It’s that time of year again. Yep, the end is neigh! Not the end, end. Just the end of the year, when most of us like to look back at what we’ve accomplished and haven’t accomplished. I thought it would be fun to share a timeline of my submissions and other important author things. It may look like I only have two stories published, but the reality is I’ve been working behind the scenes throughout the year. Let’s take a look.
Most publisher’s names have been omitted. The purpose is to share the timeline and how stories are accepted/rejected behind the scenes. Wouldn’t want to burn any bridges.
- 17 – Through Mourning submitted (1).
As you can see, I started January by completing and submitting a short story. It was a good start, and a story I love.
- 18 – The Dragon’s Tinder submitted (1).
- 22 – Covert Genesis accepted for publication.
February was huge for my budding writing career. Covert Genesis would go on to become my first major publication. Still seems like a dream. Don’t wake me up!
- 11 – Signed with Gina Panettieri of Talcott Notch Literary Services.
- 31 – The Dragon’s Tinder rejected (1).
March brought another huge milestone. I signed with my agent. I also received my first rejection of the year. Can’t have one without the other.
- 7 – Through Mourning rejected (1).
April brought another rejection. This one, however, suggested my story wasn’t a good fit for that particular anthology. The editors liked my story and encouraged me to submit to future anthologies. Someday we’ll publish something together.
- 29 – Three book contract signed with Permuted Press.
May brought another huge milestone in my writing career. A publisher wanted to publish my books! I was elated, and eager to give them my best. But the publishing winds can change. It also meant I had to get busy writing another book.
- 17 – Death Blossoms submitted.
- 22 – The Dragon’s Tinder submitted (2).***
- 22 – Through Mourning submitted (2).
As a writer, I believe in each of my books and short stories. I can only hope an editor feels the same way. That means researching possible publications and submitting until an editor decides to publish me. It means submitting and waiting over and over until receiving that one “Yes.”
- 11 – SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror released.
My first major release! My short story, Covert Genesis, was released to the world. Readers were exposed my style of writing for the first time. It was both exhilarating and frightening at the same time. My story has been both applauded and criticized by different reviewers. I’ve finally “made it” as an author. My thinking has always been to concentrate on the next project. So I did.
- Flesh Never Lies submitted.
August was fairly quiet on the submission front. I was busy writing the second book in my Black Gate Trilogy. I still found a way to be productive though. More on this submission later.
- Through Mourning rejected (2).
- 24 – Project Lupine submitted.
I don’t have the exact date for this one as I couldn’t find the email, but I know it came in September. Again, Through Mourning wasn’t right for that particular anthology. Someday I’ll find a home for this story. I love it too much and want to share it with the world.
- 11 – Through Mourning submitted (3).
- 11 – Project Lupine accepted for publication. Contract signed.
- 14 – Enduring Darkness, Book Two of the Black Gate Trilogy, finished.
- 20 – Dissolved three book contract with Permuted Press.
October was a busy month for me, full of highs and lows. I had another acceptance, finished another book, and dissolved a major contract. While I won’t get into the specifics behind the reasons why I dissolved my contract with Permuted Press, I will say they decided to change their business practices without notifying the majority of their authors. For me, it was a warning sign. (Always listen to your gut!) We chose to part ways amicably.
- 9 – Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror released.
- 12 – Death Blossoms accepted for publication.
- Flesh Never Lies rejected. *
November saw another of my stories (Nothing But Net) released for readers to consume. Another of my short stories was accepted for publication, and another was rejected. Flesh Never Lies was rejected due to insufficient material to fill the anthology. What can you do? You roll with the punches and keep on producing quality stories.
- 4 – An Unfamiliar Sky submitted.
- 18 – From the Cold submitted.
I know, December isn’t over yet. I decided to end the year by finishing, and submitting, two short stories before getting to work on my next book. I didn’t intend to write From the Cold but inspiration kicked me in the face as I was playing the latest Dragon Age game. They have these beautiful icy landscapes and I found myself wondering what may be under the ice. From that one thought a story idea was born.
*** – The Dragon’s Tinder has tentatively been accepted for publication. However, until I sign a contract, nothing is official. All I can do is wait on the publisher.
As you can see, I still have three short stories under consideration. A couple more have been accepted and are awaiting publication. All I can do is wait to learn their fates. I would suggest each writer decide what’s important to them. If short stories are your passion, concentrate on them. If you want to see your books on store shelves, focus your efforts there. Whatever you do, stay busy. Build a resume. Show potential agents, editors, and publishers how determined, as well as how talented, you are. Show them you’re here to stay. Sure, you’ll likely have ups and downs. We all do. Look at my 2014 timeline. The point is to stay the course. If you want to be published you have to finish and submit stories. Rinse and repeat. Keep writing. Follow your passion and create the kind of stories you’d love to read. You can do it. I know you can.
I think I’m done with short stories for a while. I’ve been itching to get back to writing books. Mists has been calling and she won’t be ignored any longer. After that, there’s another book I want to write. My goal is to finish two books in 2015, two new short stories too. It’ll be draining, but I think I can do it. We’ll see what life has to say though. You never know what’s going to happen.
What about you? How was your 2014? What are your goals for 2015?