See the picture above? Yeah. That pretty much sums up my marketing update.
Moving right along...
How was your Valentine's Day? Mine sucked. My husband and I got into an argument, and he really pissed me off. It's not the topic of the fight that upset me, but the way he went about "making his point." After hearing his side of things, I saw that he was right, and told him so. My position changed. So you'd think that would be the end of the discussion, right? Far from it. I should have known better.
He was bothered by the fact I had an opposing view to begin with. WTF? This isn't unusual. He can never understand why the world doesn't think the way he does. And the fact that he swayed me with a valid argument makes no difference. Then, after I gave in, he wouldn't stop. He kept digging in, driving his point deeper and deeper until I snapped! I hardly talked to him the rest of the day. Why couldn't he win gracefully and just let it go? Sigh. I'm still kind of ticked at him. We went to his mom's for dinner that night. It wasn't particularly romantic.
A friend of mine in Colorado coordinates The Sandy Writing Contest, so all you unpublished writers out there, listen up! The deadline is tomorrow, February 17th. She tells me they're very light in Fantasy/SF and Suspense/Thriller, so if you write in those genres, polish up your beginning pages and email them to Theresa Rizzo. The final judge for Suspense/Thriller is Alex Logan of Grand Central Publishing and the final judge for F/SF is Cameron McClure with the Donald Maass Agency. Details about the contest are here.
Another Secret Agent contest comes to a close at Miss Snark's First Victim blog. The Secret Agent's identity has been revealed as Kristin Nelson! It's a really great contest that goes on every month for the unagented, so if you want a shot at an agent, and honest feedback on your work, you should enter. It's free!
I'll find out this afternoon if I made it to the next round of Karin Tabke's First Line Contest. I'll announce it on Twitter if I remember. I'm always forgetting to post stuff with that.
Have a great week!