Thursday, December 22, 2011

Along Publishers Row...

I have been meaning to mention for a while that I got a few column inches in the Author's Guild Bulletin a while back, in their "Along Publishers Row" feature. It wasn't a huge deal or anything - they were reprinting a few of my comments on doing research - but it was still a cool moment for me because, I mean, it's like the *AUTHOR'S* guild. You know, for real, professional authors.

I guess I still am battling a little of Impostor Syndrome. Where I feel like, at any moment, "They" will come along and say it was all a mistake, that it was some *other* Sophie Littlefield who they meant to give the book contract to, that I really ought to go back to doing what I was doing before, letting my dreams simmer on the back of the stove.

I think we all have different ideas about what constitutes "making it," whether it's a paycheck or a review venue or an online ranking or a bookstore shelf. To my surprise, it's an ongoing process. I never had a moment where I felt like I went from striver to professional. It's been a gradual thing and honestly, some days I feel like an amateur all over again.

I don't really mind, though, for a couple of reasons. First of all, a little uncertainty keeps my determination fine-honed. And second, I love these moments - and there are many, if you stop to enjoy them - when I am reminded that I really am doing what I set out to do.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

End-of-Year Review Love

Starting sometime in December, bloggers and reviewers release their lists of favorite reads of the year. I'm thrilled that a number of my books are popping up on lists here and there. Thanks to all readers who take time to share their thoughts with the community.

Paul Goat Allen, reviewing for Barnes&Noble, put AFTERTIME on his Top Zombie Reads of 2011 list. Actually, he named it #1. Blush. Happy blush.

Tina, of Tina's Book Reviews, put AFTERTIME on her top reads list, but I especially love the name of the award she gave it: The "I Had No Idea I Would Love This So" award :)

Jen, at Red Hot Books, chose REBIRTH on her favorite reads list. Thanks, Jen!

Janet at the Rocky River Public Library put A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL on her top ten reads of 2011.

A BAD DAY FOR SORRY is on Amy's Best "New To Us" in 2011 list - thanks to the Wake Forest, NC library system.

New Story: "The Stain Carrier"

I have a new short story up at Beat To A Pulp! This is a great site for noir fiction - in the able hands of editor David Cranmer - and I hope you'll check out all the archives because there is some amazing writing to be found there.

Read "The Stain Carrier" here. I'd love to hear what you think.