So keeping this is a secret from you guys has almost killed me ded. But I’m happy to announce that my fantabulous agent has brokered a deal with Entangled Publishing (Bliss Imprint) for my adult romantic comedy, HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR. Think How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days meets The Bachelor reality show:
Rochelle and Grant, former college sweethearts, are unexpectedly reunited on a reality dating show. Rochelle will do anything (anything!) to get voted off the show and away from Grant’s grasp. Grant, however, will never in a million years let her go again–and the world is watching.
I’ll keep you posted on release date and cover reveal. You KNOW there shall be shenanigans while promoting this one so stay tuned! 🙂
As the ARCs for JOYRIDE begin to circulate in the wild, early readers are beginning to notice the one of that main themes, one of the main therapies for my characters is pranking. I, myself, discovered its therapeutic abilities when I was a teen and have clung to pranking ever since. I have progressed to what you may, for future reference, refer to as Ninja Level.
And so, I offer my Ninja Level services to you. Email me at annabankspranks (at) gmail (dot) com. Tell me who you’d like me to prank call,(or actually prank, if circumstances allow) and why. The most intriguing pleads will likely win.
The winner gets:
1.) An ARC of JOYRIDE.
2.) Me, a Ninja Level expert prankster, prank calling the person of your choice and recording it.
3.) The actual prank call featured on my blog.
Now run along, and tell me who needs to be pranked in your life!
I meet regularly with my two critique partners Heather Rebel and Kaylyn Witt. We are the type of crit partners who use red ink, show no mercy, and draw sometimes inappropriate pictures on each other’s pages. In the midst of all this, we learn and teach each other how to write well. We spot typos, we call each other out on view point intrusions or passive voice, and we make each other work hard to impress us. If you need to cut words or a scene isn’t moving the plot forward, we’re gonna tell you.
For those writers who try to struggle through this journey on your own, stop that immediately. I suggest a critique group or at least one critique partner who is going to give you honest, sometimes brutal advice about your writing. Along those lines, my critique partners and I have decided to start a podcast called The Red Ink Tank. We’ll be discussing what we could have improved upon in our own writing during critique sessions, and we’ll be giving out writerly advice in general.
What I want to know is: What do YOU want to know? We want to discuss things you’re interested in hearing about. Feel free to leave your comments below, even if anonymous, and we’ll try to answer them on the podcast, which should be up and running by the end of the month of February. Help us help you! 🙂
Yesterday on Twitter, someone posted a Reviewer Bingo Card for authors who could play if they had the types of reviews that matched up on the card. I’m not going to post a picture of the card here, or even a link, because it caused so much turbulence in Twitterverse and I’m not about turbulence. It also seemed to widen the already yawning chasm between author and reviewer. WE’VE GOT TO STOP THIS.
I will say this about the bingo card: I seriously doubt it was created to hurt anyone, or to lash out at the blogging/reviewing community. Before you throw something at me, hear me out. I think/assume/hope it was done to drum up some easy giggles and feelings of camaraderie between authors. I don’t think authors who commented on the card or claimed bingo meant to hurt reviewers or alienate anyone. I really, really don’t. You see, sometimes writing feels like slow-dancing without a partner in an empty room. It’s lonely. We need each other. It’s that simple. When another author reaches out we want to grasp their hand and dance awhile. Then we go back to writing.
But here’s the kicker: That bingo card? It was actually a victory for bloggers/reviewers. I mean geez, did you see how specific it was? How many types of reviews it covered? It showed how much power reviewers have over authors. It showed that we do read your reviews and we do have feelings about them, and we do want to please you. Oh, we can act as blasé as we want, or even poke fun at the beast that is our fragile authorly pride, and we can make bingo cards that reflect our insecurities as writers. OR, we could take all those feelings and pour them into the batter of our next book. Sometimes we do the right thing, but not all the time. Just yesterday, YESTERDAY BEFORE THIS HAPPENED, I was complaining to my agent about something on Goodreads. We are not impervious. At least, I’m not. We make mistakes. And sometimes those mistakes are public ones.
But bloggers/reviewers have a choice, too. You could make an author Jenga game. For each book, you’ve got the Jenga blocks and each time the author uses a tired old trope or gimmick or cliché, you could take away a block until eventually, that book collapses in a tumbling heap. You could do your reviews this way from here on out. There would hardly be a book that would be left standing, and it would give authors a taste of their own medicine. I’m betting it would be quite fun.
But what does that solve? Where does that get us? Nowhere, at warp speed.
So then, what do we do? I’ll bet you were expecting me to come up with a solution here, but I don’t have one. I can’t make people be nice, and I can’t un-hurt people’s feelings. But just like rage, positive thinking can be contagious. What do YOU think we should do to close this rift between author and reviewer? How can we personally handle a situation like this positively? How can we make harmony contagious?
Because as long as there are books, there are going to be authors and there are going to be reviewers. We’ve got to get this figured out. This is a war where both sides will most certainly lose.
Most of my books, save DEGREES OF WRONG, are written in alternating points of view. This, in itself, doesn’t seem to bother readers. What DOES bother readers, is that I’ve been writing the heroine in first person point of view, and the hero in third person. I’ve read several reviews where I’ve actually lost a star for writing it this way and I feel an explanation is owed because my readers are so important to me. There is a reason for this madness, but if these reasons are working for you, I want to know.
I want you to BE the heroine. I want you to feel what she feels, and think what she thinks, so I write her in first person. Plus, while I write, I AM the heroine. She is me and I am her. Not that I couldn’t write her in third person, I just feel more of a connection to her in first person.
I want to feel a little distance from our hero, so I write him in third person. He’s usually our love interest, and writing him in first person just might make me blush, I kid you not. I don’t necessarily presume to know what a guy truly thinks either, so I want to keep a bit of distance so it doesn’t feel like I’m a guy. So…
I feel that writing one in first person and writing the other in third gives them just a little more distinction in their voices. I never want you to confuse whose chapter you’re reading, and I feel writing them in different points of view helps that.
All that said, I’m writing NEMESIS, my Egyptian-based YA fantasy, the same way. The thing is, it’s not too late to change it. If you favor the same point of view for each character, tell me! I don’t care if you leave an anonymous comment. This is a sincere outreach to fans–does it bother you or not? I want you to enjoy my books as much as possible, and if this point of view issue is something that pulls you out of the story, let me know here in the comments. If you like, let me know that too!
Thanks for your input! It means so much, and I promise my goal is to please! 🙂
First of all, I want to say that you all rocked that freaking contest. I had over 150 entries, and you guys are so, so creative. I would never want to piss any of you off, sheesh! But without further ado, I want to announce the winner: Summer W (@buttermybooks on Twitter). I’m using not one, but THREE of the pranks she submitted for the prequel for JOYRIDE, which you’ll all want to read since you get to meet Arden, our swoony love interest.
As a reminder here is what Summer won:
1.) A signed ARC of JOYRIDE.
2.) A humongloid gift basket full of pranking gear.
3.) Her pranks featured in the prequel to JOYRIDE.
So be jealous! 🙂
Thanks again to all who entered! I was truly blown away by the participation. You are all fantabulous!
Just a quick note: Today at noon, a TON of free content is going up on my Wattpad account including ALL the Syrena Legacy short stories, PLUS the first 5 chapters of JOYRIDE.
You’ll also want to follow me on Wattpad because I’ll be posting a short story for Joyride, and later, books that I’ve started to write but never finished. Tell me what you think! Should I keep writing, or nix it? 🙂 It’s up to you!