Monday, 5 March 2012

There Be Demons In The Old West!

I submitted my first short story in nearly a year and received an acceptance. Last Ranch on the West, a tale of vampires, demons, and settlers in the Old West, will be appearing in Wicked East Press's Dead Rush.

This is a particularly pleasing acceptance not just because it has been my first submission since last April, but also because it was the story I nearly gave up on. I discussed it here, in my post 'Should a writer ever give up on a story?'.

Lots of you offered advice, with the most resounding answer being no! So after leaving it a few days, I decided to give it another chance. After asking a friend to read it and offer constructive criticism, I made a few changes and submitted it. Thank you everyone for your wise comments - they really do make a difference.

Other News

Congratulations to Laura Diamond, who has landed a publishing contract. Her YA Dystopian novel Endure will be published by Kae Wilson Publishing this year. Pop over to her blog and celebrate with her.

Alex J. Cavanaugh has started week two of his CassaFire Publication Party. Don't forget to check in to see how it's going.

The first of Rachel Morgan's The Creepy Hollow novelette series was published today. Guardian is available at and Here's a little taster:

1. Receive assignment. 
2. Save a life. 
3. Sleep. 
4. Repeat. 

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until one of her assignments—a human boy who shouldn’t even be able to see her—follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion. 

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? But Nate and Vi are about to land themselves in even bigger trouble—and it’ll take all Vi’s training to get them out alive.

Lastly, if you are on facebook or twitter, and are not following me (or vice versa), please send me a friend request or message. I'd love to share your journey.

So, what has been happening in your world over the last seven days?


  1. Good luck, Ellie :) I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  2. Yay for an acceptance!
    And that is REALLY exciting for Laura Diamond. Just went over to visit her blog. And... I think I'm already connected with you on both Facebook and Twitter :-)

  3. Wow! that's great. Short stories are the hardest thing I've ever tried to write, notice I said try.

  4. Well done that looks like it is in an interesting book/concept.

  5. Ah, I see Violet's pretty face now! So cool! Thank you for posting about the release :-)

  6. Congrats Ellie, thrilled for you :)

  7. We just came back from a mini-cruise with Carnival Cruises. Our first. Yep, we have the bug and are planning a Disney cruise for next year. Good luck with Dead Rush!!!

  8. So happy to hear you did not give up on that story. Congrats on getting it published. Yay!!

    And I just followed you on Twitter. ;)


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