Monday, June 27, 2011

NYC ad RWA... Here I Come!

The bad news is: I got absolutely NO writing done the past two days.

The good news is: I cleaned the house, created a few promo postcards and business cards, decided on and printed out my conference agenda, bought a couple of special gifts, organized and packed all my promo and clothes (mostly). Just a couple of things to tie up and I am ready for the RWA National Conference! I leave tomorrow morning. Hello, NYC. Here I come!  For more specifics on the conference and mega-honkin'-big book fair, see my previous post.

I'll try to post some pics and news from RWA, but things get darn hectic. Be sure to check my Facebook page. I can upload pics from my phone straight there!

Before I go, I want to share the two 'mock' covers made for me by my sister, Barb, aka Elle J Rossi. She's not only a fabulous writer, but quite the graphic artist.

These are the images I used to make up my 'coming soon' postcards.

For my new Steampunk Romance series from NAL: The Glorious Victorious Darcys



   For my new contemporary romance series from St. Martin's Press: The Cupcake Club



It'll be quite sometime before the publishers' art departments create my actuall covers. (Can't wait!) But until then, these inspire me and help me to speread the word.... Coming Soon!

Thanks, Elle.

More from New York City.....

Cheers, Beth 

Friday, June 17, 2011

What's Now, What's Coming, What's Cool

It's mid-June. Mid-June! How did that happen? Watch, I'll go to write a post tomorrow, or what seems like tomorrow and it will be OCTOBER!  Remember when you were a kid and it seemed like the days slogged by. You felt like you were in school forever. Felt like you were thirteen. For. Ever. When would sixteen roll around? Better yet, eighteen? Now I blink and it's three months later. Now I think abut upcoming birthdays and wonder how to put on the brakes.

Forgive the ramble.

So here it is mid-June. The biggest news in my life is that as of this past Monday, after five years of working full time at my local library in addition to writing two books a year, I have gone part-time! Wahoo! More time to write. More time to live. Why not quit the library period, you ask? A couple of reasons. A) I still need the additional income. B) I wanted to keep my foot in the door should I ever need to go back full time. C) As you can imagine, working in a library is just about the coolest job ever (aside from writing books) so I was loathe to sever my ties completely. Working there a couple of days a week will keep me in touch with the latest books and local readers and give me a reason to get out of my house and keep my brain energized and fresh.

So here I am one week into my new part time position and loving it. Nose to the grind stone, I've averaged ten pages a day. I've made incredible progress on my WIP. Encouraging since a deadline looms on this one and I must also start a new project that's due in November. You know how that goes. Two blinks and it will be October.

Let's see, what else is new? Ah. At the end of this month, which is just a week away, I'll be attending the RWA National Conference in NYC. In addition to attending several business and craft workshops, I'll be meeting with my agent and editors, networking with other pub people at social affairs, and signing a huge book fair. The 'Readers For Life' Literacy Autographing takes place on Tuesday, June 28 from 5:30pm-7:30 at the Marriott Marquis. Over 400 romance authors (click above link to see list of authors) will be signing their latest novels. If you plan to attend, please stop by and say hello!

Speaking of latest novels, or novels period, for those who have emailed asking when my next book is coming out . . . I don't have specific release dates yet, but we're probably looking at late 2012. The good news is I'm contracted for two new series, six books total, so once they start coming there will be many. Please hang in there with me!

Coming soon, photos and profiles of the characters I'm writing about in THE CUPCAKE CLUB. Check back here in a few days and click on the CUPCAKE tab. Hopefully I'll have the content up. Something to--ahem-- whet your appetite. Also coming soon a new post for the GVD Steam Blog. Stay tuned.

Until then.... I've got a lot of writing to tackle, so off I go. Oh, one last thing if you like movies featuring a hot attraction, believable characters, and an imaginative, well written story, you have got to see THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU. Hands down, the best 'romance' I've seen in quite some time. Have you seen it? Thoughts? Any more romantic movie recs?