Trust Me: Another Sale

I just got the most incredible news.

I sold another story. I am simply stunned.

On March 20th 2010, I got my first contract for a story.

Today, one year and less than a month later, I have sold my eleventh.

I am simply stunned.

The name of this story is “Trust Me.” It is about a widower named Neil who agrees to go to a Dude ranch vacation with his best friend, the sister of his dead wife. He is anything but an outdoorsy kind of guy and he is afraid of horses. But he goes. There he meets Cody, a wrangler, a man young enough he could almost be Neil’s son and the attraction is immediate. But before anything can happen, Neil must deal with the fact that he has been denying his homosexuality all his life. Can he?

Of course! LOL! I think this story is the best I’ve written to date, and the story that has prepared me to write my first novel (a piece I am about to begin for Dreamspinner Press).

One of the things I am SO excited about is “Trust Me” sold to Amber Quill, a very presigious publisher and one that is HARD to get your foot in the door. The only have open submissions to new writers (new for them) a couple of times a year. The email they sent me on receiving the story said I would hear back in 6-8 weeks. I sold it in 11 days! I sold it to Amber Quill!

Oh, God! I am SO happy!

*does the Snoopy Dance*

I can’t wait to tell you more.

Also, I am doing final edits for “How Could Love Be Wrong,” the story I sold a few weeks back that will be in Dreamspinner’s Daily Dose for June.

This is a very exciting time for me. Thank you so much to all of those of you who are supporting me. And a very very special thanks to clmiles and essayel, the true friends and excellent betas who moved heaven and earth to edit “Trust Me” (39k words) so I could have it done in time for the deadline! And of course, special thanks also to valarltd who pointed out the open submission and counseled me and answered so many questions.

Remember folks, pursue your dreams. Leap and the net will appear!

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Holy Crap and OMG! I JUST Sold Another Story

I just got a contract minutes ago.

How Can Love Be Wrong just sold to Dreamspinner Press.

This is my ONE year anniversary.

Ten stories in ONE year.

I am crying.

This was a badroughtough day and tomorrow could be worse.

And I sold a story that means the world to me.

Thanks for listening.

Namaste,
BG Thomas

The Real Thing

So I am utterly thrilled. Yesterday, around two o’clock in the afternoon, I sent off another story to Dreamspinner Press. The story—which is called The Real Thing—is a contemporary cowboy story written for their anthology, “Riding Double.” They described their wants thusly:

The romantic allure of the cowboy is unparalleled. These sweaty, dusty icons of the West, past and present, still melt hearts and speed pulses, whether the man’s wearing a ten-gallon hat, chaps and spurs, or nothing at all. We want to read about how love softens the most hardened country rider and how passion fires the most stoic ramrod’s blood. Give us romance with a Western flair, because in this anthology, these men will be riding double into the sunset.

They are just one publisher in three looking for such stories!

So I gave it a try and The Real Thing is a story I am quite proud of. I went and spent a day and a night on a real ranch which is owned by a gay couple I know. I learned a lot. Things I would never have expected.

Now the thing is, the deadline was a week ago, and they were willing to let me send it in late—what with my vacation to go see my Mom and the fact that now I am in the overtime from hell at work (12-hour labor intensive days). I come home each day utterly exhausted, so the story took me far, far longer to write than others its same length.

Then to my shock, at 11:35:24 last night, I am sitting at my computer and I get an email with a contract!

WOW. Less than twelve hours and I have a contract. First story of the year, nine stories in less than a year.

And it will be in print! There will be a real physical copy!

    Hi BG,

    I’m happy to say that I’d like to include your story, “The Real Thing,” in the Riding Double anthology, which is scheduled for release on February 18, 2011. Attached is a contract… …I hope to get an initial edited version of the story back to you in the next few weeks.

    Thanks again for your submission. I’m looking forward to working with you on Riding Double.

    Anne

Leap and the net will appear. Isn’t that what I say?

*sighs happily*

Thank you SO much to for her kick-ass editing and working late to get it done. (((HUGS)))

The anthology will be available around February 18th! I’ll keep you all in the loop!

Namasté,
BG Thomas

“A Secret Valentine” Sells!

Quick post as I am off to work and cannot be late.

Woke up to a wonderful email.

I’ve sold another story!

Silver Publishing wants to buy my story A Secret Valentine. I am so excited I can hardly stand it. LOL! This makes eight stories sold in one year. And I am a brand new author. This is also four publishers.

wow

Wow

Thank you one and all for your support.

More info soon!

I am truly blessed.

Namasté,
BG

GREAT NEWS, EVERYONE!

I am so excited! What a wonderful way to end my week!

Just look here…

    Dear BG Thomas,

    It is my pleasure to accept your story “Blood Plague” for my upcoming anthology This Is The Way The World Ends. I will be on vacation from 27 November until 6 December; upon my return I will answer any questions that you may have and discuss contract details.

    Welcome to the Fountain!

    Sincerely,
    Catherine Leary


That means I’ve sold seven stories this year, my first year of finally reaching for my dreams to be a writer. I think it is safe to say that I am one. I am a professional author!

wow

Why did I wait so long to pursue my dreams? Of course, now might just have been the perfect time. When everything was right?

Leap and the net will appear! Trust me. I know.

Now the story/anthology won’t be available until March of next year. But then that is less of a wait than many authors go through.

PLUS! As I said last time, it will be available in all major e-book formats, Kindle, and print!

wow

Thanks for all the help and all the well wishes!

BG Thomas

Thoughts; Working, Working, Working..!

Writing is a job.

I love it. But it is a job. Just like the art I’ve been doing at work. It is fulfilling and thrilling and there is lots of wonder…

But it most assuredly is a job.

Coming out of overtime and haven’t had much free time and it has been filled with editing the stories I’ve sold. The publisher edits them and sends them to you and you approve or disapprove and make changes as you see fit and it is work! LOL!

The editor of All Snug is amazing. I do not agree with everything she has done and I haven’t approved all her changes, but I also can’t get over how her suggestions have radically improved the story and how I have learned even more about writing in the last two days.

But it isn’t getting me anywhere on my next story! I can’t get to it! And it is a good one..! Vampires and these ain’t nothing like something from Twilight, believe you me!

And then there is this company looking for Valentine’s Day stories and in the past I’ve made the mistake of putting them lower on the list and twice now they’ve stopped taking submissions a food four to six weeks before their deadline. I didn’t know publishers did that. So even thought the VD deadline is a few months away, I feel I better get to it now!

So what does all this mean?

Writing is work! Why, I’ve sold everything I’ve sent out and if I want to announce more sales to you soon, I’ve got to finish stuff and get it out there. I can’t just sit around.

Writing is work. I love it!

But it most assuredly is a job. And like King has said in his forwards and afterwards and even his book on writing, you have to schedule writing and stick to it, just like a “real life” job. Know that you will be writing buy such and such a time each day and do it, no excuses. And that means discovering a way to tap into your imagination even when you aren’t “feeling” it. Figuring a way to “feel” it. I don’t have to do that at my horrid daily paying job. I just have to show up and do it.

This is an amazing learning experience. And in the end? I am loving it!

Thank God it is so much for fulfilling than any nine to five job I’ve ever had..!

Namasté,
BG

UPDATE: Just sent off my edits of All Snug. Nap time and then work on the vampire story! Or should it be the Valentine’s Day story?

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!