Since announcing the upcoming release of my book, Anointed: The Passion of Timmy Christ, CEO (out next March!), I have been beseiged by questions from both customers in-store and via email. Needless to say, I am enjoying most of them, so by all means, please keep them coming. I have a handful more that I wanted to answer, and, as with the last blog, I’ll not post every name for every question since I don’t have all of the names of people who have asked questions in the store, and a few of them are repeated by multiple people. Please, throw nothing sharp my way for neglecting to add your name!
Let the Lolcat guide the way…
Who did your cover design?
This question was largely directed to the $100 bill on the cover, though I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the cover design was done by Wynnette Jones, of Mercury Retrograde Press, and a fabulous job it was!
The image of the bill on the cover is from Richy Ferrell, graphic artist extraordinaire. Thanks Richy!
Are you working on another book?
Yes, but not nearly at the pace I would like. It’s a trying time…the holidays, the economic slow down, maintaining some semblance of sanity with some type of recreation other than work. Once January comes around, I’ll be back to work on my next book, as well as increasing the writing load for The Christ Corporation website. The blog will be heavy, as will the various news stories, and secret treasures of additional material not included in the book (Don’t ask…you’ll have to find them, or they wouldn’t be secret, would they?). I plan on keeping my writing in the Anointed universe, so future stories will have some familiar faces in them, as well as new characters, and new topics that I may run amuck through.
Did owning a bookstore make it easier to get published?
No, not entirely. Helpful, but in the end, you still have to write a good and well-written story. Whether you’re in the industry or out, you still have to network to make yourself known. I have also gotten great help from various writers conferences over the years, and I’d say they are every bit as helpful as owning a bookstore. And with a few less headaches…
What advice would you give me about balancing writing with that of a job and a family?
Advice on this will vary from person to person, but essentially, you have to find a time that is yours and yours alone. If you have 15 minutes, then use it. Two hours would be better, but in a world of reality, you either sacrifice sleep or you take what you’ve got. And most importantly, keep reading. You won’t get better if you don’t read writers who are obviously better than you. It’s all one large challenge and it can’t be seen as a short-term project. It’s a long-term committment, and you have to sacrifice and be patient in order to get there. A targeted word count is useful, but perhaps a bit likley to force work that isn’t your best out of you. In any case, if you want to write, then just find a way and a time to do it.
Just as a reminder, since this is another question I have been asked a lot, the book doesn’t come out until March of next year, though they will be available at the official book launch on February 21st. You can pre-order Anointed now, and it will be ready for you on Feb 21st, and it will, additionally, make me giggle a lot. Thanks to all of you who have ordered a copy thus far. It means a great deal to me.
It looks like some publicity will be coming my way for Anointed, and I’ll be sure to direct you toward it as I have links. Also waiting on some blurbs from recognizable authors, and I’ll throw those out there as I get them as well.
Until next time…