Epiphany: quel horreur? YA horror

I realized something last night.

Perhaps _Camille’s Travels_ would fare better sent to publishers and agents who like YA horror or just plain horror. Dark fantasy is pretty close to horror, and I do have some really scary stuff when the sorcerer catches up to my heroine and anti-heroes. The book has creepy overtones here and there, I think. Horror seems to have more character development and such, anyway. At least it did when I read ‘s series.

Yeah, I know I said I was giving up. Have I mentioned I’m a G*$&#am liar? Or perhaps the dream is just too deeply ingrained. Yes, this book is one that I wrote eleven years ago and have revised several times, but it’s good. It deserves a chance.

Anyhow . . . the book is more of a coming-of-age novel than it is a book focused on the magic item and the magic. The magic item is merely the maguffin that sends my character on the run. She’s on a journey of discovery as well as self-discovery, and her outer journey parallels her inner journey. She changes–she discovers that she has to rely on herself, and in her search for a place to call home, she finds that blood ties aren’t always the strongest ties. Hmm.

So maybe the horror people would like it better.

But where do you SEND horror? It’s not going to be a Christopher Pike-style series horror thing. I don’t even think it is YA, frankly, so maybe I’ll just try straight ol’ horror houses. I wonder which agents represent horror? I’ve heard that horror has been down-and-out for a while, so of course that’s what my book is. Actually, it’s dark fantasy, but the dark fantasy editors and readers are looking for werewolves and shapeshifters (they’re tired of vampires at last, it is said!) Thus I might call it horror and do better.
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Oh, and I found out who won the 2006 Malice Domestic First Traditional Mystery Novel Contest. I had to Google around and follow some very obscure links. Now, WHY don’t they publicize their contest winners? I don’t get it. Not at all. Their last two winners don’t even have traditional webpages or weblogs, in fact, but only “facebook”-style pages. WTF? I promote my own stuff better than THAT. Although it is arguable whether my ‘net “fame” is helpful or detrimental.

Here, I’ll give y’all a helping hand! This should count toward my good karma, Universe–are you paying attention?! *tap tap* Is this thing on??

Meredith Cole won the 2007 St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic best traditional first mystery contest, and her book _Posed for Murder_ will be out in 2008. She says on her Crimespace profile that she started out as a filmmaker and screenwriter, and she teaches Directing at a School of Visual Arts. She doesn’t say where the school is. (???)

Vincent H. O’Neil is the 2005 winner of the Malice Domestic/St. Martin’s Press competition with _Murder In Exile_. They’ve just put out the second book in his series. Why in the hell aren’t they doing some promotion? I mean, seriously . . . if I won any contest or got any contract, I would be running major ads like the “Geico” ads. Wonder if those cavemen are working now and who their agent(s) is/are? They’d be cool promoting my novels–“so cool a caveman will read them!” If I had to carjack people and steal their wallets to pay for it, I would. If I got caught, then I could be on CNN and on Larry King explaining why my poor book sales drove me to a life of crime, and my book sales would quadruple! There’s no such thing as bad publicity. Get y’all some!

Come on, people! Do I have to do EVERYTHING for you? Poor struggling me helping out you anointed lot. Feh. *cue “Malcolm in the Middle” theme by “They Might Be Giants”*

I haven’t read either of their books, so if YOU have, feel free to post a review here in the comments and we can dish. *grin*


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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