The Revise and Resubmit Rejection (and some news!)

BB_TheCompanyMan_covertnI had great news in the last few days. Loose Id accepted my eighth book. It’s the second in the Red Dragon series, the first of which, The Company Man came out in May this year. I’ll put up the release date as soon as I have it.

So right after I get an acceptance, I decide to write about rejection. I’m funny that way.

But not just the usual rejection. I want to write about the Revise and Resubmit rejection. I’ve had two of these in my writing life. They aren’t something I see blogged about a lot, so I thought I’d say a little about them.

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Past, present, future

I’m talking about all of those today. And some great news. Oh yeah!

Past – The RNA Conference

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Last weekend I trotted across to Penrith, which is just north of the Lake District and not far from Scotland, for the annual Conference of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Those of you used to RWA conference or Romantic Times would find this to be minuscule in comparison, with just a couple of hundred people there. Nearly all of them women. It’s a very female event of course, with just a couple of men around. They must feel very outnumbered.

Speaking of outnumbered, myself and Josephine Myles were the only two m/m romance writers there. But both at the conference and at my local RNA chapter I’ve never encountered any negative reactions to m/m romance. I quite often encounter other romance writers who weren’t aware it existed. But they are always cool with the idea when I explain. Maybe some of them might get some new plot bunnies and come join us!

It was a well run event, with great speakers, at a nice venue, with the chance to meet so many other writers and be able to talk to them without appearing mad, as can happen when writers talk to normal people. Nice goody bags too. And even the weather stayed pretty fine – which after the summer we’ve had so far in the UK is little short of a miracle.

I learned loads from the panels and talks and workshops and had great fun talking to lots of people, some I knew already, some I didn’t. And what a friendly bunch they all are. With that one subject we all have in common there’s no barrier to conversation. You just dive right in and start chatting away. I’m definitely planning on going next year. Maybe there will be more than two m/m writers there then!

Present – Available now! The Lashings of Sauce Anthology

I have a short story called Reclaiming Territory in the Lashings of Sauce anthology out today, 22nd July, from JMS Books. Buy it here! It’s a departure for me, being a contemporary story. I hope you’ll check it out, along with the many other cool stories. Look at that contributor’s list! Fantastic!

Lashings of Sauce CoverISBN: 9781611523386
GENRE: Anthology • Contemporary • Erotic Romance • Fiction • Gay • Historical • Lesbian • Transgender
LENGTH: 77,891 words

We Brits love our sauce, whether it’s what we lash on our food, read on our seaside postcards, or write in our stories. Come and enjoy a buffet of tasty LGBTQ treats!


From marriages to reunions, via practical jokes and football matches, to weresloths and possibly the oddest Tarts and Vicars party in the world, join us as we celebrate the UK Meet in the best way we know: telling the story.

As a follow-up to the critically acclaimed British Flash and Tea and Crumpet anthologies, our talented writers bring you sixteen stories about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and genderqueer characters enjoying what Britain and mainland Europe have to offer, with their wonderfully diverse range of cultures and landscapes and some incredibly colourful and quirky people.

Contributors include: Tam Ames, Becky Black, Anne Brooke, Charlie Cochrane, Rebecca Cohen, Lillian Francis, Elin Gregory, Clare London, Sandra Lindsey, JL Merrow, Emily Moreton, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jordan Castillo Price, Elyan Smith and Robbie Whyte. Edited by: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team: Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London, JL Merrow and Josephine Myles).

This anthology is a souvenir of the 2012 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love. Funds from the sale of this anthology will go towards future UK Meets, to which all are welcome. Please visit the website for details, or contact UK MAT through the publisher.

Future – great news!

fanfareLoose Id have accepted my fourth book, currently titled Ganymede Tilt. (So far I haven’t had one remaned, but there’s a first time for everything.) The contract is flying across the Atlantic right now. (You know, in a plane, it’s not magically flying there by itself or anything.) I had to do a revise and resubmit on this one, as I did for Higher Ground, and I hope it’s a stronger book now thanks to the suggestions my editor made. I’ll let you know the release date when I have it and more details about the book later.

July is shaping up into a pretty good month.

My second sale!

Loose Id have offered me a contract for Stowaway, my second novel. I’m thrilled, of course. My contract will soon be winging its way over the Atlantic and then the editing work starts again! It was a great experience working with them last year; I learned so much from the process.

Too early to have any other news, but I’ll keep you all updated.

Stowaway submission sent

Now there’s an alliterative post title…

I’ve submitted the query for my second novel, Stowaway. Please, keep everything crossed for me.

It was probably slightly less nervous-making than sending out Liar’s Waltz, though I still read over the guidelines and checked everything the requisite zillion times. But at least this time it doesn’t feel quite as much like taking off in a plane which might not have enough fuel on board.

I managed to do it faster too. Not so much that the work of putting the package together was any faster, but there was less “hovering over but not clicking the Send button, while having just one more read through the letter…” Not none, but less.

My favourite tip for sending queries — and any other important emails that you want to be absolutely sure are correct before they go where you can’t get them back — put the recipient’s name in last of all. I know I usually start an email by filling in who it’s going to, and most of the time, that’s fine. Until that one time the send button gets mysteriously clicked before the email is ready to go. It avoids the “cat walking over keyboard sending a partially drafted mail while you were away getting coffee” scenario. No recipient, means it’s going nowhere until you’re absolutely sure it’s ready for the big bad world.

Of course the key is then to make sure you pick the right recipient…

Speaking of queries, here’s an excellent post from Angela James at Carina Press:
Things we don’t reject books for.
The overall message seems to be, focus on writing a good book and don’t fret too much about the minutiae of the query process. Which isn’t to say, be sloppy. All the publishers have their guidelines and it can only help you to follow them, just don’t work yourself into a froth about them.

And just in case you get complacent:
Reasons Carina (and any publisher!) reject manuscripts.

Now to try to forget about the Stowaway submission and do other stuff – which is so much easier said than done!

Liar’s Waltz released today

You can now see full details of and shop for Liar’s Waltz on Loose Id’s site: Liar’s Waltz book page I hope you enjoy the story.

Firmly-closeted Lieutenant Greg Matthews takes a transfer to space station Saira to make a fresh start. But a rogue military intelligence officer has discovered Greg’s secret and forces him to spy on Karl Webster, the owner of the last gay bar on Saira. The disapproving military authorities want Karl’s bar closed, too, and he’s feeling the heat. He thinks his gorgeous new lover is an ally in his fight, but Greg is reporting back all of Karl’s plans to save the bar. As the campaign against Karl escalates Greg becomes ever more reluctant to deceive the man he’s falling in love with.

Despite his fear Greg is too jittery and unstable to bother with, Karl wants him too much to give him up. He can’t guess the real reason behind Greg’s anxiety — constant fear of what will happen when Karl discovers his deception. The inevitable revelation shatters their relationship and their lives as the blackmailer takes drastic action to silence Karl. Greg must sacrifice everything he’s been trying to protect to undo the damage and save Karl.