Can’t Stop The Business

I haven’t been written any fiction since the end of August – this was on purpose, to give myself a break and to read for research and to, well, just read. (I have been writing a lot of nonfiction blog posts.) But the business of writing doesn’t really stop. (Unless, of course, you ignore your email!)

1. Soon I should be getting an editorial letter on my Spice Brief, which from initial comments, I think will lead to writing some additional scenes. I’ve been thinking about that a little bit. The story is currently scheduled to be out in May.

2. I signed up to submit a short story to a themed anthology, for an editor I’ve worked with before. It’s not a guaranteed sale, of course; that will depend on the mix of stories received. That’s due February 1, but I plan to write it before that, to give the editor extra time, just in case it’s not suitable.

3. A proposal in which I’d participated just wasn’t selling, so my c-writers and I had to withdraw it.

4. I received a contract addendum – I had to review it and make a decision.

5. I received a request from a publisher to submit a short story, so I requested more information about the project. The publisher had read the free story I have available for download, Water Music, and thought something in that style might suit. I am not sure I’ll have anything for them by their deadline, but things could change. I responded, telling them it was unlikely but possible, and I’d be glad to be kept in mind for future projects.

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.