I told you, here and there along the way, that I was working on stories for anthologies. Those anthologies are now out or on the verge of outing. …On the verge of being issued, I mean.
DARK THINGS II: CAT CRIMES is now out and available from Amazon in paper and for Kindle. I’ve put up a page about it here, with an excerpt here (if it sounds familiar, that’s because I posted it before). This was a labor of love on everybody’s part: all proceeds go to cat rescue.
The denizens of the Blog Book Tour Cafe, under the leadership of Drill Sergeant Dani Greer, have (don’t faint) cooperated (wave a burnt feather under your nose and you’ll soon feel better) on an anthology, THE CORNER CAFE: A TASTY COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES. Each story must at least mention the words Corner Cafe. The project was, in part, an exercise to learn how to format for Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) program. The anthology will be issued for Kindle this summer. Then I’ll teach a bit about formatting for Smashwords and we’ll issue it there in a few months. I don’t know if it’ll be up in paper through CreateSpace. We haven’t gotten that far, yet. My contribution is a Bud Blossom story. Bud, in case you haven’t met him, is not the delicate flower his name would imply. I keep telling myself he only exists in my imagination, which is bad enough, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I went downtown tomorrow and found he had opened a restaurant on Big Indian Creek.
TRUST AND TREACHERY: TALES OF POWER, INTRIGUE AND VIOLENCE is due out in late fall, in time for the winter holiday shopping season (YES, I said, “winter holiday,” instead of “Christmas”. So there.) My story in this one is “Short Dark Future”, inspired by a conversation I had with a far-too-trusting person.
The Southern Indiana Writers’ Group will very shortly issue HOLIDAY BIZARRE. We took our out-of-print anthology CHRISTMAS BIZARRE, dropped the stories from past members, and called for stories from current members involving other holidays. The stories will be arranged in order of the holidays. Mine is “Lonnie, Me and the Battle of St. Crispin’s Day”.
This is why writers need to be writing all the time and submitting all the time. You write a story. You send it out. It gets rejected. You immediately send it out again. You read the guidelines for an anthology. If you don’t have a story that fits, you write one. If you do have a story that fits, you send it. A rejected story is just a story you’re free to send somewhere that’s a better fit for it. And then BOOM you have a bunch of publications lined up and you feel as happy as a barrel full of clams. Or something.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a trusting and/or treacherous cat in a bizarre cafe on a holiday.