Captured on Film by Clairissa SinClair:
Damaris Kent and Peter Jensen are the perfect couple. She’s an exhibitionist and he’s a voyeur. She’s a submissive and he’s a dominant. Together, they’re living their best life possible, travelling the world and celebrating their unconventional relationship.
When Peter takes his lady on a special romantic vacation to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to explore her newly discovered family history, he has way more than just genealogy in store for her. Peter planned the ultimate surprise wedding down to the smallest detail, for his anti-marriage minded girlfriend. While Maris balks at every turn, she finds that she needs to trust her surprise fiance and Dom to know exactly what she needs.
Married life, starting with the steamiest honeymoon ever, will never be vanilla for this couple!
***This book includes super steamy consensual spanking and MMF sexual content. It is intended for mature readers with open minds.*****
This week I’ve submitted ten different articles / stories for publication. Two have been rejected, one has been tentatively accepted, and the other seven I probably will never hear about again. I wrote a rough draft for a new article I want to submit but I’ll have to see if I have time to get it in before the deadline.
I have at least two more publications I want to submit to before I start looking at other projects. However, I got an email from a publication which I would like to submit to for crocheting but I believe I would have to make the piece and send it in for this magazine so that may take a bit longer.
It feels good to get my work out there but I’m also prepping myself for the rejections that go with the submission process. I’ve done a submission for some greeting cards and a regional poetry contest. I’ve also submitted work to two other publications.
There’s always the hope that any of these submissions will not only get published but that I might also get paid for it. Income from publishing is rare and hard to come by but it is a rush of pleasure when I do get paid for my work.
I’d like to figure out the best way to track leads. I get a bunch of them but I either forget about them until after the deadline or I don’t get the piece done in time for the deadline. It would be nice if I could figure out a way to track a lead, when stuff is due, what I submit, if it gets published and so on. I’ve got a works list where I type in all the submissions I do but it doesn’t really fit the bill. I need to find the right tool which will help me be more efficient with getting my stuff out there for publication. I might have to create a One Note notebook to help me with this. I’ll have to think about it.
In the past I’ve had a paper copy of the articles with a post it on it to track when I submitted it. This hasn’t ever worked well. I’ll have to consider my options.
Midnight has hit. I should probably head to bed as I have to go back to my day job tomorrow. The writing bug has got me thinking about what I need to be a more efficient author though. I guess I could sleep on it and see what my subconscious comes up with.
I just submitted my 100 word blurb and 5000 word entry for a romance novel on www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com. If you have a romance novel done (or near done), then check it out.
I’ve had this novel done for a while. I’ve been meaning to submit it to Harlequin but never gotten around to it. Now I’ve gotten around to submitting it for a contest. All the first chapters are going to be posted for people to vote on. The top 25 will be advanced with 3 more being selected by the editors.
Now it is a wait and see thing. Fortunately I won’t have to wait long as they will notify the winners by October 12. Then there is another round where editors review and only three end up finishing.
I’m nervous about this but at the same time I know if this doesn’t work then I’ll figure something else out or just submit it again, and again, and … you get the picture. Or I might actually figure out how to go through and self-publish.
Wish me luck and let’s hope I get lots of votes…
I’m on my last two days of time off. It has been a good one. I actually feel like I accomplished what I needed to and had down time. Now I have to start acclimating myself to sleep hours more conducive to working – i.e. going to bed before 2 am.
We are getting rid of the evil Charter on Monday so this weekend we need to clear off the DVR. That won’t take long. I’ve been working on crocheting while we do that and Stephanie’s afghan is coming along nicely. It is getting to the point where it takes me quite some time to go around the edge of her afghan. I’ve also got a book Vicki got me from the library to read as well as several books that have been downloaded.
This week I’ve gotten a several things submitted and some writing done. I still have more to do (don’t I always?) but I’m good with the progress I’ve made. This vacation has definitely been a good one.
Yesterday I got a lot of writing stuff done. I finished a short story and four essays. I also got four essays submitted and three poems submitted. This morning already I got one more essay submitted. I did try to drown my laptop yesterday but fortunately Vicki and I were able to save it.
I spilled a glass of water and got a flood around my computer. Fortunately, I had a towel handy to stop the flood from reaching the huge pile of papers on my desk. For the computer, we tipped it up so all the water ran out.
It was a relaxing day as I got so much stuff done for writing and I also got to spend some time with Vicki. We watched the DVR stuff and hung out a bit.
Today I’m working on writing again. I’ve gotten stuff organized this morning. I’m going to work on getting more items submitted and revising a short story or two. I’m looking forward to having the time to do as I please. Vacations are definitely a good thing.
There are a million articles out there that will tell you how to create a fabulous submission package. You can read those and they might help with improving your package. There is one thing you have to do in order to get your foot in the door.
READ THE DIRECTIONS
Carefully and thoroughly read the directions. Follow them to the last minute detail. Don’t assume you know better than the editor / publisher. If they provide a style sheet follow it. If they provide specific fonts, font size, margin width, double vs single space, follow their direction.
Editors give specific directions for their own reasons. It may help them through the printing process better or it may level the playing field when comparing different submissions. It doesn’t matter why. If you want your writing to be considered then follow their directions to the last detail.
Submissions always take time for me for this very reason. One thing I try to do is put the title of the item in the subject line of the email. If they are responding back it helps me to know which items they are referring to. However, if they have specific directions on what should go in the subject line make sure you follow them rather than my tip.
Ultimately you want your writing to be as pleasing and readable as possible for the editor. You want to be that annoying student at the front of the class, raising your hand and getting their attention for your good work. Following their directions will let your work stand on its own rather than have it be another poem (short story, essay or whatever) in the wrong format.