Welcome

 

Welcome to my website! My name is Rae, and this is the home of all my Original Fiction and Fanfiction. Most of it contains explicit lesbian content, so if you’re underage or the thought of two females in a romantic and sexual relationship bothers you, I advise you to leave immediately. There are plenty of other wonderful websites for you to visit.

You can find updates, important information, and a few insane ramblings below in separate posts.

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Bad News and Good News

Hey everyone. First of all, I want to thank you for your support over the past several years. You guys are amazing.

Sadly, L-book is closing. Some of you might have already heard. That means TSS won’t be published at all. It sucks, but I don’t hold the company any ill will. They’re closing because the owner died, and despite her best efforts to make arrangements in case of her sudden death, her estate just wasn’t prepared to pass on the reins to anyone else. I really enjoyed working with everyone at L-book and I’m pretty devastated that, not only will my book not be published, but that such a great company went under.

All The Pretty Things is almost finished, and I’ll be submitting it to the publishers I deem best suited to the novel once I’ve had some people give it a glance-over.

However, there is a bright spot. I don’t see TSS being published any time soon. I’m still too hurt over what happened. And to be honest, my writing has improved a lot since it was written. So I’m releasing it free, the final draft L-book so kindly created for me, so all of you can enjoy the updated version once again. Here you go.

RM-Second_Sister_pdf

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Some Updates from L-Book

Hi everyone!

I have sad news to report, although I’m sure some of you have already heard. Unfortunately, Roxanne, the wonderful lady behind L-book, passed away recently. We exchanged a lot of e-mails over the years, and she was the one to tell me the good news that The Second Sister would be published. I’ll always be grateful to her for supporting me through the publishing process. She’s in my prayers, and so are the awesome people at L-book who are still running things in her absence.

Although TSS is pretty much ready to go, and WILL still be published since Roxanne had enough foresight to made contingencies for L-book in case something happened to her, I’m not sure when it will be released. Hopefully before the end of the year, as was planned, but that depends on legal issues. Soon, though, I promise. Thanks for being patient – getting a book ready, especially an e-book, takes time. I do have another novel, in the works with many hiatuses for about two years, that will be posted on my website in the near future, though.

Also, if you’re an A/O fan of mine, I’m finally going to try finishing IHON. Oh, and NaNoWriMo is coming up! I still have no idea for a plot, so we’ll see what happens on November 1st.

Love,

Rae

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Fanfiction Hosting

Three points of business…

One – Fanfics: All of my fanfic is now hosted separately on this website thanks to the pandemonium over at fanfiction.net, so enjoy! Three unfinished, long fics still link to the ff.net version, but all the others should be up and working.

Two – The Second Sister: I’m hoping it will be released this month. There will be a big announcement when it is ready.

Three – All The Pretty Things: Updates to come.

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Updates

Well, the website has a sleek new look. Yep, that’s me in the banner. Tell me what you think of the new design!

Over the next day or so, I will be replacing all of the fanfiction.net links with .pdf files. This is because fanfiction is purging their “inappropriate” stories (boo!) and I don’t want to lose them.

No, I still don’t know when The Second Sister is coming out. As soon as I know, you guys will know. =D

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Mass Effect 3 (AKA: Liara/FemShep forever!)

So, I recently played Mass Effect 3 (after playing the first two a few weeks before the release), and although I found the endings highly disappointing, the series as a whole was absolutely fabulous… I adored it. Liara T’Soni and FemShep are my new favorite couple.

 

So, yeah. If you haven’t played Mass Effect and can afford the game(s), do so. It’s well worth your time. But be sure to romance Liara!

In the meantime, here’s some Mass Effect fic. I added a new section in Liara and Shepard’s honor (with some Miranda/Jack interspersed throughout as well).

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This And That

I have dragged myself onto wordpress and redesigned my website ever-so-slightly in preparation for (finally) releasing the novel I have been promising you guys for, like, an entire year. The truth is, I started it last november, got 40,000 words in, and have been totally stuck for the past, er, twelve months. This time I promise, cross my heart and hope to die, that All The Pretty Things WILL be finished.

A new page has been added to the Fanfiction section called ‘Collaborations’. I’m going to be posting my… well… collaborations there. I’ve linked to Clom and MJ Duncan’s websites, and I’ll do so again in this post, and posted a link to Milk’s fanfiction profile, since she’s a slacker and doesn’t have a website yet. I love, love, love writing with other people, especially Law & Order fanfiction, so don’t be scared. If you’ve talked to me, or even if you are just a creeper, get in touch and we’ll talk writing.

The Second Sister is still in copyediting mode, but check out L-Book’s Christmas special! It’s free, and I’m in it. c_c You must obey.

In other news, I only have one more semester of school left, and then hopefully I can get some more serious writing done. I love your comments, e-mails, and reviews. I read and save them all, and they truly buoy me up in times when the writing pickin’s are slim (like now).

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Updates

Hi guys! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy with my new summer job. However, I’ve got a few updates to give those of you that use this website as an archive/resource.

1. If you don’t know already, LBook has picked up The Second Sister, and it will be published in the next few months! It’s in copyediting right now, so I’m playing the waiting game. However, start budgeting now to buy the book so I can pay my rent. =D More free goodies will come in the LBook Christmas special as well.

2. I know it’s been a while, but I’m getting ready to post my next Original novel, ‘All The Pretty Things’, online in its entirety in the next week or two. Get excited!

3. In Fanfictionworld, we’re adding a new Kim/Shego page to the website and finishing up Alternating Currents/It Happened One Night so I can start my new baby (aka: project), which is called ‘Snap’. It’s got a BDSM flavor, but it’s pretty atypical of other fanfics I’ve written in a good way.

Best wishes! Keep an eye out for updates.

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Words of Advice

Yesterday, I received a very polite letter from a reader in my e-mail inbox. They wanted to know if I had any advice for aspiring writers who had submitted a manuscript for publication and been rejected. Although I dashed it off quickly, I feel that the response I came up with is worthwhile enough to post.

 

 

Hello <NAMEREMOVED>

Yes, I have some suggestions for you, and also encouragement. You’re not the only one who has been rejected. TSS was not picked up by the first publishers I went to, and I had to keep at it. I know how discouraging it can be to see your work turned down. That comes to my first piece of advice: develop a thick skin. Make sure that you don’t take the rejection of your work as a rejection of you. Even though it may feel like it means that the publishers don’t like YOU as a writer, what it usually means is that they don’t want this particular novel at this particular time for their particular clients. So keep that in mind.

My second piece of advice is to build a fanbase. Post on any forum you can find. Tell your friends. Well, the ones that you don’t mind showing femslash to, that is. Make new online friends. Have your friends tell their friends. Post on as many sites as possible. That way, when you do publish a book, you’ll have people willing to buy it. Also, lots of these friends and acquaintances will comment, and that is a good thing. Whenever someone comments on your work (unless it’s like a 2 word comment – those make me smile, but I generally don’t type huge responses to them), respond. If they give you specific advice, ask questions. “What didn’t work about this? What can I do to make this transition smoother?”

This kind of connects to my third piece of advice. Get an excellent beta reader, and then get ANOTHER excellent beta reader. Ideally, they should also be writers themselves, but there are a few that happen to have a talent for editing but don’t write themselves. One of my betas, Lee, is like that. I force my girlfriend to beta for me as well. Make them be picky. Make sure they are people who a) know you want to be published and b) are not afraid of sparing your feelings (although they should always be polite, constructive, and to the point).

After you have written a novel that you think you want to sell, what you need is a publisher. For lesbian fiction, I don’t advise getting an agent. You won’t need one. It is a genre market, which is both a good and bad thing. The good news is that you have a greater chance of getting published (smaller pool of applicants) and a very loyal fanbase (other lesbians always support each other’s work, I’ve found). The bad news is that you probably won’t become the next JK Rowling. However, I’ve found having a small but vocal, loyal group of followers is often very touching and emotionally rewarding. I feel honored that my work has touched other people at all, so I’m not concerned about numbers.

I’m not sure which publishers you have sent your work to, but make sure they are PRIMARILY publishers of lesbian fiction. Research who the head of the publishing company is. Make sure you know who to address the submission letter to. They usually have staff lists and tell you the name of the person you are querying. Buy other books from them or at least look at their selections. Are they like the novels you are trying to publish? Read the guidelines carefully and make sure everything is submitted exactly like they request. Google ‘Query Letters’ and copy the format of ones you like. Most publishers also request a quick, 100 word bio. If you’ve won any online awards, mention them briefly. If not, go find some contests to enter on lesbian forums/websites. I can recommend The Athenaeum and The Academy of Bards. They have rankings that are very easy to brag about if your story places high.

My second-to-last piece of advice is to make a website. It doesn’t have to be much, but a central clearing house of all your work and a brief bio is never harmful to anyone. When you get rejected (if it is by personal note and not form letter), ALWAYS respond thanking them for their time and consideration. You might be working with this publishing house in the future. The lesbian fiction market, like the lesbian dating pool, is rather small. Good impressions go a long way. Also, I suggest giving your query letters to your beta readers beforehand so they can check for spelling errors. It never hurts!

One last thought – if you have submitted the same novel multiple times to multiple publishers, consider writing a new one. You can always go back to the first one later once you’ve got a few other novels under your belt and you have already signed a publishing contract.

Good luck. If there’s anything else I can do for you, please let me know.

Best wishes,
Rae

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The Second Sister is going to be published!

Yes – I recently signed a contract with L-book to publish The Second Sister in both E-book, paperback, and audiobook format. I’m so incredibly excited!!!

As of now, it’s a 5-year contract, and hopefully they will be interested in the three other books in the Amendyr series as well. A redirect/link will be posted on this website as soon as the book comes out.

I want to thank all of you for your support throughout my writing career. Getting e-mails in my inbox is the highlight of my day, and they always make me smile. I try to respond to most of them and all of the comments you guys leave. I also want to thank Lee, my awesome Beta reader, and my Mistress, who has encouraged (read: tolerated) my writing from the very beginning even though it drives her slightly insane.

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New Website!

Yes, I have purchased and redesigned my website. I hope it looks *mostly* professional and that all of you can navigate it without any problems. If you have any suggestions on how I can make it better (at least, if the suggestions aren’t too complicated), let me know in comments and I’ll do my best to accommodate your requests.

Also, comments on any of the pages/posts/anywhere on the new website are love! Unfortunately, my host won’t let me move the old ones, and they were deleted, even though I have saved them in a separate file. The website feels so empty right now…

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