Friday, October 30, 2009

More, more, more!

So, did you know that most teenaged boys will not read a book by a female author? What's up with that? (except for JK Rowling, that is) So my publisher suggested we use the name M. J. Cunningham as my name on the book since the targeted demographic is mainly boys. (maybe that's why JK Rowling did it too.)

Girls will read anything by anyone and don't care whether is seems "male" or "female." That's good. So, if you happen to walk past a book store and see a book with the name M. J. Cunningham on it, pick that dang thing up and give it a read!

My editor also told me with as fast as I seem to be able to write and edit, that maybe we can move up the publish date! How cool would that be? I've been beefing up the fight scenes and adding more meat and I like the story so much better. Most editors tell their authors to cut, cut, cut! With me, they're constantly saying, "More, more, more!" I have to laugh. What a fun journey though. I LOVE it! Thanks to everyone for your support!

9 comments:

Chantele said...

Do you have a title for your book yet? Maybe you already wrote it somewhere and I missed it... I'm excited to read it! It sounds amazing! Congrats again! I can't say it enough!:)

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

It will be called, "The Eye of Tanub." It will be the first book in "The Pendant of Power" series.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Hi, Melissa! Your link is up on the WiDo website so I thought I'd stop by and say hi! Congratulations on your submission being accepted. I am thrilled about that, and that we found you at the LUW conference!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

btw I was going to add myself as a follower but couldn't find where to do that on your site.

M. Gray said...

Hey M.J! I saw your blog on WiDo's site! Congrats on your contract! Looks like we're in the same boat for gender neutral names. Here's hoping it gives us an edge! What is the targeted age your book is directed toward?

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

that's interesting about the boys and female author thing! I never would have thought of that. Since I'm writing for a female audience, I guess it doesn't matter!

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

My book is titled "The Eye of Tanub." And is targeted to 12 to 18 year olds.

Karen, I'll try to figure out the follower thing. I have it on my other blog . . . I think! =)

Thanks for visiting everyone!

Karen Hoover said...

Melissa, thanks for stopping by my blog! I have the same problem with needing to add more. I've come to the conclusion that some writers, like Brandon Sanderson, are sculpters of the chiseling sort, where they have to take away chunks to find their story, but some of us work in clay. We start with wirework and add to it, then refine until we see the finished product.

I am definitely a clay girl. Sounds like you are too!

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