Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Updates on My Doings

by Mary Sutton / @mary_sutton73

So, it's been a busy week.

I received feedback on the ebook I sent out a couple weeks ago - the one I continue to call Young Adult fantasy because I think that's the most accurate genre (what else would you call a book targeted to the 8-10 age range about a girl who gets transported into a video game? Okay, maybe children's fantasay.). The publisher was very positive and is looking for cover art. Look for updates here soon.

I'm still slowly importing my novel into Scrivener scene by scene, which is giving me a great opportunity to examine the story in a new light. I just completed a "How to Make a Scene" workshop, so the work is very topical.

I've also had an unexpected non-fiction opportunity. On a whim I sent in my resume for a blogger position for The Motley Fool - and they accepted me! I put up my first post today. So if you've got an interest in investment/finance news, check it out. I will probably post weekly or bi-weekly, depending on if I've got a good blog post idea.

And I'm chugging away on a new romance story. By the way, did you see the news about how educated women read romance? I've discovered that it is an unexpected pleasure for me. Perhaps what was lacking all those years ago was an actual story and not just sex on the page.

Finally, I'm trying to work out this newsletter thing. If you read this blog, would you subscribe to a newsletter?


  1. The marketing term for books aimed at 8-10 (9-12, or various similar ranges) is middle grade. Popular middle grade fantasy includes Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books and Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, while James Dashner's 13th Reality series is middle grade SF.

    Hooray for the publisher looking for cover art!

    Congrats on the blog position, too. Very nice.

    Personally, I think newsletters are best targeted to people who don't read the blog but who are interested in knowing what you're up to -- when you have something new coming out, what new projects you've started, any giveaways you're doing.

    1. Erin, thanks for the clarification. I will be sure to pass that on to the guy doing the publishing (or maybe he already knows). It's not self-pub, because I'm not publishing it, but it's not going through a traditional press either.

      Thanks for the compliments on the blog.

      Interesting thought on the newsletter. I'll have to look at MailChimp, which is what I'm leaning toward using, and see if will do sign ups via Facebook. If not, maybe I'll just direct people here and play it how it comes.