I just submitted my short story, Eros, My Love, to Boroughs Publishing Group. They have a line called “Lunchbox Romances” for their short stories. I think that name is so cute! I figured I’d increase my chances by one. LOL! I decided I’m going to wait until I get a response from them or Cobblestone Press before I submit the manuscript anywhere else. I don’t know how other authors feel, but the hardest part of publishing for me is the long waiting. I’m not a patient person, so waiting is definitely challenging for me in every aspect of my life.
Since I’ve been in a story editing mood, I decided to work on my previously published short story Eros, My Love. I took into account some of my readers’ critiques, except the length. I remember reading a review where someone said the story was too short. Uh…it’s a SHORT story. It’s supposed to be short. It’s not a novella or a novel. I don’t know what they thought they were reading. Anyway, I cut 284 words from the original manuscript. I sent a query letter to Cobblestone Press to see if they’d be interested in publishing it. It would be awesome if I could get 3 acceptances in a row: My Green Publisher, Decadent Publishing, and Cobblestone Press. I won’t hold my breath though. I know I don’t have that kind of luck.
Today, I sent a query letter to Decadent Publishing to see if they’d be interested in publishing my short story, Love Addiction. Below is the summary I wrote myself. Be forewarned, I think I suck at writing summaries.
Some people say that sex can be like a drug…but what about love? Chloe seems to think she and her boyfriend, Damien, need rehab. When they miss their friend, Hannah’s, birthday party for a night of passion, she decides it’s time to reevaluate their relationship.
Always the attentive partner, Damien offers her an easy explanation. He believes they simply get high off being in love. But is he ready to face his own addiction when Hannah makes the couple a bet to abstain from sex for an entire week? Chloe is confident the win is in the bag, but her hot, British lover may prove too tempting to resist.
As you’ve probably realized, it’s an erotic contemporary romance. I never thought I’d write another one, because I usually add some kind of supernatural element to my romances. Decadent published my 2nd short story, Right Here, Right Now, which is also an erotic contemporary romance. I wrote Love Addiction back in August and shared it for free when I was on deviantART. For the last couple of days, I’ve been working on editing the story in preparation for submissions. If DP rejects it, then I’ll shop it around to a few more publishers. Hopefully, someone will want to publish it.
Last Monday, I signed the contract with My Green Publisher giving them publishing rights to The Howling Heart. It says the book will be published by June 30, 2013. I have an appreciation for graphic art, so I can’t wait to see what kind of cover they come up with. Their cover artist also has to design the back since the novel will be released in paperback. I have a pretty simple concept for that. I just want the story summary over rippling dark water.
Hallelujah! Riley & Paige will live on after all! For 21 months, I’ve been trying to publish my second novel, The Howling Heart, through 74 literary agents, publishers, and e-publishers. I had been waiting for one last publisher to respond and I finally received some good news. My Green Publisher will be acquiring my novel and I’m very excited to be working with them. I think it’s ironic their slogan is “The publishers that care.” I needed someone to care about my novel and realize its potential. The editor informed me that my novel won’t be released until after April 2013. That’s fine with me. I’m just grateful they took an interest in it. I’m thrilled they publish e-books and paperbacks because not all e-pubs do. I still owe some of my supportive readers free, signed copies of paperbacks. This reminds me, I need to update my bio and FAQ’s.
I received an email today from Xcite Books and they rejected my partial submission for The Howling Heart. They gave me another typical vague response. Now I’m only waiting for Pink Flamingo Publications to respond. They are also considering my story for publication through My Green Publisher. My publisher list has been updated. I hope the editor at Pink Flamingo gives me good news. If not, I’ll have to wait until some time next year to put Plan B into action.
Update 10/6 – Since I’ve queried 2 additional publishers, I updated my publisher list.
In addition to Pink Flamingo Publications, I found that I had Xcite Books on my publisher “waiting list”. I can’t remember what I was waiting for, but I just sent them a partial submission. I might as well try my luck with them too. They are the UK’s largest erotic publisher, and The Howling Heart is definitely erotic. Okay, but now I’m really finished sending query letters. If these publishers both reject me, I’m just going to stick with Plan B with Mom. I’ll admit I’m proud of myself for not giving up on my novel completely, but I couldn’t really tell my mother ‘no’ when she’s so passionate about my story and made it her personal goal to get it published if I can’t do it on my own.
I believe God gives us signs, and I think he gave me one today. I wasn’t going to continue my publishing venture with The Howling Heart until next year with my mom’s help, but today I got a newsletter from Pink Flamingo Publications about a new e-publisher. I didn’t know I was on their mailing list. Then I remembered I had emailed them about submitting The Howling Heart and the editor was waiting to read it, but I never prepared my submission. Well, I will be preparing it today! I spoke to the editor again and she’s still interested. I’ll roll the dice on my own one more time and see what happens.
I don’t know how many people can say their moms are one of their best friends, but I can. She sees my potential and won’t let me quit. She’s just as hurt as I am about The Howling Heart not getting published. She loves the story and read it 3 times. She believes in it and wants to see it published, so she has made it her personal goal to make it happen. And she told me she hasn’t had a goal in years! So next year, she and I are going to put together a plan to get the story published. Notice I didn’t say “try to get it published”. No, her goal is to get The Howling Heart in print and e-book by 2014. She’s thinking BIG, because she wants it on the shelves. I think that may be pushing it; online-only is fine with me. She’s a lot more optimistic than I am. We spoke about involving her co-worker who used to be a newspaper editor and my uncle who has been very successful in the educational field. Sometimes who you know and their connections can make all the difference. I feel like a passenger on this ride, because my mom has decided to take the wheel. I was ready to just let the story die. I tried for 19 months to get it published through 19 publishers and 52 agents. I shared the story for free for 3 years to test it with readers, get feedback, and spread the word. For 10 months, I designed artwork to promote the story and draw readers in. Because of one special reader who loved the story too, I was able to get an agent who happened to be her sister. But I only had her for a short while before she got very ill. After that, I tried to get another agent, but no one wanted me as a client. Everything that I tried to get my novel published had failed. But where I failed on my own, maybe my mom can help me succeed.
When I lose the passion for something or it frustrates me, it’s time to stop…especially when it’s within my control. First, it was writing and now graphic design. Last night, I made the decision to delete my deviantART account. I was a member for 7 years, but actively sharing a lot of artwork and free stories for 10 months. Just like with writing, I decided I didn’t want to continue with graphic art because it wasn’t fulfilling. I’ve been sharing free stories and artwork since 2005 and I’ve come to the realization they weren’t getting me where I want to be. I don’t want to waste my time anymore doing something that’s not beneficial to me. More importantly, if I’m not happy, then the best thing for me is to quit.
After all the bad news I’ve been getting lately, I needed something to make me smile. What better way to brighten my mood than sexy, male eye candy. I found these new photos of German model, Lucas Buchwald. He’s the young man whose face graces the cover of A Rose to the Fallen. There are only a few people in this world that I think have perfect faces and Lucas is definitely one of them. His body is pretty flawless too!
I had this entry sitting in Drafts for months because I knew I would have to post it. I made this same announcement back in April, but I’m not happy I have to say it again. The Howling Heart will not be published. Correction—will NEVER be published. This also means I won’t be writing the sequel. The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House (who originally published the Fifty Shades trilogy) rejected my full submission after I had passed Round 1 with a detailed synopsis and first three chapters. They were the last publisher I was waiting to respond. The reason they gave me was the story “doesn’t fit their needs at this time”. It’s yet another typical, vague, bullshit response that I’m used to getting from agents and publishers. I’ve been trying to get my second novel published for 19 months and I’ve finally reached the end of the road. I can now say my publishing journey for The Howling Heart is over. I want to thank some of my readers who stuck with me and tried to help me get it published. I’ll always appreciate your efforts and support. I tried, but unfortunately…it just didn’t work out. As a result of this latest news, I’ve once again updated my Bio, FAQs and publisher list.