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My first-ever public reading is imminent. Can*Con approaches!

I cannot believe I started this blog with maybe three chapters written and now I can announce that my first public reading of Life in the ‘Cosm will be:

Saturday September 10, 2016, between 2-3 pm
at the Novotel Ottawa for Can*Con 2016.

(Renaissance Press authors Caroline Fréchette, Madona Skaff-Koren, and Éric Desmarais will also be reading in the same time slot!)

I’ll be there for the three days and I’m totally stoked. My best friend had asked me to go with her to Can*Con because she thought I’d enjoy it. That was a month before I knew I’d be published. I’ve never attended Can*Con before and have heard rave reviews from other authors. Consider coming by if you love speculative fiction in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, if you are an aspiring or a veteran writer, or if you just want to support CanLit authors. It sounds like a blast. Click the poster below or the link above to learn more.

Hope to see you there!

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CGAuthor

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance Press. Available in the fall of 2016. 

 

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I feel like the It’s Guy from Monty Python

Whew! Who knew getting a book ready for publication was such hard work? Oh yeah, probably all of you.

It’s been a whirlwind adventure for me this summer. On June 9, 2016 I signed a publishing contract with Renaissance Press, and during the weekend of September 9, 2016, I’ll be doing a reading from my first novel, Life in the ‘Cosm, at Can*Con. In between these dates I’ve gone through the Editing Passes of Destiny,  proofread the interior design, and approved the cover design. It’s been fast-paced but kinda awesome at the same time. Still, I’m completely pooped and am looking forward to a vacay this month, with my long-suffering husband. I sorta feel like the It’s Guy from Monty Python right now.

Renaissance Press could not have made this process easier on me, though. I do enjoy the family-atmosphere of this small press. They are extremely professional, but fun, and I think that makes us more productive. It was also great to have my 793, 478 questions answered so patiently. The best thing about working with a small press, especially when you’re an emerging author like me, is feeling like my opinion truly matters. As a result, I’m so excited about this book.

After I am well-rested from my holiday and adequately plied with cupcakes, I’ll be geared for promoting the book. I’m an extrovert, so people are my thing. I love people. GIVES ME ALL THE PEOPLES! I NEED MOAR PEOPLES! Warning: I might frighten you with my rampant friendliness. I mean no harm.

Stay tuned! The next time I blog will be when the book is available. SQUEE!

/cg


CGAuthor

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance Press. Available in the fall of 2016. 

 

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The biggest obstacle to getting published?

This is somewhat of a reflecty type post. Yes, reflecty. If Shakespeare can make up words, so can I.

At this point I’m awaiting the final editing pass of my upcoming book, Life in the ‘Cosm, which will be available from Renaissance Press in the fall of 2016. Wow, I totally just wrote that sentence. And it’s actually true.

I’ve been blogging about this book since about a month after I started accidentally writing it in May 2014. I totally swear, I had no idea an entire novel would come out of banging out some words about comic-strip characters I designed 20 years ago. It poured out of me for about a year, intensively. Something that was supposed to be a creative escape from my chronic pain disability turned into a work I really cared about.

For some reason, I decided not to toss it into a drawer. I loved my story and my characters and thought maybe others would, too. I researched articles about how to get a manuscript ready for publishing. It seemed like a big deal, especially the beta-reader part. I’d have to send something out to real people that was only slightly better than a second draft. That sounded like crazy talk.

But I remembered my tech-writing days. You put something together—not a draft that was ready for release—but something good enough, and you expected it to come back looking like a bloodied mess of red ink. I had a super thick skin as a professional writer in the telecom and public industries. If I could handle that, how hard could it be to apply the review process to a comic sci-fi manuscript?

Well…

One of the things people notice about me is my confidence. In fact, a young person in my life is convinced the unicorn in Dana Simpson’s Pheobe and Her Unicorn is me. Yay, Ima justifiably conceited unicorn. Is it my fault people cannot handle my awesome?

Um, yeah. I was a confident person. Then I became a fiction writer. Suddenly the self-possession went wheeeeeeeee! Holy schnikies, it really did and still does. Why didn’t I read all the articles that describe about how terrifying it is to craft a book with the intention of publishing it?

ScaredFear. Fear is the greatest obstacle in getting your book out into the world. I’m convinced of it. Fear tempted me to hide the manuscript. Fear told me it wasn’t good enough for anyone to read. Fear almost stopped me altogether from pressing the Send button, when submitting. And when I got accepted by a small press I really wanted to work with? The fear went away. Replaced by white-hot panic. GO ME!

Omigosh, what the heck? I found myself worrying about everything! The book contract, the cover design, the slashing of my book during editing, electrodes being attached to my nipples…okay, maybe not that last one. And guess what? None of my fears so far have been realised. In fact, it’s been an amazing experience. I chose a small press who really wants me to succeed and truly cares about my input. Yes, fellow scribes, there actually are places like this.

And now that I’m so close to the finish line I’m imagining what would have happened if I had let my fears overcome me before the beta-reader phase. What if I let self-doubt propel me to hide the manuscript in my drawer last year?

I’d have missed the whole roller-coaster adventure I’m on now. I wouldn’t have met this great publishing team and my fellow authors who have signed with this small press. I wouldn’t be staring at these business cards with the cover of my book on them. I would have missed out on the experience of being nurtured through the process by a great publishing rep.

What would I have had? An unpolished manuscript. In a drawer. For me, that just wasn’t good enough.

Someone told me the writers who get published are the ones who keep trying. I would amend that to: the ones who keep trying, despite their fear.

We all get a bit petrified as writers. That’s quite comforting for me, because I have people who can relate and give me hugs and high-caloric snacks to calm me down. I half wonder if the fear haunts even the most seasoned authors. Maybe it’s a writer thing.

The trick is to ask yourself, “Do I want to keep this story to myself, or not?” If you do, then that is your choice and it’s a good choice because it’s what you want. But if you want to get out there, push through the apprehension. Know you’re in good company in feeling afraid. Then keep on keeping on, even through rejection email. There are tons of awesome indie authors out there, too, who can guide you on self-publishing, if that’s a better path for you.

All I’m saying is that if you want to be published, go for it. Don’t let fear be your obstacle. Stomp that sucker into the earth’s core.

Now get out there and do the thing. I’m rooting for ya.

/cg


CGAuthor

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance Press. Available in the fall of 2016. 

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Human, A Shadows Empires Book: left me enthralled

I have to say something right off the bat: author S.M. Carrière made a liar out of me. Yup, she totally did. And that’s because I told people I’m not a vampirey book type of person. Then I read her work, Human, A Shadow Empires Book. Now I’m a big liar, liar pants on fire.

This is the story of Aleksandar Zograf, who becomes prince of House Svetoslav, a clan of vampires, or Opyri. In our modern day he’s a savvy businessman, philanthropist, with an old-world charm that is crazy sexy. Honestly, I found myself wanting him to bite me more than once. He catches the watchful eye of suspicious detective Brody, who knows what Aleksandar is, and the heart of beautiful and strong Officer Alicia Wilde (who I hate because I want to be her and how dare she steal that Opyri hunk of man away from me?).  After Aleksandar inherits the failing businesses and ruined properties of the now decimated Üstrel House, and restores them, people suddenly go missing. These missing people are known as the innocents; they are human and are not involved in the rumblings between the Opyri clans. Someone is trying to get to Aleksandar through the humans he is closest to, including Alicia.

S.M. Carrière made a liar out of me. And that’s because I told people I’m not a vampirey book type of person. Then I read her book, Human, A Shadow Empires Book. Now I’m a big liar, liar pants on fire.

And now for the screaming: OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING FANTASTIC, I WANT TO DIE!

Ahem. Okay, I’m good now. It’s superbly written, had me ignoring my husband for the better part of Canada Day, and totally converted me to the whole vampire-story genre. When something is done well, it just sings. And S.M. Carrière just took me by the hand and enthralled me with this deliciously spun tale of intrigue, romance, and vampirey dishiness.

I am a fan.

Just to note, I met the author at Comicon in May, and she is so warm and friendly. She signed her book for me and gave me such encouragement when I hadn’t known I was to be published. Thanks so much for being you, awesome author lady. Please don’t stop writing. Like, ever. Get bitten so you can write forever!

(You can purchase this book in paperback or ebook. See the author’s Website for details.)

/cg

 


CGAuthor

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, published by Renaissance Press. Available in the fall of 2016. 

 

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That Time I Got a Publishing Contract

Even as I type this, I’m not sure if I’m making it all up. This little writer is going to be a published author!

You see, I accidentally wrote a book and someone has decided they like it enough to sell it to real people. My book. My bunch of words compiled into sentences and paragraphs.

Getting a bruise from pinching myself.
(My reaction on my FB author page.)

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The amazing women of Renaissance Press: (from left) Caroline Frechette, Marjolaine Lafrenière, some author chick, and Marie-Claude Goulet.

How, h-h-how?

dalekI wish I could eloquently tell you how I “made this happen,” and give you tips and tricks so that you, too, can find a publisher. But I must come clean. The way I came in contact with Renaissance Press was by walking around lost at Ottawa PopExpo last November, trying to find my friends. Did I mention I was dressed as a fashionsta dalek at the time? After the lovely Caroline Frechette shouted, “I like your costume,” we struck up a conversation. The next thing I knew, I was invited to contact them in the new year.

So I did. Another invitation came for me to submit my full manuscript. So I did!

On June 1, I was making some earrings and a necklace for my craft biz Cait Cards, when I got the email of a publishing offer. I think I ran around my house like bees were chasing me. I decided to keep the earrings and necklace for myself. cupcakesig.jpgThey were like a milestone symbol to me. I wore them when I signed the contract yesterday. I might have also been holding a cupcake at the time. Because cupcakes.

To say I’m excited is a grand understatement. I’m also a wee bit terrified, but for all the right reasons. This is happening. I’m gonna hold my book in my mortal hands. How cool is that?

So, what words of wisdom can I provide?

These come to mind.

  • Believe in yourself and your craft.
  • Write without limiting your particular brand of uniqueness.
  • Have a crazy amount of fun during the creative process.
  • Get that draft out without being a perfectionist.
  • Ask several people to read your work.
  • Be open to advice from other writers, whether in person, online, or through articles.
  • Get as many hugs as you can, because you’ll have days when you think you have no talent.
  • Know that criticism can sting at first, but it can also make your manuscript better.
  • Don’t be afraid to submit. Press the Send button!
  • Rejections happen to everyone, even super famous people.
  • If you feel knocked down, get back up and stay the course.
  • Medicate yourself with desserts. (OK, maybe this is only me.)😉

But above all, never let anyone convince you that you’re not a real writer. If your heart and soul and passion go into words, then you’re a writer. Keep it up and don’t give up.

I believe in you!

Stay tooned!

Will let you know as things progress. Thanks for reading! Cheers!

/cg

CGAuthorCait Gordon has been a senior technical writer for high tech and government organizations. Her first novel is going to be published by Renaissance Press. (The second book has begun and a third will happen, too!)