After this post, I think I’m allowed to call myself a writer for real, rather than just someone who pretends to write. What do you think?
1) Always open your junk mail. I got a letter from Liguorian, which I assumed was an ad for the League of St. Gerard. Fortunately I did open it because inside were two copies of a contract for my short story “Hands That Touch Time.” This will be my second story published with Liguorian Magazine, which has a circulation of 120,000 and which has featured award-winning stories in the past. Color me thrilled!
2) Remember my Christmas novella that would have been published last Thanksgiving had the publisher not gone out of business two weeks before publication date? I’m delighted to announce that The Boys Upstairs will be released this December by MuseItUp Publishing. I’ve already received the first round of edits, and I’ve been working with the cover artist as well.
As an aside, if any readers here would like a review copy to review on your weblog or podcast or whatnot, please let me know and I’ll see about getting a copy to you.
3) I am now represented by agent Roseanne Wells of the Marianne Strong Literary Agency! She’s given me an editing assignment for Honest And For True to make it more saleable (part of my task being to reduce the word count by about 17%) and once we’re done with that, we go on submission. I’m so excited because Roseanne really “gets” the book and the characters, and because she sees what I’m doing with it, she’s able to see ways the book can be improved.
If you read agency weblogs, you know Roseanne Wells from her guest post at Colleen Lindsay’s, about why adding a dragon doesn’t help your broken story. If you read it (actually, do go read it) you’ll immediately notice the first sentence:
My friend Jane* has a tendency to tell really boring stories.
*sniff* I hope not. 🙁
I got some mileage out of that on the phone with her (“I know! We can add a dragon!”) although probably more than I should have.
4) There is no fourth thing. Sorry. These three are exciting enough for right now.