December 8, 2010
Woohoo for Sales!
Some of you might know from reading my posts that I am a freelance writer under another name. Under THIS name I have begun publishing erotic fiction earlier this year, and today I made another sale! When I got a rejection early this morning I was actually quite happy to have gotten a good explanation of what the editor didn’t like. And when I opened up my file to check it out, I realized that she was completely right about my story! It took me a couple of hours to edit it (mostly because my three year old and my knitting were very tempting/distracting) and I sent the new version back with an explanation that if her decision was final, that was fine, but I wanted her to see how her suggestions radically changed the way I wrote the story. I got back an email offering payment!
I think there are two ways to look at writing: one is strictly as art, which is fine if you don’t care about publication, and the other way is to see it as a really fun, potentially profitable business. And one of the things you have to be able to do if you see writing as a business is to give the customer (the readers and editors) what they want. I LOVE it when editors give me a chance to chop up my work the way they want it, and I’ve made two or three sales this year by doing just that.
So, THANK YOU, Cecelia Tan for being willing to work with me and for reading my story (twice!)
Look for a lesbian, sci-fi erotic short at Circlet press, probably the 23rd or 24th (I’ll post when I know for sure).