I've often thunk that Disney & Company should be prosecuted for stifling people's imaginations. Fortunately, writers' imaginations can still counter the commercial norms. While we want to make some money from our books, many of us streeetch people's imaginations in the process.
Off the rant. Pang creates a very credible fey-touched urban fantasy world with a no-nonsense hero -- acting as a gatekeeper between worlds for her boss who has gone mysteriously missing. The plot centers on finding the boss and other missing people. The love interest is dangerous [read succubus] and is looking for his sister who has gone missing too. The peril is developed from the concept soul capturing. The cast of characters come from faery, heaven, hell, and human, all mixed together in unexpected ways.
Back to the unicorn who remains silent after the hero rescues him from a demon and takes him home. She even tolerates him sleeping in her underwear drawer. While she protests, she doesn't kick his ass out the door but fixes him breakfast instead. About midway, though the book, she learns he's more than a pet ... with knowledge of Faery that helps save her behind. The beast gives a great example on how to handle a secondary character who makes a major contribution to solving the plot's major puzzle.
A romance?. Not really. Urban fantasy is how it's labeled, but it's a dark one. The love interest disappears in a fit of rejection. Fortunately, I think the book's a trilogy. At least, there's a second book. Guess I should read Pang's blog more carefully ... besides checking out the pictures of hunky men.
[These sharing agents should be at the top of your blog reading list. I only wish they represented the stuff I write.]
Maybe this should be under "progress" but I finally got around to cleaning up the 1st Turning Point marketing blogs hanging in my email. Here are a few ideas I thought especially useful.
1) Hank Quense ran a series at the beginning of the year on making your book stand out in the marketplace. Can anyone say Amazon or Barnes and Noble here? This is the third article, but there are links to the first two.
2) Misty Evans gives some great tips on marketing your series ... and maybe gives you reasons why you should write a series. There have been a lot of comments in the stuff I read that you'll sell more if you offer more than one book. Guess once you've made one sale and they like it, the buyer will come back for more without another hard sell.
3) John Klawitter writes about your book blurbs: "Blurb Right or Die". Hey, you wrote the book -- you have to market it even if you have a traditional publisher -- so write a good blurb. Again more and more traditional publishers are making the writer to more and more of the marketing.
"Devil in the Details" started out as a flash fiction piece. It made the first cut in a couple publications but didn't sell. Thanks to an idea in a blog I read, I came up with an added danger and 500 words. -- Next week I'll learn if I improved the story.