The First Week of Being Published

perf5.000x8.000.inddIt’s been a little over a week since South Seas Seduction was released. It’s been quite a week. Exciting, nerve racking, exciting. The release date was a bit of a let-down. I built up this anticipation, but when Friday came, I was at work. Since I use a pen name, no one knew how special this day was. Most of my friends were busy with family, so I spent the night drinking wine, eating chocolate, watching tv, and checking Amazon for my ranking.

I’ve been interviewed on several blogs and have a few more coming up. The first was the interview with Tina Susedik. Then I was on 69 Shades of Smut and Erin Brevan’s blogs. On March 25th, I’ll be on Rebecca Grace’s blog and on March 28th Melissa Snark’s, The Snarkology. I’ve provided links below.

What I’ve learned in the past week: Promotion is hard work. Trying to set up blog interviews. Getting people to read and review South Seas Seduction. Setting up return interviews and reviews. Finding the time to read and write for the reviews and blogs. My head has been spinning all week. In between that, getting edits done and the next book sent off to my editor – which I accomplished on Friday. Yay!!! ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I also learned that if readers to directly to The Wild Rose Press to purchase books, authors receive higher royalties, that I need to set up an author page on Amazon, getting people to post reviews is difficult, and most of all – I love being published.

So this week, besides promoting South Seas Seduction, I will start work on the next book, or maybe the short story I’ve had approved to write for a Valentine’s Anthology The Wild Rose Press will publish next year.

Buy Links:
The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/wildcatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200_156&products_id=1039
Amazon: Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/n6wgqhu
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/anita-kidesu

Blogs from this week:
http://tinasusedik.wordpress.com
http://erinbevan.com/blog/
https://69shadesofsmut.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/welcome-guest-author-anita-kidesu http://www.rebeccagrace.com/
http://www.thesnarkology.com/

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Worldwide Release of “South Seas Seduction” – March 13th

perf5.000x8.000.inddExcitement reigns in my house. Nearly one year to the day that I signed my contract with The Wild Rose Press for “South Seas Seduction,” the book is finally ready. It will release March 13th, with pre-order ready now.

It has been quite a trip. Signing contracts on-line was quite an experience – something I’d never done before. Then came the edits and edits and more edits. I learned about editing a galley, which is different from editing a manuscript. I found out I didn’t use Track Changes properly in Word which slowed down my editor, Trish. By-the-way, I loved working with her. Since everything is done via email, I hope someday to meet her face-to-face.

The day I received the mock up of my cover, I wanted to share it with everyone, but I had to wait. Every time I reached for the phone to call someone, I had to bite my fingers. I did call and share it with my good friend, Tina Susedik. Diana Carlile designed this fun cover.

When I met Diana at a conference two years ago and pitched South Seas Seduction, I had no idea she would become such an important part of my career. As we sat at the bar with her talking and laughing, I didn’t know she even designed covers. How lucky am I?

At this point, I need to thank Tina and Linda for helping me through this process. Tina for her guidance and Linda for her editing skills. She jokingly calls herself the “Grammar Nazi” and “Comma Bitch,” but I treasure her knowledge.

Blurb: Sheltered all her life as the daughter of an ambassador, Emma Labonte boards a small plane on a trip from Australia. One hijacking and a plane crash later, she finds herself on a deserted island and stranded with three different yet equally sexy men. With no hope for rescue, the four begin to carve a semblance of a life in their tropical setting. Closeness breeds curiosity, and naive Emma begins to wonder what it would be like to be loved by these three men. The adventurer Jack, Toby the intelligent doctor, and shy English professor Steve–each carve a special place in her heart. When her three men launch seduction in the South Seas, how can she resist?

So, without further ado, here is the link for the pre-buy. The book will also be available on the 13th on The Wild Rose Press website. If you don’t know, when you purchase a book from a publisher’s website, authors receive a higher royalty.


The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/n6wgqhu

Welcome Erotic Romance Author – Kate Allure

I was given permission by my friend, Tina Susedik, to re-post her blog interview with Kate Allure. We both met Kate a few years ago at the Romantic Times Convention, but at different times and places. It was only recently that we realized we both knew her. Tina told me Kate’s new book, “Playing Doctor” was going to be released in a few days, on January 6, 2015, so I asked if I could share that interview. Both Kate and Tina agreed.

Congratulations, Kate, on your first book and good luck with your sales. Here is the interview:

basket red hat b&w 2x2ishThis month I’m introducing an author I met two years ago at The Romantic Times Convention. I can’t recall exactly where we were when our paths crossed, but we’ve been friends ever since. Even though she lives in California, her husband has family only thirty miles from my house. This past spring we were able to have lunch together in Wisconsin.

Kate is soon-to-be published. When I first met her in 2012, she was looking for an agent and publisher to publish her “Meeting Men” series. Her first one, “Playing Doctor”, will be release January 6th, 2015. I’m sure I’ll be one of the first to purchase it. She has another one to released soon after. Help me in welcoming author, Kate Allure. Playing Doctor bookcover new 300

What or who inspired you to write? I’ve created stories my entire life. A few years ago I stumbled upon my first recorded story about a sailor, written when I was eleven years old. My mother had typed it up and a fellow 5th grader had created illustrations. Surprisingly it wasn’t half bad. I also created dances and wrote plays in my youth. As an adult, much of my career involved nonfiction writing (reports, proposals, newspaper articles), so it was an easy leap back to creating stories. The actual kick-start happened a few years ago when I was laid up for two months following surgery. I had my first short story completed by the time I was up and walking around again. It was so much fun that I haven’t stopped writing since. My current career as an erotic romance author started about two and half years ago.

How do you handle rejections? I was incredibly blessed that my first forays into fiction we’re embraced, but I am working on a nonfiction project that has received rejections from every main publishing house. I try not to take it personally, but it helps that the feedback has been positive.I know the project you’re talking about and it’s an interesting one. Hopefully someone will pick it up.

Have you found trying to get published frustrating?
The entire process from pitching to publication is nerve-wracking on some level, but I love it…love every minute that I get to sit and write!

What do you do to keep yourself from giving up? I’m way, WAY, to stubborn to give up. Just not in my nature. Hmmmm. Why is that not surprising? LOL

What do you like to read? Everything, but mostly romances because I’m trying to stay abreast of all the new writers. I’m a very slow reader and it takes me forever. Partly this is because I like getting a feel for the cadence and the voice, which is hard for me if I’m speed-reading. I also like to reread entire pages that I like. Often I skip through every other page to the end of the book because I can’t stand not knowing what’s going to happen and then go back to reread the book from the beginning slowly.

Who are your favorite authors? That’s a hard question to answer—I love the written word in all its forms. I love the classics (everything from Shakespeare to Georgette Heyer to as odd as the limericks of Ogden Nash). If I had pick just a few from current romance authors, I would say Lorraine Heath and Sabrina Jeffries for historic, Jennifer Crusie for sexy contemporary humorous. For erotic, Lisa Renee Jones, Tiffany Reisz, P.C. Cast, the list goes on… I’ve just started reading J. Kenner, and I recently discovered Delphine Dryden and enjoyed her Theory of Attraction very much. It is, perhaps, closest to what I strive for in my writing—realistic, light-hearted stories about real-world archetypes, women meeting men and the fun they have behind closed doors. I’ve read many of your favorites and have to agree with you.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????What’s on your keeper shelf? Everything. I can’t part with books. Keep them all, even the ones I don’t particularly like. It’s a real problem. Ask my DH! Maybe we should get a storage unit? I recently read this about having so many books: “You know you’re a book-a-holic when your house starts looking like a library!” I have a hard time parting with mine, too.

Do you enter contests? Have you won any? Early on, I entered the American Idol “Voice” Competition at the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention. I was thrilled to be a finalist, and, while I didn’t win, one of the judges asked for the “full” manuscript. She is now my wonderful agent Louise Fury of The Bend Agency. At the time, just being a finalist felt amazing—it was my first indication that my writing was acceptable on some level. Before that I was in a total vacuum with only feedback from my admittedly biased friends and family. Beth James and I were in the audience, cheering you on and were excited you made it into the final round.

What is your Work in Progress? Book one of Club Exotica, due in late 2015. It’s about a posh, exclusive, luxurious, ultra-private club in London where a woman’s every fantasy can be realized. Of course, what ultimately gets realized is true love. Sounds delicious.

What will you do to celebrate when you get a contract? What I did (past tense) to celebrate is now a sentimental memory. In May 2013, about two weeks after I submitted my manuscript, I got “the call.” I almost didn’t answer—didn’t recognize the area code—and when I did pickup I thought I was being “punked” by a friend…it was just too surreal to be believed. Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks was on the phone telling me they wanted to buy the Meeting Men series, and I was sitting there listening but not really comprehending. A few minutes into the call I suddenly realized—THIS IS REAL! Then I got really excited, my heart racing and my palms sweaty. So when I hung up, it was official. I was now a professional author who would write under the penname Kate Allure.
Now to the mini-celebration that still tingles when I think about it.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? My DH, who’d been staring at me in suspense the whole time, gave me a hug and wanted to hear all about it. I told him there was a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge, leftover from a party and never opened. I didn’t know what it was called, but said, “It’s the pink bottle.” A couple minutes later, he asked, “Did you do that on purpose?” and I said, “Do what?”
He held up the bottle and showed me. Across the label in big letters read, “Allure.” I laughed and told him that I’d had no idea what brand it was. It gave me the shivers but in a good way. It felt like a good omen, like the fickle universe had given me the thumbs up. And now, of course, any writing milestone has to be celebrated with a glass of Allure sparkling wine. That is so cool! I hope you kept that empty bottle as a souvenir.

How did you choose the genre you write? I find it funny, but I used to read historic romance almost exclusively. However, when I began writing it was contemporary, not even sure why. The erotic part happened because when I started that was what came out… I’ve been told that I’m very good at writing the “naughty bits.”

Are there any genres you wouldn’t write? I write erotic romance and am planning an erotic suspense eventually. I’m driven by what inspires me, what’s fun for me to write.

Where do you like to write? Mostly at the large desk I share with my DH, really more of a table with me on one side and him on the other. Sometimes on the couch. Sometimes in the back yard on a nice day. Sometimes on an airplane. When I get those few sparse minutes to write I’m happy pretty much anywhere.

notebook-computers-green-grass-background-42808325Do you write long-hand or use a computer or both? I only write on computer. I’ve tried using the voice to text feature. Would like to get better at that, then I’m freed up to do other things with my hands. Multitasking, you know. I’ve thought about using the voice feature, but then I’d have to listen to myself all the time. I’m not sure I could handle that!

What is on your desk right now? This very minute: Our sleeping, grumpy, orange cat (yes, we have cats…it seems one can’t be an erotic writer without cats), also a vase with six pink roses that are a little past their prime, and a whole lot of messy papers everywhere.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you could write anywhere you wanted, where would it be? I fantasize about having a month in a tiny little shack on an island somewhere with the sparkling blue water stretching out before me. (Maybe my DH will read this. Hint, hint) Sounds like my dream place. No phones, no television. Just me, my notebook and my hubby. Oh, and don’t forget someone to bring us drinks.

Do you go to conferences? Yes: RT Booklovers, RWA, and, in my first ever appearance as published author, I’ll be participating in the 50 Shades of Romance conference in Seattle, February 13-15, 2015. If you love erotic romance, this is for you. http://www.50shadesofromance.com

At Romantic Times Convention

At Romantic Times Convention


What are your outside interests? Travel, travel, travel, and conducting research for my books with my loving husband (wink, wink).I bet people ask if you use your “real life” as your inspiration. I know I get that all the time.

Do you have a day job?No. And yes, one that doesn’t pay money…three teenagers (two with mild autism that require much of my time).

Does your family support or understand your dream? Yes, very supportive.

Do you have a degree? B.S. in Dance with a minor in Arts Administration.

Do you listen to music when you write? What kind? All kinds. Current hits, classical, and the piano when my teens and DH are practicing—love that!

What happens when you get a story idea? I try to type an outline as soon as possible. Earlier this week I discovered I could record into my cell phone, and made two recordings while driving of ideas I’d thought about while at the gym. Then I emailed them to myself. What a great idea. I’ll have to remember that.

Are you a morning, afternoon or night person? Definitely a night person. It’s 11:30pm after working straight through the night last night till 5:30am on a deadline, but now that it’s night again I’m bright eyed. It’s my curse!

I often have people say, “It must be nice to work at home, you can work in your pajamas,” which I don’t, but what do you wear when you write? Whatever I have on. I’ve found myself still typing madly away at 3 pm in my bathrobe. Embarrassing when I have to answer the door.

Do you set goals? Mostly, I’m deadline driven; otherwise I procrastinate. Usually I allow myself a brief respite from writing after a deadline for such things as planning trips or watching sci-fi with my guys. Any specific ones? To sell enough books to help pay for kids’ college education, then maybe some for retirement too!

Do you have any pets? Yes…cats!!! Erotic writers have to have cats. Check it out…every website features their cats. Also, we have a dog, giant rabbit (really I mean huge…bigger than a small dog), and a hermit crab. Thankfully my future zoologist teen cares for all the animals.

Thank you for joining me today, Kate. Here is the back-cover blurb for “Playing Doctor,” to be released January 6, 2015: Playing Doctor bookcover new 300

The doctor will see you now…
In “The Intern,” the temperature of Dr. Lauren Marks’s office quickly rises when her new medical intern Courtney turns out to be a passionate and sexy young man.

Valerie realizes all of her fantasies when her sexy surgeon and her loving husband team up to offer her some extra-special treatment in “My Doctor, My Husband, and Me.”

Nikki gets more than she bargained for in “Seize the Doctor” when the hot guy she recently met at a bar walks into her exam room wearing a white coat. Good thing she wore her sexiest lingerie.

Three sizzling-hot erotic romance stories to stoke your mood.

Links to buy: Pre-Order now at these retailers:
Barnes & Noble
iTunes
Amazon
Books-A-Million
Indigo
IndieBound

giveaways1Join Club Kate: For exclusive insider access and be entered in a giveaway drawing for Something Naughty and Something Nice! …including a nice Kate Allure beach bag, a naughty little surprise, and a copy of her debut, Playing Doctor. Come at check it out at http://www.KateAllure.com

Links to contact Kate:
http://www.KateAllure.com
https://www.facebook.com/KateAllure
Twitter: @KateAllure

Interview with Fantasy/Paranormal Author, Karilyn Bentley

I’ve decided to start hosting authors on my blog once a month. They will be from different genres.

DSC_4616 copyMy first interview is with Karilyn Bentley, who writes Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for The Wild Rose Press and has seven books published. She resides in North Texas, and by day is a research coordinator at a busy oncology practice. According to Karilyn, that means she helps run cancer trial. Pretty impressive.

Thank you for joining me on my blog today, Karilyn.
Thank you for having me, Anita

How long have you been writing? I started writing when I realized a cube farm was not a good working environment. I thought, what could I do so I could stay home and eat bon-bons? I had a couple of ideas floating around and I’ve always liked writing so I wrote a book. I still work the day job and have no bon-bons in the house. I had to hand slap myself about the cube farm. I’m thinking what type of farming is that? Took me a bit to figure out what you meant. I wouldn’t want to work in an environment where I’d have to work in a room full of cubicles.

What is your Work in Progress? The second book in the Demon Huntress series. The first book is “Demon Lore.” I love the cover!

Where do you like to write? I have an office that I like to write in. Although since we’ve gotten a puppy, I’m more likely to be found writing at the kitchen table. The puppy likes all her humans in one place.

What is on your desk right now? A digital picture frame, mouse pads (but no mouse), tea, phone, various papers writing related and not, a lamp, essential oils, candles, sage smudge stick and my wedding photo album. And the computer. It’s a mess (the desk, not the computer)
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Are you a morning, afternoon or night person? More of a morning or afternoon person. I’m definitely not a night owl. I do good to stay up to midnight on New Year’s Eve. I don’t know how you find time to write. I write between eight and nine at night.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? A pantser. Plotting too much kills the story for me. That’s the way I operate, too.

What do you like to read? Anything with a happy ending. Romance, mysteries, the occasional thriller, fantasies.

Do you have any pets? Two dogs. Hell Hound is an old, gimpy Lab/Bloodhound mix and Crazy Puppy is his polar opposite. She’s a lab/border collie mix.

What do you to celebrate publishing a new book? Cheer

perf5.000x8.000.inddHere is the blurb for “Demon Lore”

Gin Crawford has enough problems dealing with her empath abilities. Finding out she’s the world’s newest demon-slayer is the last thing she needs. Unfortunately, when she slips on a mysterious bracelet she is given no other choice. On the plus side, her new gig comes with Tall, Dark and Handsome, a mage who may or may not have her best interests at heart. Thrust into a power-play between good and evil, Gin must choose a side before she becomes the next victim in the ongoing battle.

Links to buy
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00PKY3CC4
The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=244_235_209&products_id=5972
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/demon-lore-karilyn-bentley/1120908234?ean=2940150196629

Contact Info:
Website: http://www.karilynbentley.com
Faceboook: https://www.facebook.com/KarilynBentleyAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karilynbentley1
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/karilynbentley

Trying, Trying to Keep Up

While I don’t have a date yet, publication of “South Seas Seduction” is looming. I can feel it lurking somewhere in the future. Right now I’m working on my first-round edits.

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Even though I’ve had my blog for a while, I haven’t done much with it. I now have a website. I’m working on getting followers on my Facebook author page and Twitter. I’ve been following everyone I can with The Wild Rose Press and other authors.

I set up a Pinterest account and actually started a few boards and pinned to them. I finding this one the most enjoyable. Who wouldn’t love going through photos of hunka, hunka men and decide which ones to pin? But, again, it takes time. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Then there’s the zillion e-mails to read each day. I’m exaggerating, but if I don’t keep up, I find it takes longer to go through them.

I can’t believe how much time all this social media eats up. I’m wondering how to find time to work, eat and write – and the book hasn’t even been release yet.

How does everyone else keep up with everything?

https://www.facebook.com/AnitaKidesuAuthor

https://anitakidesu.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/AnitaKidesu

Another One Bites the Dust

Authors are told that once one book is done, they need to get to work on the next one. While waiting for my first round edits for South Seas Seduction, I started on The Ranch, another erotic romance. I’m happy to say I sent it off to my editor this morning at The Wild Rose Press.

Now as I wait for the edits and to hear if TWRP will want The Ranch, I’ll start on the sequel, Weekend at the Ranch.

But I’ve also been asked to do an interview on Tina Susedik’s blog, so maybe I should get that done first. So much to do, so little time.

Publication is Getting Closer and Closer

Somehow, probably because I’m still in a huge learning curve, I didn’t publish this post. I just noticed it was still listed as a draft. I actually wrote it on June 25th. Oops.

Yesterday I heard from my editor at The Wild Rose Press about the status of “South Seas Seduction.” It’s next on her list to edit. Hopefully I’ll be getting a cover soon, so I can share, share share. I’m getting so excited that my first “baby” will be published in a few months.

Meanwhile, I’ve been editing the next erotica I’ll submit to them and hopefully receive a contract for. I’ve been bummed that our weatherweather-clouds-thunder-storm-rain-39292745 has been wet and rainy this past June. I love editing outside, but the days on the deck have been few and far between. Maybe July will be better.

I’ve been asked to be part of my friend and fellow author, Tina Susedik’s blog. She is interviewing those of us who haven’t been published yet. I have to get my questions done before I can no longer say, ‘I’m unpublished.” I’ll certainly let everyone know when the interview will be posted on her blog.

Best get back to those “lovely” edits.