Publishing Ponderings

All right, so I’ve taken ages to follow up on the news I last shared. Forgive me. As I stare down the terrifying prospect of becoming a debut author, I also wear my editor hat for others getting published this year and next. I’ve worked on about ten manuscripts since my last post so have been pretty manic with that and actually appreciative that I haven’t had to start editing my own yet. With the New Year will hopefully come a clearer plate on which to focus on that once this current backlog is chipped away.

In any case, I’ve set up a new author website and blog for the occasion. The Monkey will remain a grand catch-all for all things writing and editing while the author site focuses more on book promotion and the silly lil’ persona I’ve set up for myself over there (as opposed to the very serious sock monkey here). Persona, did I say? Alas, yes, I’m using a nom de plume for my debut novel, which wasn’t an easy decision (I’ll address that in a future post), but I’m sticking to it. I know adding identities can only confuse things more, but honestly, I’m not huge on social media for my personal purposes—I might screech on Twitter as the Monkey, but I don’t tweet as a human, and Facebook updates only happen when I really feel like I have something to say. So developing profiles for the pen name hasn’t been all that bad—I can be compelled to actively engage online now that I’ve actually got something to promote beyond myself. I’m actually finding it quite fun and enjoying the relative anonymity of it.

That said, I’m not going to go to great pains to keep identities distinct and secret. Get real, as if anyone can pull that off in this cyber day and age. So allow me to out my human pen name here before I move on to talking about the craft of writing, not what I’m selling (you can visit Rumer’s blog for that ;)):


Ta da! My debut novel Seven for a Secret, penned under Rumer Haven, is due for publication in spring 2014. Visit Rumer’s site for an unofficial summary and some miscellaneous bits relating to the story, and of course keep popping by there for updates as P-Day draws nearer.

But like I said…I’ll let Rumer be a little self-promoting tart while the Monkey just keeps keepin’ it real. I will need my cage here for refuge when the marketing zoo inevitably overwhelms me. Aside from being an editor (which I love), I’m not otherwise keen on delving deeper into the business of publishing, so I want this corner of cyberspace to focus on writing for writing’s sake. I’ve seen too many authors become discouraged by small sales and the endless labor that is peddling one’s work. It will no doubt happen to me, so I beseech you, dear readers, to help me remember what writing’s all about. And I promise to do the same for you. *BIG FAT WET SLOPPY MONKEY SMOOCH*

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5 responses to “Publishing Ponderings

  • Tahlia Newland

    Yay! Exciting times. Who’s publishing it? Take a look at what I’ve just set up.

    • thefallenmonkey

      Thank you, Tahlia! Aw, I’ve missed you!

      It’s being published by Omnific, go figure–I queried anonymously (hence the pseudonym), much to their surprise when the contract came round and I had to sign my real name. 🙂

      Anyways, YES! I saw what you’ve been up to, you talented and enterprising lady, and am so excited for you! And could very well use your services for that first, homeless manuscript-o-mine. Congratulations! I’ll make sure Rumer and the Monkey tweet about it.

      • Tahlia Newland

        Thanks Colleen. I hope it goes well. Omnific have a good reputation. I guess you have more romance in it than I have in Lethal Inheritance. Let me know when you need a reviewer. I’d love to read it.

        • thefallenmonkey

          Tahlia, I would be so honored if you reviewed it! I’ve always valued your honesty and insights regarding your own and others’ work, so thank you so, so much for being willing to offer mine the same. I did indeed sauce up the story a bit to fall just within those romance parameters. 😉

          • Tahlia Newland

            Email me when you’re ready. My door is always open to you. You were one of the people who encouraged and supported my initial efforts in this game. You know that I will, as always, be totally honest in my review.

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