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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The work thing

Hey, I made a sale without doing a darn thing!

Alison Tyler remembered a story I’d submitted to her ages ago that she rejected for whatever project I’d subbed it for, and asked if she could include it in an upcoming anthology (pending publisher approval) and also excerpt it in a nonfiction book she’s writing (I’d get some compensation and a credit). Plus she wants to quote a comment I made on a Lust Bites post eons ago!

Acceptances are always fantastic. But there’s something a little extra when an editor approaches you, remembering something they saw from you a year or more ago.

So, things are finally settling out into normalcy again after me being away from home for more than half of May. I’ve got tons of things to talk about, so let’s make this the writing post, and catch up by theme.

This past weekend was a writers' fest! On Saturday, the local RWA ladies and I got together for high tea (5 out of 6 of us! a record!), and then three came over so I could show off the house, and we chatted for another few hours. After that, Ellenie and I grabbed our laptops and went to a local coffee shop and wrote for a couple more hours.

The next day was practically more of the same! Ellenie and I carpooled to the LARA meeting, where Sylvia Day and HelenKay Dimon spoke about the fears that keep us from writing. After that, five of us (including Christine, whom I hadn’t seen in ages—we couldn’t stop hugging!) went to Versailles and moaned our way through Cuban food, and then some of us repaired to Lulu’s for an afternoon of writing.

There’s been a fair amount of ins and outs over the past few weeks, including…

  • A sale! My story “In Flight” will be reprinted in Best Lesbian Romance 2009! It’s a fun story. It’s got birds of prey in it! What’s not to love?
  • I received, signed, and returned the contract for Flash Fucking, which will include (pending publisher approval) my story “The Heist.” The story is one of my personal favorites, so I’m quite chuffed!
  • I also received my comp copies of Rubber Sex.
  • Alas, I also received a rejection from Bane’s Universe for “Berengere.” It’s already been resubbed, of course.
  • Alas, also a rejection from Clarkesworld for “Dreamseer,” which promptly got turned around to Æon.
My overall stats for April and May look like this:

Novel rejections = 3 (for 2 different novel ms)
Novel submissions = 3 (for 1 novel ms)

Short story submissions = 15
Short story rejections = 12
Short story sales = 1
Short story publications = 1

And that’s about it. This weekend I’m spending most of Saturday working, and Sunday I’m hitting the coffee shop early with Ellenie because of a birthday tea for two friends in the afternoon. It’s always an adventure!


TeresaNoelleRoberts said...

Woot! Nothing like an unexpected out-of-the-blue :solicited" acceptance! *does a very gentle, above-the-waist happy dance*

Looks like we'll be sharing at least one (two, pending publisher's approval) more TOCs. Congrats!

Dayle A. Dermatis said...


Lev said...

Nice change to have an editor come to you. May it happen more and more! :-)

Dayle A. Dermatis said...

Thanks, hon!