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After being stuck for weeks I had a breakthrough on the last chapter of the novel. *does little dance* It made me happy because now, I think, I have all the requirements to send it to a publisher. There are sixteen chapters total plus the epilogue.

Now a question. I know I have TDC readers in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Canada. Is there anywhere else? I think one of the biggest selling points on this novel is that there's a market out there and, if I can convince the publisher to take a chance, there's a good chance it'll go overseas as well.
IF IT DOESN'T...I'll be willing to send copies to folks who ask. I'll likely set up a paypal account and would ask for shipping on the book plus the American purchase price which would be about six bucks. The only one I can do right off the top of my head is England and I think it would be about three pounds. Two dollars for every pound. Or would that be twelve? Oh well, you guys get the idea.

And I think I have to change Mandy's name to isolate this from the fan fiction piece totally because of the CSI/NCIS copyright issues. I've changed the dragons and humans already. Oh, and people watch the CSI shows in the book. So I hope that covers it. *grin*



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Feb. 9th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
*kicking editting companies to get on the job of publishing novel* my peeps are on it =)
Feb. 9th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I think that's what best friends are for. *grin* Just don't hurt them.
Now who the heck is your icon this time?
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
lol that's itachi, sasuke brother from naruto, that was when itachi killed his entire clan expect for sasuke and he told sasuke he wasnt worth killing...i no, i'm all about the dark side on things =)
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Well they do give you cookies.
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Reader's location :)

I live in the western part of Hungary. It's one of the countries of the EU. :) Even if you can't get your novel published, I'd be interested in reading it.

Feb. 9th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Reader's location :)
Thanks so much. I'll add it to the list. And if the main publishing houses here in the states don't like it I might look into epublishing somehow. I'll post updates on here.
Feb. 9th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
This is so great for you :)
Yeah it would be £3 for the book plus shipping to get it to the UK.
And they watch CSI in the book? That is so cool.
Just curious do you know yet if it's going to be hardback or paperback?
Can't wait ♥
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
They kinda watch CSI in the book. :)For a first time publishing effort it'll most likely be paperback. The hardbacks are so much more expensive to produce I have yet to see more than a couple first time authors in anything but paperback.
And it's good to know my math was right. I was going off of the exchange when I was there in September.
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Cooly, I didn't realise it would be any diferent for a first book than not.
And yeah we're currently running at about $1.95 to the pound, it's slowly going back down a bit.
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm guessing anyway. And it's come down from when I was there. It was $2 and a little bit more. I'm not going to contemplate how much I actually spent on a Terry Pratchett book while I was there.
Feb. 9th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
It is mad!
I'd expect to pay £8 upwards for a brand new paper back but buying from the US makes it less than that including shipping.
Good for us but not for you.
Feb. 10th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
There are days I think the world has gone mad. :) My best friend loves to shop on AmazonUK because there are things there that we can't get here. But it doesn't help that we live in a farming community with one bookstore.
Feb. 10th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
The world is mad, although when I mentioned having one whole equal world/government/currency to one of my friends he thought I was off my rocker :)
Yeah, I buy so much from American web sites because I can't get it over here (QAF dvds for example) it's a bonus that it's cheaper.
Living in a place with one bookstore probably wouldn't help you much ;) I'm currently living in the 3rd largest city in the country so it's not lack of places for me, just lack of genre driven stores. Like there's one comic book store in the whole city that sells The Umbrella Academy comics even though there's a huge market for them.
Feb. 10th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
I don't think you could get everyone to agree. I've been noticing (again) that people are basically sheep. My basis for this statement is from school. If I get to the classroom early there are always students standing in the hall because they're too scared to be the one to stand out and open the door to see if the room is empty.
I do love the international commerce that the internet gives us. But I love the fan fiction community more. I keep meaning to mention it to my mass media proffessor because its something he could use in the internet section of class. I just wouldn't mention the slash aspects of it. *smirk*
At least you have a store that carries them. :) We have roughly 22,000 people here not counting students and it can take months to get products after they release. My best example is, again, Terry Pratchett. I love his books and have all the Discworld novels. But I have to order them on amazon because they don't get here on the release day. And they have different covers too. The UK release had a PUG. I wanted that cover. I kinda bought the limited edition, signed book.
Feb. 10th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I've walked up to lecture theaters to 10 or so people outside gone in the the lecturer is already sitting there.
And apparently if we were all one big community we'd all be a poor as the third world because everyone would have to be equal.
Oh, fan fiction :) I don't know how I managed the first 14 years of my life. And you make so many friends too, like when I get your book I can tell people I actually know the person that wrote it.
Ah, limited editions can cost huge amounts, although you can sometimes get signed ones for the cover price, but not with Terry Pratchett I don't think he signed that often.
Feb. 10th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
But it's so interesting from a sociological point of view. :)
I love the fan fiction community. Especially the CSI group. I've written in other fandoms too but this is by far the best. :)
The Pratchett book was like one of 1500 with a printed signature in it. I didn't even look at the price, I figured I was on holiday. And I found three that I couldn't get here so that made me really happy.
Feb. 10th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
I guess it would be pretty interesting from a sociology stand point but I wouldn't even begin to know how! The closest I've come to that sort of thing is Economics which really isn't, I'm too mathematically minded for that sort of subject :)
Yeah, CSI is one of the best fandoms out there, crime drama fandoms in general actually. And the guys in Bandom are the nicest people ever too, a lot have migrated from supernatural I've found and that's said to be a really friendly fandom.
Oh, one of those special print runs, like the posh hard back Harry Potters with JKR's sig on the cover that cost an arm and a leg.
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, my department the first time around sucked so I ended up in a lot of sociology classes to get my Justice degree.
I'm just getting into the Supernatural fandom but it seems great so far. But, like I said, I really feel at home in the CSI group. I think I've run into like two really mean people since I started writing.
Yeah, like that. I figured it'd be my only time in England when he put one out and I was on holiday. And Ro took a pic of me next to the billboard in the tube for the book. That's my pic on myspace right now.
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Oh it sounds interesting, but with our degrees we don't get to choose classes and what not so I've not had the choice of picking something like that up, and I did Maths/Business A-levels.
I'm not really into supernatural I only caught the last episode of the first season and I've not really been bothered to try to get into it. I think 20 or so readable fandoms is enough :)
I have a pic like that next to an Eragon one in Euston tube station, I went and stood outside the premiere and we snagged 3 of those boards they hang on the barriers.
Feb. 12th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I tend to read in the fandoms I watch/read so that limits my scope a little. *grin* I fell in love with Supernatural when I saw my first episode in London. But I feel like a dirty old lady because Sammy is the same age as my kid brother. *sigh*
Ally and I have been discussing the differences between UK and US universities. I'm not sure which system I'd like better. I do know I'd like to take the classes that'll help me the most at my chosen career and that so doesn't happen here.
Yeah, you wouldn't think a pic in a tube station (and I'll be deuced if I can remember which one it was) would be my favorite from the trip. Well, that and me next to the statue of Sherlock Holmes outside Baker Street Tube.
Feb. 9th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
WEEEE!!!! I can't wait!

I hope you can get the book published... and I would be more than happy to buy a copy if it doesn't.

*dances* I'm so excited!!!!
Feb. 9th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I know, I've got butterflies. :)
Feb. 9th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
*cackles* as a lowly Canadian I can now go and harass many people claiming I know an author and helps to stroke her muse....

*cackles once more*
Feb. 10th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Never been to Canada. It's sad. I'm like five hours from the border and maybe six from Vancouver (that doesn't look right) and I've never been.

Have you been feeding the plot bunnies??
Feb. 11th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
*looks innocent* you mean I'm not supposed to.....
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
No, no, just curious where they've been getting all the energy from of late. Pushy things they are too.
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
*cackles madly* thye're ment to be pushy.... how else do they get written.....

*feeds the bunnies some more* grow my pretties! GROW!!!

Feb. 12th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Well, at least I know who to blame now. ;)
Feb. 9th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Country
Thanks muchly. I will add that to the list.
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Feb. 10th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
Maybe we could start a petition for the book to get published. With my other novel I thought Ro was going to go to New York and beat up the publishers when they said no. All I can really say is just keep your fingers crossed and it takes between four and six months to find out one way or the other.
Feb. 11th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
*fingers crossed*

Hope all goes well with the publishers. You brave soul!

Shall I get my paypal account all ready for the payment?

And I want my copy signed :p

That's even if it doesn't get published...

Come up with any names for Mandy yet?

AAAnnnd, are you going to have to remove TDC from the net if it gets published?

Overseas or not, I've got my ways (dad's card on amazon.com...)

Question though, male/male or is it now m/f?

I think that's all my poor overworked brain can come up with for now...

Feb. 12th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
Hey, they can only say no so many times. :)
Okay, okay. Signed it is. *grin* I suppose I should have offered that for the overseas readers as I'll likely be sending things out myself.
Not unless they make me. I'm going to do my best to keep TDC up for as long as possible.
Still m/m slash but seriously toned down. I think the most explicit thing I have is a human running his hand through his dragon's hair or sleeping on a shoulder. *sigh* It says something about the world we live in.
Although I suppose I could do a x-rated version, not have my dad edit it, and go through a porn publisher. *smirk*
Oh, and no new names for Mandy yet unless you count "Manda-Panda".
Feb. 12th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
No kiss?! Com'on! Just a peck!

Or, create yourself a website and put all the good old x-rated stuff on there...

Me, slash obsessed? Never.


Just not Alison :p My own name is the only name I truly hate XD

Feb. 12th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I find a lot of gals say that about their name. I actually used my own (short version) for a male character. Alex. It works out very well because he's a writer so the question should (hopefully) come up on if he wrote the book or if I did. I refuse to use my full name to publish this one and Tiffany is reserved for my other series.
Slash obsessed? *looks around* Nah. ;) I'll see what I can do.
Feb. 12th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
See Alex, Alexander,Alexandra, Alexis.... Are some of my most favouritest names ;D

I've been looking to change mine for a long time.

My thoughts are your name should match who you are, so if you change as a person,in what feels like a major way, you're name changes with you.

Like Senka is my third internet name, and it reflects how I've grown as a person kinda thing.

Think I influenced my attitude towards names in Mercedes Lackey's Owl series at a young age...

Course, perhaps I should be looking for names/meaning/translations to p"porn", "slash" or "erotica"...
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
My mum says if she wanted me to have a common name she would have given it to me. She hates that I usually go by Alex. I will answer to almost any variation except Alexandria. I hate that.

Tiff has been my alter ego for so long (17 years) that I'll even answer to that. *grin*

I think you have a one track mind. :) I have two chapters of computer stuff to read and then I promise more smut.
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