So I have finally finally finished my “final” draft of my vampire-apocalypse story!
Whoa, this one was work!
It wrote itself in many ways, I didn’t know where it was going as it went, but it was also a bitch getting there. The first draft I liked. I liked a lot.
But I didn’t love it. And if I didn’t love it, how could I expect anyone else to? How could I expect a publisher to buy it?
The story was close, but not there. And I had to get it there. It had to be about more than just the story. There are lots of good ideas. But to get the story to work, I had to get the reader to believe and care about the characters. So I worked and worked on it, set it aside, worked on it again, set it aside and worked on it again. And I think I finally did it!
So I have now sent it off to my beloved betas and await their response. As fast as they get back to me, I can do final touches and mail it off.
The biggest problem now it that I think it is something like four thousand words more than they are looking for. Actually, in their ad, they forget to include a word count. But if you look to their other anthologies, you see they want stories between 2000 – 8000 words.
Two thousand words? They want “character-driven stories written about sexual desire, sexual interaction, and sexual themes with a focus on the inner life… “ and …raw, sensual, beautiful language and stories that dare to step outside of genre conventions.”
How can anyone do that in two thousand words??? I can’t do it in eight thousand words!
This anthology is called “This is the Way the World Ends,” and they want “…stories exploring the connections between destruction and sex, death and love, survival and rebirth, all set in the post-apocalyptic landscapes of your hottest dreams.”
So my story, Blood Plague is my interpretation of that desire. I think it has it all. It is certainly character-driven, and it is most definitely about desire, destruction and sex, death and love, and survival and rebirth! And HOW!
I really want to sell this story! I want to sell it to them. I want to get another publisher in my “resume.”
But you know what? I love this story. I will sell it one way or another! And then I can share it with you!