I am a contemporary romance author and my first 4 published are sweet short stories in anthologies with TMP, quite by accident actually. I’d submitted a short story to an epublisher that seemed pretty nice. I’d even gotten halfway through 2nd round edits when all communication stopped. I thought my heart would stop as well. No one wants to ever be part of a publisher going out of business but that’s what I had to assume when no one would answer any emails for several months. Once the website went down, that was my sign so…the search began.
I knew someone that had recently started her own house with an open invite to submit anytime so I sent that first story and it just exploded from there. I had a blast writing the short stories and was thrilled when each of the anthologies released.
With my #5 submission, I went in a bit of a semi-erotic direction instead of just sweet romance like the first 4. I love men in uniform so I put together a novella which was rejected right off the bat. I looked up another contact and got lucky to publish with Ruby Lioness Press and Second Chances, my navy novella released. Woohoo! Unfortunately that elation was short lived and within 6 months they sadly went out of business.
Okay, this ‘going out of business’ line was starting to give me a serious complex lol. It’s definitely frustrating to say the least. The thrill of being a published author is an awesome feeling and twice now I’d gotten the wind knocked out of my sails. Luckily I have a great support system that kept me from giving up! I stayed in contact with the last publisher owner and with a little help have decided I am going to be self-publishing Second Chances along with 2 other stories in that series so keep an eye out for that bit of news 😉
So where to go from here huh? Trust me, I’ve definitely questioned myself many times over the last few months but I’ve also done a lot of searching on the internet looking for publishers. There are a lot of great ones out there to fit every author. Basically you just have to check out their submissions pages to know whether what you’ve written will fit in. In my many searches I’ve even contacted a few just to clarify some submission questions I’d had. One in particular was super great and very informative. They are Decadent Publishing. Now I’d heard of them a lot and thought, now this one is a big house with a lot of authors and a lot of stories. No way am I ever going to get one of my stories in there.
Well apparently ‘Never Say Never’ would apply here because in one of my talks with the senior editor, I’d mentioned writing a cowboy story and that I wanted to submit it to them. She then mentioned there was a contest going on at that time called The Western Escape’s Shooting Star Contest. A contest designed to find the next story in the series Western Escape, centered around the fictional town of Freewill Wyoming.
What did I have to lose? Not much according to my recent past so what the hey…pulled out the cowboy story from my hard drive, read it a few times to make sure it didn’t sound completely ridiculous since it was only my second time writing anything erotic. Waited a month, not so patiently I might add and who would a thunk it, I became one of 3 finalists!! Now my adrenaline was pumping on high J Then I’m told to sit and wait another month while the judges re-read over the finalist stories and then I get an email. I was afraid to open it…only to see…….
Shooting Star Contest Winner
No one was more shocked than me and now I have an officially published Contemporary Erotic Romance with Decadent Publishing’s Western Escape line…
Take Me Home, Cowboy
Ally Kincaid returns to Freewill, Wyoming, to see her father after a two year absence. Anticipating a quiet family reunion, she finds herself butting heads with her father’s foreman instead. The man’s arrogance and sexy drawl push all her buttons, making her wonder what he’s hiding beneath his cowboy swagger.
Matt Gentry walked away from the past and shies from the future. No ties means no one gets hurt…until the boss’s daughter, a hot, green-eyed blonde, tempts him to break his own rules.
When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy their growing attraction or show them the way home?
***One lucky commenter will win their choice of one of the WESTERN ESCAPE titles (http://westernescapedecadentpublishing.blogspot.com/p/western-escape-titles.html) ***
Contest ends 11:59 p.m. 1/24/2013