This month’s theme is “the road to publication” — but for us, it hasn’t been so much a path to a destination as it’s been a continuously changing cycle. Once we got a story published for the first time, we were set, right? …Yeah, no. Every subsequent story has had its own path, it’s own process to reach that destination.
One of our most successful novels got an R&R on its first submission, and then the editor moved — to a publisher that collapsed before we had a chance to resubmit — so we resubmitted to the first publisher and got accepted by a different editor. (The original editor has since moved on to be very successful at a third publisher.)
Another of our novels started life as a series of short stories.
And then there’s A Better Cage…
This novella started life as Top This, which you may have seen us mention here before. We submitted it to one of our brilliant editors and received an R&R with some very helpful feedback…but it took us a year and a half to revise it. The revisions changed the story enough that we renamed it to better suit the theme and tone, and we were finally ready to submit it again.
Finally, almost two years since we wrote the first draft, A Better Cage has been accepted at Riptide Publishing, and will be released in February.
And, because publishing is a process, not a destination, we’re busy writing the next story…and the outline for the story after that.
Until next time,
–Anah & Dianne