Busy few weeks coming up. As some of you may recall (heh), my first novel, Sand & Water, releases a week from tomorrow (August 15). I’ve got several posts planned here leading up to it. I’ll have a guest blog for Cup O’ Porn later in the week. On the 15th, I’ll be taking over the Dreamspinner Press blog and will have giveaways and snippets to share. The following Saturday, the 20th, I’ll be chatting at Dreamspinner’s Goodreads page.
In the meantime, I’m working on two submissions due next week, and another due at the end of the month. Not to mention trying to get some actual writing time! And then there’s Dragon*Con weekend, and I’m working on setting up a “meet the authors” event (or two) for several of the M/M authors who’ll be attending.
I should start buying lottery tickets again. Maybe if I win, I can hire someone to do all the ancillary things so I can just write!
Without even realizing it at first, I reached one of my writing goals for the year this week. Well, they were more “general guidelines of what I’d like to do,” but one was to publish six stories, of any length. My August novel release will be my fifth, and I’m still hopeful that I’ll have at least one holiday-season story. (If ever finish writing them.)
Then Dreamspinner put out a call to current authors for a special promotional event, and my submission was accepted. It’ll be a freebie, but that’s fine; it’s still going to be published. So that’s six! Go me!
(As an aside, that also gives me at least one publication every other month this year through October. And if one of the Christmas stories is accepted, it’ll be every other month all year. Maybe next year my goal should be to get published in at least one “odd” month.)
The novel is submitted!
Wow, that was hard. I had to hold my breath and force myself to hit send. By far the hardest it’s been to submit a story, even the first one.
Now all I have to do is get buried in another project so I won’t sit around fretting and wondering until I hear back on the novel. 🙂
Final notes for the novel are in from my last beta. She only had a few small comments, and since everything else is ready to go (synopsis, email body), I might actually get the submission out tonight.
I’m not going to know what to do with myself! … okay, actually, I do, but “work on novel #2” is a lot easier said than done. 🙂
I’m happy to announce that my short story “Chicago” will appear in the Dreamspinner Press First Time for Everything Daily Dose Set, to be released in June.
Tonight, I’m reviewing final galleys for my story “Discovering Columbus,” which is part of the Uniform Appeal anthology, set for release on April 11. There’s cover art, too, check it out!
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>Happy to say that my short story “Stripped” has sold to Silver Publishing, for the “Never Say Never” Valentine’s Day anthology. It will be out, naturally, in February.
>Shameless stealing from Rachel West’s announcement, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be publishing another story with Dreamspinner Press!
My short story “Home for the Holidays” will be published as part of Naughty or Nice, the 2010 Advent Calendar. This is a holiday-themed collection in which readers get one new m/m romance, each with a holiday twist, for every day in December. I’m so happy to be included!
Will provide more info as it becomes available. But for now, yayyyyyyyyyy! 😀
>Short story (~11k) submitted this morning. One more off the table for now.
My remaining priority projects are the holiday-themed short, the novella/novel, and revisions/galleys on the accepted novel as needed.
I think I need to set up a better tracking system so I can keep up with all this!
>I’ve finished the revisions on my novella and am ready to give it one more once-over and then resubmit.
Not to say that I wasn’t nervous on the original submission. I was. But sending out a cold submission, I was prepared for rejection. I wouldn’t have been happy about it, but I know good and well rejections are the rule, not the exception.
A tentative acceptance makes things more difficult. If I mess up the revisions, then I could easily lose out on the acceptance. And that would be more painful because I came so close.
I’m usually pretty good about having confidence in my abilities. I know I can write a good story. I know where my strengths and weaknesses are. I know I’m a good substantive editor and can pick apart holes in a story with the best of them.
But this whole process is new to me, as I’ve said before. I’ve never published original fiction before (other than drabbles). I’ve done a lot of things in the past year I’ve never done before, writing-wise: writing m/m, writing alternate universe fanfic scenarios, writing long stories. And now, writing original fiction for publication. It’s a lot to cram into a fairly short period of time.
At any rate, I’ll be resubmitting my story today, come hell or high water. Wish me luck.
>I’ve just send in my second-ever fiction submission (not counting a handful of drabbles published in a long-defunct webzine). The first submission came many years ago, when I knew much less about writing and publishing than I do now. I chose an inappropriate market and didn’t put enough effort into editing, so naturally, it was rejected.
Everyone knows that rejection is difficult. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life for an author, especially one who’s just testing the waters. It’s easy enough to find suggestions and recommendations for ways to improve the odds of success, but much harder to implement them. Writing workshops, critique groups, “beta” readers, professional editing; at what point does it become too much? When do you reach a point of diminishing returns?
The story I’ve just submitted was originally written as fanfiction, which means that it’s been edited and read in a different form already. For that reason, I chose not to go through the workshop/critique whirlwind this time, ready to accept a rejection if it comes. Call it impatience, but at this point, I’d rather expend the energy on stories that aren’t yet completed. If this submission is rejected, then I’ll decide whether to put in the additional effort to try again.
Eventually, I’ll probably also return to that first story and give it more polish than it had on the first try. It’s a learning process, and I’m fully willing to admit that I’m still a rank beginner.