22 March, 2014

Synopsis shuffle

With all the work on short stories and such that I've been doing as of late, I bet you thought I'd neglected UNCERTAIN HEIRS. ^_~

The truth is, I've been focused on the fourth draft and preparing the synopsis. I want to begin querying agents, but I can't do that yet without perfecting this beast. And it's everything people make it out to be -- the synopsis is, I think, the most important selling point for any agent. All the websites I've read agree on that, but they all have their own approach. So, for now at least, I'm going to follow their example and take my own approach by writing my summary out as if I were talking to a bunch of friends, trying to get them interested in reading my work.

I've done three versions so far. Each time, I rewrite the next synopsis without referencing the ones that came before, looking for the key plot points, verbiage, etc. that reoccur. There'll probably be at least ten separate versions by the time I'm done with it.

And ten's a smart way to average out what I need and what I don't -- but I'll let you know in a few weeks how that works out.

Until then, enjoy the copy of Thoroughbred that I have up for sale over at Amazon.

See ya, space cowboy!

05 March, 2014

Is romance ever simple?

At least as a writing genre, I don't think it should be. I'm envious of the writers who can sit down and write out a short story romance where the characters get together without issue. Me, on the other hand, I have this penchant for turning a simple romance into a complex tale, usually involving characters from different walks of life. I suppose that's bound to happen when your preferred genre is paranormal. ^_~

Anyway, I'm drawing to a close on my latest short story, a paranormal romance titled "Evening Hallow". This one may or may not end up in a compilation with Thoroughbred and some other short stories that I've got in the works. Who knows, I may save it for later and push forward with the ones I've currently got out for critiques.

Oh, and don't forget -- Thoroughbred is now available for purchase through Amazon Kindle. I even added a link off to the side on the main page to make it easier for you guys to find. :) Enjoy!

01 March, 2014

Salvaging an old story

I found a short story on my computer I'd started a few years ago. Though it was going nowhere, I thought I might try to salvage it. Instead of letting it remain untouched and unfinished, I'm working up ideas on how to get it back on track. If I can't, I can't, but I'm confident I can.

In the meanwhile, I've got Uncertain Heirs out for critique, and a couple other shorts in the works. It's looking like a full plate for 2014, but I can at least offer to keep you entertained with Thoroughbred, which is available for Amazon Kindle download.

Be sure to check it out :)


Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.