Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's not you. Angela Kulig and Red Iris Books part ways.

Sadly, despite recently acquiring a new contract, I have to annouce that I have parted ways with my former publisher Red Iris Books. It's complicated, and we've both agreed to see other people. I'm not nearly as frustrated as I was even five minutes ago. The only thing I really regret is the timing. One, I am about to have a baby (anytime) and two, they were supposed to be releasing a book by me today and that's not happening. I knew it was delayed, I just didn't find out until this morning it was delayed indefinatly.

It seems that in the future RIB is going to a more adult oriented business model. Since I write almost exclusively middle grade and young adult it doesn't make sense for them to extended time and resources building my series when it's not really their thing. It's a lot of work publishing and marketing a book, I respect that. However, I now feel trapped. I hate the idea of having to make important decisions about my future right now, or in a few days from now when I am completely sleep deprived.

I have a lot of really crazy ideas that seem like fantastical things to do right now though, so I will probably just do that. Since I am <90 days away from being back in complete control of the Skeleton Lake series I guess I will do something big for that then--something insane. The first thing that is probably going to happen in that series is Skeleton Song, and Skeleton Lake will be combined into one book.

But before that... I hope to release Pigments of My Imagination on my own. Or better yet, with my friends. I have a lot of things to figure out, and never enough time. The only thing I know is, I plan to take over the world. As much as I still like the other party involved, I don't take lightly to being bet against and there are things I plan on doing souly so I can feel smug about them later. I think this may have been the best motivation for me to work harder and faster I could have hoped for. I am sure that is exactly how I will feel when I no longer drowning in hormones.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

I Spend the Day Getting W.E.L.L. (Writing, Editing, Laundry, & Lying About)

Last week passed in a flurry deadlines, an other, less important stuffs. I wrote a new book, in four days. Which, isn't any type of record as I write a book in three days for The 3 Day Novel Contest every September--but in my current state still felt pretty freaking fantastic.

Granted, is a young adult paranormal romance--but it isn't dark and doesn't involve any of the usual suspects. It's the first book in a trilogy. That is pretty much all I can say about it at this point. It's almost ridiculous for me to bring it up, because it's unlikely it will be out before 2013, and I don't even have a path for it yet. Red Iris Books is booked solid for the rest of the year (I know, I take up a pretty large chunk of their time) and I actually have another series I have already started talking to them about that I haven't even mentioned on my blog yet. So I might have to put it out myself, or I might have to place it elsewhere. The best way you can make that happen is to buy my other books. There will be lots of opportunity to do that for the rest of the year.

The good news is, if it does come out in 2013 the whole series will have been written before the first book comes out--that means very minimal wait time for the next book!

Now you are saying, Oh Angela, you sly devil, you just mentioned a whole other series and didn't say anything about it! Why yes, yes I did. Don't worry about it, because I have already written a whole set of blogs detailing that new series for when I am on "maternity leave."

I also did the final edit on a book last week. I know, you aren't at all impressed but editing is a whole lot harder than writing. Which is why this weekend I am spending time getting W.E.L.L. (Writing, Editing, Laundry--and mostly Lying About.) The only reason it's W.E.L.L. and not well, W.E.L. is because if I don't do laundry today, then tomorrow I will be W.E.L.'N. (Writing, Editing, Lying About, in the NUDE) like a Felon on  those Magellan commercials.

And we can't have that.

Last weekend wasn't nearly so restful or productive, as it was spent getting W.E.L.P. (Writing, Editing, Laundry, and PRINCE) which is quite as painful as it sounds. Too much Raspberry Beret, not enough lying about.

So now, before I rush away let me update you on a few things. Red Iris Books has listed The Skeleton Song for a June 28th release date. Yay!

Remember the first book in the series Skeleton Lake, is currently being REMASTERED. Which is a nice way of saying being reedited. It's got multiple sets of eyeballs on it and will be coming out soonish as well, I just don't have the official date yet but I will let you know.

I am trying frantically to finish up all the lose ends if Pigments of My Imagination. I just can't let it go--but since I can have my baby as early as next week I need to just bite the bullet. So it can come out when I am "maternity leave" so it won't seem like I went anywhere at all.

Pay no attention to the wizard behind the curtain. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.