Scarlet Letters

The not-so-private thoughts and rants of Elizabeth Donald, journalist/author and founder of the Literary Underworld.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Blogger doesn't want me to stamp YELLOW ROSES

I wrote an entry last night about finishing the line edits on YELLOW ROSES, and Blogger ate it without my knowledge. Is this a sign?

The end is nigh and I am sharpening the stake. The line edits are done. There is one scene to write (and it'll be a doozy), a handful of things to change and clarify as a result of that scene, and finis. It feels like I'm reaching the top of a very, very deep well and starting to glimpse the sunlight.

Hey, I love this book. I think it may be the best thing I've yet written. I love it with a passion that is unholy for nonliving objects. I also have had this book in my head since the beginning of time. Okay, not that long, but I wrote the sucky novella version in 2004. I wrote it again in 2006-07. It's now 2008 and time to get it the hell off my desk and on its way to New York, where it will become an instant bestseller and cement my place as the preeminent voice of horror in my time.

Um. I might have gotten a little carried away there. I'll settle for a decent contract and an advance that doesn't remind me of my sixth-grade allowance.

By the end of the week, I swear to God. Stake in heart, pour the booze in the White Star wineglass. It might be something stronger than wine for this one.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Happy Birthday, CDP!

What, you haven't discovered this gem of a small press? Go forth and do so immediately. -ekd

Hello faithful friends and readers.

Circle Dark Publishing opened its virtual doors on March 1, 2007, making the same date in 2008 our very first birthday, and we want to make it special!

So special, in fact, we think we can fill up nine days worth of fun.

That is why we are proud to announce our “Nine Days of CDP” birthday celebration! From February 22nd through March 1st, there will be giveaways, announcements, maybe a chat or two, and even more surprises! And since you never know what we’ll come up with, and because we do have some very exciting things planned, it’s a good idea to keep checking back with us for more updates.

Circle Dark Publishing

Better yet, start celebrating with us now by participating in our giveaway.

Do you want to win one of the great surprise prizes CDP has to offer? Simply send in your full name, legal age, and mailing address for your chance to win. But be sure to follow the rules below. All entries MUST be sent to the following e-mail address:

Giveaway Rules
1. You MUST be 18 years or older and an open-minded reader to participate in this giveaway. The prizes may include material unsuitable for all audiences.
2. Your full name, legal age, and mailing address MUST be included with your entry. (This is necessary to notify the winners, and to arrange the shipping of the prizes. Specific mailing address information will be kept confidential. Only the winners’ names will be announced on any of CDP’s sites.)
3. Only ONE entry per person, per week please! All duplicate entries will be ineligible.
4. The giveaway IS open to both U.S. and non-U.S. participants. Current Circle Dark staff are ineligible. ALL others are welcome to enter.
5. Entries will be accepted until Midnight Central time, on Thursday, February 21st, 2008. Winners will be selected later that day and will be announced throughout the CDP Birthday Bash events.
6. All data collected for this giveaway will be destroyed after the winners have been selected and prizes have been distributed.
7. All entries MUST be submitted to the following address:

Thank you for entering the giveaway and for your interest in Circle Dark. Good luck and good reading!

The Staff
Circle Dark Publishing