Ye Gods, It's September
Labor Day has come and gone-- fall is here if not officially by the calendar, then certainly unofficially by tradition. I love fall in Colorado. The air is crisp, the wilting heat passed and my energy level spikes.
All good things.
Book news-- Jeff Shelby
has had his first novel, KILLER SWELL nominated for a 2006 Colorado Book Award
. That's a tremendous honor and we'll all be rooting for him when the awards are presented in October.
On the home front, I got a piece of news that shocked, amazed and delighted me. Those of you who write know how nearly impossible it is to get your book covers changed. Well, my wonderful editor at Berkley, Jessica Wade, went to bat for me and presented my concerns that the cover made my protagonist look evil. The marketing/art department actually took that into consideration and CHANGED the cover!!! Now, Anna doesn't look sweet or docile by any means, but the sneer has been changed to a cold half-smile which to my way of thinking is much preferable! My thanks to Jessica and the folks at Berkley.
This weekend is Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Colorado Gold Conference. Now for those of you who think entering writing contests is a waste of time, let me just mention that one of our finalists (the winner in her category, actually, though I can't divulge the name) will be signing a contract with an agent at the conference.
Several have had their full manuscripts requested. All because of the contest. Next year, RMFW will do it again. Something to think about.