IWSG Day and Submissions

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Happy IWSG Day! It’s March 4th, the first Wednesday of the month and the time us writers get together and visit each other. Sharing our triumphs and woes. Doling out encouragement and that little push to keep going on writerly journeys. As always, thanks for bringing us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts posting today are: Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month?

First off…

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Why am I woot woot-ing two IWSG posts in a row? Well, remember that short story I submitted by deadline January 31st? It was accepted!

I can hardly believe it. I did my best to rewrite and edit but didn’t think it’d get chosen. That’s what I get for being a doubting Thomas.

Thought I had to wait at least a month to get news of the result. But little old anxious me had to check my submittable account a few short days after I sent my submission. And I found the acceptance. My two sons and I were hugging and screaming for joy. Ever since then, I log into my submittable account to see if it’s still there. Or if a new message that they made a mistake is waiting for me. Nope.

Temptation Press The Match Game: An Erotic Collection anthology will be available in digital and print. And set for release next month on April 21st. And will also be doing a cross promotion with them on my blog and social media.

And speaking of anthologies, I barely managed to submit another short by its deadline. At 6,030 words I managed to email -almost sent it to the wrong email address- a new short story submission by March 1st. And by the skin of my teeth (I need to stop doing that). I’m keeping my fingers crossed it went through in time and considered for inclusion. Especially considering I had to come to a decision to not submit to another anthology. Their submission was March 1st too.

The decision made sense. I wasn’t able to rewrite and edit both in time to submit. Plus the other short required more overhaul than I originally thought. Besides I can use the extra time to polish and submit it to another anthology. Maybe by the same press for another collection by May 1, 2020 deadline. If either short stories aren’t chosen then I’ll start over and submit them again somewhere else.

And speaking of submissions I’m trying to find a better way to receive notices of call for submissions. Currently getting Twitter notifications from New Pages. But I’m getting notifications for everything every five minutes or more. There’s has to be a better way to find out submission news alerts specifically for the genre(s) you write.

I’m done with writing, rewriting and editing short stories for anthologies at the moment. And taking a mini break, doing some binge reading for a week or two. Then come back and tackle my urban fantasy WIP “Hellsgate” which I hope I’d complete by the end of the year.

Have any writing news to share? Any upcoming publications or releases? How do you learn about who’s open and calling for submissions? Do you have a method, press or publishers you follow and keep up to date with or do you come across it by happenstance? Ever had to make a decision to drop a WIP in favor of another? Did you regret the decision? How did things turn out?

Stay safe and healthy.

March 4 question – Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

Besides obvious holiday traditions, have I ever included personal or family traditions/customs in my stories? I’ve thought over this question and can’t really say I have. The only thing I could think is a cold home remedy my mom told me to do when I was sick last year. Ended up using it in a scene in my romance novella WIP “With a Touch” from the Foreseen series. What about you? Have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

 

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18 comments

    • Thanks Alex. The IWSG site does sort of but it’s more like a listing of writing awards, contests, grants and competitions. But yeah a reputable site/page that’s continuously updated with info about submission openings in the coming months is what I’m looking for.

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  1. Congrats!!! That is exciting. I had thought about submitting to the “Only One Bed” anthology but totally missed that deadline. There is another, for the Best Women’s Erotica which is for the 31st of March so if I can get myself together maybe I’ll make it. LOL

    Best of luck with all your writing/editing plans! You’re off to a great start.

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    • Thanks Meka.

      That’s the anthology I barely submitted in time to. Was thinking of going for the Best Women’s Erotica too. Best of luck in getting something together for BWE.

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    • Thank you. They were my little cheerleaders. Especially my youngest. He was right there beside me, up until bedtime, telling me I can do it and to keep writing.

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