The long road to publication


On August 23, 2013, I submitted a short story, The Passing of Millie Hudson, to a publisher suggested to me by a dear friend and author.

The story appeared once before in an anthology put out by a writers group I was in, but the antho didn’t do well.  In fact, I don’t even mention it in my publishing credits because it was one of those ‘vanity publishing’ things. Instead of me paying for inclusion, I was allowed to include it because I was the ‘editor’ of the anthology. (I use the term very loosely because I really wasn’t an editor; more like a gatherer of blurbs and excerpts of unfinished novels).  It was one of those morale booster things the writer’s group did so writers could see their name in print and hopefully give them incentive to keep writing.  I have positive and negative thoughts on the experience, but that’s neither here nor there.  The thing is, I always thought Millie Hudson needed a home.  A real home where she would fit in and her story could be told the way it should have been all along.

When I found out about this particular publishing arm of the South Jersey Writer’s Group, Hypothetical Press, I sent Millie Hudson in with a hope and a prayer.  Yes, it’s another Writer’s Group, but SJWG is well-known, has a huge following, and some authors you might recognize are members.  It has a great reputation, and its previous anthology did very well in sales.  Plus they are huge in getting the word out there about its authors.  All of these were great pluses for me: reputation, word-of-mouth, awesome exposure.  All things important to an author.

On December 16, 2013, four months after submission, I received my congratulations letter from Hypothetical Press.  They LOVED my story.  I cried.  My lovely Millie Hudson found a forever home.  I later found out there were close to 80 submissions for the anthology and only 13 were chosen.  1 in 7 odds.  I’m happy.

There will be more info about the authors included, the titles of their stories, blog tours, etc., but for now, after a year of waiting, I’m happy to reveal:

Coming August 19, 2014

from Hypothetical Press

 

I can’t wait to share my story, The Passing of Millie Hudson with you.  I am thrilled beyond words to see this story in its final, wonderful resting spot.  Thank you Hypothetical Press (Amy and Jessica) for your passion and dedication to producing a fabulous anthology, and for your love and belief in my story.

More to come on this folks, so stay tuned!!

 

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“Tied” a Fire Born novel


Laney McMann‘s debut novel released this week and I am in love with the cover!

Doesn’t it give you the chills?   I am very excited for Laney and her new book and can’t wait to get my copy in the mail.  Yes, I’m a “real book” reader, not an “electronic” reader.  I love the feel of a book in my hand and holding the actual product.  I am dying to see this cover ‘in person’.  Are the colors as vibrant?  Will my desire to read it be even stronger with it in my grubby little hands?  You betcha!  I mean, the blurb has got me so enthralled, my mind is itching to start reading:

Blurb

Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.

Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.

Or is that all in her head?

Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.

No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?

The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.

In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.

Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?

The answer may never be far enough … away.

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I can’t remember reading anything quite like this so kudos to Laney for having such an original story to tell.  I’ll let you know the good, the bad and the ugly (if there is any) after I read the story.  Right now, I’m in the middle of an ARC for The Keeper of the Lost Cities:  Exile by Shannon Messenger so stay tuned.

If you’re interested in “Tied”, you can get at any one of these spots, and I urge you to do so, even if it’s just to stare at the cover.  🙂  And make sure you pop over and say “Hi’ to Laney:

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YA 101: Paranormal Romance


Update to this post:  August 9, 2017

It has come to my attention that my post I wrote in July 2013 was eerily the same as a post someone else wrote in June 2013. I have read that article and I have to admit, it is eerily the same. The only thing I can think that happened was the speaker at a writer’s group used this other blog post as her talking points, I took the notes, and wrote a blog about it. While my words were not exactly the same as the other author’s, it was close enough for me to rethink my post and remove it so there would be no question of plagiarism, etc. I had never even heard of the other blogger nor had I ever seen her post; however, seeing as it was written before mine, I am removing my post. Here is the link to K.A.E. Grove’s original article.

My apologies to K.A.E. Grove for any unintended similarities.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160318090340/http://hubpages.com:80/literature/Writing-Paranormal-Romance-5-Tips-To-Remember

Two Debut Novels Released Today!


If you love paranormal stories, you’re going to LOVE these two debut novels, Darkness and Light by J.A. Belfield and Little White Lies, by Aimee Laine. Both were released today!

Stop on over at Aimee’s site to read all about her novel  Little White Lies

J.A. Belfield is also running a contest on her blog site Darkness and Light for a giveaway of Darkness and Light.