|JCP News • Issue 27 • March 2010
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
LYNDA.COM ROCKS MY WORLD
Back when I was a wee lass, I was very frustrated in school. It seemed like we were always slowing down for the kids who didn't understand anything. I used to fantasize about some magical thing I could learn from at home without those moody teachers and pesky other kids.
Imagine my delight when the Internet came around.
I've been a fan of the online resources at Kelbytraining.com for quite some time. They've got instructors like Dave Cross and Bert Monroy who I consider to be "rock stars" of the Adobe world...but I found that I wanted more in-depth lessons than their free weekly podcasts offered. Then, when I quit my day job and had to purchase Adobe CS4 for myself (ouch!) I saw I could select as a bonus a trial membership to Lynda.com, an online computer training resource.
To say it blew me away would be an understatement!
I'm madly in love with Lynda.com. If you have any interest in learning computer skills, get thee to their website this second! (I don't have an affiliate link; you can't tell them I sent you...but if this is your type of thing, do yourself a favor and sign up for a month to check it out.)
I've been podcasting for a couple of years now. Writers, tune in for encouragement to keep your butt in the chair. Readers, curious about the process? Have a listen!
Packing Heat 92:
Is your character's eye color seriously important enough to mention over and over? Isn't there something else interesting about them? (Includes process on Spanish Fly Guy)
Packing Heat 93:
Let's roll up our sleeves and get ready to edit.
Packing Heat 94:
Sometimes actors can make up for the lousy dialog they're given by delivering it well. But sometimes a line of dialog is such a clunker, there's no way anybody can make it sound good.
Packing Heat 95:
Talking to other people can yield really subtle, yet really powerful, story ideas.
Who's won the latest freebies from JCP?
Mistsofmemory and Petgirl888 won free ebooks for opening up the February newsletter and the quick link to Petit Morts.
Lilli won Hue, Tint and Shade, NLGassert won Slings and Arrows, Steph won Spanish Fly Guy, Sonia won Other People's Weddings, and Anna won Moolah and Moonshine at ReviewsbyJessewave.com
Jordan on the Web
From Zero Hour
The pause that followed Ernest’s outburst was exponentially heavier than the previous awkward lull. Ernest couldn’t recall if he’d said as many words all at once, well…ever. Had anyone there even been able to follow the meaning?
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"We will sell no wine...before its time."
Remember those Orson Welles commercials? How the heck did American wine producer Paul Masson convince Orson Welles to be its spokesperson? I mean...Orson Welles. War of the Worlds. Citizen Kane. Doing TV commercials. I didn't think anything of it in the late 70's, but I was just a kid. (See sidebar; I was probably too busy fantasizing about being homeschooled and wishing the Internet had been invented.)
That said, Mr. Welles certainly gave that single line a weight and dignity that allowed it to lodge into my consciousness for the long haul.*
I've been thinking about that line in regards to my stories, specifically about announcing my release dates. If I were working with a publisher, I'd submit a finished story or a proposal with a hard deadline, the story would go through production, and many months later, an ebook or paperback would become available. But now with my focus on JCP Books, and everything but proofing and editing falling into my own personal workload, it seems strange to me to pick a date well into the future and say, "Book X is coming out July 10." I prefer to put them out when I finish them, rather than sitting on them because my self-created schedule says they're not due for release yet . And I like to promote them when they're almost ready and I'm still excited about them, not months after I've moved on to the next thing.
So if I'm vague about when a new release will be coming out, that's why. It feels too arbitrary, and possibly detrimental, to base the whole craft of creating books around a date. I'd rather say to myself, "Okay, now I'm sure this is the best story I can come up with, and the best cover I can make, and the best editing we can give it. I think it's ready." Then I'll assign a release date in the very near future (probably within the month) and start promoting it--and, of course, I'll send you a "quick link" as soon as it's available if you're subscribed to that part of my list.
Current projects in the works include Sleepwalker, Zero Hour paperback, Petit Morts 1 paperback, and PsyCop 6. I expect them all to be out this year, but I also want them to be as good as I can make them. I'm sure you'd rather have something good than something that adheres to an arbitrary date. So relax, kick back...and have yourself a glass of wine while you wait.
*you can see it on YouTube if you don't remember - or you weren't born yet!
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For those of you who prefer to shop at third-party distributors, Sympathy is now for sale at ARe.
It took Anthony Potosi years to recover from the accident that claimed his father's life, and doctors told him he'd never walk again. He proved them wrong. Now he's back at the landscaping business, Potosi and Sons, he shares with his two older brothers—but they seem more interested in getting Anthony to sell out his share than in celebrating his recovery.
Available now from JCPBooks.com and Allromanceebooks.com
Email me at jordan (at) psycop (dot) com
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