TeamVamp Transcript 3/22 – Guest Sarah Jane Stratford, author

Team Vamp Chat – March 22, 2010 (with guest Sarah Jane Stratford, author of The Midnight Guardian)

2:59 am VampTeam: Coffin mates – the time is now! come join special guest Srah Jane Stratford at http://tweetchat.com/room/teamvamp #teamvamp
3:00 am stratfordsj: hello! #teamvamp
3:00 am KattyVamp: Hello everyone… #teamvamp
3:01 am jterzieff: RT @VampTeam: Coffin mates – the time is now! come join special guest Srah Jane Stratford at http://tweetchat.com/room/teamvamp #teamvamp
3:01 am VampTeam: Our guest tonight is author Sarah Jane Stratford, author of The Midnight Guardian #teamvamp
3:01 am vampwriter25: Hiya all!!! #teamvamp
3:02 am stratfordsj: How is everyone? #teamvamp
3:02 am jterzieff: @stratfordsj perhaps you can start by telling us all a bit about The Midnight Guardian? #teamvamp
3:02 am ThePreyers: Heidee-ho, writer-inos! #teamvamp
3:03 am stratfordsj: sure! It’s about British vampires fighting Nazis on the eve of World War II. #teamvamp
3:05 am VampTeam: Folks if u are in tweetchat, go check your “refresh speed” – put it down to 5 seconds #teamvamp
3:06 am vampwriter25: @VampTeam Heh…. just did that…. didn’t realize it reset each time :0) #teamvamp
3:07 am stratfordsj: Ah – look at that! 🙂 #teamvamp
3:07 am ThePreyers: #teamvamp Tweetdeck is slow to update tonight, too.
3:07 am VampTeam: @stratfordsj can u tell us a bit about the genesis of the book? the writing process? #teamvamp
3:08 am stratfordsj: My heroine came to me first – Brigit – and she really told me what to do. I just followed her. It was fun! #teamvamp
3:09 am VampTeam: how long did it take you to write? and was the process what you thought it would be when you started out? #teamvamp
3:09 am stratfordsj: The writing process was great. I wrote scenes as they came to me for a while, then went back and did a proper outline #teamvamp
3:10 am VampTeam: yes @ThePreyers is absolutely correct – all twitter apps seem slow tonight; i think partly b/c health care bill just passed …. #teamvamp
3:10 am stratfordsj: It was surprisingly quick. the initial draft took just a few months. #teamvamp
3:10 am Beekeeper12: Hello everybody…. #teamvamp
3:10 am VampTeam: @stratfordsj Nice! how much additional work did you have to put in on the initial draft b4 u felt it was ready for querying? #teamvamp
3:10 am stratfordsj: Yup, #HCR getting a lot of chat 🙂 #teamvamp
3:11 am vampwriter25: @Beekeeper12 Glad ya came….. #teamvamp
3:11 am VampTeam: Hello @Beekeeper12 and welcome! thank you for joining us! #teamvamp
3:11 am Beekeeper12: Oh oh, I just saw the grannie…. #teamvamp
3:11 am Beekeeper12: @vampwriter25 Yes, hon… Did it 4 u. #teamvamp
3:11 am KattyVamp: *winks* #teamvamp
3:11 am VampTeam: Writers, vampire fans author Srah Jane Stratford is spilling blood in the coffin right now! #amwriting #wipfire #teamvamp
3:11 am stratfordsj: I ran it by two very trusted friends and got some feedback, then did another surprisingly quick draft. #teamvamp
3:12 am Beekeeper12: @VampTeam Hello!! #teamvamp
3:12 am stratfordsj: @Beekeeper12 Welcome! #teamvamp
3:12 am VampTeam: ugh… that’s Sarah Jane Stratford, live in the coffin as I type – come join us at #teamvamp
3:14 am VampTeam: how did the query process work for you? how long did it take before you found an agent/publisher? #teamvamp
3:14 am VampTeam: Coffin mates, twitter is slow tonight – make sure you’ve got the “refresh speed” set to 5 seconds on tweetchat #teamvamp
3:15 am stratfordsj: I was VERY lucky. Had an agent for screenwriting & tho he’d left agenting, he was still producing. Loved MS & sent it to an agent #teamvamp
3:15 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Hello and thank u 😉 #teamvamp
3:16 am stratfordsj: Margaret O’Connor – the fab @mzmaggz – & I just loved each other at once & it was all go pretty fast. #teamvamp
3:16 am VampTeam: wow! @stratfordsj so you sold it on the first try? that’s amazing! #teamvamp
3:17 am VampTeam: how much marketing have you done for Midnight Guardian? and what would say has really “worked” for you? social media? in person? #teamvamp
3:17 am vampwriter25: @VampTeam Wow… that is amazing! You always hear how the querying process is so stressful! #teamvamp
3:17 am stratfordsj: I was lucky! Margaret loved it at once and sent it out to a slew of pubs. We got a lot of soft passes, but St. Martins loved it! #teamvamp
3:18 am VampTeam: Yes! @vampwriter25 I think the query process is the scariest part for many writers! (at least it is for me! LOL) #teamvamp
3:18 am stratfordsj: I have not done enough marketing cause I was writing the sequel while prepping TMG and that was a bit too much at once 🙁 #teamvamp
3:19 am stratfordsj: I did send out some agent queries and got no responses before my screenplay manager got me Margaret. That was stressful! #teamvamp
3:20 am VampTeam: Interesting @stratfordsj you sent out a bunch and got no responses … yet u were ultimately published (so there’s hope 4 us all) #teamvamp
3:21 am stratfordsj: Absolutely!!!!!! #teamvamp
3:21 am vampwriter25: @VampTeam hehe…. lets hope there’s some hope for us all!!! hahaha #teamvamp
3:21 am VampTeam: Coffin mates – b/c twitter is slow this evening, I’ll go ahead n open the floor for others who want to ask @stratfordsj questions #teamvamp
3:21 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj hola #teamvamp
3:21 am Beekeeper12: @VampTeam That’s a total stress…. #teamvamp
3:22 am stratfordsj: I do find that so much of it is having a good agent. Once you have someone in your corner, it makes a big difference #teamvamp
3:22 am ThePreyers: How has TMG performed? Curious b/c it’s not typical modern vamp novel. #teamvamp
3:22 am stratfordsj: @aspiringmama Welcome! #teamvamp
3:22 am aspiringmama: RT @VampTeam: wow! @stratfordsj so you sold it on the first try? that’s amazing! #teamvamp
3:23 am vampwriter25: @stratfordsj You were a screenwriter previously? #teamvamp
3:23 am VampTeam: RT @vampwriter25: @VampTeam hehe…. lets hope there’s some hope for us all!!! hahaha #teamvamp
3:23 am VampTeam: RT @stratfordsj: I do find that so much of it is having a good agent. Once you have someone in your corner, it makes a big difference #teamvamp
3:23 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers I don’t know the numbers, but it’s a slow process. #teamvamp
3:23 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj thanks for the welcome. I’m following now! #teamvamp!
3:24 am ThePreyers: You have a multiple contract, right? So awesome! #teamvamp
3:24 am stratfordsj: @vampwriter25 I was – didn’t sell, but got a number of meetings and placed in contests. enough to get an agent 🙂 #teamvamp
3:24 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers It was amazing – SMP gave me a 2-book deal. Still don’t believe it! #teamvamp
3:24 am aspiringmama: @VampTeam totally agree! I can write the hell outta my #wip. But a query? A synopsis? #shootmenow #teamvamp
3:25 am vampwriter25: @stratfordsj Wow…. what did you do previously? #teamvamp
3:25 am stratfordsj: @aspiringmama Thanks for the follow! 🙂 #teamvamp
3:25 am ThePreyers: I can. It’s so different from what’s on the shelves; and wonderfully written. #teamvamp
3:25 am aspiringmama: RT @stratfordsj: @ThePreyers It was amazing – SMP gave me a 2-book deal. Still don’t believe it! #teamvamp (amazing!)
3:26 am VampTeam: @stratfordsj for those who lurk around agents of twitter, marketing and platform are big subjects with them – what is your take? #teamvamp
3:26 am stratfordsj: @vampwriter25 I’d been doing copywriting and short stories and struggling with plays – all that writery stuff. #teamvamp
3:26 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: @ThePreyers It was amazing – SMP gave me a 2-book deal. Still don’t believe it! #teamvamp
3:26 am ThePreyers: Curious how your agent queried TMG. As para romance or historical fantasy or? #teamvamp
3:27 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers Thank you!!!!! It’s hard for me to look at it now, but I’m pleased. Though would probably change a lot if given chanc #teamvamp
3:27 am jterzieff: Authors, come ask Sarah Jane Stratford your questions now, live at the coffin! #teamvamp #amwriting
3:27 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj I wish I had the creativity to write vampire books. I love reading them. But I just can’t make stuff up in my head! #teamvamp
3:27 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj LOL! Of course! (Never satisfied, right?) #teamvamp
3:27 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers More like a vampire thriller/historical fantasy. she thought it could have wide appeal and editor agreed. #teamvamp
3:28 am stratfordsj: @aspiringmama We need readers!!! But I will say, the character came to me when I was least expecting, so you never know. Patience! #teamvamp
3:28 am VampTeam: Do you think being “different than what is on the shelves” per @ThePreyers helped get your work published? there is so much >> #teamvamp
3:28 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj Very nice! #teamvamp
3:28 am VampTeam: >> vampire material out there. Seems like being different would be an advantage?? #teamvamp
3:29 am stratfordsj: I don’t know – I think it’s mixed. some ppl don’t like it cause it’s not the usual vampire fare. #teamvamp
3:29 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: @aspiringmama We need readers!!! But I will say, the character came to me when I was least expecting, so you never know. Patience! #teamvamp
3:29 am stratfordsj: Other ppl think it’s interesting but don’t like the vampires – can’t please everyone! (though i’m afraid i want to in a way) #teamvamp
3:29 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj oh I am more than happy to remain a happy reader. My reality is crazy enough. 😉 #teamvamp
3:29 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Wow, ur book have 5 stars on amazon… That’s great! I will get it, definately. #teamvamp
3:30 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj Are you getting decent cross-over in readership? #teamvamp
3:30 am stratfordsj: @Beekeeper12 Aw, thank you! I know – the Amazon reviews blow me away. Make me cry! #teamvamp
3:30 am jterzieff: so identify w/ @aspiringmama – i feel like i’ve got zombies and vamps galloping thru my head, but no story to put them on paper! #teamvamp
3:31 am ThePreyers: @jterzieff LOL! I have the book, but no agent! #teamvamp
3:31 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers I don’t know! Some friends have said they don’t like vamps but love TMG. Of course, they are my friends, so…. #teamvamp
3:31 am jterzieff: 4 time being, i’m jotting notes and working on my nonfiction book #teamvamp but it’s frustrating to have these characters clawing 2 get out
3:31 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Ur welcome, and well what can I say, I can’t imagine ur emotion! #teamvamp
3:31 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj LOL! Count them, even if they are your friends! #teamvamp
3:32 am stratfordsj: @Beekeeper12 It’s pretty overwhelming. #teamvamp
3:32 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Following u, already… Yes, I just had to. #teamvamp
3:32 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers Oh, I do! That’s a great readership! #teamvamp
3:32 am aspiringmama: RT @Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Wow, ur book have 5 stars on amazon… That’s great! I will get it, definately. #teamvamp (me too! Tonight!)
3:33 am ThePreyers: Any idea what the market is like for vamp books now? Keep hearing agents & eds are tired of them. True? #teamvamp
3:33 am stratfordsj: You are all fabulous! #teamvamp
3:33 am aspiringmama: @jterzieff if there’s ever an invasion, I’m going to your house. #teamvamp
3:33 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj No question about it. Wish we all have the same luck with our writings… #teamvamp
3:33 am jterzieff: @ThePreyers well that’s one more than me!! LOL 😉 #teamvamp
3:33 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers I’ve heard that they are moving more towards angels, but a good story always gets attention #teamvamp
3:34 am ThePreyers: RT @Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj No question about it. Wish we all have the same luck with our writings… >> Absolutely! #teamvamp
3:34 am aspiringmama: @jterzieff I’d freeze time for you to write your vamp book if I could! #teamvamp
3:34 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj When does sequel hit the shelves? #teamvamp
3:35 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers Spring 2011 – not sure exact date. #teamvamp
3:35 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Moving towards Angels? Anne (Rice) is writing about angels now. Some people say Angels r the new vampires #teamvamp
3:35 am jterzieff: Ive seen some talk about vampire-fatigue in the publishing world; do u think that should affect a writer’s plans? #teamvamp
3:36 am stratfordsj: @Beekeeper12 Yes, angels are becoming very big. Don’t know when that started. #teamvamp
3:36 am ThePreyers: You mentioned contests; which ones did you enter? How did it fare? #teamvamp
3:36 am jterzieff: RT @aspiringmama: @jterzieff if there’s ever an invasion, I’m going to your house. #teamvamp << you got it!!! space on permanent reserve! 😉
3:36 am stratfordsj: @jterzieff Absolutely not – again, there is always space for a good story. #teamvamp
3:36 am ThePreyers: RT @stratfordsj: @ThePreyers Spring 2011 – not sure exact date. >> Definitely will buy. 😉 #teamvamp
3:37 am aspiringmama: @Beekeeper12 like 40 is the new 30 ? #teamvamp
3:37 am aspiringmama: RT @jterzieff: Ive seen some talk about vampire-fatigue in the publishing world; do u think that should affect a writer’s plans? #teamvamp
3:37 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers My screenplay topped the Fade In Magazine contest, and I entered a number of other screenwriting contests. #teamvamp
3:37 am jterzieff: RT @ThePreyers: You mentioned contests; which ones did you enter? How did it fare? #teamvamp << yes! yes! good question!
3:37 am Beekeeper12: @aspiringmama Yes, exactly! #teamvamp
3:37 am jterzieff: And is the one authors should NOT miss?!? RT @ThePreyers: You mentioned contests; which ones did you enter? How did it fare? #teamvamp
3:38 am aspiringmama: @jterzieff no. I think a writer should tell the story they need to tell regardless of the market. If it sells, it sells. Right? #teamvamp
3:38 am Sparrowbug: Oh… for those that don’t know, there is an excellent discussion going on at #teamvamp right now. SERIOUSLY. Go check it out.
3:38 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Any plans to publish ur books in other languages? #teamvamp
3:38 am stratfordsj: I never entered contests for fiction, but I’m a big believer in them – i think they can really help. Got queries from agents after #teamvamp
3:38 am VampTeam: Author @stratfordsj says: “there is always space for a good story” (hope for us all!) #teamvamp
3:39 am stratfordsj: @Beekeeper12 The book is out in Brazil and coming out in Latin America next week! #teamvamp
3:39 am ThePreyers: RT @aspiringmama: @jterzieff … a writer should tell the story they need to tell regardless of the market. > Is there a choice? #teamvamp
3:39 am jterzieff: RT @Sparrowbug: Oh… for those that don’t know, there is an excellent discussion going on at #teamvamp right now. SERIOUSLY. Go check it out.
3:39 am jterzieff: RT @aspiringmama: @jterzieff no. I think a writer should tell the story they need to tell regardless of the market. If it sells, it sells. Right? #teamvamp
3:39 am aspiringmama: @jterzieff hear that people? I’m first in line if there’s an invasion, #teamvamp
3:39 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: I never entered contests for fiction, but I’m a big believer in them – i think they can really help. Got queries from agents after #teamvamp
3:39 am vampwriter25: @stratfordsj Yeah, that’s one thing I really worry about, so many vamp books in the market now… #teamvamp
3:39 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Wow, that’s awesome!! Congrats. #teamvamp
3:40 am VampTeam: RT @Sparrowbug: Oh… for those that don’t know, there is an excellent discussion going on at #teamvamp right now. SERIOUSLY. Go check it out.
3:40 am stratfordsj: @vampwriter25 Yes, but ppl want to read them if they are good and original #teamvamp
3:40 am stratfordsj: @Beekeeper12 Thank you! #teamvamp
3:40 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj Anything on your docket after the sequel? #teamvamp
3:41 am VampTeam: For the unpublished writer who is plugging away but unsure – what advice would you give? #teamvamp
3:41 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers Hoping for #3, writing a play & have ideas for 2 non-vamp books #teamvamp
3:41 am vampwriter25: @stratfordsj heh, yeah, I’m worried people will think it’s twilight-like…. But it’s not!!!! hahah #teamvamp
3:42 am ThePreyers: @vampwriter25 I think having something unique/different is the important factor in this market. #teamvamp
3:42 am Beekeeper12: @vampwriter25 Yes, the market’s saturated with vamp books, but a real good book it’s always gonna shine by it’s own #teamvamp
3:42 am stratfordsj: @VampTeam LOTS of patience & good friends & perseverence #teamvamp
3:42 am VampTeam: Reminder: @strafordsj online http://www.sarahjanestratford.com/ and http://bit.ly/91daaN for > info on #teamvamp chat guest #teamvamp
3:42 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj I’ll cross my fingers for #3 & looking forward to your other projects. #teamvamp
3:42 am stratfordsj: RT @Beekeeper12: @vampwriter25 Yes, markets saturated w vamp books, but a real good book its always gonna shine by its own YES! #teamvamp
3:43 am VampTeam: Those who have not bought/read The Midnight Guardian yet (*a-hem*) … go get it!!!! #teamvamp
3:43 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers You’re lovely, thank you! #teamvamp
3:43 am vampwriter25: @ThePreyers Yes…. uniqueness is essential!! #teamvamp
3:43 am vampwriter25: @Beekeeper12 :0) #teamvamp
3:43 am simplywriting: Really great discussion going on over at #teamvamp right now – useful for any type of writer.
3:44 am jterzieff: @stratfordsj interesting b/c i have several wips and ideas that are in completely different genres – do u think >> #teamvamp
3:44 am Beekeeper12: @ThePreyers Hey, thank u for following 😉 #teamvamp
3:44 am stratfordsj: @simplywriting Thanks! Hi! #teamvamp
3:44 am aspiringmama: RT @VampTeam: Those who have not bought/read The Midnight Guardian yet (*a-hem*) … go get it!!!! #teamvamp
3:44 am Beekeeper12: @vampwriter25 Hehe what dear? #teamvamp
3:44 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj Well, I enjoyed TMG! It was so nice to read something unique & different. (Wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true, hon.) #teamvamp
3:44 am jterzieff: @stratfordsj >>>that makes it harder to get/keep an agent/publisher? does a writer get “cast” in a certain genre? #teamvamp
3:45 am ifollowthenight: #teamvamp I think that there is always a market for a wonderful story. Besides, who can resist the lure of the vampire?
3:45 am stratfordsj: @aspiringmama Hee – thanks! #teamvamp
3:45 am jterzieff: RT @simplywriting: Really great discussion going on over at #teamvamp right now – useful for any type of writer.
3:45 am jterzieff: RT @VampTeam: Those who have not bought/read The Midnight Guardian yet (*a-hem*) … go get it!!!! #teamvamp
3:45 am ThePreyers: @Beekeeper12 Welcome! #teamvamp
3:45 am Beekeeper12: @ThePreyers Following back 🙂 #teamvamp
3:45 am ThePreyers: @Beekeeper12 xoxo #teamvamp
3:46 am stratfordsj: @jterzieff I don’t think so. Once ppl like your work, they want to see what else you have. #teamvamp
3:46 am VampTeam: RT @ifollowthenight: #teamvamp I think that there is always a market for a wonderful story. Besides, who can resist the lure of the vampire?
3:46 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj welcome! I’m loving this! #teamvamp
3:47 am jterzieff: RT @aspiringmama: @jterzieff hear that people? I’m first in line if there’s an invasion, #teamvamp
3:47 am ThePreyers: RT @stratfordsj: @VampTeam LOTS of patience & good friends & perseverence >> Twitter friends to hold your hand while you cry! #teamvamp
3:47 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: @jterzieff I don’t think so. Once ppl like your work, they want to see what else u have. #teamvamp <<thank the heavens! 🙂
3:47 am jterzieff: RT @ifollowthenight: #teamvamp I think that there is always a market for a wonderful story. Besides, who can resist the lure of the vampire?
3:48 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj I’m loving this! @jterzieff #teamvamp @teamvamp
3:48 am stratfordsj: Seriously, do keep working – good work really does get rewarded. It’s very hard & can be disheartening, but don’t give up. #teamvamp
3:48 am aspiringmama: RT @jterzieff: RT @simplywriting: Really great discussion going on over at #teamvamp right now – useful for any type of writer.
3:48 am vampwriter25: @jterzieff I know I can’t!!!! <resist the lure of the vamp> #teamvamp
3:48 am VampTeam: @stratfordsj Re-cap for us: The Midnight Guardian is out (and has a Facebook fan page) sequal coming ….?? #teamvamp
3:49 am ThePreyers: RT @stratfordsj: Seriously, do keep working – good work really does get rewarded. >> A pep talk we can all use! #teamvamp
3:49 am VampTeam: RT @stratfordsj: Seriously, do keep working – good work really does get rewarded. It’s very hard & can be disheartening, but don’t give up. #teamvamp
3:49 am VampTeam: RT @aspiringmama: @stratfordsj I’m loving this! @jterzieff #teamvamp @teamvamp
3:49 am aspiringmama: RT @ifollowthenight: #teamvamp I think that there is always a market for a wonderful story. Besides, who can resist the lure of the vampire?
3:49 am VampTeam: RT @ThePreyers: RT @stratfordsj: Seriously, do keep working – good work really does get rewarded. >> A pep talk we can all use! #teamvamp
3:49 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: Seriously, do keep working – good work really does get rewarded. It’s very hard & can be disheartening, but don’t give up. #teamvamp
3:49 am ifollowthenight: @stratfordsj #teamvamp That was exactly what I needed to hear tonight. You are lovely and congrats on your successes.
3:50 am jterzieff: RT @VampWriter25: @jterzieff I know I can’t!!!! <resist the lure of the vamp> #teamvamp >> LOL – me neither!!! *evil grin*
3:50 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj How much marketing has the publisher done for TMG? #teamvamp
3:50 am stratfordsj: Yes, please be a FB fan! The sequel is due Spring 2011. #teamvamp
3:50 am jterzieff: RT @ifollowthenight: @stratfordsj #teamvamp That was exactly what I needed to hear tonight. You are lovely and congrats on your successes.
3:50 am stratfordsj: @ifollowthenight Oh, thank you! that’s a lovely thing to hear! #teamvamp
3:50 am aspiringmama: I just think it’s incredible when a published author makes the time to converse with us dreamers. Gives me hope. #teamvamp
3:51 am VampTeam: RT @ifollowthenight: @stratfordsj #teamvamp That was exactly what I needed to hear tonight. You are lovely and congrats on your successes.
3:51 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers 2009 was a bad year, no $$ for publicity. So do please talk the book up – word of mouth is key! SMP sent me to blogs. #teamvamp
3:51 am vampwriter25: @stratfordsj Was the title changed? Or is it what you picked? #teamvamp
3:51 am VampTeam: RT @stratfordsj: @ThePreyers 2009 was a bad year, no $$ for publicity. So do please talk the book up – word of mouth is key! SMP sent me to blogs. #teamvamp
3:51 am VampTeam: RT @aspiringmama: I just think it’s incredible when a published author makes the time to converse with us dreamers. Gives me hope. #teamvamp
3:51 am stratfordsj: They offered free copies for giveaway to get notice and set me up for interviews and the like. And sent out review copies too. #teamvamp
3:51 am VampTeam: RT @stratfordsj: Yes, please be a FB fan! The sequel is due Spring 2011. #teamvamp
3:52 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj I wondered about that. 🙁 I’m trying to remember how I heard about it. Sorry to say I can’t recall. #teamvamp
3:52 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj U really gives us hope… Thank u! #teamvamp
3:52 am vampwriter25: I know it’s an odd question, but I am totally ‘in love’ with my title and fear it’s going to be changed some where along the line. #teamvamp
3:52 am stratfordsj: @VampTeam @aspiringmama We’re all dreamers – never stop #teamvamp
3:52 am vampwriter25: @aspiringmama Gives us all hope mama!!! hahah #teamvamp
3:52 am VampTeam: LOL @ThePreyers I know how *I* heard about it! *winks* thanks! #teamvamp
3:52 am stratfordsj: @vampwriter25 My title got changed, but at that point, I didn’t care – trust me, you won’t either! #teamvamp
3:53 am vampwriter25: Ugh, my question didn’t post……. damn it #teamvamp
3:53 am ThePreyers: RT @stratfordsj: @VampTeam @aspiringmama Were all dreamers – never stop >> Can’t be a writer w/o being a dreamer. #teamvamp
3:53 am vampwriter25: Oh it did…. oops #teamvamp
3:53 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: They offered free copies for giveaway to get notice and set me up for interviews and the like. And sent out review copies too. #teamvamp
3:53 am stratfordsj: @vampwriter25 Sorry – it’s speeding up! #teamvamp
3:53 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: @VampTeam @aspiringmama We’re all dreamers – never stop #teamvamp
3:54 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: @VampTeam @aspiringmama We’re all dreamers – never stop #teamvamp >> well spoke, m’lady! thanks!
3:54 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj What was original title? (If you don’t mind. Just being nosy.) #teamvamp
3:54 am vampwriter25: @stratfordsj Well, I have three books ‘in mind’ for this particular mc, I have the first book really ‘locked in’ and…. #teamvamp
3:54 am ThePreyers: @VampTeam Hee-hee! Welcome! #teamvamp
3:54 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj I think at that point that’s the last thing we care about, i mean it’s going to be published! #teamvamp
3:54 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers ‘Gods and Monsters’ – worked for idea, but had been used before 😉 #teamvamp
3:55 am jterzieff: @stratfordsj how did u find the interviewing? i know writers can be introverts …. #teamvamp
3:55 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj I won’t. Thank you for the inspiration. #teamvamp
3:55 am vampwriter25: @stratfordsj and ideas for the titles for the other two… I’m not sure I could get past it, it sounds too ‘perfect’ to me #teamvamp
3:55 am stratfordsj: @Beekeeper12 Exactly. They could have called it PolkaDotQueens or something and I’d have been happy. Sort of #teamvamp
3:55 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj LOL! Rather well-known film. #teamvamp
3:56 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: @Beekeeper12 Exactly. They could have called it PolkaDotQueens or something and I’d have been happy. Sort of #teamvamp
3:56 am vampwriter25: @Beekeeper12 Oh, I don’t think it’s the last thing I’d care about. The title is so important, it might make/break the book #teamvamp
3:56 am stratfordsj: @jterzieff I’m not an introvert, but I’m still trying to be good with interviews. Most have been online, so time to practice. 🙂 #teamvamp
3:56 am aspiringmama: @jterzieff I’ll review. And do a giveaway.! #teamvamp
3:57 am stratfordsj: @aspiringmama That would be FANTASTIC!!!!! #teamvamp
3:57 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Hehe… U’re awesome. Really thank u 4 taking this time and share with us. #teamvamp
3:57 am jterzieff: @stratfordsj some agents have suggested writers NOT indicate a book is series potential – did u pitch as a series right away? #teamvamp
3:57 am stratfordsj: I love giving interviews – it’s just a learning curve to give great answers that people care about without boring them. #teamvamp
3:57 am ThePreyers: @vampwriter25 Ah, but marketing & pub teams have a strong say in titles. Better on the shelves than not, don’t you think? #teamvamp
3:58 am VampTeam: @aspiringmama Absolutely! that would be fab!!!! 🙂 word of mouth, chica, word of mouth! #teamvamp
3:58 am stratfordsj: @jterzieff I wrote it as a one-off but had an idea for a sequel. SMP bought it wanting at least one more. Very cool. #teamvamp
3:58 am vampwriter25: @ThePreyers Yes…… I think I’m just nutz…. I know I am. My title came to me in an epiphany!!! hahhahah #teamvamp
3:58 am VampTeam: RT @stratfordsj: I love giving interviews – it’s just a learning curve to give great answers that people care about without boring them. #teamvamp
3:58 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj but of course! #teamvamp
3:59 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj Did SMP make/request any major changes before publishing? #teamvamp
3:59 am vampwriter25: Yeah, I don’t think I’ll elude to the fact that there’s two more being written…. #teamvamp
3:59 am Beekeeper12: @vampwriter25 Well yeah, so i’m gonna speak 4 ,myself, if they wanna change the name, ok, then do it.. Next time, they won’t #teamvamp
3:59 am stratfordsj: Also, re: interviews. It’s impt to me to be truthful and properly answer, but again, not go overboard. or Bored #teamvamp
3:59 am jterzieff: RT @stratfordsj: @jterzieff I wrote it as a one-off but had an idea for a sequel… #teamvamp >nice! @aspiringmama we taking notes?! *grins*
4:00 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers Very little! My ed had a few changes, all of which made it much better. #teamvamp
4:00 am VampTeam: RT @stratfordsj: Also, re: interviews. It’s impt to me to be truthful and properly answer, but again, not go overboard. or Bored #teamvamp
4:00 am Beekeeper12: @vampwriter25 coz after all, the important thing is to secure the first one. #teamvamp
4:00 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj Nice! #teamvamp
4:01 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers Thx 🙂 #teamvamp
4:01 am VampTeam: Gosh I could do this all night! Even w/ the delays and twitter weirdness! We are, tho, at the top of the hour …. #teamvamp
4:01 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj Do you work with critique group or solo? #teamvamp
4:01 am stratfordsj: i hope i answered all the questions! #teamvamp
4:01 am vampwriter25: @Beekeeper12 Well…… yes….. hahaha, they’d have to come up with something pretty damn good to sway me! hahahahah #teamvamp
4:02 am stratfordsj: @ThePreyers I work solo, but have a few friends I really trust who give good feedback #teamvamp
4:02 am aspiringmama: Time for a snack and getting my kiddo in bed. Thanks to @teamvamp for this great chat! #teamvamp
4:02 am ThePreyers: @stratfordsj Thanks for taking the time, hon! #teamvamp
4:02 am VampTeam: So please keep chatting – but I will express collective gratitude to Sarah Jane Straford @stratfordsj for taking time 2 chat w/ #teamvamp
4:02 am stratfordsj: Thank you everyone – this has been great fun! #teamvamp
4:02 am aspiringmama: @stratfordsj and thanks to you for your time and willingness to share! #teamvamp
4:03 am ThePreyers: @VampTeam Thanks for arranging this one! Was a good one, fo sho. #teamvamp
4:03 am VampTeam: This was amazing! thank you Sarah Jane! (everyone else, go buy the book!!!! or face my wrath! LOL ) #teamvamp
4:03 am vampwriter25: @stratfordsj Yes, thank you so much!!! #teamvamp
4:03 am vampwriter25: @VampTeam You mean face the pimp canes and cyber smacks… #teamvamp
4:03 am VampTeam: Next week @vampireFaust author Gabrielle Faust will join us in the coffin! #teamvamp
4:03 am stratfordsj: @VampTeam You’re so welcome – so much fun. Look forward to tweeting with you all more! #teamvamp
4:04 am stratfordsj: Have a wonderful night everyone! #teamvamp
4:04 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj Thank u!!! Hope 2 have u around again very soon! #teamvamp
4:04 am VampTeam: Closing the lid for now … until next time … happy hunting! *winks* #teamvamp
4:04 am ThePreyers: Wish I could stay, but work beckons. Good night, #teamvamp! #teamvamp
4:04 am Beekeeper12: @stratfordsj G’nite!!! #teamvamp
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