optimistic spirit, but it is an uphill battle. Eventually she decides to turn the tables and discovers she much prefers pulling the disappearing act to being on the receiving end of it.

And before you ask, this is not based on my life! Jane Frank is nothing like Meredith Schorr, although I will admit it was my own experiences in the NYC dating world that inspired the idea.

I do not have a release date yet for Planet of the Flakes but I will be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, my first book Just Friends With Benefits is available on Amazon, Fictionwise, www.wings-press.com and B&N (coming soon). 

bits and pieces of novel #2

As some of you know, I’ve completed my second novel, working title, Taking Back the Fadeaway.  After working on it since 2009, I’m very excited to share it with you, but since I’ve only just begun the submission process, I have no idea when it will be contracted and eventually published. 

 Although I want you to wait until the novel is published to read it in its entirety, I thought of a fun exercise.  The novel is 301 pages.  I asked the fans on my Facebook book page to choose a number between 1 and 300 and for every number picked, I chose a paragraph from that page of the book to include in my blog post.  This way, you get a taste of the book which will, hopefully, leave you hungry for more.  I hope you’ll leave a comment and let me know what you think of the paragraphs and if you’d be excited to read the book from beginning to end. 

 Just so you don’t go in completely blind, below is a brief description of the book:

 “When twenty-six year old Jane Frank broke up with her boyfriend of nine years in a face-to-face conversation, no one awarded her a medal. One year later and ready for her second chance at love, Jane’s beginning to think she deserved the gold. Not one of the men she has dated since her re-entry into the single life has shown the courtesy of dumping her via phone call, email, text message, voicemail or even Post-it note, much less in person. They’ve simply disappeared. Convinced true love is a sham, and sick of being on the receiving end of the silent “fade-away,” Jane seeks temporary attention and ego strokes from any man who will offer them…” 

 Sorry, the rest is a secret for now!  

 So, without further ado, here we go!  

Page 9: I closed my eyes and imagined where Nate would take me on our first date, hopefully not Smiler’s Deli.  Later, I dreamed about swim-up bars and sex on the beach with Nate on our honeymoon.  The dreams were interrupted only once when I woke up in a panic remembering I had forgotten to study for the LSAT.  I made a mental vow to spend an extra hour the following night and fell back against the pillow, anxious to return to my dream.

Page 18: At first I missed sex terribly but I’d practically forgotten what it felt like at this point.  I let my hand wander to the front of my sweater and shook my head in disgust that no one had touched my breasts in over a year.  Was I considered a born again virgin by now?  What if I forgot how to do it?  Or what if it hurt again?

Page 33: I absently nodded my head at Lainie, who continued to call Randall various derogatory names.  But I was no longer listening.  And I had lost my appetite for spicy tuna.

Page 77 –

I turned to Cory.  “No pressure.  You don’t have to meet my parents if you don’t want.  At least not until she asks me directly.  For now I can play dumb.”

Cory shrugged his shoulders and said, “Set it up for whenever you want.”

“Really?” I asked.

“Really?” Claire repeated.

Laughing, Kevin said, “No.  Really?”

Page 85 – As I wondered where the hell Cory was and when he planned on calling me back, I shouted, “You’re a pig!” to Andrew who responded by tossing a box of condoms he apparently kept at the office onto my lap.  “Nail’em and leave ’em, Jane.  Trust me.”

Page 101:

Todd grinned.  “Great!  I’d hate my addiction to ruin my chances of a third date.”

Not a chance.  “I’m just happy you want to go out again,” I said sweetly.

The commercial break had ended and so, with one eye on me and the other watching the screen, Todd nodded.  ‘Totally.  The sooner the better.”

Page 127 – An hour or so later, I had switched my beverage of choice to water and my attention to Don, a shaggy-haired guy with kind brown eyes and a dimple on his left cheek.  He wore white jeans that until I met him, thought only worked on rock stars and Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

Page 215.  I pushed my plate away.  “Can we change the subject?  Is Claire coming?”  We hadn’t talked since we fought at my apartment and I really had no desire to see her except to bond over how annoying our mother could be.

Page 243 – Marissa smiled and finally took a bite of the cupcake she’d been holding the entire time.  “Yes we both have many fertile years left.  Thankfully.”

And there you have it, sentences from nine pages of my book!  It’s a really fun read and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Bossy People (sort of)

I’ve been meaning to post a blog for a while now. But between working full time as a paralegal, revising my second novel, writing guest blogs for other blogger’s websites, dating someone new, judging a writing contest, trying to maintain a social life, eating, sleeping and general personal hygiene, I just didn’t have the time. Calgon – take me away!!!

Besides being too busy to blog, I couldn’t think of anything to write about.  But I was determined to start blogging again, especially since my mom told me she checks my website regularly and really misses my blogs. I threw a question out to the folks on the JFWB Facebook page asking for suggestions. I wasn’t really expecting any feedback but a few people did respond. (Thank you to Doug, Amy and Marian.)  Marian suggested I write about bossy people-  I’m guessing she was having a bad day.  Marian, I hope you told that bossy person (people) to shove it, but in any event, thanks for the idea.   I’m not going to write about bossy people, but I realized something about myself. I’m not a good boss. Presently, I am not anyone’s boss, but there was a time not too long ago when I was the head paralegal in my department and entrusted with delegating work assignments and general supervision of the junior paralegals. I didn’t like it one bit, probably because I wasn’t very good at it. I was good at my job and I liked doing it, but I didn’t like telling others to do their jobs, how to do their jobs and that they weren’t doing a good job. And I’m sort of a control freak and didn’t like seeing the work I delegated get done poorly or in some cases, just not get done.  Just put me in an office, give me work and let me do it. (And then praise me at the end of the year with a fat bonus check.) But don’t make it my business how others do their jobs.  I’m just not interested.

So, yeah, I don’t like telling other people what to do. But I can take very good direction. If someone tells me what to do, I’ll do it and I’ll probably do it well. (As long as it doesn’t involve hopping on one foot, cooking, singing or cursive writing.) At the same time, I like some freedom in how things get done. I like my voice and opinions to be heard and I don’t like being micro-managed. 

This brings me to the status of my second novel. (Amy suggested I write about that so, thanks Amy!) My second novel is finished and it’s time to decide what I want to do with it. (Besides publish it and sell the movie rights to Nora Ephron.) Do I publish with a small publisher again, try to secure an agent and a sale to one of the big NYC publishers or do I go Indy?

Although I’ve read some great books in my genre that were self-published recently and see the potential to make a lot of money that way, I’m just not ready to be my own boss. I like the idea of someone else setting deadlines for me as well as doing the legwork for editing and cover art and formatting. Either way, I know I’m on my own for promotion, but I don’t want to deal with setting the price, uploading etc.  So, at least for this book, going Indy is out.  I think my preference towards lower maintenance bosses suggests that I go with a smaller publisher again since I liked having a say in the cover art, title and a right to veto certain editing suggestions. I assume with a big NYC publisher, I’d have zero control or say, not to mention how long it might take to a) get an agent, b) have said agent sell the book and c) ultimately publish. Things move quicker with smaller publishers and I don’t want to wait 5 years to get my second book out there.  Of course, there are benefits to going that route like an advance, wider distribution, perhaps a bit more help with promotion and just knowing that I published with the Big Six. 

I have a big decision to make soon, along with my full time job as a paralegal, writing a third novel, continuing to promote JFWB, hopefully continuing to explore a relationship, seeing friends, eating, sleeping, general personal hygiene… damn, I can really use that bubble bath right now!!  Too bad my low maintenance boss is calling… Be right there… 

Blogging for someone else…for now.

Hi there,

I’ve been very neglectful of my blog of late and for that I apologize.  I’ve been very busy revising my second novel and keeping up with my day job as a trademark paralegal.  I am pleased to report that my second novel is completed and I plan to start the submission process in the next month – wish me luck!!  And I also hope to resume my weekly blog soon. 

In the meantime, the ladies at Chick Lit Central were kind enough to host me on their blog and I have attached the link for your enjoyment!  Leave a comment to win a copy of Just Friends With Benefits!

Special thanks to Melissa and Amy 🙂

http://chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/becoming-friends-with-meredith.html

Meredith