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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Not Enough Hours in the Day

I’m getting emails, Facebook messages, and tweets asking when the sequel will be released for Blame it on Texas. Right now, it’s looking like mid to late May. I’d hoped to have it ready earlier, but life has a way of knocking well-planned goals aside. Between family obligations and a very ill dog, I’m getting about four hours of sleep a night. I write from midnight to 4 am, sleep until 8, and get up to clean house, do the blog and promo stuff, clean more (mother is coming to visit for the whole month of May), spend time taking care of the dog and the hubby, more social media stuff, more cleaning, back to writing.

But the writing is only half of it. You write, you read and revise what you wrote the day before, you write more, etc. Once you finish, you read it through, you send it out to Beta readers, an editor, cover artist and you wait until they all get back to you. Then you do the edits and rewriting, read it again, send it back. In the meantime, while you’re waiting for the copy editor, you do another read-through, you format copies for the different outlets, and send it out for review,  Once everyone has sent feedback and you have your cover, you start the process of getting it up online.

I’m glad people are anxious for the sequel. I just want everyone to know I’m running (writing) as fast I can. While you’re waiting, I have 9 books and one novella collection available on Amazon. You can see them on my author page at amazon.com/author/toriscott or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/tori-scott. Just remember, Four Houses is not mine. It’s by YA author Victoria Scott, no relation.

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Silver Linings

For this Author Monday we welcome Priscilla Kissinger, three time Golden Heart finalist and an author to watch. Welcome Priscilla!

2012 Golden Heart Finalist Priscilla Kissinger

Many many moons ago I finaled for the first time in the RWA Golden Heart® contest and was blessed to become part of a fabulous group of ladies known as the Wet Noodle Posse. I was much younger, much wetter behind the ears and not sure of how to make the most of my flash of success in the writing industry.

Several years later I finaled again, and became a member of the Pixies, another supportive group of ladies. But life had other priorities for me, and writing was once again set aside for other obligations.

Flash forward to 2012…my life is again in transition, but for the past 2 years I’ve been able to focus more on my writing. Make it more of a priority. And truth be told, my writing, my writing friends, my newfound commitment to my craft….well, they’ve all helped to keep me focused on the positives life can offer rather than the negative aspects I’m wading through.

So when the call came from RWA board member and fellow Wet Noodle Posse member Terry McLaughlin (http://www.terrymclaughlin.com/) letting me know my latest manuscript was a 2012 Golden Heart ® finalist (http://www.rwa.org/cs/2012_rita_and_gh_finalists#GHCSR), I heard the gates of heaven clang open and a choir of angels began to sing “Hallelujah!”

Okay, not really. I was substitute teaching at a local junior high so it was actually the lunch bell ringing and a pack of adolescents jabbering away in the hall. But in my imagination, it was all heaven and angels. J

So while I struggled to contain my giddiness, inside the butterflies zoomed in my chest, my heart sped up its pace, and my body literally shivered with excitement.

Many of us toil for years and years with little validation for our efforts. Writing is a solitary endeavor. Well, it can be unless you take the time to make connections with fellow authors. So you join groups like RWA, attend your local chapter meetings, travel to conferences… all so you can meet other people like you—those who speak to invisible characters like they’re real, create their own imaginary worlds, and speak the same romance lingo consisting of terms like GMC, point of view, and Big Black Moments.

Being a Golden Heart ® finalist for the third time is a blessing. And for me, it couldn’t have come at a better moment. A time when I needed to hear that my efforts haven’t been in vain. That if I keep on plugging away, my day in the sun will come.

Maybe I’m slogging through a difficult time right now in some areas, but there’s a silver lining around my world if I look close enough and pay attention, and that’s all I’ve got to focus on.

How about you? Any silver linings you care to share? Any light at the end of the tunnel moments that have pulled you through trying times?

The world of romance writing is all about happily ever afters. And some times, it’s all about the happily for right nows.

That’s what we have to celebrate. Well, that’s what I’m celebrating anyway. Care to join me?

Thanks for sharing your story, Priscilla. I admire your determination and wish you the best of luck in the final round!

Tori

www.boomersuccessguide.com

www.boomersuccessguide.com

i just got my pre-release copy of New Paradigm Ahead: Success at Any Age by Norm Bour. My story is on pages 81-85. Much more exposure than I expected. He not only took the interview and made it into a story, he did research on RWA and the romance industry and gives numbers in a very positive light. I’m excited to be a part of this project.

Superstition is RT Magazine Top Pick!

Got exciting news today. Superstition got a Top Pick from Romantic Times magazine for June, and 4 1/2 stars. Woo-Hoo!  http://amzn.com/B006NGUEGA

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Authors of Main Street

Come over to the Authors of Main Street blog and say hi! I’ll be there through tomorrow and we’re collecting names all month of those who comment for a great prize to be awarded at the end of the month. There’s a new blog post by a different author every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  http://authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/writing-about-texas-yall/comment-page-1/#comment-97

Good News!

Beginning next week, I’ll have some very special authors visiting the blog to talk about their Golden Heart final, their publishing journeys, the RT convention, and anything else they think is important at the time. Stay tuned. Should be interesting and fun. And you never know, there might even be prizes.

Tori Scott on the Web April 5th-12th

Here’s where you can find me this week on the web:

Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle: http://sparkandhustle.com/daring-doers/pam-payne-author-tori-scott/

Have you seen Tory on Good Morning America? If you’re not familiar with Spark and Hustle and you’re a woman who owns or wants to own your own business, you should check out sparkandhustle.com and subscribe to her newsletter.

Joyln Palliata’s blog: http://jolynpalliata.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/tori-scott-naked-in-time-square/

I visited Jolyn’s blog to talk about writer insecurities. Think authors must be brimming with supreme confidence? Think again. Even big name authors are afraid each book will be their last, that this one will bomb and they’ll be publicly humiliated.

Easter Sunday I blogged at http://www.justromaticsuspense.com. We talked about how we got hooked on Romantic Suspense.

Next week I’ll be the featured author at http://www.kindleromanceauthors.com/. Stop by on April 11th and say hi.

And also on April 11, I’ll be on the brand new Authors of Main Street blog. I’ll be a regular on the second Wednesday of every month. http://authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com. You should stop by and comment every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, because we’ll be giving away some awesome prizes.

You can find my Amazon author page at amazon.com/author/toriscott, with links to each of my books and a bio. Or you can connect with me on Twitter @ToriScott or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tori-Scott/242425259118042. You can email me at toriscott@gmail.com.

I look forward to getting to know all of you a bit better.

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