Hallo there all. I just wanted to take a moment to talk about submissions. Of the writing kind.
Today I submitted a story to Writer's of the Future. Now, when I was deciding I wanted to put my writing out in the great big world, the query-go-round was the first huge obstacle. It didn't take me very long to decide that wasn't the type of career I wanted to have. I wanted something that would seriously reward me as an author, not just my pride in being "in print".
Then along came these fancy e-reader things, and I knew I wanted one the day they were announced. I lived in Japan and I begged and begged and begged my parents, "If you get me anything for Christmas - just get me this, and I will be THRILLED." And, that's all I got that Christmas, and I was THRILLED. (See how that works?) The best part was that I could get English-language books to read while in Japan. I have to say, there is a shortage of English texts in the land of the rising sun ;)
But somehow it didn't occur to me that I could get MY works on that fancy digital book. And then, one day, like magic, it did. I was busy working on another story that sits forlornly in the "Whoops, I abandoned you!" pile and I came across KDP. Incidentally, I came across it on the internet because sometimes while writing, I go on brief research spurts to make sure I'm not talking out of my hat, and that I actually know what I am saying is true.
So anyway, then I started doing lots of investigating into KDP. But the problem was - I hadn't written a novel. I had come close a couple of times, lengthy, sometimes rambling manuscripts, but never anything concrete.
I moved home. Stuff happened, and then I wrote a novel. A complete one, my first one, "Shackled". And let me tell you, by the end of it, I was thinking, "Why would anyone ever want to write one of these?" Because I was brutal on myself and I forced my arse into the computer chair to write and write and write the freaking story until I was done. It took me about three months total and looking back more effort was spent getting over myself than actually writing. That's not to say it's not good - I think it's an awesome story - but I was quite melodramatic about it, to myself.
I got it all ready, and I put it up on Kindle and crossed my fingers and toes and eyes and... well, not much happened. I sold a few copies and I got a couple 5 star reviews. Luckily, that's more than some (so I've heard.)
Well now I've turned this into kind of a rambly backstory, sorry. But the short of it is, I don't have a lot of experience with submissions. I haven't received a hobojillion rejections like Konrath or others. I actually haven't even received one.
Mostly because I haven't submitted anything :P
But I mean to be serious about this writing thing. Remember the whole 52 Shades of Short Stories I want to participate in? Well, I seem to do short stories well, and if I'm not writing novels, then they need to be submitted somewhere. Today started my submissions journey - a 1,250 word short entitled "Moebied" and cast to the great dark waters of Writer's of the Future. May they treat it gently.
And again, sorry for the rambly but... NERVES.