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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

GUEST BLOG: MARIE BEAU

It’s amazing the changes the publishing industry has gone through in the last couple years, with still more to come.

It seems like e-book readers were a modern gadget that no one had heard of until last year when the Christmas boom brought them to the top of the list for most wanted gift. Now, how much of that was marketing hype vs. real desire for the gift we will never know. I’m thinking it was a combination of both, kind of a self fulfilling prophecy. But whatever, I still want one. 

Anyway, with the advent of e-book readers, a whole new publishing market has come to life, making it easier for writers to at least get their work looked at. (The writing still has to be good enough to be published, but at least it’s possible to get an editor to read your story without having to first find an agent who has the time to read it, and then find a publisher who has room for one more book by an unknown author.)

Needless to say, I am extremely grateful for this new market and thrilled to present my first published story.

Here’s a little peek:


Lyssa Merrick has no intention of ever being involved with a wolf, but when Wolfe Reardon seeks her wildlife services, she realizes choosing a mate is not always a conscious decision.

Excerpt:

The jingle of the bells over the door announced his arrival. Lyssa sighed and dropped the tea ball into the cup of water.
I can do this.
She stepped into the front of the store and looked toward the door. Where is he? I know it was him. She frowned, turned back toward the kitchen, and screamed when a hand landed on her shoulder.
Without thinking, she gripped the hand, stepped into his side, and flipped him. Her eyes widened when she realized what she had done. I guess it’s not all about size after all. She practically giggled until she looked down at him, lying there so still. Perhaps he got the breath knocked out of him when he landed.
She shifted from foot to foot, staring at him, waiting for him to move, to open his eyes.
“Wolfe. Wolfe, Im sorry. You scared me.” She ran a hand through her hair setting it all askew she was sure. “Come on Wolfe, you didnt land that hard,” she whispered. She knelt down to check his pulse only to have her hand snared and drawn to his chest. His eyes popped open, a grin spreading across his face.
Lyssa jerked back, trying to get free. “Okay, joke's over. You can let me go now.” She struggled to straighten and pull her hand out of his grasp but instead found herself sprawled on top of him when he tugged her down.
“Easy kitty, no claws…”

Thanks for having me,

Marie Beau

New release 10/1/2010 from Whispers Publishing.    
Wolf!

7 comments:

Marie Beau said...

Thanks for having me, LASR!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

You're right Marie - the boom in the ebook industry and reasonable pricing of e-readers sure opens doors for e-published authors! Most have even seen a jump in sales for older titles - and appreciate the fact that we can reach so many more readers.

Great post.

Loved "Wolf!" by the way. :-)
PamT

Marie Beau said...

Thanks, Pam, and thanks for stopping by. I've actually started looking at writeups on different e-readers. I'm determined to get myself one this year! Looks like the Nook and Kobo are the best buys and most flexible.

I love all the book choices and the thought of being able to take a box full of books with me when I go somewhere and it will weigh nothing at all.

Things to look forward to!

Paty Jager said...

Fun excerpt. And I think most writers are happy the e-publishing started and gave more of us a chance to reveal our work.

Keta Diablo said...

Hi Marie,

Nice article and one that has been discussed from thousand different articles this year.

It's thrilling to watch the changes of publishing industry est of luck to you with your new release, sounds fascinating.

Namaste, Keta

Anthony Stevens said...

Congrats on your novel, Marie!
I too, am very happy to see the proliferation of economical eReaders.
There are an incredible range of opportunities for the aspiring writer.
It is worth noting that the dedicated eReader will be a short-lived trend, however. The market is still sorting itself out but it is clear that devices like the iPad and Xoom will drop in price and the distinction between cellphones, computers and readers will blur to nothing.

Marie Beau said...

So true, Anthony. That's part of why I've hovered so long. But I still can't convince myself I need an IPad - at least not at today's prices. :-)