Well I did it. I just finished and submitted my newest story, It Had to Be You. Whoa. I have never worked so hard on a story before. It nearly drove me crazy! I am so proud of it, but boyohboy, the research! It took me over a month to write a work count that I’ve usually done in less than a week, sometimes a few days.
Did I say research? That doesn’t begin to cover it. This was a story that I didn’t seem to be able to write a quarter page without having to hit the Internet, the local library, museum or local expert once again. The result though is that I was totally immersed in the subject, dreamed about it, and I think it comes shining through the story.
Here is the Call for Submissions I answered: Time Is Eternity
2012 Daily Dose – A Story a Day in the Month of June
Edited by Lynn West
We’re looking for romances sparked by an aspect of time travel. Stories may be set in or move between historical, contemporary, or futuristic settings. All stories selected for the Daily Dose will be sold as part of the daily delivery package and individually through the Dreamspinner Press website and third party retail outlets, including Amazon and All Romance Ebooks. Authors will receive a flat payment based on word count for inclusion in the set and 40% royalties on stories sold individually.
Editor’s Note: Because of the packaged nature of the set, all stories need to stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works, please. Historical, contemporary, and futuristic settings only. No Bittersweet Dreams.
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2012
*Dreamspinner authors qualify for an extension to March 15!
I don’t want to tell you too much about the story for a week or so, but I will say I set it in the 1920s…and I love it, love it, love it!
Once more special thanks are due to clmiles and essayel who’s without prodding, poking, encouraging, researching (when I had had all I could stands and I could stands no more) and of course editing this story would not have happened.
I will let you know what happens! Hopefully I will know within the week and before I head to the Dreamspinner Writer’s Workshop in…NEW YORK! I am so excited. This time next week and will be pacing and unable to sleep because it will be the day before my trip and I have never been to New York. And I will be meeting all the people I have worked with at DSP for the last two years! I am so excited!
OH! And one more thing. It was the Daily Dose at Dreamspinner that prompted my very first submission two years ago. And my first sale. So I am keeping my fingers crossed for what could be a wonderful anniversary present. Keep your fingers crossed with me!
Until next time!
This is one terrific story! I know how hard you worked on this and it shows in your writing and the wonderful journey you take us on through Kansas City in the 1920s!
You bet I’m keeping my fingers crossed with you! I wish you the best of luck on this story BG! I am so very, very proud of you!
Nice one! Where do you hear about these calls for submissions?
Lots of publishers put out calls and they can be found on their websites. Dreamspinner’s are here. Etopia Press’s are here. There’s a nice lot to choose from. 🙂
Thanks for the links!
This is how it all started for me: http://call-for-subs.livejournal.com/
That sounds great, time travel is always interesting. I keep my fingers crossed for you, I´m sure they will buy it this time too!
Best of luck with the submission! 🙂
I’m sorry I wasn’t as much help as I should have been, especially over the past few days with the beta, and especially last night when my router crapped out, but you can count on me to continue to crack the whip when you’re researching. Believe me BG it gets easier – you get to know where you can find the info you need and once it’s bookmarked you can consult it whenever you need it.
Good luck with the sub and I’ll look forward to betaing the expansion.
Please! You helped TONS! Love you!
Well done you!
Congrats on finishing the story and good luck with the submission.