Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Some more random things

First...WHEE!! I was in Deal Lunch!

Stacia Kane's UNHOLY GHOSTS, featuring a down-and-out witch and professional ghost-buster, who must fight a dark force powerful enough to frighten the dead, to Liz Scheier at Ballantine, in a three-book deal, for publication in late 2009, by Chris Lotts at Ralph M. Vicinanza (NA).


Ever since the day I started writing (well, no. I've been writing all my life. And when I decided to really sit down and try to be A Writer I didn't even know what Deal Lunch was; I was so naive I actually thought joining the RWA would be helpful in my career by giving me information I couldn't get elsewhere. Which to be fair was very likely the case at one time and was even still sort of the case when I joined back in 2001 or 02, I don't recall exactly. Anyway). Even since I started actually learning something about the business I've dreamed of seeing my name there. So this was a Big Deal for me. (Granted, it was already there from the Demons books. But still, this is a huge deal for me.)

Anyway. What else. Ah, yes. Okay, did you all know that kis has started a new site for those of us who are straight women but occasionally enjoy reading hot f/f scenes? Because she totally has. It says "For the bi-curious woman"; I don't consider myself bi-curious at all (unless it's Beyonce, but come on. Like you'd turn down Beyonce. Or Angelina Jolie before she turned into a scrawny Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe) but I'm still happy to read and write hot girl-girl sex, so this is nice. Because f/f really doesn't sell well (trust me; despite being, I think, my best solo EC title, BWT's sales have always lagged a bit because there's a brief f/f scene in it), and a ot of women don't feel comfortable reading it, so there's not a lot of it out there. It makes sense, of course. Why would publishers publish books that won't sell?

Actually I should clarify. There is plenty of f/f out there, but a majority of it is actual lesbian fiction. Which is fine if you're a lesbian (and some of the best people are) but I'm not. I don't want to read political statements with my sex. I also don't want to read Hustler-style girl-on-girl stuff where it's all a show performed for a man's benefit. So Kis's new site is like a little clearing house for all things f/f that straight women enjoy, and is a neat place to peruse. Go pay it a visit.

Last, I am seriously considering cutting down my blogging schedule again, to just Mondays and Thursdays. I have a lot of writing to do, and we're planning on hopefully stepping up activities at the League. Hits fall sharply on Fridays anyway.

But the big thing is just that I am trying to up my production, book-wise, and blogging four days a week (three here, Tuesdays at the League) is simply getting to be too much. The compensation will be, though, that I may pop in more often with short posts.

So there you go. Today's news.

15 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I see there are whole sections of literature to which I've not been properly exposed.

December/Stacia said...

Lol Charles! I guess not!

Evanne said...

Mega congratulations on being a lunch deal--that's huge!

Off to check out the f/f blog...

kirsten saell said...

Thanks for the plug, D!

It really is a site for every woman (and I'm sure we'll get the odd male visitor, too, lol!)-- straight, bi-curious or bisexual-- who enjoys a little f/f or f/f/m.

I do think there are a variety of reasons many women don't want to read f/f, and not all of them have to do with feeling uncomfortable. Truth is, because f/f appeals to men, and because men have traditionally been the main consumers of erotica and porn, m/f/f material is made almost exclusively with a male audience in mind, and women are expecting it to b e Hustler-style girl-on-girl. Frankly, not what I want to read, either.

Hopefully women who are interested in reading this kind of material will find our site helpful in sorting the good from the lame and porny, lol.

Vicki said...

That's awesome news about the lunch deal!!! How is the heck did you make it down from the ceiling to write this post?

Really, so happy for you. :D

Michele Lee said...

Yay! Congrats!

It's always been a bit disappointing that f/f doesn't sell well because that's what I'd love to write. I think m/m is a bit glutted right now, and I'd like to see a real romance between two women, like you said, no politics, and no "for the entertainment of a man".

BernardL said...

Thanks for sharing the success, D, congratulations! I can understand a straight woman’s aversion to reading f/f. If I know in advance there is an m/m scene in a book, I won’t read it. People want to tag straight people with ‘phobic’ in these instances; but it’s really not fear, it’s revulsion. There’s nothing political about choosing to read what doesn’t make you gag. There is a reason we have locking doors on our bedrooms. I see nothing wrong with ‘what goes on in the bedroom, stays in the bedroom’. If you write f/f, m/m, or f/m erotica with skill, and it’s profitable, I’m all for it. Tag it on the book cover so the reading public can choose.

Anonymous said...

HUGE congrats. So so happy for your deal lunch.

Anna

Marian said...

Well done! If I might ask, what are the titles of the other two books? I like "Unholy Ghosts".

laughingwolf said...

grats again, dee... i'm clueless about a lot of things you posted here, but kirsten sez she won't set the hounds on me if i visit, quietly :O lol

kirsten saell said...

If I know in advance there is an m/m scene in a book, I won’t read it. People want to tag straight people with ‘phobic’ in these instances;

LOL, Bernard, you are definitely a straight man! And there's nothing homophobic about a straight guy not wanting to read m/m (or misogynistic about a gay guy not wanting to read f/f, for that matter). But head on over and read my post titled "You don't have to be a lesbian". It explores some of the ways men and women differ in how they respond to erotic material. It explains exactly why you are understandably repulsed by m/m, while D (and most women, straight or queer) can get hot reading some sizzling girl-on-girl action.

December/Stacia said...

Thanks everyone!

And I agree. I don't like the way any aversion, no matter how small, to the details of gay sex has somehow morphed into homophobia. I don't want to think of my parents having sex either, but that doesn't make me parentphobic, nor does it mean I think they don't have the right to have whatever sex they like.

December/Stacia said...

Oh, Marian, thanks! We haven't settled on the titles for the next two yet; currently Book 2 is "Downside Ghosts" and for Book 3 I'm leaning toward "City of Ghosts".

writtenwyrdd said...

I have to ditto Charles' comment. For some reason I've never been the least bit f/f curious in terms of reading, though.

Glad you are getting writing done. Sorry we won't see so much of you. Not that I've been commenting much in recent months!

cindy said...

congratulations! and good luck on sorting out a new schedule--i also need to think about it. but i do consider blogging part of my writing as well. i'm so excited for you december!!