Kind of strange to think, after 36 years I have finally found what I want to do with my life.
A few months back I posted The Edge of the Water where I was reluctant to dip my toes into the wide world of publishing. Well, if you haven’t noticed, a lot has changed since that last post.
I have had 2 acceptances on short stories. That has been such a HUGE boost to my confidence.
Second I have joined with 2 small publishers Dagan as a slush reader and Apex as eBook assistant and head of Apex Buzz group. As an eBook assistant I format documents and load them onto various websites that sell Apex Books. If you don’t know what a slush reader is, well, I read stories that are submitted to Dagan books and recommend them to the editor. In both areas I still have a lot to learn but I am enjoying every minute of it.
I am also involved in several Twitter Chats. #zinechat, brainchild of Jaym Gates, gives writers a chance to ask questions of small press and ezine editors. We have had some awesome conversations. The next one will be December 14 with the editors of TTA Press: TTA Press publishes the magazines, Interzone and Black Static, and more. Come and join us.
#UFchat is a Urban Fantasy themed discussion on the very popular genre. I have been participating in it for a few months and have been helping out with some research. The chats are Saturday afternoons at 5 p.m. CST. Not sure what this week’s theme will be. Last week we talked about packs, mobs and collateral damage in honor of Black Friday.
And of course I am still writing. My biggest transition is using the LSB a great writing tool where I am being gently forced into thinking more about where each story is going instead of just letting it wander. Tyger’s Eye is coming along at about 5,000 words a week (usually more). I have two short stories nearly finished. Edits and submissions coming soon.
The #3forme will recommence for December. Goals are my 12 Days of Christmas (3 French Hens), my In Situ story (will be finished this weekend) and my #20Spec submission. Then I will be looking forward to January’s submissions and no, not sure what those will be yet.
I am loving what I am doing right now. This is where I finally belong.