Jumped the Gun or Getting a Head Start?

Skizze zur Radierung „Sprint“

Skizze zur Radierung „Sprint“ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I saw Fatigue last night for Friday Night Madness, and we both talked about renewed efforts to pursue our respective arts. We talked about being flexible. Sort of, we talked about me being flexible. I think I can be, fiction, short fiction, romance, essays, blogging–though I’ve got limits. I cannot write erotica. Really, I tried, it didn’t flow. Or moan, or anything else it should do. Fatigue suggested writing reviews as a potential money maker.  I’m not sure how that would work, with me never going to the movies, or the theater, and usually reading books looong after their original copyright dates, but I’m not opposed to the idea.



I woke up at 5 am today, and spent the next 6 hours researching e-publishing vs self publishing. Again. I’ve done this many times before. Once Man Child and Nerd Child were awake and in the living room, I forced them to listen to me debate which path to try first. I’m pretty sure Nerd Child slipped his ear buds back in halfway through, but he appeared attentive at appropriate intervals.


And then, I did it. Please, dear Fringelings, don’t think I knocked off query and synopsis inside of an hour, both were already long written, edited, re-written and re-edited, waiting in my files. I submitted my short contemporary romance to an e-publisher, including query, synopsis, and pseudonym, following submission guidelines.


For this first stab at e-publishing, I went with the e-division of one of the big houses. I know, I know, this means less likely acceptance, but it’s a shot.


Do any of you have experience with submitting to/ publishing with any of the e-publishers? Words of wisdom? Voices of experience? Cautionary tales?


I am determined to get back on track with my writing and submitting this year, and take control of whatever I can.



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  1. I am very proud of you. A worn out platitude comes to mind of “nothing ventured, nothing gained” … and as annoying as old platitudes can be, I guess they occasionally have a kernel of truth to them. 😉 Wishing the best!


        1. 😛 You’d be surprised at many of the faces behind those erotica titles 😀
          Funny, the two completed romance manuscripts are definitely “bedroom door open,” fairly explicit; I didn’t think it would be that much of a jump. For me, it was, and what I came up with was bad. No matter what you’re writing, the writing has to be good, kwim?


    1. I’ve heard that, and I’m keeping it in mind. At the moment, I’m honestly not sure I’m up for self publishing. It’s a lot of work added to the work of writing, editing, and life 🙂


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