Friday, March 5, 2010

Some Frequently Asked Questions I am asked about Publishing & Books & Some News

On my Blog Tour, I am at Janna's Place "Something She Wrote." I talk about, and answer, some questions I am often asked about publishing and books. There are more questions I'm asked or I hear asked, but these seem to come up a lot and I didn't want to take up too much of Janna's blog space(!). But, don't just stop by there for the Q&A, stop by to read Janna's blog. She's fun and funny, and a gifted writer.
[Before I leave, I have some news. Here goes:
Tender Graces has been called Virginia Kate Saga Book I. Secret Graces is VK Saga Book II. I had in my mind long back that these would be "multigenerational family sagas..." but, well, publishing business is strict and weird--until I met Bellebooks/Bell-Bridge books.
There is the possibility of a few more VK Saga Books and each with have "Grace" in the title; some of you are already calling them "the Graces," and I love that. Bellebooks/Bell Bridge books is suggesting this as an idea: to explore more of VK's Appalachian family, and Gary and the rest. So, there is at least a planned VK Saga Book III to come out next April 2011--that deals with Vk adopting Adin and whatever else happens (it's not written yet--lawd!). And then we go from there.
But, the other news is this: *gulp* -You may have heard me talk of Sweetie that was already written.

Bellbooks/Bell Bridge books looked at the Sweetie manucript and liked her . . . so we've decided to publish Sweetie - details later . . . but she's going to be out November 2010.

So, Secret Graces is out April 2010. Sweetie will be out November 2010--yes, that's two books in one year(!) -it just worked out that way this time-, and then if all goes well and as planned, VK III will be out April 2011 and then most probably one book a year after this madness *laugh*.
My books may never be on the Oprah list. They may never make a best seller list. They may be a bit old-fashioned and tame in this business of violence and vampires and virtual characters and sex and all that jazz--but, they are what they are. . . and I'll be living my dream and I'll be terrified to be ripped apart every time, but what is life without a little risk? what is life if you don't do what you do and then put it out there? If I am trying to tell myself anything, it is to put on the blinders and Just Write-- *smiling*
I feel kind of like a novelist now! Bellebooks is a dream . . . they are giving me my dream. I love them.]
Now, go see Janna where I talk about those things I am often asked, and say hello to her.


Janna Qualman said...

Kat, oh my goodness, that's WONDERFUL! I'm sure you're absolutely beside yourself, and I'm so proud, so thrilled. Go Sweetie!

Thanks for the linkage. Which reminds me, I don't think I linked back to your blog, did I? I need to go check... Anyway, I'm honored to have you over today.

Happy Weekend! *hugs*

Kelly Bryson said...

That's great, Kat. It's refreshing to see you acknowledging the desire to be a best-seller-Oprah book club type, but the reality is, that's not the face of success for most of us. Thanks for your beautiful books and I for one, appreciate the ommission of zombies, violence, sex, and vampires. I like my fantasy/paranormal books, but I don't want them all to be the same. -Kelly

Debbie said...

Two in one year! You little over achiever! That is great news:)

Glynis said...

I am old fashioned, so it is fine by me!! *grin*

Anonymous said...

Very exciting!!! Did you get my suggestion involving Harry Connick Jr singing a song, based on your books? I'm sure Angie's got the connections..... wink wink.

Wonderful news! :O)

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Congrats! Go Kat!!!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

So exciting and something to be very proud of. "Novelist" - sounds good to me.

patresa Hartman said...

Wooooo! This is really fantastic news, Kat! I'm so very happy for you and your beautiful characters. So glad to know you!

Jessica said...

Eeeek!!! That's awesome. HUGE congrats Kat. :-)

Shrinky said...

OMG, what brilliant news, you must be over the moon - I'd be doing a permanent cha-cha happy dance from here until the launches! Well done you voraciously talented and sickeningly awesome (jealousy is good, yeah?) author, you! Way to go..

Marguerite said...

What fabulous news cher! Congrats, you are most deserving of success! Cheers!

t i m said...

Wowzers! I'm looking forward to getting my copy in April, then November, then April again, then... :)

Deb Shucka said...

I'm so happy for you, Kat. It's success well-deserved. I'm just as happy for me because this news means I'll have your stories to read for some time to come.

Terri Tiffany said...

Whooo Hooo!! Now that's the kind of news I love to read!