Lots going on!

Hello everyone!  I know I’ve been terrible with keeping up this blog, and for that, I am sorry. Things have been so hectic and busy around here lately, that I’m lucky I have any “down time.”  My wedding is just under 72 days away (but who’s counting, right? lol), and so I have been busy with planning.

On top of that, my Muse has been bugging me to finish writing Daughter of Light.  I am happy to say that I just crossed over the 45k word threshold, which is the minimum for a YA book.  I have about another 5k-10k left to write (another 2-3 chapters) I think. 

I also just signed FOUR new contracts to publish my short stories Hell Bound, Hell’s Captive, Murderous Regrets, and Moon Spirit with Hydra Publications!  I am so excited!  So, I have my work cut out for me from now until the end of the year.  My goal is to complete the first draft of Daughter of Light over the next few weeks.  As long as my schedule stays fairly clear, I can certainly do that. 

I will have more details regarding my titles and publishing this wednesday for Writerly Wednesday.  Until then, stay cool!

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.

30k in the current WIP and a new subtitle

I did it! I FINALLY hit the 30k mark in book 2 of The World Among Us saga, which is presently titled Stormy Nights.  I will be perfectly honest…I don’t think that subtitle fits this book anymore.  Now that I think about it, I don’t think that it really fit to begin with.  It didn’t hit me until the other day when I woke up and realized that I wasn’t writing Stormy Nights…I was writing something else.  Besides, Stormy Nights is soooo cliche lol.  Therefore, I’ve come up with two alternatives for book 2.  In this book, Selene discovers that magic exists as well as other supernatural beings.  Book 2 mostly focuses on Selene and her coming to terms with and accepting all the events that happened in Prince of Darkness (book #1).

So, now that you know a little bit of the background of book #2, I’d like to propose two possible subtitles.  The are as follows:

Princess of Light

or

Daughter of Light

I personally think that Daughter of Light sounds better with The World Among Us, but I want to know what you all think.  I chose those titles, because Selene is Theia’s daughter, and Theia is the goddess of light according to Greek Mythology. Plus, Selene represents all things good.  What do you guys think?  Your input is greatly appreciated!

Thanks guys!

Leap into Books blog hop-introduction

Hey all! So, as if all the goodies I was giving away on my tour wasn’t enough, I’m participating in the Leap into Books blog hop. There are about 230 blogs participating in total, all of which are giving something away.  The blog hop starts tomorrow, and I hope you guys will follow some of these amazing blogs!  Some of the blog tour participants were people who hosted me on my tour 🙂

Official rules, and the prize revealing will be announced at midnight tonight.  Keep an eye out!

Exciting things coming my way!

So, not only am I going to Katsucon this week (squee!), but my best friend and I are officially going to revive the old The World Among Us RPG.  How awesome is that? I am super excited for it, and hope that we get some really good auditions when it’s up and running.  Yes, I will be involved, but more as a support person and not so much role playing (at least, in the beginning).  We have Otherworld’s support, which is great! It will help with advertising and all that jazz.

By the beginning of March, the group should be on it’s way. I’m super excited for this! How many authors can say that they have an online role playing group based off of their books? Not many.

Birthday Bash! The World Among Us stop #6!

First off, I want to thank each and every one of you for participating in my tour. I can’t tell you how much it means to me! I also want to thank everyone who has entered my contests! You guys are absolutely AMAZING!

In honor my birthday & my up & coming wedding (we are 8 1/2 months away yay!), I am going to be talking about love 🙂

As many of you know, Kevin & I have been together for over a year & a half, and have known each other even longer. But what you guys DON’T know, is how we met.

We met 3 years ago through a mutual friend at The Cheesecake Factory. At the time, we were sitting at opposite ends of the table. Neither of us knew anyone there, nor were we happy with the groups we were with. We both kept eyeing each other, and once the opportunity struck, I made the first move. Kevin had been wearing one of his many firemen’s shirts, and since I grew up around firemen my whole life, I knew what to talk about. We exchanged phone numbers, and got to talking, and the rest is pretty much history.

Why am I talking about my relationship? Well, that’s because The World Among Us, is a saga about finding love in all the odd and wrong places. Most of the time you can’t help but to fall in love with the most unexpected person.

Kevin & I recently went to an engaged couples encounter weekend, something that I personally think all couples need to go through. It really does help your relationship.

Anyway, during the weekend, the facilitators had us write betrothal letters to each other. Kevin & I would like to share ours with you, along with a quick 30 second video.

This is to gear you guys up to read some more love letters from Selene to Endymion, and from Damien to Selene on Chapter by Chapter this coming Thursday.

Well, unfortunately wordpress is being evil, and is not letting me upload the files because it is coming up as a word document.  If anyone would really like to read our betrothal letters, leave me a comment here, and I will contact you 🙂

Now, what I would like for you to do, is tell me what is the most romantic thing that your boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse has ever done for you?

Character Chat postponed due to Blog Tour preparation

Hey everyone! I haven’t forgotten about this week’s Character Chat. Right now, it looks like I will have to postpone it until either later today or tomorrow. I have been busy getting ready for the kick off of my blog tour, which begins tomorrow! You can visit my new website for the complete details http://www.bethannmasarik.com.

I’ve been busy writing my posts for that, and dealing with real life.  Hopefully I will be able to find time tonight to write the Character Chat post this week. If not, it will have to wait.

I hope you guys will consider participating on my tour.  There will be lots of great prizes and giveaways, AND to keep you on your toes, there will be a SCAVENGER HUNT! Who doesn’t love those?