D. F. Krieger

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rant: Not Another Word

That's it, I'm done! I'm trashing all my writing dreams and just sticking to being an editor. Then again, considering what I'm foaming at the mouth over like a rabid dog, I have to wonder if I'm doing that decently either. What's the problem, you ask? Well, okay, so you may not be asking...But if you are here then by gods you must at least be curious, and that's kinda the same as asking.

My writing.

Yes, I'm totally ticked at my writing and I'm not penning another freaking word until I get one thing straight. Do I have to spell shit out for readers to "get it." Cause, if I do, I'm not interested anymore. I quit. I'm not going to write like my readers are morons, and if I have to, I'm not going to find it enjoyable enough to do so.

Out of all the stories I've written, I've had two pieces in which the editor would highlight obvious things and ask me to clarify or question what I meant (and these were two completely different editors, mind you.) I'm usually pretty creative and can work with that, but on these pieces to me, the things couldn't get any more obvious unless I spelled it out.

"Her hair fell around her shoulders in a crimson halo that only served to enhance her orange eyes."

To which the editor would put, "I don't get what you mean here."

Really? Really?! What do you freaking want? Her hair was red, and it enhanced her orange eyes. Now, before you start eying my books with Lucy Verr, know that the above was only an example. It never happened. My editor for that book was made of awesome and "got it."

I have to wonder, is my writing so bad that I think I'm stating things plainly, but I'm not? Am I so caught up in my belief that I can write that I've developed a diva attitude? Can I take criticism well? On a regular basis, yes. But when an editor highlights something that is dead obvious to me, and they say they don't get it, and the only alternative is to dumb it down...I'm not interested in playing by their rules.

Which also brings me to the question: am I ever that editor? Do I make my authors dumb things down? I know I've highlighted a few things asking authors to explain, normally because it's slang from across the great wide world that I just simply don't get and have never heard of before.

I'm leaving it up to you, dear readers. I need your help. Am I a diva??? Do I need to get over it? ~ D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Writer Wednesday: Co-Authoring

In light of my recent release, I thought I'd touch on the subject of co-authoring today. What is it, how do you do it, and who should you do it with? Are you sure you want to know? Well read on.

I'll let you in on a little secret: co-authoring is a lot like sex. You should only do it with someone you are really compatible with and enjoy. Like sex, just because you do it once doesn't mean you are stuck forever after with them. They have their thing they do, you have yours, and life goes on if you never come together again.

Unlike actual relationships, co-authoring can be done with many people. It has no boundaries. You might get the jealous writer here or there that throws a fuss that you wrote with someone else, but for the most part you can throw your pen around as much as you like and no one will get ticked. It allows you to expand on things you never thought possible.

I have found co-authoring to have both pro's and cons. I will list them for you so you can make a decision as to whether it is something you might want to experience.


Pro's
*You will find the opportunity to write things you may never have thought about writing before.

*If you are burned out, co-authoring may bring the fun back in writing.
*Since you are splitting the work load, books seem to go by faster.
*Editing is less painful as you can edit each others sections.
*Co-authoring allows you to gain exposure to the other author's readers.

Con's
*You do not have complete control over the plot or characters.

*You do not have control over how long the other author takes to write their section and return it.
*You may have to compromise on the publishing company you submit to.
*Royalties are split between the both of you.


I found co-authoring with Sonia Hightower to be one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done. I would often laugh until I cried as I read her sections. The feeling that I was bantering with her allowed me to display a wit and sense of humor in The Submission that I'm not sure I could have achieved without her. If you have a writer friend that you really get along with, I suggest talking about co-authoring. Sonia and I have found that it is easier for us to hammer out the entire plot first, then fill in details as we go. In that, we are both aware of how the book is suppose to end, but are able to call scenes as we see fit.

In a shameless bit of self promotion, I'd like to present The Submission:

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The editor is always right... 

Katia Lane, a down on her luck writer, finds this out the hard way. When she submits an erotic tale to Daring Desires Publishing, one head strong woman meets another as an author/editor war ensues. There's no room for a diva in the publishing industry...and Sylvia L. Avers means to demonstrate this to the fledging writer. When you submit a manuscript to Daring Desires, you submit more than a book...you submit yourself.

As a BDSM conference nears, both women prepare to face off. Which one is going to be on top?
Be Warned: f/f sex, sex toys, BDSM, public exhibition

Monday, May 28, 2012

Must Read Monday: Feral: Wolf's Heart (Plus Winner!)

First of all, I'd like to congratulate Danica Winters for winning the blog contest. She was chosen by the powerful magic known as "Dice ROLL!" and has already been contacted. I want to thank everyone who participated for the page views and the readership.

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Gypsy myths and legends are something Larissa put behind her a long time ago. Unfortunately, they never forgot her.

When Larissa's best friend sends her on a mission to get the autograph of Zane Adamson— the sexy star of the paranormal television hit Feral— she is far from thrilled. Larissa is a realist, and silly fantasy conventions are not her idea of fun. When she meets Zane, however, she decides her fortunes are looking up.

Unfortunately, for Larissa, Zane is harboring secrets that affect both of their lives; past, present and future.
As reality and fantasy collide, will Zane be able to convince Larissa that she has the strength to ensure her own survival as well as protect the existence of the world she turned her back on long ago?


Wolf's Heart was a fun, short, flirty read. I loved that the heroine wasn't immediately, "Oh, you're a werewolf. I can deal with that." I despise characters who have a paranormal situation revealed and they just smile and nod like it's all good. I also loved that this book wasn't all about sex. It had plot.

One thing that puzzles me is I was drawn to the villain. She seems to have some story that needed to be told, a past that needed to be aired out. I brought this up to the author and (YAY) she will be writing a couple of sequels focusing on the villain, as well as another character who needed more limelight. I'm looking forward to that, which makes this a Must Read Monday! ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, May 21, 2012

Must Read Monday: Glyph (Plus A Celebration!)

I am so proud to announce that I have watched my blog grow massively in the year I've been keeping it. Writing Escapades hit a big stepping stone today that made me realize not only how much I've grown, but my career has grown as well. In celebration of reaching 5,000 page views *performs Snoopy-style happy dance*, I will be offering a give-away along side my normal Must Read Monday post.

I will be buying a copy for one lucky commenter of one of the books I've edited, plus giving them a free .pdf of one of my own backlist (aka one of the releases on the left or the right to receive a copy of my upcoming May 30th release, The Submission.) That's right. A lucky commenter will receive not one, but two free books.

Now, for your normal MRM post!

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Shawnee’s life is entirely normal—or so she’d like to believe. A doctor unknowingly working for an organization set out to destroy all werecreatures is average, isn’t it? Is love enough to help Shawnee stop the evil from destroying her new family?

When deadly and mysterious cases start appearing in the emergency room of Mercy General Hospital, Doctor Shawnee Twofeathers cannot continue to ignore it. While coming to terms with her own identity, Shawnee decides that it’s up to her to stop the evil organization behind the incidences before they realize who she is and the werewolf company she is trying to protect. Can Shawnee single-handedly stop the demise of the innocent humans and werecreatures that she has come to love? Or will she need to rely on the pack she’s learned to call family?

This book touched me on so many levels that I had a hard time editing it. I often realized I was reading the manuscript, getting so caught up in the story, that I'd forgotten to pay attention to editing it. Yeah, I know, I just lost a little of my bad ass editor reputation. But really, the main character in this book really struck me and sucked me in.

Shawnee's fight to be normal and live a normal lifestyle despite the demons in her past and the shapeshifters in her present and future was a struggle that grasped my heart. Anyone who rails against "abnormal" circumstances or lifestyles in an attempt to have a "real life" can  identify with her. Though it's never stated as such, the PTSD she suffers from had me rocking in my chair crying along side her from time to time. The author's avid descriptions of what it is like makes it easy for anyone who has or hasn't experienced trauma to relate to Shawnee.

Now, until recently I was kinda dodgy about female/female interaction. I just didn't get it. Between a friend of mine showing me that it's deeper than sex, and the interaction between Shawnee and another character named Vanessa, I began to look at F/F in a whole new perspective. That's not even touching on Mal, the sexy werewolf who proves that nice guys still do exist (even if it's only in fantasy!)

Not just the story line, but the emotional depth of this story really makes this a Must Read Monday! ~ D. F. Krieger

Celebration extra's!
The winning participant can choose from the following titles at Breathless Press:

Breaking Delia's Rules
A Facebook Affair
Sinful Urges
Educating Ethan
In Waters Deep
Precious Polly
Afterburn
Deaf Isn't Dumb
Even Villains Fall In Love
Glyph
Feral: Wolf's Heart <-- I will be writing a MRM on this story next Monday.

*Disclaimer: To participate, you must leave a comment on this blog. Books I've edited in the list above are not mine, and I hold no right to them. When the winner chooses their prize, I will purchase the book and send them the download link. (This is called showing common courtesy and making sure the author gets paid for their work ;)  ) The winner will also be allowed to choose a book from my own publications which include Sail My Oceans, Maybe Baby, Midnight Seduction Anthology, or the upcoming release The Submission. If winner chooses The Submission they do so on the understanding that the book will not be released until May 30th and therefore a copy is not obtainable until that date. They will receive their copy of the Breathless release within 24 hours of the confirmation e-mail. This contest will run for one week, during which participants can leave a comment. A winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, May 28th, and contacted by e-mail. D. F. Krieger reserves the right to chose a new winner should the original one not respond to the notification e-mail within 48 hours. Now, if you've actually read the block of text this far, know that I wish you luck and I hope to see some fun, witty comments and blog follows would be nice too!

Friday, May 18, 2012

GPS To DEATH!

I am home from my trip. I would have proclaimed it far more loudly yesterday, but I was too busy doing the zombie shuffle while making an important delivery. There is no way to express my elation over being home. I need a sign that says "Does not travel well." And I don't. I have several reasons why. One being because I guess I'm just really, really attached to my home. Another is because GPS units hate me.

Yeah. They hate me so much they try to kill me.

Imagine the following, if you will.

GPS: Ding! "Recalculating!"

Me: *In a tone made of demons, snakes, and lava* Shut up!

Husband: "Don't yell at the GPS! Last time you yelled at a GPS, it shorted out and died...mid-trip."

Me: "Hey, that was a matter of self defense. That *curseword* tried to kill me. It was a matter of kill or be killed."

Husband: "The GPS did not try to kill you."

Me: *Shooting him a look that should have killed him* "When someone yells at me because I didn't follow their directions to drive off a cliff and into a two-thousand feet deep ravine, I somehow start believing they are orchestrating my death. Call me crazy, but that doesn't exactly scream friendly to me."

GPS: Ding! "GPS signal lost."

Husband: "You just screwed up the GPS again..."

Me: "It's not screwed up. It's realized it's following the same path as its predecessor. It's revising its plan to murder me."

So, does anyone else find their GPS trying to murder them? I'm curious if I'm the only one. If not, I'd like to see how your GPS has tried to murder you. ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, May 7, 2012

Must Read Monday: Deaf Isn't Dumb

This book touched my heart in so many ways!


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You're stupid. You're retarded. You shouldn't have this job. These words lit a fire of determination in one deaf woman who set out to prove to the aviation world…and the world in general that deaf isn't dumb.

Deaf Isn't Dumb is a motivational story of a young woman, Tara, who faces the challenges of growing up "hearing impaired" in a hearing world. Follow her as she recounts everything from childhood bullies to work related restrictions, and funny misunderstandings from mispronounced words to fear of Federal Air Marshals. In this tale, straight from the heart, learn that simply because one is deaf—contrary to popular misconception—it doesn't mean they are dumb.
When I read this book, it allowed me deeper insight on two people in my life. Of course it gave me the ability to see into the background of my author (and dear friend), Tara. That fact is a given. What most people don't know is that it gave me the ability to really open my eyes to my father. While growing up as a child, I was raised knowing my father was mostly deaf. He lost his hearing while serving in the military before I was born. It never hit me until I read this book, the daily struggles my father must have face-and still faces today. Our society is definately one sided, and it is stacked against people who are struggling to survive and flourish with "handicaps" and/or "disabilities."

I want to thank the author for not only sharing these recounts of her past with us as readers, but for trusting me as her friend to read and edit it. I also want to thank her for opening my eyes. Even when I thought I knew, I realized I didn't really know. You know? Yeah... If you read this book, you'll understand what I mean, and that's what makes it a Must Read Monday! ~ D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Writer Wednesday: Memoir Mayhem

Since our publisher has opened a new non-fiction line, I've been deep in the realm of buffing up my skills on editing those. It's not quite like editing fiction, but some rules do apply. Our biggest draw from writer's wishing to submit to our new Reflections line is memoirs. Yep, memoirs.

Now, since I've been dealing with these, I'd like to lay down a few pointers (laws) about memoirs. I'm finding myself explaining and explaining what they are, what we like, and what they are, to the point I'm blue in the face. First of all, I'm going to touch on the subject of what they are, since that seems to be the biggest question.

Memoirs are different from biographies. Memoirs are suppose to highlight a certain subject or theme in your life. It can span your life, but the stories recounted are often revolving around a common ground. Take, for example, our new memoir released just this last Friday. Deaf Isn't Dumb by Tara Chevrestt is a memoir that approaches her life experiences in regards to her being deaf. Every story within somehow, someway, relates to her deafness.

I'm going to give a quick word on biographies. If you are not famous, I don't care how many people like you, they are generally not going to give a damn if you write a biography. They just aren't. I'm sorry to say it, but the truth hurts. If you submit a biography, and you aren't famous, our editors are likely going to suggest you narrow it down to a theme and label it a memoir. Otherwise, no dice. You aren't going to sell and we're not interested. The facts are cruel, and they do not budge to emotion.

If you do write a memoir, for the love of any holy entity, please write about something people can relate to or find interesting. If all you want to write about is how much of a pain in the ass you were as a child, it better be for a reason. Perhaps you had a disorder and you are chronicling how it can have a bad impact if left untreated? Maybe you are trying to show how you were destined for jail since childhood and now you are a stellar citizen. Either way, if the reader doesn't like you, they aren't going to finish your book.

Our non-fiction falls under the same rules of formatting as our fiction. If your memoir is all left-aligned, no indents, and has a ton of obvious spelling errors, we aren't going to want it. Look at it this way, if that's how much you give a crap about your life, your story isn't probably going to be something we want to read anyway. However, you don't have to be an established writer, or someone with an extremely dramatic story to get our attention. Here are some areas we're really interested in when it comes to the memoir department:

* Rising above abuse

* How you made the choice to live an alternate lifestyle (BDSM, GBLT, polygamy, etc is highly sought after at this time)

* How a "handicap" or "disability" entered your life or affects your life

* Culture clash stories (Perhaps a comical recounting of how moving to a new area brought about quite a few new experiences or overcoming the older generations expectancy to achieve a lifestyle you desire)

Regardless of the non-fiction basis, we are willing to give anything a look. Please don't hesitate if you have a story over 10,000  words long that you'd like to submit to Breathless Press. ~ D. F. Krieger