In my last post I mentioned, among other things, the following:
"I submitted a 3000+ word story to a pet themed publisher for consideration for an anthology book project; this is something new for me, another step, alongside the earlier 2 guest blogging posts and 2 poetry rejections, this year. I want to do more of all this, going forward, even eventually organizing my 4 blogs worth of archives as I ponder publishing options for the best of their material.
Doing all of these involves my learning new things, even getting help, if possible."
Well, I have an update....
Over the summer my friend Janiss Garza, LA cat blogger, cat book author and editor of FitCat Publishing, "a boutique publishing and media company that specializes in highly niched print and digital books, and digital artwork", released a "call for submissions" for rescue cat stories "written in First Person Cat (in other words, through the eyes of the rescued cats)".
I learned of the effort when the deadline was extended to the end of October and decided that one of my creative muses, Elvira Mistress of Felinity, had a story to tell, about her own arrival in my life, and the first few months in her new forever home.
When "Nikita" reviewed the books by her cat Sparkle, and we later had a chance to meet in person, in 2011, who would have thought I'd have news to report about my own efforts as a writer?
I am blessed because while the piece was not chosen for inclusion in a planned 2014 anthology....it was praised and received the very high compliment of being included among runners-up who will be considered if any of the chosen ultimately need replacing, for some reason, between now and the middle of January.
Can you say "WOW!"?
Yesterday evening I received an email from Janiss:
Our cat rescue anthology got more than twice as many submissions as it needed, so a number of really nice stories wound up not getting a place in the book. Yours was one of the stories that I didn't have room for. This could be for any number of reasons not having anything to do with the quality of your story or your writing - I had to make some decisions based on geography or storyline (if two stories were too similar or geographically too close together, I could only pick one). Some decisions were really tough to make.
That's the bad news. The sort-of good news is that I really liked Elvira's story a lot, so I've put it in a special "runner-up" folder in case one of the other writers has to drop out of the project for any reason. If that happens, I'll be picking another story from this folder to replace it. If you don't hear back from me by mid-January, that means I have all the stories I need for this anthology.
Thanks so much for submitting Elvira's story! Please don't think that because it was a runner-up, it isn't good, because I really did like it. I encourage you to keep working on it and submitting it elsewhere, or use it for a project of your own. Good luck with your future writing endeavors and when I have other books in the works, you are welcome to submit another story.
I ended this way:
"Thank you so much for the compliment and encouragement.
As I try to survive day to day, month to month, a friend calls this result "The first step towards a professional career in writing!!" Maybe it is; I just know I have much to learn on the road to getting there."
I actually have 2 versions of the piece, the one submitted and one with a 450 word section, not told from Elvira's point of view, about how she was rescued.
As the sentence leading into that section reads..."Some don't want to know the truth because the truth can often be painful or just plain boring as hell. Before I continue with the truth, let me share the legend."
This development is a lot to take in and digest, especially during these difficult days, but this is the 2nd time, since I helped my cat and original muse, Nikita, to Rainbow Bridge on 10/25, that a message has been sent to encourage me.
Yes, I'm a 2 cat man once again as, 10 days ago, a 10 week old kitten strolled out of the bushes and into my heart.
Elvira's take on the news = A Step Forward as a Feline Writer