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.
I haven’t posted one of my poems on my site since February 2010. I think it’s time for another one. I don’t have many, but I’ll share them all here…one at a time though. If anyone ever browsed my old deviantART gallery, then you’ve probably read all my poems already. Well, just consider this a reboot. I would like to say that my poetry style varies. Sometimes I like words to rhyme and sometimes I don’t. It all depends on how I want to express the poem’s theme. I’m not a seasoned poet. Poetry is the only time I write off the top of my head without planning our outlines…unlike how I approach writing novels and short stories.
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.