January 14th, 2011

Jeeves Bertie tea

New Year, New Submissions

Knowing myself the way I do, I usually don't make New Year's Resolutions. Being generally lazy and unmotivated, I always start with the best of intentions. Actually, I think I finally understand the saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." My good intentions never lead to good actions, or any actions at all really. But I do like to have goals in mind, and so this year I decided that I would submit to publishers and editors that I haven't previously worked with. This is partially to get myself out of a minor writing-related slump and partially because I personally love the act of researching a publisher, learning what they want in a story, and then challenging myself to deliver on that. Plus, the excitement and fear that comes with any submission is simultaneously heady and terrifying, like going grocery shopping on Christmas Eve. You can't help but get caught up in the general rush and mayhem of the season, but you're pretty sure you'll be harmed or maimed during your foolhardy mission.

So far, I've been doing a fairly good job of meeting my goals. I've submitted a story to Freaky Fountain for their Heavenly Bodies call, one to Cleis Press for their Afternoon Pleasures call, and today's submission was to Dreamspinner Press for their uniform appeal anthology. None of the stories are very long or particularly brilliant, but hopefully 3 subs in the first 2 weeks of the year will set the pace for the rest of the year.