Writerly Wednesday #12

Hello, and welcome to another week of Writerly Wednesday.  This is the meme where I discuss all things writerly related, and was started by my good friend, Erin Danzer. 

Some of you are probably wondering where I’ve been. Well, I’ve been around, just super busy with well life.  But I am here today to update you on some of my publishing ventures.

Regarding The World Among Us: I finally received approval from my attorney stating that I can sign the contract with Hydra Publications.  They are a fairly new small press publisher, but they already have a lot of titles out.  I have been very impressed with what I’ve seen so far, and I am excited to be working with Frank and the team. Not to mention, some of my fellow Otherworld authors have also moved there, so it’s like old times :).

It’s still so surreal to me that I am no longer with Otheroworld, but it was a choice that had to be made.  I had to think about my future as an author, and my future right now is with Hydra Publications.

I would also like to point you all in the direction of another new/old blog of mine on Literary Lunes Publications.  It is ready and waiting for followers.  I moved it from blogger to wordpress/bluehost and I couldn’t be happier.  I am still tinkering with it, but the blog is ready and it is about 95% done :).  So please hop on over to www.literarylunespublications.com and give it a follow. 

I’ll have some wedding updates for you guys soon in another post 🙂

Writerly Wednesday #11: From sad to WOOHOO!

So, as you all know, my former publisher, Otherworld Publications, is closing on December 31 of this year. Last week, I was absolutely devistated by the news, and have since then made a very important choice. I was given the option to stay with OWP until the end of the year, or opt out now.  It was difficult because I like and respect Lynn, but I asked myself the important question; will it pay off in the long run?

After thinking about it myself, discussing it with my publicist, and my family and friends, I realized the answer is no, it won’t pay off. I wasn’t making a lot of money from them to begin with.  So, I opted to get out at the end of the month. The 25th of June is my last day with OWP. 

HOWEVER, I do have some really good news.  I have been speaking with Frank over at Hydra Publications, who is also located in Kentucky and not too far from Lynn.  I have done some extensive research on him and his company, and have found all good things.  Yes, Hydra Publications is another young, and fairly new company, but they have a much bigger following than OWP, and after speaking to their authors, I am overall very impressed with them.

I asked Frank for a sample contract and looked it over.  He sent it to me right away, and at a first glance, I don’t see anything legally wrong with it. Granted, I am not an attorney or paralegal, but it seems legit to me so far. I do plan to have one of my attorney friends take a look at it just to be safe before I sign my life away hehe.

So, Frank and I exchanged a few more emails.  He’s definitely pro-author, and is very easy to work with. He seems to know what he’s doing business-wise, and we just clicked. Before I knew it, I was telling him that I would send him Prince of Darkness as well as my other titles.  He then proceeded to ask me if I wanted him to send me a filled out contract with my name, address etc. I told him YES to send it over 🙂

I haven’t received it yet, but I am sure I will very, very soon!

And when I do, you guys will be the first to hear about it!

HOORAY!

That awesome moment when

So, I just had one of those awesome moments when I realized that I am almost done with book number 2 in The World Among Us trilogy :).  I just started writing chapter 16, and this is the point in the book where all of the action happens.  Well, all of the major climatic action happens anyway.  I have a clear idea of how I want the book to end, which is awesome! 

Presently, I am just under 40,000 words, and have at least 10,000-15,000 more words left to write.  It all depends on how quickly everything happens from here on out.  I am super excited for this, for there was a period of time where I didn’t think that there would ever be an end in sight!

It’s honestly sort of a bitter-sweet feeling I have to admit.

But, I am very excited about this none-the-less.  It means that I will most definitely be finishing writing this novel before the end of the summer like I had hoped!  HOORAY!

Now, keep in mind, this is only the first draft. This book will probably go through at least 2 drafts before I submit it to a publisher. 

But hey, it’s a start, right?

YAY!

Writerly Wednesday #10: A very sad day in publishing

Welcome to another week in Writerly Wednesday.  Unfortunately, today is a very sad day in the publishing world.  I received an email this afternoon from my publisher, Lynn from Otherworld.  The letter said that Otherworld Publications will be closing as of December 31 this year.  I, and all of her other authors are deeply saddened by this because Lynn is absolutely AWESOME!

So, what does this mean for my titles? Well, it means that as of June 25, they will be taken off the market.  However, this won’t be such a bad thing.  Why? Because it will give me the time that I need to re-vamp all my current titles and edit them.  Also, I may already have someone else who I think is interested in re-publishing them.  I have a contact over at Hydra Publications that I’ve “known” for quite a while.  Frank is wonderful, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about him. In fact, he was the first person I emailed when I heard that OWP was going out of business.  He was just as shocked as I was about it.  I found out that not only is he one of the co-owners of Hydra Publications, but he also owns a used book store down in Indiana, and carries all of OWP’s titles so he already has access to my novel.

When I emailed Frank, he told me that he would be honored to re-publish my books. So, they may not be out of print for a long time. No, I haven’t been offered a contract yet, but between my connection with Hydra Publications, and the awesome recommendation that Lynn gave on my behalf, I’m hoping to be in 🙂

Otherworld wasn’t just my publisher…we were like a family, and I hope that the authors and I will continue to stay that way.

Writings From the Heart blog tour schedule changes and updates

Hey everyone! There have been some changes and updates to the blog tour schedule! Please take a look at them. Thanks!

June 13- Erin Danzer www.erindanzer.com/blog

June 14- Me, My Shelf and I www.memyshelfandi.com

June 15- Bilinda Ni Siodacain http://bilindanisiodacain.blogspot.com/

June 16- Beth Ann Masarik www.bahbammymusings.wordpress.com

June 17-Nikki http://www.closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com

June 18-Lizzy Ford http://www.guerrillawordfare.com/

June 19- Tricia Kristufek  http://triciakristufek.com

June 20- Martha http://theshortone08.blogspot.com

June 21-Danica Page

June 22- Cassie from Gathering Leaves http://gatheringleavesreviews.blogspot.com/

June 23-Misty http://www.the-top-shelf.com/

June 24-Ali http://myguiltyobsession.blogspot.com/

June 25- Sheri www.makingconnectionsgroup.blogspot.com

June 26-Adrienne DeWolfe www.writingnovelsthatsell.com

June 27- Cambria Hebert www.cambriahebert.com

June 28-Audris http://yabookmark.blogspot.com/

June 29- Miriam Pia http://www.uranianfiction.webs.com

July 1-Heidi Permann www.rainydayramblings.typepad.com

June 30- Tiffany http://reviewsalatiffany.blogspot.com/

July 2- Kindlegraph book signing and www.literarylunespublications.com release & new website launch party!

July 3-Vix Parungao http://www.mum-writes.com

July 4- Jenn at www.indiesupporter.com

Newsletter Sign Up!

Hey everyone! Thanks to the suggestion of Mailchimp by my friend Mindy, I now have a newsletter sign up form on my website, http://www.bethannmasarik.com! It’s a new monthly newsletter of mine called The Monthly Gazette.  In this newsletter, you’ll find updates on my writing projects and latest publications.  There will also be fun games in each issue, so why not sign up and get the latest? Plus, I may also have an author spotlight and feature one of my favorite authors each month 🙂

Once again, the url to sign up for my newsletter is http://www.bethannmasarik.com/newsletter/

Thanks in advance if you do sign up 🙂

Writerly Wednesday

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Writerly Wednesday, a meme started by the lovely Erin Danzer.  In this meme, I will be discussing all things related to writing. Whether it’s about my latest work in progress, promoting another author or just giving out advice.

This week, I am excited to announce that I FINALLY finished writing the rough draft of my short story called Hell’s Captive.  To be perfectly honest, I am so stoked and excited that this story is FINALLY done.  I honestly didn’t think it would ever end.  I kept having to put it down, and it was just a very long time in between picking it up again. Well, my muse is back, and she pushed me to finish the rough draft of it this morning right before work.  It is an AMAZING feeling once you accomplish something that you have been working hard on.

Hell’s Captive will be going into a novella along with another short story titled Hell Bound.  The novella will be called To Hades and Back.  If Otherworld signs it, I am going to talk to Lynn, my publisher, about including Murderous Regrets as a freebie, since it is written in the same style as the other two stories.  Plus, it will make the book longer.

I also wanted to announce, that I just hired Regina Wamba to design a book trailer for Prince of Darkness.  If she does a great job (which I am sure she will), I will hire her to do Daughter of Light’s trailer (formerly Stormy Nights) when the time is right.

So now I have the grueling task of editing Hell Bound and Hell’s Captive, but in the end it will be worth it when I am offered that contract 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

Writerly Wednesday #4

Wow, I haven’t blogged since March 25th? Shame on me!  Let’s see, what has been going on in writingland lately.

Well, I have a new banner on the The World Among Us website. Head on over and check it out and let me know what you think, will you? www.theworldamongussaga.com The site is still a work in progress, but it will tell you everything you need to know about my books from where to buy them to all the mythology. 

I have also done a bit of tinkering with www.bethannmasarik.com.  I ordered a new banner for the website, which I should have in a few days.  I plan to do some more work on it this weekend now that I have some time coming to me. I am determined to get my website totally done, but, it is hard to do when you are only one person working on it, you know?  I run 4 websites, if you count this blog.  That’s A LOT for one person to manage.

Let’s see, what else can I report?  Oh, yeah!  I wrote another 1,000 words in Stormy Nights (book #2 in The World Among Us) this week. 

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately in writingland to be honest. I will have a few guest posts up on www.literarylunespublications.com over the next week or so, so please keep an eye out on that.  Ummm….that’s all for now that I can think of.  I’ll be working on my websites this weekend, so I’ll have more updates for you lovely people.

I am also working on setting up a newsletter sign up form, so please keep your eyes out for that as well!

Leap into Books Blog Hop

I am participating in this awesome hop! There are over 230 blogs participating, and this is a chance to win some pretty epic prizes.  I am personally giving away an ebook of The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness, a bookmark, an autographed poster, a pin, AND a $10 gift card to either the Amazon Kindle store or the Barnes & Noble Nook store (winner’s choice). To enter the giveaway, click on the link that says A Rafflecopter Giveaway, and follow the instructions. Unfortunately, wordpress does not allow javascript, so the link to giveaway will be on a separate page. GOOD LUCK! If you have any trouble entering, just leave me a blog comment with your email and I will automatically add you to the rafflecopter. The link is after the description of The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness

To visit the other blogs in the tour, please click the Blog Hop button below for a complete list of stops.

About The World Among Us:

In The World Among Us, Hades, the god of the Underworld, plots to take over the world, and remove Gaia, the head Deity, from power.  In order to do so, he plots against his own son, Damien, and cons him into killing his soul mate, the beautiful goddess of the moon, Selene.  Hades does so, because Gaia is his natural enemy, and Selene is her favorite grandchild.  He thinks that by killing off Gaia’s favorite grandchild, he will weaken her.  With Selene out of the way, Hades then moves in on the Creatures of the Night.  He wants to kill off their leader, Jason Aysel.  Jason is the go-between person between worlds, and another person that Gaia highly regards.  Hades manipulates and cons Jason’s best friend, Leon Greene, into murdering him, by offering him Jason’s position as his reward.  Because of these actions, a war is to take place on earth between the gods and other Creatures of the Night.  During this time, Selene is reincarnated, and kept hidden as a secret weapon to win the war against Hades.  In order to win the war of wars, the gods and some of the demons will have to fight together, and learn to co-operate with each other.  Will the Titans and Olympians be able to set aside their differences, and take back the world from Hades?  Or is the world as we know it, doomed to fall under dark shadows, forever?

Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy

Ages: 13+

Publisher: Otherworld Publications

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Book & Movie review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

So, I’ve decided that I am going to start reviewing books that I’ve already read, and haven’t reviewed yet.  I’d like your input at the end of the posts, ESPECIALLY if you’ve read the book or have watched the movies (if said book I am reviewing has already been turned into a movie.)  Without further adieu, I give you my first review on this blog!

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Miramax

My rating: 4 stars

My Review:  This was a wickedly great book in my personal opinion.  I love books that have to do with Greek Mythology, and this was right up my alley.  I unfortunately, however, watched the movie version before I read the book.  BUT, once I sat down to read the actual book, I fell in love with it.  The movie made so much more sense after I read it.  Rick Riordan’s characters come to life in this action packed book. Would I read the rest of the series? Of course! Would I read it over & over again? Probably not.  At least, not until I’ve read every other book on my selves first.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a really well written book, and it held my attention from start to finish. BUT, I have to be honest…I didn’t really care all that much about Percy Jackson.  I enjoyed reading more about the evil, underlying plot behind it.  Now, it could have had something to do with the fact that I made the mistake of watching the movie BEFORE reading the book, but something tells me no, that isn’t the case.  All in all, if you’re a mythology buff, I’d recommend the book. It’s a fast-paced, easy YA read that will leave you wanting to know more.  There is a lot of action and adventure, and I would totally recommend it.

Book Vs. Movie

My rating: 3 stars

The movie did not do the book justice.  In fact, in my personal opinion, the movie down right stunk. Yes, there was action, and a decent storyline, but unless you’ve read the book, and know anything about Greek Mythology and the gods, you will probably be lost.  BUT, if you’re already a fan of Rick Riordan, and are looking for a good time waster, then you will probably enjoy watching the movie.  The three stars mostly go towards all the action and special effects.  The acting was decent, but like I said, the storyline butchered the book in my opinion.