A few months ago I wrote an article called Dreams of Being Published and the Heartache That FollowsÂ it was basically a rundown on the luck---or lack there of---I've had where my writing career is concerned.Â
In a nutshell, I'm the proverbial Humpty-Dumpty of writers....always close to publishing my work, then I fall off the wall. However instead of completely shattering into a million pieces, I patch the cracks and climb back up....because I have to.
Last year, around this time, I was asked to participate in a Latina basedÂ anthology at Kensington. Before I could complete the short story, the editor left for a better job and the anthology was nixed.Â I went ahead and completed the story--whose working title was NOBODY'S CINDERELLA--and we tried to resubmit.Â I won't go into all the details since it's all in the last article, however I decided that, because I really liked this story and I'd gotten such great feedback on it, I would take the advice of Rebecca Goings (advice she'd given me during the FCR contest) and submit my story to an online publisher.Â I submitted to two of them, actually, last month.
On Monday, I got an email from one of the publishers. She loved the story and wanted to offer a contract.Â I gave it the day to think about it....then accepted. The contracts came in within ten minutes...hahaÂ So....WHOOP! I can now say I'm a published writer!!Â
My story (which will be retitled as soon as I can think of a new title)Â will be for sale online within the next six months....and I'll of course post the news and invite you all to check it out. =)
Thank you all!!
This process moved a lot faster than I thought it would. The week after I got the paperwork filled out I got an email from the editor I'd be working with. She just wanted to introduce herself and let me know approximately when she'd send the first round of edits, which she guessed would be sometime after the new year.Â A fewÂ hours later I got another email from her....she'd opened the file to read the first few pages and couldn't stop....she read the whole thing and did her first round of edits.....which only consisted of punctuation. (not a shock).Â I did them that same night, returned the file and she did another round of edits. We did three sweeps and all in all it took less than a week.Â Last week I got a message that the story, now calledÂ Her Will, His WayÂ will be for sale at Cobblestone Press April 18th.Â It's tagged as a contemporary erotic romance (although, compared to most erotic romances, it's pretty tame--IMO)
I hope you will all check it out and let me know what you think.Â
Thank you all forÂ sharing this with you and for all the wonderful comments below!!Â
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