However, being as today is the last day for submissions, I sent one 76-word story that takes place on April Fool's Day. I was hesitant to submit it, as that was over a month ago... but it gets the point across quickly and is short enough to qualify as decent flash fiction contest fodder.
In other news, I found out that Take Only As Directed, which I had submitted to Firefly & Wisp back in March, was never received by my editor, Danielle, even though I got the automatic response email. D'oh! After several hints about submitting a short story collection by fellow F&W author T.R. Stampz, I'm left wondering if I should resubmit the novel, or send in a complete anthology. (Stampz says both, but I don’t want to overload my editors.)
Speaking of complete anthologies... That reminds me of what I gave my mom for Mother's Day Sunday. I had taken a flash drive to Kinko's and made a couple of otherwise unpublished books for family members, and I signed one of them with a Mother's Day message and handed it over...
And now it has me thinking it would be a better gift if I got that book published for real. It's a collection of related tales involving the afterlife, and I think there's a market for it, especially as much as the F&W group enjoyed The Odic Touch. As long as it's been since I've revisited that collection, I'm sure it could use some editing, but otherwise, it's complete enough for publication.
Be that as it may, it brings me back to the above question: what to submit? I think since I already have one novel waiting in the wings, it would be better to give F&W readers a taste of my short fiction, even though I already had a couple of stories in two of their anthologies.
Speaking of submissions… May December Publications is doing a new line of horror novella e-books called e-Lit. They pay $25 for accepted novelettes of 9K-14,999 words, and $50 for 15-20K-word novellas. I conveniently have one of 17K words, so I sent a query. Hopefully I’ll hear back soon.
I haven’t written anything new lately. Last week I attempted to “type out” a 125-word story for Flash Flood and accidentally expanded it to over 4,500 words, so the expansion was kinda new. But even with no new writing, I’ve still been active, as I’ve submitted three stories, a query, and will submit another book-length work to Firefly & Wisp once I decide which one. Decisions, decisions!