Posted by: Author | May 17, 2012

Submission Diet

Okay. I’m going on a diet. A submission diet. And no, that does not mean I’m going to change my whole personality and become submissive. AS IF!

Nope. It means I’m not going to submit any other stories for a while. I’m actually working on two at the moment, but I’m planning to sit on them when they’re done. No, really, I am. For sure.

I’ve gotten another yes on a story from Secret Cravings Publishing. This one is based in New Orleans and I love, love it. It’s called The Tainted Keitre and parts of it occur in two famous cemeteries in that lovely town.

But see, I now have four fiction stories (counting my October Desert Breeze Publishing release) in the hands of editors and I also have a non-fiction project due in mid-June, so being somewhat of a mature, rational adult, I’ve decided that maybe I’m over-extended and need to rein myself in (and if I don’t, who will?) – and there ya go. If you hear me say I’m sending something in, smack me. I won’t even have you arrested for it.

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Responses

  1. I’m with you, Jillian. It’s either feast or famine with me. Either I have nothing to submit, or too much and then everything comes out within a couple of months and then I have nothing else for long stretches of time. I’m going to take a page out of your book (haha) and concentrate on writing and not submitting anything.

    • Haha. Love the pun, Danica. Yep. Feast or famine girl here, too.

  2. This will be interesting. I envision you, driving home from XXX, when an idea hits you. “No,” you say. “I can’t write another story this year.” But your characters, and your heart, go to war with your head. I’m envisioning something like when Arnold Schwarzen\egger’s disguise deconstructed in the movie Total Recall.
    Better keep a notebook handy to write down ideas. lol And best of luck keeping the creative demons at bay while you catch up on edits and releases.

    • Hehehe, I can see that, too- Poor Arnold. And yeah, I’ll still be wrestling with idea demons just not sending them out til I get the edits, etc. I’m actually doing pretty well on not pressuring myself to hit crazy high word counts. I wrote 288 the other night and stopped. So, MAYBE I can do this. hehehe.

  3. I only wish I had your problem. I’m wrapping up one now and have the 2nd book in the Blackhawk Brothers series coming out in July. Then I don’t know. If I stay with my annual goals I need to get two short stories written for Self-pubbing.

    Have fun, I have no doubt you will as you embrace life.

    • Wow! I think it’s great that you have a plan/goals for the year. I’m not there with my writing. I see a call for submissions and think “oh yeah, I can do that” and I’m off and running. I think my goal is the next story and how fast can I do it. This is a recipe for burnout and I need to stop. Oh, look, a squirrel.

  4. Well don’t complain too much — there are plenty of folks who’d gladly trade places with you. Ha.
    No, I do understand. And you may well be over-extended … considering that you also have that pesky day-job and all.

    • Oh, I’m not complaining Jeff. I’m thrilled. I also know how intense some edits can be. I don’t want to freak out if they all come at once.

      • yeah, that would be hair-pulling-&-kicking-the-dog time

      • Amen. And I don’t have a dog so I’d have to waste time finding one to kick. Lol

    • Oh yeah, I love the pesky day job, too. I know. That’s nuts. But I do.

  5. Follow your heart. You know how much you can handle. If you are going through an “enlightened” phase of your writing life, don’t try to squelch it! I’m so proud of you, and happy for you!

    • That’s Kate. Yeah, not squelching as still writing. Just gonna hold on to the manuscripts til the plate clears a little.


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