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Sparkling New Year and a New Direction with @MeganSlayer

Normally when I start the year, one of the first things I do is make up a general plan for the year. What am I going to write? What’s talking? What’s the best use of my writing time for the year? Who am I going to write for? Seems like quite a few valid questions, right?

The thing is, this year is different than the last few. One of my cherished publishers has opted to close. They’re going about it a very professional way, but still…they’re closing. That means two of my series are in limbo…what do I do with them? I’m still deciding. Another publisher is allowing the writers to put the books into print. That’s great, but that’s a whole slew of cover art that isn’t ready… Makes my mind boggle.¬† Yet another publisher switched over to a new company. I’m thrilled. I like the change, but I’m not wild about change in general. I’d rather things stay the same. I know, I know. Life doesn’t work that way.

So that’s where I’m temporarily stuck and sorting out what I want to do. I’ll get there. Promise. I’ve got plenty of books in the pipeline for this year and the characters never take a day off.

So the new direction I mentioned in the title? That’s not kicking myself for not writing when I want and giving myself some wiggle room. If the story isn’t talking for a day, I’m not going to push it. If it’s talking a lot, I’ll have a notebook handy.

What are your plans for 2018? Did you make resolutions? Why? Why not? Let me know. Speaking of New Years…

Here’s a little bit about my latest release, Sparkling New Year!

Sparkling New Year by Megan Slayer 
Contemporary, Sweet Romance, New Adult
M/M interaction
From MLR Books
New year, new relationship?
Dating and Aydin Madison haven’t been good friends. He’s shy, bookish and would rather be with his set designs than most people. He knows his way around the theater, but his love life is non-existent. He knows whom he’d like to date–Brandon Kidd, the boy du jour of the art school. He’d love to rub Brandon the right way. It’s too bad Brandon doesn’t seem to know Aydin exists.
When freak circumstances throw these two together, they’ll have to decide if the sizzling connection is the key to their happy new year or just a fluke.

Get your copy here:

https://www.mlrbooks.com/Bookstore.php?bookid=MSSPRKNY

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B077K3VLFP/

It’s Crazy Out There…

heap of booksThe world of publishing is a crazy and often scary place. I’ve been in it a few years so I’m used to it now, but I remember back in the beginning I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. So here are a few bits and pieces I wish I’d known back then…

1. Don’t sign a contract without reading it. Not all publishers are legit.

I’m not naming any names here, not at all, but I remember how exciting it was to be offered a contract to publish my work. I thought it was the best thing ever and didn’t stop to think what would happen if something went wrong with the publisher further down the line. So look at the length of your contract (between three and five years is about average), what rights the publisher is asking for, and so on. If you’re not sure about a particular contract, ask other authors that write for the publisher in question for their opinion. Most of us are pretty helpful.

2. Learn to edit yourself.

The work you submit to a publisher should be your absolute best. Yes, you’ll be assigned an editor, but that doesn’t mean you should send in a piece riddled with spelling errors, and wrong punctuation and grammar. Nobody’s perfect, but you want to stay on your editor’s good side, as well as being professional, so edit your own work before sending it in. I find reading out loud helps.

3. Read lots in your chosen genre.

That way, you’ll get an idea of what’s being published, what sort of quality, what plots, what publishers are publishing what genres and pairings, and so on. You shouldn’t try to emulate anyone’s writing, you should always develop your own style, but it will help you learn about the more technical side of writing.

I hope this helps any budding writers out there. And other authors, please feel free to chip in with any other pieces of advice.

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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9