A Review of The Ninja

As an author who self-published a book of short stories on Amazon, I spend a good amount of time trying to solicit honest reviews of my work (reviews on Amazon help sell books on Amazon, as you know…) Anyway, since it is often kind of a struggle, because – let’s face it – we’re all busy, it’s so nice to receive a review that comes completely as a surprise.

Christopher T. Garry, a new writer that I’ve just discovered (mostly because, I guess, he discovered me – thanks, Christopher!), reviewed my recently published story, “The Ninja,” on his blog. You can find his review here!

The piece is up on Bartleby Snopes now, if you’d like to check it out!

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A New Series…

It was announced at Publishers Marketplace Monday, so I think I’m safe to post what they carried — I’m writing a new series for Swoon that will begin publishing this summer. EEK!

Men and Martinis
Feb. 10, 2013
Author: Delancey Stewart
Category: Digital: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Description: New Adult romance MEN AND MARTINIS novella, part of the Girlfriends of Gotham series in which 20-somethings recall humorous, heartbreaking and sexy stories of their encounters with men pitched as Sex and the City meets Bridesmaids.
Rights available: Foreign, audio, flim/TV via Susan Schulman, An Agency.
Contact: Georgia McBride
Swoon Romance
swoon@myswoonromance.com

I Finally Get to Say…

I got a publishing deal!

It’s not a big one (I’m not John Grisham, people). But it’s a chance to work with a REAL publisher (besides me) who wants to help put my work out into the world.

I’m sure that you can imagine the happy dances that have gone on around my house lately, and the joy and even relief (that feeling of “oh, wow, maybe I really CAN do this”)…

So please keep your ears peeled as I begin promoting my newest publication, a young adult romance novella titled “Samantha’s Solace” with my publisher, Swoon Romance. You can see the announcement on their site here… just in case you are as excited as I am. (Or in case you’re in my critique group and thinking, “seriously?”)

I feel like I might be one tiny stair step higher on my journey.

Some News… Not the Promised News

So far I’m really enjoying 2013. While I’ve been a little stalled in the writing department (which honestly — sucks…) stuff I’ve written before now is gathering a bit of momentum. It always feels good to be told “yes” — unless the question was, “do these jeans make my ass look fat?” And you probably shouldn’t ask people that question in the first place. Just sayin’.

I’ve just learned that one of my stories, titled “The Blackout”, will be included in the next publication of The Avalon Literary Review. The piece is actually part of my collection (Through a Dusty Window). I’d initially been concerned that my publication of this piece would cause a conflict, but the editor was not bothered and even offered to mention the book in the front matter of the review. I am tempted to follow this sentence with numerous exclamation points, but I’m trying to be all literary and whatnot, so you’ll have to infer my ridiculous excitement. Ahem.

I now feel like I’ve spent most of 2013 bragging… but writing is a solitary passion and there are rarely many around my actual physical world to celebrate these little victories with me. So I turn to you, Interwebs… Thanks for all the support and help. I’m off to do a little happy dance and then will need to address that tiny little issue that I mentioned up top there… about the writing…

Publication Note

So I mentioned that I had some news, and that it was worthy of an announcement all its own. That is, of course, purely subjective. If you’re not me (and I have it on pretty good authority that you are not), you may not find this to be all that exciting. But my response to your lack of excitement is that maybe you should keep in mind that this is MY blog. So I’m going to post stuff that I think is cool. See how it works? You post stuff that you think is cool on YOUR blog, okay? And I’ll read it there and be all blase about it. Or perhaps I’ll find your exciting news as exciting as my own. (And if you’re a fledgling writer posting a publication announcement, I guarantee that I WILL find it very exciting. I’m empathetic like that.)

Now that we’ve got that all straight, here’s the news:

My short story, The Ninja, has been accepted for publication at Bartleby Snopes. If you haven’t heard of Bartleby Snopes, that’s okay…there are lots of great literary journals out there. But now that you know about it, you should go check it out because the editor has an eye for quality (if I do say so myself… ha.) Anyway, my story will be out in March, so I’m sure I won’t be able to restrain myself from posting about it again when its actually live.