Sunday, June 06, 2010

Publishing and some personal thoughts

What a busy and sometimes vastly difficult week it's been. Really, I'm astonished we've got to the end of it and are still standing. Just. Not that it's been all bad news as it hasn't, as there's been lots of nice future publication activity, which has acted as a bit of a boost.

I've received and completed the contract for Rosie by Name from Bluewood Publishing and hope to post that back to them tomorrow, although I've also sent a copy by email. And I have a lovely new publication date for the new edition of A Dangerous Man from Cheyenne Publishing - it will be 15 October 2010, so it's great to have something to look forward to after the inevitable exhaustion of the University's Freshers' Week.

At a less distant perspective, I've sent back the galley proofs of Martin and The Wolf, which now has a page at Amber Allure Press (NB: that page contains erotic content so be warned!). It will be published on Sunday 13 June, so not long to go now, hurrah.

And there's a new interview with me for your delectation at Shae Connor's Journal - thanks so much to Shae for allowing me to take over her journal for a day. It's much appreciated.

However, on the slightly minus side, I've been giving some thought to my novel-writing vocation (I hesitate to say career!) over the last few weeks on and off, and I've decided that when I've finished The Executioner's Cane, then I won't be writing any more novels for the foreseeable future. When I started writing novels in the year 2000, I gave myself ten years to make some kind of go of it and, in all honesty, that hasn't worked, and is causing me on the whole more grief than joy. So I think it's time to call it a day, as they say, and move on. In any case, finishing Executioner will without doubt take me well into 2011 so I've given it my best shot. Yes, I'm sad to have to take this decision, but not taking it will I fear be even more detrimental to my mental/emotional health so I'd be stupid to do anything else.

On the other hand, that doesn't mean I won't be continuing writing the short stories and, perhaps, the odd novella or two. The short story career (and there, I do dare say that word, though with tongue very much in cheek of course!) has been doing surprisingly well recently, particularly with my new gay and literary fiction publishers (special thanks for this to Amber AllureTorquere Press and Untreed Reads), and bringing in more royalties than anything else put together, so I think it's best to concentrate on that. Plus it's more fun. In terms of novellas, I'd like to finish The Prayer Seeker's Journal at about 40,000 words or so, and then I've got an idea about a gay romance novella, but I won't start that until the last novel is done. Onward and sideways for sanity then, as they say ...

Talking of health matters, which we are sort of, I'm disappointed to note that my second CA125 blood test results weren't great, though almost identical to the first one - so, hell, at least I'm consistent! And the scan I had at the same time wasn't perfect either, though that's probably my usual and there's nothing horrible to worry about there. Which I hope is true on all counts, but I'm seeing the specialist on Wednesday, so I'll wait to hear what she has to say. Ho hum. Thank you hugely to all the people who've sent very kind messages - I'm very grateful indeed. While I'm at the hospital, I think I'm also going to ask her if I can change my current HRT doses in some way - I haven't really been very happy at all over the last couple of months, and have been positively weepy on many occasions and furiously angry on others, though I think I've kept that out of the public domain on the whole (poor, poor Lord H - what a lot he's had to put up with since March or so, and how much of a Superhero he really is!!). We think it might be the hormones, sigh. But, honestly, I really really can't bear a summer of this as I have no clue at all as to how I'm going to feel from one moment to the next or even how I'm going to act. God preserve Surrey! Is it premenopausal, I wonder??

Which brings me (though I trust the link is only coincidental) somehow back to the Cumbria Question. Not on the matter of what happened this time, but on the matter of what's happening now. I would like to nail my colours to the proverbial mast and say that if I live in a society where the press can without any qualms at all interview a 9-year-old boy about his reactions to the killings he witnessed, then we are in all honesty no longer living in either a civilised society or a humane one. The press deserve a hefty fine for this kind of child abuse, and the parents a hefty warning. God preserve us all indeed. Enough said. As I fear that in this age of celebrity-at-any-price and news-at-any-price, then people will do anything and my views are meaningless.

Anyway, here's some poetry to calm us all down:

Meditation 368
There will always be ways
of putting your point across

but what matters most
is the listening.

This week's haiku, because getting up yesterday morning was just sooo tricky! -

Sunlight pierces air,
calls me to the crystal day.
Reluctant riser.

Anne Brooke
The Prayer Seeker's Journal


Vicki said...

OMG Anne, I can't believe you're giving writing novels away, although I imagine it's not a decision you made lightly.

All the best with your specialist appointment on Wednesday. I hope she has the right answers for you.

I'm more than shocked about the media interviewing a 9-year-old-boy about the Cumbria killings, I'm outraged. What a sad indictment on our society.

Take care.


Tracy Francis said...


On a few different occasions, you’ve mentioned a new edition of A Dangerous Man. Is this merely an e-book release or was the story re-worked?

Regarding writing the long stuff: I’m grateful for the work you’ve done and will continue to do. Life’s too short to do something that is less than pleasing. So, you’ve chosen to focus your energies in more lucrative/less stressful areas? Good for you!

I am sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with health issues. My thoughts sent your way for Wednesday’s Dr. appt.

All best,
Tracy Francis

Anne Brooke said...

Not much point to it, Vicki!

And, Tracy, thanks for the query :)) ADM will be republished in paperback & ebook versions (the ebook via Bristlecone Pine Press who have a partnership agreement with Cheyenne Publishing) - there won't be any substantial changes, but of course I haven't received the edits yet.

So that will leave only Maloney's Law not in eBook version - I've been waiting for PD Publishing to make up their minds about that for 2 years now, as have Bristlecone Pine Press!!!


Jilly said...

Anne - I hope you get on all right at the hospital on Wednesday.

I can understand your decision about writing novels though it seems a pity. But you are doing very well with the short stories and I think people are reading more short stories than they were a few years ago.

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jilly! And yes I do believe you're right about the growing short story demand. :)


Jason Shaw said...

What a lot of content for one post, such a busy week.

Firstly good luck with the docs and the hossie, thoughts are with you there.

I'm sure you've given a shed load of thought and consideration to the giving up of novel writing, so it's not my place to condemn or congratulate you on the final decision. All I can say, is as a reader, I'm so glad you started in the first place, so I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Be well, take care, don't talk to strangers, don't eat yellow snow, carry on writing the short stories, enjoy yourself.

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jason! Certainly been a busy week, that's for sure, and thanks so much for all the good wishes. I shall try to avoid yellow snow - yukk!! :)) A lesson for us all!

Love & hugs


Nik Perring said...

Where'd my comment go?? How strange! As I tried to say earlier...

really sorry you've given up on the novels but very glad you're still going to be writing shorts!

Nik xx

Anne Brooke said...

Here now! Hope all well :))


Megan said...

Never say never with the novels, Anne - you never know, though I've no doubt you'll continue to be a thoroughly successful soryteller whatever the wordcount. BIG Congratulations on all your publishing news.

Very sorry to hear about all the health distress - fingers crossed the appointment might help.

Take care of your lovely self,
Megan xx

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Megan! :)) Hope all well with you. Big hugs! Axxx