Writing hours in September

September is over already, and October is starting with a bad cold for me. I have people calling me just to hear my “sexy” hoarse voice. Other than that, I’m doing well. Counting the days until December 22, when I will finally be a full-time writer. September was just as busy as the previous months, though mostly with editing. True Nature is now with the layouter and the formatting guru, and the cover is in the works too. I also finished Nature of the Pack, an 11,000-word short story featuring Kelsey and Rue from True Nature. I’ll send it off …

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Writing hours in January

Last year, I kept count of my writing hours every month, and I found the results very interesting, so I will continue the monthly reports this year. January is over already, and here are the numbers: Writing Beta reading / editing January 46 hours 14 hours TOTAL 46 hours 14 hours That’s about the same number of writing hours as in January 2012, but I’ve been doing more editing and beta reading this year. Most of my writing time has been spent on the three short stories that have just been published in Ylva Publishing’s new anthologies. I’ve also spent …

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A look back at 2012

2012 has been an incredible year for me. A lot of unexpected things happened, some of them good, some of them sad. I switched publishers this year, a move that was planned long before the death of Roxanne Jones in September and the closing of L-Book in October. I joined Ylva Publishing in mid-2012, and it’s been a great six months. In June, my novel Hidden Truths won a “Goldie” (GCLS Literary Award) in the category historical romance. I also started writing in German again, after six years of writing exclusively in English. Translating some of my stories from English …

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 28,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Writing time

At the beginning of this year, I thought it would be interesting to see how much time I spend writing and beta reading, so I started to keep track of my writing / beta reading time. Now that the first half of the year is over, I took a look at the numbers. Writing Beta reading January 47 hours 5 hours February 31 hours 2 hours March 36 hours 3 hours April 12 hours 31 hours May 51 hours 15 hours June 36 hours 4 hours TOTAL 213 hours 60 hours I was amazed to see how big the differences …

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Goldie Awards 2012

Last Saturday, the “Goldies” (Golden Crown Literary Society Awards) were awarded at the GCLS conference. I’m proud to say that Hidden Truths won in the category historical romance. Here’s a list of winners: Debut Author: After the Fall by Robin Summers (Bold Strokes Books) Open Water by Pol Robinson (Bella Books) Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden (Bold Strokes Books) Dramatic/General Fiction Award Marching to a Different Accordion by Saxon Bennett (Bella Books) Maye’s Request by Clifford Henderson (Bold Strokes Books) Shaken and Stirred by Joan Opyr (Bywater Books) Historical Romance Award Hidden Truths by Jae (L-Book ePublisher) Lesbian …

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Interview with a new publisher

A friend of mine founded a publishing company this year, and it was very interesting to witness every step along the way, e.g., the creation of the website, the first e-books being sold, etc. Since Ylva Publishing is a German publisher, I learned some interesting differences between the German and the US publishing industry. Here’s the link to the publisher’s website. Right now, they are selling their first two e-books (a novel and a novella) through Amazon. Continue reading for an interview that I did with the publisher. Don’t worry, I translated the interview for you. :-) Why did you …

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.


I confess that I never really got into the Facebook thing. But now I have discovered Goodreads, and I really like it, so I thought I would blog about it. Goodreads is a social-networking site for readers all over the world. Currently, it has more than 5.4 million registered users. As a reader, you can keep track of the books you have read, are reading, and want to read in the future. You can post reviews and rate books (Goodreads uses the five-star rating system). Like on Facebook, you can “friend” other members or you can become a fan of …

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