Hate the title. Am sick of the story myself (that’s what happens after countless rounds of obsessive editing). But I had to subject you to it anyway.
I added a link on the sidebar to my short story, “Never Another.” I wrote it in the summer of 2004 for a contest sponsored by Westbow Publishing and WORLD magazine. I wound up as a finalist (top ten out of more than 1000, which was rather cool), which led to an invitation from Westbow to submit a novel. Since I didn’t have a novel to submit, I had to write one. And that’s what led to the manuscript I recently finished.
Yes, I know, you’re wondering what the big deal is about querying agents if I was invited to send the novel to Westbow. Well, that arrangement didn’t work out so well. The acquisitions editor that invited me to submit has since left the publisher, and now I have no “in” at Westbow anymore. That’s how it goes with the shifting sands of publishing.
Anyway, you can read the story if you’d like to, or you are free to skip it! Just wanted to put it out there.
One more little tidbit of information–with this story, I earned the nickname in my writers’ group of Super Sappy Girl. Be warned.