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!