I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Week, where have you gone? Aside from a nagging headache that just doesn’t want to leave, it’s been a good week, though. On Wednesday I received my edits on THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE. Good news – they weren’t extensive. Just several scene fixes for plot clarity, plus trimming places where I overexplained things, and adding places where I obviously thought people could read my mind, heh. So I’ll be working on fixing all of those things – plus sending it to my critt partner for her notes – before it goes back to my editor, who might still have me do another rounds of edits before it goes to the copyeditor. As I’ve remarked before, typing “the end” on a book actually means “take one”, but that’s a good thing. I don’t know any author who would want their first draft published.
Speaking of the revision process…I’ve seen a rumor flying around the interwebs that I want to put to rest. Rumor: because I mentioned months ago that I’d like to do more spinoff books, but haven’t announced a new contract yet, then my publisher must be waiting to see how sales of ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS are before they agree to buy more Night Huntress World novels.
Fact: Publishing contracts are structured in very specific ways. I haven’t gone into details with readers before about this because it’s pretty boring, but here’s how my contract is laid out. I am disallowed from formally submitting new book proposals to my publisher until after they accept THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE. “Accept” means all revisions on the book must be completed and approved. Since I just received my first revision letter Wednesday, obviously I’m not done with those revisions, so there’s no way my editor can accept the book yet. It’ll take weeks for me to revise it, and then usually a couple weeks for my editor to comb through the book again and see if all issues were fixed. Sometimes, there’s a second round of revisions, as I mentioned above. If there isn’t a second round, then the book goes to copyedits, which means it’s formally “accepted”. At that time, I can then contractually submit new book proposals to my publisher – and contractually, they have sixty days after I submit those proposals to decide to buy them or not. If this sounds like a slow process to you, well, welcome to publishing! It’s taught me patience against my will, lol.
And speaking of ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS, I’m very happy to report that Romantic Times rated it a Top Pick for August and had this to say about it: “In the second spin-off from the bestselling Night Huntress series, Frost produces a tale that is wildly romantic as well as action packed. If Frost keeps this up, fans will need to build more keeper shelves!” For anyone who isn’t a member (or lurker) on Frostfans, a few readers who received early copies of the book have been posting quotes from it. You can find those here: http://forums.frostfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=1022
Plus, Tynga’s Reviews has an interview and giveaway up for EKOD here: http://tyngasreviews.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-giveaway-with-jeaniene-frost.html
And although I’m not allowed to show the cover for THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE, I love it so much that I posted a tiny excerpt of the stepback here: http://forums.frostfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1032 . Hey, my publisher said I couldn’t show all of it. They didn’t say I couldn’t show any of it *wink*.
Happy Friday, everyone! Hopefully I’ll have a book trailer post up for you shortly 🙂
ETA: At last, the book trailer for Eternal Kiss of Darkness!
God, I can’t WAIT for ‘This Side Of The Grave’!
I love reading the quote of the day over at the Frostfans! Thanks for the update. I do hope their will be other spin off books.
Can’t wait to read This Side of The Grave.
I have it programmed in my phone,so I can
Get it on my kindle.
Viki S. says
Thanks for the info. Looking forward to ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS.
I’m exited to read The side of the grave. your such a tease can’ wait to see the real cover
Thanks for the inside look into all you have to do to get your books to us! All I know is I want more of your delicious characters and their stories!
Wow that’S some epic teasing Jeaniene I wanna see the whole cover >.< !
Thanks for the tease Jeaniene! I am excited to see the whole cover. I also can’t wait for all your upcoming books! Your new story coming in the anthology later this year sounds really good!
Well, thank you Jeaniene to share this informations with your fans. It’s interesting to read how many work it is the revision process. So I can imagine that you had a busy week. But we all love and thank you for that work because your books are fascinating and great.
Shiloh Walker says
” It’s taught me patience against my will, lol. ”
I am one of the most IMPATIENT souls you’ll ever meet. I hate waiting. December 5th rolls around? I’m ready to open presents.
And it just bitter irony that I wound up in a biz where PATIENCE isn’t just a ‘suggestion’. It’s kind of a necessity.
Patience sucks. O.o
I’m in denial that another Cat/Bones wouldn’t be out till next year.Thank God, the second book from the huntress series is coming out. As for the fifth book, I volunteer to help edit it!!! In love with these books.Favorite series ever!
Ms. Frost… guess what? YOU just made it on TOP of the list of my favorite authors…. LOL
and mind you, i have read a lot of books. i really mean a lot! hahaha… alongside with J.K Rowling, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, Johanna Lindsay, Jude Deveraux, Stephen King, and C.S. Lewis….
anyway, i’m currently reading the 2nd book. and yeah, like i said, you just made it on top of my list… can’t wait to read the next book…. 🙂
ms. frost, is it possible that in the next book, Bones and Cat will have a child? LOL
thinking about it even makes me more excited.
i mean, he is a Master Vampire and she is extraordinary….and their love story is very unusual but absolutely romantic… if they will have an offspring, it would be more exciting….
hope to hear from you…
p.s. a lot of my friends envied me when u replied to one of my comments..
hoping to hear from you again.. 🙂
Hey there, I just popped over to say that I absolutely loved the article you wrote for CNN on why women love vampires 🙂 It was fun and a great read, and I hope more people will decide to pick up a paranormal or urban fantasy novel!
Hey, i have an idea… maybe you could post a tiny excerp of the cover each week and we could do a puzzle ! It would keep us busy while we wait for your editor to push their thumbs up for you to show us all of it…Oh, forget about it, i don’t want to give you more work !
I love all your books, can’t wait for EKOD and TSOTG.
You know, I’m just evil enough to like that idea! :-).
Harmoni Ellis says
Wow. Read “This side of the Grave.” AMAZING!!! Loved it. Thank you for the great read.
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