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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Look, Ma! I'm A Famous Person Look-Alike!

Thanks, Mich, for this fun li'l toy!

MyHeritage - family and genealogy

(Of course, the thing also matched me to Errol Flynn and Jason Biggs. Er...no.)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson is a goddess. The star of her UNDEAD AND... series, Betsy Taylor, agreed to be interviewed by Jezebel. Come over to Cat and Muse now, now, now and read the interview.

THANKS, MJ!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Pseudonym: What Do You Think?

So my agent has my YA urban fantasy right now. And we're all thinking REALLY GOOD THOUGHTS about this, right? Right. So, let's say that my agent says that yes, FINALLY, I told this particular story right (after, cough, 17 years) and he's going to put it on submission.

Everyone thinking that happy thought? Cool. (I love you people.)

Here's my question: What should be the byline?

I'm effectively branding "Jackie Kessler" as a paranormal romance author. Sure, cross on over to urban fantasy -- but adult urban fantasy. While I'm sure that some teens will read Hell's Belles, let's face it: that story ain't intended for a teen audience. Thus, I'm thinking that for my YA stuff, I need a different byline -- in other words, a pseudonym.

Should I go with my maiden name, which would then make it: Jackie Morse?

Or maiden name, with spiffy initials: J.H. Morse?

Or something completely different?

Or should I keep the byline as "Jackie Kessler"?

(If it matters, the YA urban fantasy is written in close third person, with multiple POVs. There are two protagonists, both high school juniors -- one guy and one gal.)

Whatcha think?

(Meanwhile, yes, that is the SCHMOOZING THE ALMIGHTY bar slowly creeping up. Thank you for noticing! Two WIPs at once, woot! And let's not forget Cat and Muse and Magical Minxes. Sleep? Who needs sleep?)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Can't Figure It Out

Okay, I KNOW I shouldn't be looking at my Amazon rank for Hell's Belles, but I can't help it. And for the life of me, I just don't get it! Two weeks ago, I was about #150,000. Today I'm pushing #900,000. Dude, what's up with that?

I also have no idea what to do with my spiffy Amazon page. I'm open to suggestions!

Word to the wise: When coming up with book titles, original is better than sharing a name with other books, movies, bath products, clutch bags, rock group tribute bands, scooter clubs, car clubs...

Hell's Belles. Hell's Belles. Hell's Belles. ((giggle))

(Can you tell I'm not motivated to write today?)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Light at the End of the ROAD

My agent emailed me tonight about The Road to Hell. His message was very short:

This is very good, a polished sophisticated story. Congrats.

Major happy dance! Chocolate for all!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

This is what you've been waiting for...

I'm uberpsyched to announce a new blog, co-run with my fellow Kensington Succubus Author Richelle Mead:

Magical Minxes!!!

Meet Jezebel from Hell's Belles and Georgina from Succubus Blues, professional succubi. The demonic divas are planning on entertaining you throughout the week:

Body Stalking Mondays: Lingerie reviews. No G-string is sacred.
Keep or Kick Out Tuesdays: Would you kick this celebrity out of bed?
Georgina Bares All Wednesdays: This hot demon gives you a piece of her mind.
Jezebel Lays It All Out Thursdays: Just Jez. Heh.
Minx of the Week Fridays: Who's a minx? Who's trying too hard?
Sex on the Screen Saturdays: The duo reviews Da Spicy Nookie Scenes.
We Take Sundays Off: Blue-ball laws in effect.

Hope you enjoy! We launched a tad early, so Monday's lingerie review is up and running. Remember: you don't have to be a succubus, but it wouldn't hurt.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Three Important Lessons

Yesterday I learned three important lessons.

1. Never, EVER bake a meatloaf in an aluminum pan.

2. Someone Up There really does try to warn us of bad things, like not baking a meatloaf in an aluminum pan, by doing things like having the cashier forget to ring up said aluminum pan at checkout, then have a little old lady ask, "Excuse me, did you really mean to buy this too?" and hand you said pan, and have the cashier ask if you really want to buy it, she'll ring it up separately. Take the hint: DON'T BUY IT.

3. Persistence pays off! I'm thrilled to announce that Realms of Fantasy is buying my short story, "Red." WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!