In the morning’s mail was a quick note from the publisher advising that An Innocent Act will hit the streets on July 29th.
It’s been kind of a crazy month for that little story. Submitted, rejected, submitted again and accepted. Honestly, I would not have resubmitted the story if not for the encouragement from the publisher that turned it down the first time as this is not my thing.
After three rounds of editing, I’ve gotten to see the final formatting and it looks great. You of course have gotten to see the cover reveal. I really hope the old gal does well, as it’s my first attempt at erotic fiction.
I’ll be honest; it’s been a crazy month in general for me. In June I received an email from a publisher that I have worked with in the past. The note returned to me a story that had been on hold for an upcoming anthology.
A few weeks later news came, that another indie publisher had called it quits, the third this summer?
I must have a dozen and a half stories submitted in various lengths, everything from short anthology submissions to novellas to a couple of novel length stories, but the news came as a blow to me. It’s the short story acceptances that keep things going around here until I can find a home for one of the longer stories.
One crime anthology has just hit the street and I have two westerns in another this week, but that was it for me, if none of the others came forward.
I do expect to be in another charity anthology out of England, but that will be late this year and well into next, if anything like the previous version. If none of the other submissions were accepted (and the industry moves at a snail’s pace) that would be it, nada, nothing.
Then when things seemed to be at their worst, that odd little story finds a home and another publisher to fill the void left by a couple of others. The last week has been a good one, with five stories getting accepted, two of those being novella length.
It’s been several years since I’ve had a story out there all alone and not sharing the pages with a dozen other writers. Don’t get me wrong, I think anthologies are a great way to build up readership and camaraderie with other writers—if nothing else, there are others to help push the thing—but it’s a little scary being out there alone again.
None of this is either here or there, but I really do hope the little story does well.
Look for An Innocent Act from Solstice Publishing to be available July 29th. I hope that you’ll read it and look forward to any feedback.