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Acknowledgments? Dedication? Reader Letter?

I’m in the middle of edits for Man Drought. At this stage I also get to write the acknowledgments and the dedication. I LOVE this part because I am a die-hard acknowledgement reader. Whenever I buy a book, I flick straight to the acknowledgments before reading. As a writer, I know that writing a book is not really a solitary thing – there are usually many people that help the book be born in some way or another.

In my acknowledgments, I thank:

  • My hubby, Mum and sometimes extended family.
  • My awesome writing friends. In Man Drought, I’ve added some specific detail of what these special people do for me during my writing process.
  • People who’ve helped me with research aspects of the book.
  • Friends who have gone that extra mile in some way during the writing of the novel (like my gorgeous friend Holly below)

  • My editor – because really I sometimes think their name should be on the front of the book as well, they put so much hard work into making a manuscript sparkle.
  • My publisher – for similar reasons as above and simply because I love them so much (sorry, fact, not sucking up).
  • Diet Coke – okay, actually, I resisted the deep desire to do this even though I really really wanted to – but I seriously seem to write better with a can of DC at my side.

I like acknowledgments because they give a little bit of insight into the writer and his/her world and now that I know many writers, I often recognize the names in the acknowledgments of the books I read and this is always exciting!

Another thing I’ve noticed in more books lately (mostly romance ones) is a letter from the author to the reader. I LOVE this and have decided to do this for Man Drought. I’m so grateful to the readers who have bought my book, read it and loved it and I absolutely love hearing back from readers, so I wanted to have another opportunity to say hello to them!

Anyway, I’m curious… what’s your thoughts on acknowledgments and reader letters!? Do you always read them like me or do you flick past them, straight to the story?

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Man Drought!

Have been sitting on some HUGELY exciting news for a couple of months and I can finally jump up and down and share it with you.

I’ve scored a two-book contract with my fabulous publisher Harlequin Australia. The first in this contract is MAN DROUGHT (which many of you will have heard about before on Twitter, Facebook, here, etc while I was writing it) and the second is still being written. I’m currently doing edits on MAN DROUGHT and cannot WAIT to share it with you all in JANUARY 2013!!!!

MAN DROUGHT is my second rural romance and it features Imogen Bates, a widow who moves to the country and buys a fairly rough run-down pub in a town that is VERY lacking in women. In fact the population of Gibson’s Find is 90% male!! All of whom are hard-working country boys with lovely chiseled bodies to boot. Who wants to move there?

The hero, farmer Gibson Black, is divorced and rather bitter where the female species are concerned. He HATES that Imogen gets under his skin and has him thinking thoughts he’d thought well and truly drowned. Of course sparks fly.

You’ll also meet Imogen’s gorgeous best friends and aside from Gibson, there are quite a few other eligible men in town to swoon over. This book was a lot of fun to write and there’s some laugh out loud moments (well, I hope you’ll laugh) as well as some lovely and tender ones.

Not too long till January, but until then, I’ll keep you up to date with blurbs, covers, etc as they come to hand!

Now I better get back to my edits 🙂

Not a mortal parent… or what a journo wrote about me!

There’s a great article about me and JILTED in today’s West Australian (see below). The journalist was fabulous to talk to and very supportive of romance writing as she wants to write one herself. However, it’s always a risk when talking to a journalist that something will be misunderstood or misquoted. While this is a fab article, there’s one error! Can you guess what it is?

Road-trip!

Hi Folks

I’m off on a road-trip with the family this week. Only a few days away visiting my hubby’s relatives in the small town of Dongara, about four and a half hours north of Perth. It will be lovely to get away for a while with my little family and hopefully catch up on some reading! 

Dongara is also in the vicinity of the fictional town (Merindah) which is the setting for my current manuscript, so I’ll be taking lots of photos (will share some on my return) and making lots of notes to help with my writing. 

Hope you all have a fabulous week and get lots of time for reading!!

xo

Rach!

Theory on Thursday with Meggie Tolkand

My Theory on Thursday posts are getting a bit sporadic but today I’m delighted to have debut author Meggie Tolkand, who was introduced to me by my lovely friend Jen Tucker!! As Meggie, Jen and I are all writing mums, she’s sharing some fabulous tips for writing mums. Welcome Meggie

I’m so honoured to be included in fabulous fellow mom Rachael John’s blog today. She has three children, and I have four, all 11 years old and younger. Although society treats kids as burdens, they’re writers’ best assets because kids teach discipline, hard work, perspective and—best of all—wisdom.

Before my first son, I blithely skipped through life, doing everything right. Bad things happened to people who did bad things. But one day, a drunken driver crashed into my minivan, the steel carnage missing my son’s car seat by a half-inch.

That split second was the moment I, a dark fantasy writer, was born. I realized how quickly disaster could strike randomly. It also was the moment I decided to have another baby, one conceived on the first try.

Nevertheless, post-traumatic stress disorder crippled me for a year. On a therapist’s suggestion, I started to write, and the panic attacks and sleeplessness slowly ceased. I wrote about what I needed—what every woman needs: escape, perfect security and a cozy world, even amidst great danger.

Like my son, the romantic urban fantasy The Mayhem: Roan’s Story was born from that near-tragedy. Its publication last week was a great personal triumph, the extraction of good from bad.

Likewise, many of my author friends use writing to escape bad situations or explore conflicts in their lives. Perhaps that’s my best advice to mothers who want to write. They’ll eliminate most of their writer’s block if their stories solve personal problems, ease frustrations, or vent anger.

Finding time to write is another challenge. Here are some solutions.

  • If you’re starting out, create a goal to write 15 minutes a day. After a week, increase that to 20 minutes a day. After another week, write 25 minutes a day. Then, if you miss a day, tell yourself, “Oh, well. In four days this week, I made up the equivalent of one day last week, so I didn’t miss any time at all.”
  • Take your laptop with you, and write during kids’ rehearsals and practices.
  • Waiting at the doctor’s office? Write.
  • Before I drift off to sleep, I tell my kids I visit my “imaginary world”—really, the staging ground for my next book. If an idea is awesome enough, I jot it down with a pencil and pad I keep in my bedside table.
  • When you’re driving, concoct writing ideas, and scribble them at stoplights. Order your kids to tell you when it’s time to go. Trust me, they will.

Be your own best friend. If you miss a few days, simply resume your good habits, and congratulate yourself. You’re making your dream come true, something most people never do.

I invite you to fall in love with my dream come true: The Mayhem: Roan’s Story. You can order it at http://www.asteriabooks.com/catalog/themayhem/index.html or on Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008F2LXX8.

My mentor told me, “Writers always help each other,” and I invite you to e-mail me at meggie@tolkland.com. You can also friend me at http://www.facebook.com/readmeggie, connect with me on LinkedIn, and on Twitter @MeggieTolkland. You can also sign up for my free newsletter athttp://www.tolkland.com.

Thanks so much for that awesome post Meggie 🙂 I’m interested to hear about other people’s tips for fitting writing in! How do YOU fitting writing into your busy lives?

The blurb of Meggie’s fabulous new book is below:

Ordinarily, voluptuous professor Corey Reyman wouldn’t mind learning she’s fated to marry a sexy, hyperromantic genius. Problem is, that guy is Roan Wynne, and he’s the worst kind of groomzilla, a schizophrenic demon whose idea of sex is stealing her soul. How can one woman rebel against All the Forces of Darkness to change their destiny?