Sep 20, 2014

Writing is only half the job...

I know I don't have to tell my fellow writers any of this, but for those who have never written a word since graduating whatever they graduated from, you may be surprised to learn a writer's job is only half the work necessary to become an author.  Sure, you can spend weeks, months, years writing a story, pouring your heart into it, dreaming about it, daydreaming about it, giving up fun, life-living activities in order to write it.  But when you're done (yippee!)...you're not really done.  Because you have to edit, format, review and rewrite.  You have to offer your innocent baby up for cruel sacrifice and ask others to tell you what they think.  And then make the changes you're desperately glad they came up with, while nursing your wounded pride that you hadn't thought of them first.  You have to write a one-page synopsis (or two-page, or ten-), and edit, format, review and rewrite that as well.  You have to design a query letter, a biography, a business plan.  You have to hunt down literary agents, investigate them and their interests like a hard-boiled sleuth, finding the agents who not only claim to be interested in your exact genre, but seem heaven-sent by listing on their "Looking For" page your exact manuscript.  You must query these agents.

And then you must wait.  Waiting, waiting for those agents to respond.  Your beloved manuscript must sit, abandoned in the corner like the fancy running shoes you bought when you had every intention of getting into shape but then you got a twitchy eye that one day and told yourself what's one day without running and now you can't even remember where those stinkin' shoes are.

No!  Your book won't be forgotten!  It won't be overlooked!  You'll make sure of it!  It deserves better, it deserves to be seen, to be loved as much as you love it.  Because you've given it so much of your time already.  Because it's ready to work as hard as you are and win over those agents' hearts and minds.  And because your work is only halfway done.

Jul 30, 2014

First Reviews Are In!

All right, ladies and gentlemen, the first reviews of my new book, Elysium Falls, are in.  For those who have received and enjoyed the first chapter (thanks for all the interest - so gratifying to hear all your thoughts!), I think you'll be pleased to hear this.  My most dispassionate (read: harsh) critic sent me the following email: "Elysium Falls," the email was titled.  And the body read, "Finished it.  Loved it."

That's it!  Not much to work with, but I'll pick her brain later.  So far, every review has been extremely positive.  I'm not bragging!  I'm simply stoking your curiosity...cruel, cruel writer that I am.  : )

Jun 11, 2014

Get your sneak peek now!

Let it not be said that I do not keep my promises.  As a special invitation to my fans, and to my prospective fans as well, from now until whenever, you can get a copy of Chapter 1 of my new book, "Elysium Falls," free!  Send a request via email to hillaryrioux@gmail.com, and I will send it to you as an attachment - it's that simple!  Once you've read it, feel free to write back and let me know what you think.  After all, writers love readers as much as readers love writers!

Happy reading!

Hillary

May 16, 2014

Get ready for a sneak peek of "Elysium Falls," coming soon!!

That's right, my latest novel is nearing completion!  (I even put two - count 'em, two - exclamation points in the title of this post, I'm so excited!!)  I figure I'm about ninety-percent done, and that sounds like a lot, but also doesn't sound like enough, but let me assure you, it's a lot when you're a writer.  Not a lot of writing, I mean, which of course it is, but a lot in the sense of almost being done.  If you've completed ninety percent of your novel and the remaining ten percent isn't staring you full in the face saying, "write me, write me, write me" any time you're not in front of the computer, you need to reconsider that first nine-tenths.  The rest should be a breeze.  It should all fall into place.  You should be able to do it in your sleep!

Okay, maybe not that easy, but you should hope by now to know the story you're writing like your own crazy childhood memories you and your siblings ramble about whenever you get together because, let's be honest, there's just nothing else you have in common anymore.  Except your crazier parents.

So, dear fans, be ready to draw a bated breath (grammar question for my fellow snobs: can a breath be preemptively bated?), for "Elysium Falls" is just around the corner.  (!!)

Apr 12, 2014

"Shatter Me" trilogy totally rocked my world

Okay, before I compliment the extremely talented Tahereh Mafi for her work, I admit this looks bad.  I'm reading when I should be writing.  But be sure, dear readers, that reading reading reading READING is the best way to write.  It's true.  Ask world's-most-prolific-author James Patterson.  He keeps telling writers to read, read, and read some more.

So.

"Shatter Me."  Tahereh Mafi's novels are a post-apocalyptic "Pride and Prejudice."  No joke.  The best novel ever written, rewritten for post-modern times.  And they totally, unequivocally, undeniably KICK ASS.  Read them.  Seriously.  Mafi has an amazing future and I will read whatever she puts out there.  Be it a futuristic love affair, or a Chinese menu.  Nice work, chica.  You have another life-long fan.

Jus' sayin.

Mar 31, 2014

I am the worst blogger ever

To my loyal fans,

I know, I know.  Trust me, I know.  I've heard it from many of you, so here goes my most sincere apology for being the World's Worst Blogging Author: I'm sorry!  Truly, deeply, from the southern atria of my myocardia.  I will try to do better in the future.  Which is true - I will, I promise, really try to do better.  Though I very likely won't, while I'm being so honest.  I'm just not very good with blogging.  -Book- writing is what I do.

Speaking of books, please note that my extended absence has not been in vain!  I am well along in my next two - yes, two! - books.  Each is a stand-alone fiction of intrigue, action, and riveting characters, ifIdosaysomyself, which I do.  My brain has been bouncing between both since early last year, so I have been unable to fully finish either, but know that both are well worth the wait.  When I get further along, I will provide more detail.  As yet, the idea of conjuring a synopsis of either story makes me want to go take a nap.

Thank you again, dear readers, for sticking with me through this drought of literary reward.  I hope, and truly believe, that you will find the wait has been well worth it.

Love to all,

Hillary

Nov 20, 2012

In "Control"!

The wait is finally over! Control, the third and final part of the Prepossession series is here! Available for now only on Amazon, hurry to check it out today. Betrayal, fear, revenge, and a healthy dose of danger - you won't be disappointed!