News About My Story “Desert Crossing”

Got some good news today!

First I should mention that I got an email from Dreamspinner Press the other day wanting to know my schedule over the next six to eight weeks because they would be sending me edits and a galley for my story Desert Crossing.

I was a little distressed because January is my annual required massive overtime at work. Theoretically, I could be working six days a week, 12 hours a day for the entire month of January. No way I can do edits and such then. I let them know.

To my surprise they are jumping my novella up a bit instead of delaying it! WOW! That’s pretty cool, eh? I really figured they would have to delay it a month or more, but instead they are rushing it so I have time to do my part!

What good news! This must mean something. They believe in me? In my writing? My stories?

This is a good year for me. I find I believe in myself more every single day!

And here is MORE very cool news!

There are two publishers looking for me to give them a submission for cowboy stories. I don’t know much about cowboys. I have researched them, but when it comes to gay cowboys, there really isn’t much information out there. Because of the Victorian times, it’s all speculation. And I know sh*t about contemporary cowboys except that cowboy boots help a man’s legs and ass as much as high heels help a woman’s.

SO! My friend who owns a small calving operation is taking me back to his place tonight (after drinking at a C&W bar *shudder*) and tomorrow is going to give me the tour of his place, let me see and touch real cows and tell me everything he knows about cattle and cattle breeding! Plus his own knowledge of the cowboys he and his lover like so much.

Now how cool is that? Think of the information I will glean that way! It really helps when you can get some kind of first hand experience with what you are writing about in order to give better feel and texture to a story. This is going to be cool and they are just as excited as I am!

Can life get much better than this?

Namasté,
Ben

PS: Dreamspinner Press is having a big sale on all their books through this weekend! So if they have a story of mine you’ve been thinking of buying, now it the time! It is like 15 to 20% off! (my math sucks) Check it out for any of their amazing books!

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Desert Crossing; More Awesome News!

More awesome news!

Remember when I was talking about my story submission Desert Crossing for the Bittersweet Romances division of Dreamspinner Press?

    Dear BG Thomas,

    Thank you for your submission. We are interested in publishing Desert Crossing. The story would be published in eBook format with an option for audio release at a future date. I’ve attached a contract for your review. If it is acceptable, please sign the last page and send it to the address on the contract. Please email me to let me know that you received the contract and if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,
    Elizabeth North

And what better way to end my evening?
BG Thomas

PS: How about this? I finished my edits of Christmas Wish a day early and have sent them off!

Submitting a New Story Today

So I did it. I submitted a new story today. *takes deep breath*

A few years ago I was working on a story I really loved, but never really finished it or gave it the justice it was due because of the direction the story had to go. It was a very cathartic story where I was working through some of my own issues.

Then just recently, I saw this from Dreamspinner Press:

Bittersweet Dreams

Romantic M/M Fiction with Nontraditional Endings

Dreamspinner Press presents Bittersweet Dreams: stories of M/M romance with nontraditional endings. It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Manuscripts of any story length may be submitted. Follow the general submission guidelines. Please include “Bittersweet Dreams” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Oh, my goodness! So I found it, found out just how much work it needed, spnt days on it, finished it through a flood of tears, and today it is finally totally ready.

So off it went!

A story of a man in a terrible relationship and the growing he needs to do to get out of it, all with the help of a man he meets in the desert.

Wish me luck!
BG Thomas