So I got a response to the email I sent my editor that I hadn’t told anyone about. To be honest, I was trying not to think about it too much myself over the past few days. But, unfortunately, the response means a change to my writing schedule and therefore requires an explanation to ya’ll. In short, I asked if the sequel to They Call Me Death could still be submitted once I finished re-revising it. By the way, it’s been re-titled from Much More Than Human to Releasing the Animal Within. While I was asking, I also mentioned my first Archangel story that I had previously submitted for an anthology call. The answer to both was a heartbreaking NO.
What does this mean exactly? Well, it means I had to decide on whether to finish these to manuscripts now, when I already have file upon file of other submittable work, or move on. To be honest, I need to move on…for now. I am in no way giving up on either Emily or Zerachial (my Archangel). However, I’m going to shelve both for a little while. I’ve decided I need to concentrate on books I can actually submit to one of my publishers so they might make it to your waiting hands. You may wonder, why not just try another publisher or self-publish? I am actually looking into a couple of other publishers where I think I can be happy. I’m VERY picky when it comes to publishers and to be honest, Samhain and EC have spoiled me for quite a few others.
As for the self-publishing thing, well…I keep going back and forth on that but for now am still not seriously considering it. So in short, I do plan to write my ass off every chance I get this year, but am moving on from what I’ve been working on for the past couple of months. If you were hoping for another shifter story don’t worry. Next up is Kotori’s book and it’s going well. I haven’t finished it yet but will post regular updates on my progress.
When I started this blog it was my intention to add a new post weekly. Anyone who has followed thus far knows that hasn’t happened. I apologize to anyone who feels lacking in my weekly rants, but fear not. I’m on vacation this week and might find something to add later on. For now, feel free to use this link to read my latest free short story about one of my favorite shape shifters, Bjorn Berendsen.Enjoy!
Tomorrow is the Ides of November and halfway through NaNoWriMo 2010. I confess I’ve already considered throwing in the towel a couple of times now, but I think I’ll keep on going. I’m currently at 5,016 words on my official Nano manuscript, but I’ve actually written more than that in the past week. My problem is the other WIP that I have on my handy-dandy flash drive just won’t leave me alone. I open my Nano MS and the other characters start screaming at me. Most vocal this past week have been Kotori and his woman Sanura. What can I say? I miss my shifters. The urge to get lost in that world has been nearly overwhelming lately, so I opened up my previously published short stories.
In case you’ve missed them on my site, there are free short stories set my shifter world, based on minor characters. One is about Scott, the human co-worker of Alexia Williams. The other is about Fleur and Philip, lion shapeshifters not mentioned in They Call Me Death. I feel I’ve neglected my other blogs lately and rectified that by posting the free stories to them today. The humans got Scott’s story and the shifters got the lions. I hope to make this a regular thing, maybe monthly. As I said I miss my shifters.
So here’s the run-down on my writing:
- Nano MS: 5,016 words and drifting
- Vampire MS: 27,548 and hopefull
- Kotori’s MS: 6,371 and full speed ahead
Of course, there are quite a few others in the works as well, but I refuse to open those for updates until at least one of these three is finished!