Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Synopsis and cover art for; A few moments with me and Madison Carter.


I find Madison Carter sitting in a corner of the room, her eyes fixed in uncontrollable despair. She has subconsciously removed all the furniture and possessions around her and retreated to a blank page, yearning for safety and comfort.
This isn't her lounge any longer. It isn't the room full of memories, laughter and warmth she sat in only minutes ago. That room had been constructed with bricks and plaster, covered in maroon and crème paint, crammed with life. We are now a sterile, thin and fragile space created from folds made in white paper. It does not possess the necessary power to stop the ceaseless sludge on the other side. Tears and oil inevitably seep through, pain and dirt will smear across the surface and the grief and rust must corrode all in its path.
Madison is a sketch in an artist's pad. A series of lines, somehow holding themselves together in the form of a human body. She is unravelling, losing her shape and focus, willing to dissolve. The features have almost completely disappeared from her face, as has her ever-changing fractal light.
I see black, grey and white.

Lines of disbelief and shock swirl around her skin, creating a weak shell that cannot survive the torrent.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Agents vs the artist ... A long history of unwarranted blame.

Morning, afternoon, evening :)

Strangely enough, I'd planned to post a blog or vlog about the publishing world. This isn't it but here we are nonetheless.

This morning I saw a post on Twitter - an image taken from another site, I believe - that blamed publishing agents for many things; favouritism, nepotism, not loving my book and representing me-ism ... You get the idea.
It so happens that I had recently chatted to an agent about similar issues. After the conversation, and read this carefully, CAREFULLY, I do not believe agents deserve any of the hassle they receive ... And I have rejection letters and am an indie author/publisher. I should despise these people because I don't live in a Hogwarts sized mansion, swimming in a pool filled with champagne.
In many sectors of employment, there are agents, there are middle men/women/agencies. Some are the epitome of fairness and from the moment they step inside their office, they strive to improve their clients' lot in life. Some are money grabbing parasites. Now, think of this basic human act/behaviour for a second; bad news is remembered and spreads, whereas good news gets lost along the way most of the time. For every story you hear about a great agent, you'll hear ten about #!@?!!%#@!:? agents. Get it?
Let's continue.
You've typed 'The end'. Now what? Your book is the greatest piece of literature ever created. Of course it is, you wrote it...you aren't biased in any way.
You send it away and can't believe that agents from all over the universe aren't queuing outside your house, desperate for your signature. This is where the BLAME starts :/ You blame the agents for not understanding you  or your book. Then, unfortunately (and it hurts, I know) the rejection letters start arriving. How:#$!$#!**@ dare they?? More blame follows.
A crossroads appears at this point. The author improves, learns from the advice given and resubmits.
The author self publishes(a recent addition to the publishing world, don't forget) and immediately gives up on the traditional route. They hold a grudge against agents and publishers that only grows with every day/ week/ month that their book doesn't become a bestseller.
They self publish because the option fits for them and submit to agents WHEN THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE A BOOK THAT IS GOOD ENOUGH. This is how I now work.

Lots of factors have to be considered by agents, remember that; financial costs, the current marketplace, excellent writing plus a million others I don't know about.

Okay, enough rambling from me today :)

Jay

Monday, 21 July 2014

I have an app!

Hello :D

My last two blog posts were tests related to this. I have linked this blog to the new author app and wanted to see it update on my phone...after I'd emailed in my blog post from my phone! Technology really rocks, right? (say that three times fast haha)

It's Version 1.0 and on Windows Phone only at the moment. Trust me, though, I'm not stopping yet :D

Here's the link;  http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=6977b47a-e4cd-4327-b06b-7a438edcefe9

Jay Ellis

Friday, 16 May 2014

Female: 918

Hi :)

So, I'm working on many new books at the present time. One of these is Female: 918, a dystopian YA :)

I have 2 chapters up on Wattpad here; http://www.wattpad.com/48943646-f918-prologue-chapter-one & here; http://www.wattpad.com/50325711-f918-chapter-2

An artist friend who is just too talented to put in words, Sharon Stone(Facebook page) illustrated the main character for me. Great isn't it??? :D


Chat soon ... chapter 3 awaits! I want this book out by the end of November!! :)