Monday, November 23, 2009

Defeat and a New Challenge

For the life of me, I can't come up with another 5,339 words to get Keeping Promises to the 65K mark. It ends just right--short, sweet, happily-ever-after--so I don't want to add on. I've been adding scenes within the text, but there's nothing else to add, at least nothing that I can think of right now.

So, I concede defeat and relegate the story to the "percolate pile" until I'm psyched up to revise it. Maybe then I'll have a flash of brilliance and be able to add some words, but I'm not counting on it.

The Crimson Rose line of The Wild Rose Press has put out a call for submissions for their new "Jewels of the Night" series. I vowed not to do it because there was too much else going on, but...never say never.

Here is the information:

The Wild Rose Press
Introduces a Special Submission Call from Crimson Rose

Jewels of the Night…

One submission will be chosen at random to launch the series. The selected contract will be given a premium publishing slot during Crimson month (November, 2010) as well as a featured review and interview with the review site Once Upon a Romance. The selected story will be showcased on the Crimson Rose Page of The Wild Rose Press website and the Behind the Garden Gate blog. The Wild Rose Press will provide an advertising book banner to the author. Once Upon a Romance will also display this book banner without charge for a thirty day period beginning with the day of book release.
This submission call is open to current Wild Rose Press authors as well as all new query authors.

· Must involve a blue diamond. It could be a treasure hunt or a midnight thief or… Let your imagination take flight!
· Must involve a high level of danger
· Can be in any region of the world
· Can be any timeframe as long as the most prevalent elements are romance and intrigue

Stories must be complete. With a word-length between 20,000 and 65,000 words (miniature rose or rosebud length)
Must be an original, never-before published work and you must own the rights to it.
To qualify for the launch, submission must arrive on or before March 31, 2010
Manuscripts must be formatted per standard formatting rules (Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced, 1 in. margins, numbered pages)
Submission call is open to both published and unpublished writers
Story content must adhere to posted Crimson Rose guidelines as posted on the submissions page of
Email your manuscript as a single Word .rtf attachment to Lori (at)
Put: “Jewel of the Night Series: Manuscript Title: YOUR NAME” in the subject line
In the body of the email, include
The synopsis
Your Real name
Pseudonym, if applicable
Your contact email
Submissions received that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded without notice. The Wild Rose Press is not responsible for submissions lost in cyberspace and not received.
Upon receipt, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have not received a confirmation email within five working days of emailing your submission, please send us an email.
Direct questions regarding this submission call to: Lori (at)
If you have received receipt of your submission, please do not inquire about status until after standard response wait time. All entrants will be reviewed per our normal submission guidelines which are available at
Thanks for submitting and good luck!


nlindabrit said...

I think you do right not to needlessly pad your story just to attain the artificial number of 65,000 words. Letting it percolate is a good plan.

The Crimson Rose project sounds very interesting indeed. I wish you lots of luck with that.

Donna Alice said...

The extra words will come - sure wish I had that problem instead of having to CUT words.

Hm - a blue diamond - okay, sounds interesting.