Today is an extra-special day here at The Dandridge Estate -- not only are we giving away Godiva Chocolates and Bath Junkie Bath Salts, but one lucky Winner will also receive a copy of Kerri Nelson's Vegan Moon!
When a vegetarian werewolf falls for a celebrity chef, will his appetite for her cause him to stray from his vegan ways?
Santiago Salazar is a reformed werewolf living in sunny Beverly Hills, California. When he catches sight of celebrity chef Gabrielle Connor on television, he’s soon drooling in his tofu burger.After they meet at one of Gabbi’s book signings, Santiago is thrilled to discover that the attraction is mutual. The two hit it off in a major way but when the night takes a dark turn…Gabbi must decide if she can live with the new world that she’s discovered and Santiago must ultimately answer to the werewolf code of conduct.
Take one hungry werewolf and mix with one lonely chef, stir in some hot sex and Vegan Moon delivers a tasty treat that will keep you coming back for more.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race?
By: Kerri Nelson
I was thinking about the children’s story of The Turtle and The Hare and how it relates to being an author.
Are you the turtle or the hare?
The parable teaches us that “slow and steady” wins the race. So, if we apply this to our writing careers…some might think that we should focus all of our attention on one manuscript. Pour our heart and soul into it. Languish over every plot detail day and night and edit it inch by inch until it is pure perfection. Then we should search for the perfect agent submitting query after query and wait until the perfect contract is offered by the perfect publisher. Right?
Guess I didn’t learn much from that parable after all.
In my writing career, I’m much more like the hare. Not that I believe it should be a race or that I should brag about being the best (like that pesky rabbit did in the story). But I don’t believe that slow and steady is ultimately the best tact to take when it comes to publishing. I believe that you should write, get published, and strive to STAY published.
If this means selling a shorter work (a novella versus full length novel) in order to get your name out there and start to build a following, then so be it.
If this means selling to a small or mid-size publisher versus a “traditional” New York publisher, then so be it.
And, yes, even if it means doing all the work yourself and self publishing in order to get your voice heard sooner and in your own way, then so be it.
Maybe this will work for you and maybe not. But all I can tell you is that based on my personal experiences—if I had written this parable—the hare would be sitting at the finish line counting his royalty checks while the turtle waited for yet ANOTHER agent rejection. Perhaps one reading, “this just doesn’t work for me.”
As authors, shouldn’t WE be the ones deciding if and how our voices are heard?
As a reader, would you prefer to wait a long time between novels from your fave author if it meant a longer book or would you prefer more frequent releases but shorter in length?
© Kerri Nelson 2011
Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly "Panther Tales" column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.
After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She is a true southern belle and comes complete with her dashing southern gentleman husband and three adorable children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family. Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America as well as numerous Chapters including Celtic Hearts Romance Writers , Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal, and Outreach International Romance Writers.
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