I’m accepting an offer from BookCase, an International Literary Agency based in Brazil, who would like to translate my first two books into language other than English, starting with Portuguese, and work with foreign publishers to widen my distribution abroad. This will NOT affect my publishing status in the U.S., U.K., Canada, or Australia, where I have chosen to continue to publish my books through my own independent company, Mendelssohn Levy Publishing. http://www.prlog.org/12292727-author-nm-silber-partners-with-literary-agent-for-foreign-rights.html
Bloggers – my third novel is coming out on April 22 and I’m touring. The first books were Amazon and B&N bestsellers (actually, I think they’re still bestsellers in category – I haven’t checked in a while.) My advance readers tell me this one is the best so far. I can’t judge, but I will say this, it’s my favorite. As is my style, it has plenty of banter and plenty of steam. This one can be read as a stand-alone even though it’s part of a series. Anyway, my previous two blog tours were very successful, and I want this tour to be even better if possible. If you want to join the party, I thank you in advance, pledge my undying loyalty, and please sign up at the link below! MWAH! http://literatiauthorservices.com/2014/02/26/book-tour-legal-briefs-lawyers-love-3-n-m-silber-april-21-27-2014-romantic-comedy/
A lot of people have asked what my future writing plans are. As most know, I began my own publishing company, so I can pretty much do whatever I want. I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I’ve decided that I want to try to do things a little differently than they are usually done in the world romance fiction.
My Lawyers in Love series will have six books in total: The Law of Attraction and The Home Court Advantage, both about Gabrielle and Braden, which launched the series, Legal Briefs about Adam and Lily, coming April 22, Making Motions, a novella about Cam and Jess, coming summer 2014, Winning Appeal about Mark and Olivia coming fall 2014, Judicial Misconduct, about Jacob (who you meet in Legal Briefs) and his love interest, Rachel, coming Spring 2015, and finally, Power of Attorney, about Drew Pierce, (Braden’s little brother) and his love interest, likely also a novella, coming summer 2015.
While I’m writing the last two books in the series, I’m also going to begin another project. That project will be a serial featuring the couples who got together in the first four books, working together at a public interest law firm founded by Gab and Braden, called The Justice Project. In each segment of the serial, one of my couples will work together on an interesting case. For example, Gab and Braden may need to prove the innocence of someone and it will involve not only courtroom work, but a little investigation on the side.
Because these are my stories and my characters, you can count on plenty of banter and plenty of steam, but the mystery element will also be there. Frankly, I just love these characters so much, I don’t want to let them go. I want to keep writing them as long as people are still interested in reading about them.
So, for those who want to keep hearing about what eventually happens to Gab and Braden, Jess and Cam, Adam and Lily & Mark and Olivia, stay tuned for the Love and Justice Serial coming early 2015!
“Do you have an extra toothbrush?” I called out, heading for the bathroom.
“Use yours? That’s kind of gross.”
“Is the thought of my tongue in your mouth gross too? Because that could have an impact on our romantic relationship.” I guess he had a point there.
I went into the bathroom, washed up, did everything else that half a bowl of rum punch and three glasses of water made necessary, and then contemplated his toothbrush. Fuck it, I was going for it. I brushed my teeth and headed for the hall. I saw him lying on the sofa, punching a pillow to soften it up and I wandered in to say goodnight. Okay, and to ogle a little because he had taken his shirt off again and his body was beautiful.
“Goodnight,” I said trying not to stare. I wasn’t succeeding very well and the amused look on his face told me that he had noticed.
“Goodnight,” he said, trying not to look at my boobs, bouncing around jauntily under McGruff the Crime Dog as I moved. He wasn’t succeeding too well either, I might add.
“If you need anything I’ll be in there,” I said glancing off toward his bedroom.
“It’s my apartment, I’m sure I can find whatever I need.” He gave into temptation and let his eyes drop for a moment to my body. “Whatever I need that it would be appropriate for me to have tonight,” he added, sounding frustrated. He grabbed his iPad from the end table, and settled into read.
“What are you reading?” I asked curiously.
“Ah, I thought you wanted to read the rest of my…”
“I do, want to read them, but I couldn’t handle that tonight with you here and half naked. I might forget my rules about women who have been drinking to excess. Now go get some sleep, because you’re getting me hard again, and if I practice any more self-love tonight, I might get carpel tunnel.”
“You mean you were…” I must have looked surprised.
“What did you think, I was just really hygienic?”
“I thought maybe you were taking cold showers,” I admitted.
“Hell, no. I don’t waste God’s gifts.”
I home school my two sons who are on the autism spectrum. I actually began writing at night because I needed to unwind. I knew I would need to have some support or I might not make it, but just because I know my own personality, I felt that being an indie would be the best choice for me. So – I read what I could find about it. One of the best sources of information I saw was in an eBook put out by the Indie Voice called The Naked Truth about Self-Publishing. Another author explained how her publishing company worked. I also saw this cheapie little eBook called How to be a Professional Author (or something like that). The guy writing sounded like he was hiding from somebody. LOL. He was all about fictional identities! BUT amazingly, there was some useful info in. It’s very easy to start a business but are several types you can start. Each have benefits and requirements. I started with the very easiest – the sole proprietorship. All I had to do was apply for an EIN number from the IRS website. It was free and took 10 minutes. Then I looked up the requirement for registering a fictitious name in my state. If you just use your own name, you don’t have to do it but I called my business Mendelssohn Levy Publishing so I did. I filled out a form and paid $70. I had a business. Then I went to the bank and set up a business account. I also went to Go Daddy and bought a domain name for $10 I think or something like that. I’ll link my website below. I will pay a lower tax on my royalties because they are business proceeds. If I want to create a business plan (that book I mentioned tells you how) I can even apply for a business loan. When Kobo was talking about taking down indies temporarily during that censorship thing I didn’t have to worry because technically I’m a micro-press publisher. (I think! It never came to that, thank goodness.) I subcontract everything – I pay for my editor just like any indie etc. but I still feel like I have a team. My publicists are the gals at Literati author services. They charge me $21 per hour but will work as many or as few hours per month as I want. They don’t bill me for everything – not even close. Karen there, has become like a sister to me. I talk to her every day and she gives me great advice.
The one thing, arguably, scarier than putting out your first book, is putting out your second book when your first book did really well. Every honor that my books receive is significant to me, but this one is particularly special because when The Home Court Advantage came out, I was worried people wouldn’t like it as much as The Law of Attraction. HCA didn’t have as many one-liners. It included some old-fashioned romantic moments some might consider corny and a WHOLE LOT of hot sex some might consider excessive. The ending was a tribute to one of my all-time favorite authors, Agatha Christie, and I knew some people would think it was weird. Some reviewers, in fact, DIDN’T like it as much as the first book. Thankfully, when they said so, most did it very nicely, BUT, I was biting my nails for a while. Proving, once again, that everyone’s taste is different, however, other reviews came in with 5 Stars and with reviewers loving it. Some even liked it BETTER than the first book! So, get to the point, Nadine … Literati Book Reviews did a 2013 Books in Review list and one of the books listed was my sweet second baby, The Home Court Advantage. Thanks VERY much for that! MWAH!!!
Give credit (including URL/link) to the person or Blog that caught you and who made you “IT”. I was caught fair and square whilst running away.
Play by the rules – no pinching, kicking, spitting, Chinese burns, crying and definitely no tantrums! Which also means you must post the rules.
You must answer 10 questions about your current WIP, no matter the genre, because possibly we may like to get to know each other a little better. (To be honest it’s only 9 because the 10th question is really only the next step.)
List 5 other authors or Bloggers with their hiding places (URL/Links) so that they can be chased down and made “IT” so we can all go home now we’ve finished playing. Go in, eat supper, and check out THEIR books.
Q 1) What is the title (or working title) of your book? Legal Briefs (Lawyers in Love #3)
Q 2) What genre(s) does your book fall under? (or land near really!) Romantic Comedy, Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance, Humor
Q 3) What actors would you choose to play the characters in the film version of your book? (should you ever, ever get that honour really) Ryan Guzman as Adam Roth and Odette Yustman as Lily Adler
Q 4) What is the main outline for your book? (Call it a pitch as a synopsis includes spoilers) Once upon a time, childhood enemies grew up and fell in love …
Smart and sassy lawyer, Lily Adler, has been waging an epic battle with handsome and cocky Assistant District Attorney, Adam Roth since “the glitter incident” in preschool when they were four. Their friends’ marriage, a job offer, a federal trial, and some bossy big sisters guarantee they’ll be spending plenty of time together. When they try to learn to play nicely, they soon discover that their reaction to each other is even more volatile when they aren’t fighting. Can they avoid the mobsters trying to kill them and figure out a way to be together without killing each other?
Q 5) Will your book be Indie published, self published or represented by an agency and sold to a traditional publisher? My book will be published by Mendelssohn Levy Publishing, Philadelphia, which is my own company.
Q 6) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’m still writing it.
Q 7) What other books in this genre would you compare yours to? Wallbanger, Tangled, Seduction and Snacks, Confessions of an Alli Cat, (but with mystery added in) and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (but sexier)
Q 8) Who or what inspired you to write this book? This book is part of a series inspired by my former career as a Public Defender in Philadelphia and my warped sense of humor.
Q 9) What else about the book might pique the readers’ attention? The humor, the spice, the added element of mystery and the fact that I really was an attorney once.
Q 10) Thank goodness!! I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Now for my five victims… five other authors who will tell you about their WIP (Refuse and the consequences will be dire)
Katherine Rhodes: https://www.facebook.com/katherine.rhodes2004?fref=ts
Taryn Plendl: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTarynPlendl
Julie Roberts: https://www.facebook.com/isillote?fref=ts
Shannon Donahue: https://www.facebook.com/sdonahue13
The Law of Attraction is a Top 100 Bestseller on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! It’s the #2 Romantic Comedy in the Kindle Store!
It is perfectly fine for women to like to sex, to enjoy looking at sexy guys, and to read sexy books! People who have a problem with that are just not confident enough in, or comfortable enough with, their own sexuality in my opinion. Just sayin’.
I’ve been waiting to put LOA on sale until HCA was coming out. Well, much to my surprise, for the first time ever it broke 1000 on Amazon! As usual, I made high-pitched screechy noises, flailed around a little, and then got all weepy. (That’s what I do when something really exciting happens.)
So, now I’m going back to writing Legal Briefs. I’m am SO impatient for Lily and Adam to get it on already. Their escalating sexual tension is driving me nuts! LOL!