One of the best parts of getting stories accepted in anthologies is the fact that you get to meet new people. Because our contributions to "Fright before Christmas," I got to meet Ty Drago, the awesome author of "The Undertaker" series, the super fun and freaky MG zombie series. Not only did he share some of his thoughts on my latest MG horror concept, he invited me to "audition" as associate editor for the eZine he runs. And I passed!
Allegory eZine, a bi-annual magazine for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and (my favorite) horror. And until June 30th, SUBMISSIONS are OPEN for Volume 30, scheduled for publication in November.
Here's the lineup of other authors who serve on Allegory's editorial board.
TyDrago Managing Editor/Publisher
J.E. Taylor Senior Editor
Julia Nolan Senior Editor
Loretta Giacoletto Associate Editor
Jackie Kessler Associate Editor
Christine Breller Associate Editor
James Miller Associate Editor
Kelly Ferjutz Proofreader
What a crazy month. Since I started writing, I've had some of the most exciting days of my life. My first 'yes' from Judith Graves at Leap Books for my submission to their "Beware the Little White Rabbit" anthology. My second 'yes' from Sanitarium Magazine. Two 'yes's' means it's not a fluke right? If so, then the third, from Three World's Press, really cemented the deal. My first book contract ... which is now defunct since the press is closed. But then there was my contract with Leap for my YA Horror Novella (yay!). And Pitch2Publication. What an exciting ride this experience has been so far.
Right from the go, it was a whirlwind. The tweets from the editors about their submissions began literally hours after I hit send on my own submission, "Ten Past Closing," a YA thriller. Pretty quickly, I was sure one of my editor choices was passing, but then, just a couple hours later, Rebecca Faith Heyman tweeted something about a submission that sounded a lot like mine. Of course I responded and after a flurry of tweets, I had the partial request in my email inbox. AHHH!!!
Then my Twitter and Facebook accounts exploded--between the P2P folks and my friends who were watching and waiting with me ... let's just say, flu or no flu, I never got that nap.
Then came the month of edits, fun, and new friends. Rebecca's insights into my MS were exactly what I needed to move it in the right direction. I got to know the other P2P authors and they are such an incredible bunch. We supported each other through the stress, self-doubt, and uncertainty, and I can't wait to champion the budding careers of this group of truly wonderful, talented people.
A month of furious work, and my submission was ready for today, this moment, when the agent round begins. Samantha Fountain--author, literary agency intern, and the contest's organizer--has managed to recruit a super group of agents to be part of this contest, several of whom I've queried in the past or have on my to-query list for various projects.
I can't believe my luck in being selected. I have no idea what will happen this week, but I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that come Friday, my title will once again appear on Twitter in the form of agent requests for more pages.
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