Sending Stories Abroad

Since I can’t afford to send myself to Europe, I’ve been wondering if the next best thing would be to see if it would be feasible to send my books there instead, à la foreign translations (although I’m sure they wouldn’t enjoy the food nearly as much as I would). Foreign markets are both an intriguing possibility and a bit of a mystery to me.  What exactly is involved in translating a book for a foreign market?  What are the legal ramifications of undertaking such a project?  Would I get to work with someone who has a charming Italian accent?  So many questions…

Recently, I was fortunate enough to stumble onto a podcast featuring author Courtney Milan and her experiences with foreign publishing rights that helped answer the question: can I really do something like that with my own books?  And basically the answer is no, not unless I come into a large sum of money sometime soon.  Drat.  Guess I’ll have to start buying lottery tickets again.

I know what you’re thinking: buying lottery tickets is not a practical way to plan for a project such as this one.  Not to worry!  I have a back-up plan!  Namely, to learn a foreign language and write the translations for my upcoming contemporary romances myself. Foolproof, eh?  Granted, it will take some time, but I’m already off to a good start.  For example, I already know how to ask where the post office is in Japanese, and from there it’s really just a hop, skip, and a jump to “Darling, I love you, and I cannot live without you. Let us go to the post office together and mail off our wedding invitations.  But…where is the post office?”

I’m working on my French, too.  I can count to ten, ask where the toilets are, and explain that my sister would like bread and milk.  The storyline practically writes itself.  I’m telling you, I think I’m on to something…

C’est vrai, n’est-ce pas?  🙂

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

We can’t all celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by going to Ireland–although it sure would be lovely, wouldn’t it?  So here’s a little music and some beautiful landscapes to help you travel there even if it’s only in your imagination…


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  🙂

And The Nominees Are…

No, I’m not going to the next Academy Awards, but I am tickled pink to share the news that my second Crimson Romance novel, The Bargain, is one of the nominees for a RONE Award in the category of Contemporary – General:

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Pardon me while I do a few fist pumps in the air…

…Okay, I’m done.  (For now…)

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The RONE Awards are featured on the online magazine InD’Tale’s site here, and the folks at InD’Tale are very supportive of self- and small-publishers–thank you, InD’Tale!  I was thrilled when an InD’Tale reviewer gave The Bargain a lovely 5-star review a few months ago, and to be included as a RONE nominee now is a wonderful bonus.

Voting for the Contemporary – General category will be March 17- 23, and if you’ve read The Bargain and are interested in voting for it, here are the directions on InD’Tale’s website:

“You must be a subscriber to vote online.  If you choose not to sign-up, you can still vote by sending your specific votes to:  anasmith@indtale.com   Emails will only be accepted during corresponding week of voting. Please include Genre, book and author in your email.”

The book’s up against some other great titles, so regardless of the final outcome, I really am just honored to be nominated.  Thanks again, InD’Tale!  🙂

Cover Reveal (Or, My Babies Are Growing Up)

An author’s books are sort of like her babies, and I love to coo over my babies as much as the next proud mama.  I haven’t started carrying photographs of my books around in my wallet yet, but that may not be far off…

Today I’m cooing a bit because my three Heavenly Bites novellas that have previously only been available as either Kindle or Nook ebooks are going to be available in paperback shortly, knock on wood.  Not as three individual paperbacks–because as novellas they would be pretty skinny and might wind up getting used as coasters more than as reading material–but as a collection.

So these three babies:

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will soon be available in paperback with this cover:

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I’m expecting a proof copy in the mail any day now, and if everything looks hunky-dory, this baby will be up on Amazon soon afterwards.  Can’t wait to hold a copy in my hot little hands!

Yep, I’m a proud mama.  🙂