Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Black Dragon gets its first review!

And like a proud Mommy, I watch it trot off to get reviewed with a big fat tear on my cheek.

Check it out at Annie Dean's blog.

She liked it! Whee!

I'm still nervous about what everyone else will think, of course.

We've been watching Season 4 of The Shield the last few days, and getting totally obsessed and wrapped up in it again. Plus I have those lovely bootleg DVDs of Nip/Tuck Season 4--it just started airing here, but I have up to episode 12(?) in my kitchen. Yay again! Can't wait to watch. Between Vic Mackey and Christian Troy, I have pretty much everything I could ever want in a man.

What that says about me, I don't know.

Getting ready to start editing, I think...but my head is also swimming with a million different projects too. I swear I wish that Naturally Speaking software was worth a damn, because I'm a pretty fast typist but even I can't type much more than 2500 words per hour tops. The speaking program can triple that but it just doesn't work for me. I tried to "train it to my voice" but it wouldn't obey.

Just like me, to have the disobedient voice-recognition software. Maybe it's hard of hearing.

So go read my review, and hopefully I'll have more soon to post (fingers crossed!)


kis said...

Wahoo, December!

And I'm sure I'll like it, too, cause medievals are totally my bag. Now I just have to convince the old man to help me order it. I'm such a computer dimwit--never actually purchased anything online before. You could say I'm an e-commerce virgin. You'd think he'd be all eager to, um, deflower me.

Robyn said...

Great review! I'm very happy you don't describe anyone peeing in a bowl.

December Quinn said...

I'll deflower you, kis. Heh heh heh.

Of course, I'm sure if you put it in those terms to the hubby, he'll be happy it for you.

Wait till you see tomorrow's post...the Janes at Dear Author actually gave my book a B-. I'm stunned. I was afraid they would hate it.

Lol Robyn no, no peeing in bowls. I do mention such things briefly in the Author's Note, but I tried to stay away from the more unsanitary aspects of medieval life.

littlebirdblue said...

I kind of like the 'peeing in bowl' historical details (within reason--and okay, maybe I don't need to hear about actual PEEING).

But, GO DECEMBER! Thumbs up for you! I'll link from littlebirdblue to any good reviews you post here.

Keep 'em coming!

kis said...

So, yeah, I scrolled a bit down and read one of Annie Dean's posts (from Jan 8th I think) criticizing the glut of atrociously abysmal ebook covers, and there you were in the comments, December, and I just feel so awful for you. I'm totally with you on the fact that P of D had a fine cover that gave a real feel for the content of the story. But the Black Dragon...oh, dear.

Doesn't he have a mustache in the book? I mean, if they don't think staches look as good on a cover as they do in the reader's imagination, why don't they show him from the back? Nothing sexier than a man's rippling, muscular back, you know, even Lou Ferrigno's. There's the hot hero, gazing up at the castle walls with his sword clenched in one hand and a hot babe or a dozen roses or a severed head in the other. Now that's hot. Okay, maybe not the severed head, but still.

I'm starting to think that the pubs I'm going to query first are the ones with consistantly decent covers. They don't have to be perfect, but they shouldn't make your eyeballs bleed and your autonomic nervous system shut down. My biggest fear is finally placing a book and then getting stuck with a cover that makes me feel as screwed over as Michael Jackson after that last rhinoplasty.

On the other hand, though I can see why you wept over the BD cover, it's not that bad, comparatively. There are so many that are just sooooo much worse. And the sad thing about a lot of those others is that the writing inside is just as inelegant as the cover art. At least you can actually write.

December Quinn said...

Thanks, Kis...Triskelion believes beefcake covers sell books, and I can't argue with it because I don't know. (The cover I wanted had no people at all, just a red silky background and a large black sword. Something a little old-school, you know?) I do wish they'd left his face off. I mean, I guess he isn't that ugly--I've gotten used to him now, although he doesn't look anything like Gruffydd--but his body really isn't terrible at all. I agree your cover idea sounds awesome. I love men's backs.

(I think the severed head sounds really fucking hot, personally. I'd buy that book in a second.)

Did you read P of D, then? Email me if you want and tell me what you thought! (Or tell me here. I can take it!)

Yes, cover art should be a major part of your decision. I firmly believe that a lousy cover hurts sales. It makes your book look cheesy and bad. It's very upsetting, but I think it's we do the best we can and try to get as many reviews as possible so you can say, "The cover is awful but the book isn't."

*bows* Thank you.

kis said...

Yanno who I really have the hots for? Prince of Persia of PC game fame. The artwork is a bit over the top, but it's awesome. I skim through my husband's old PC Gamer mags just on the off chance I'll get a look at his sooooo unbelievably hot bod. Is it twisted to lust after a video game character? Maybe I'll write a story about it...

And no, I haven't had a chance to read more than the first bit, but so far so good, and I'll be happy to let you know what I think when I'm done.

mani said...

I'm planning to get my nose straightened… I find this is good info for people who would try to know something about rhinoplasty