We are all in varying stages of our publication life. I am considered still an "infant" given that I have only had anything published since fall of 2010. I'm good with that.
In 2011 I will have 2 novels (Vegas Miracle--my first menage romance/The Tap Room--that choose your romance Brewing Passion one), 1 short story in a cougar anthology (Player Conference), a trilogy of shorts that have gotten progressively longer with publisher blessings (Turkish Delights/Blue Cruise/Tulip Princess) and one final stand along short as part of the 1NightStand series: Caught Offside. Plus the "final chapter" unless there is an incessant clamor for more (hey, a girl can dream) of the Brewing Passion series: Specific Gravity.
I am here to tell you that is a ton of words.
Not just the words I used to craft the various stories and series either.
I mean the endless slew of words required for edits, various rewrites, and finally the Dreaded Promotion...the long slog of blurbs, excerpts, cover ads, "release parties", blog hops, blog tours, blog-go-rounds, and of course reviews (we have covered this).
But I love the words....maybe it's because I am such a relative infant that I still get a buzz when I see "Liz Crowe_2nd edits_current MS" in my inbox. While I know this usually means we are past the worst of the crit, and egregious pointing out of my infamous overused words from Editing Round One, I get to read it again and have a teensy little squidge of pride when I realize: Hey! I wrote that! Somebody wants to publish it!
Now I don't kid myself. Publishers abound these days and in some cases seek quantity not necessarily quality. But at the end of the day, it's still a proud moment when you move past the: "We'd like to offer you a contract" to "Liz Crowe_1st edits" and my FAVORITE "Liz Crowe_cover art" and can say. Yeah. I wrote that. People are (God Willing) going to pay money to read it. They may not like it (see previous reviewing rant) but that's OK.
So riding high like I am on a week that has not one but TWO releases for said "Liz Crowe" (Blue Cruise and Tulip Princess from Decadent) it was fun to open up the Iphone email on a Sunday and see a particular set of new words: a request for a "full."
You see, I, like you, am in constant submission mode. I love my publishers and plan to stay with them but I have 2 projects I thought I'd throw to the 5 winds of some of the bigger houses.
You know, see how they stuck? So I subbed them, back in August. Just last week I was at a "to hell with it" stage and inclined to take them back and re-think my strategy.
But....lo and behold....there it was....glowing out of my inbox like a rare gem. I spent several hours Sunday ignoring my family's needs and polishing that sucker AGAIN before pressing the send button. For the record this is actually the SECOND request for a full I've gotten. One for each "bigger project" so far....
And now...the waiting begins anew. It's Okay, I get it. These publishers are awash in in submissions. To have made it this far is a real coup. But my energetic and enthusiastic 2 steps forward towards getting one of my big projects to the light of day now gets the 3 steps back treatment of waiting.
Hold my hand willya?
I'm not a patient person!
Share your story about getting that acceptance email or letter or the "sure send us more" one...did it work out for you?