To everyone that celebrates, I hope you have a happy and healthy new year. I'll see you all again in 5780!
I also want to let you know I'm still around. I'm sorry I haven't had any news to share lately. My contracted stories are in the middle of the editing process, so it's a waiting game of a few months. I will let you know as soon as I hear more.
In the meantime, I've been working on Di-Na: Kay and on my fairy tales. Di-Na is a slow process as I need to get everything set up right in the beginning in order for the rest of the story to flow correctly. I think I've finally gotten that down, so now it's time to dig into the meat of the story. I'm looking forward to it!
My fairy tales are a different kettle of fish. I've had to scrap Trip Trop Trail, my Billy Goats Gruff/Robin Hood crossover. It wouldn't write, it wouldn't flow, and the characters all hated my guts. That story is the reason my fairy tales have been held up so long, and, while scraping it was hard, it has allowed me to move forward again. I have finally figured out the last bit holding A Heart's Dream back, so I should be able to finish that one soon. I have also started work on two new fairy tales to replace the one I removed. The first is called The Curse. I just need to finalize the epilogue and The Curse will be complete. The second story is The Beast, which I've just begun working on. I'm hoping to have it completed soon.
The question then becomes, what do I do with my fairy tales once they're complete? First I have to edit them all, and then they'll have to sit for at least a month before I edit them again. Obviously I'm going to submit them to NSP, but I already have so much I still need to submit. Once all the books in my Supernatural Consultant series have been evaluated by NSP (either as a yes or no for publishing), I will be able to submit something else. The plan right now is to send them the two books in my Wizard Wars series next. After that, as long as my fairy tales are ready to go, I'm thinking I'll submit all nine of those. It depends on what NSP says, of course, but I think I'm going to try to stick to that plan for the next few months.
...and it is good!
Ge-Mi has been accepted for publishing at NineStar Press. I submitted Part One to them as a sample of my work, and they agreed to take it on, so I went ahead and submitted Part Two, which they also accepted.
NineStar appears to be a small, author driven press much like LT3. I'm excited to see where we go together and how I can grow as a writer working with them. Feel free to check them out and see for yourselves: https://ninestarpress.com/
What does this mean:
Basically, what it all boils down to is it's going to take time. I don't know how much time. I also don't know if any of my really old works (ie. The Dragon's Hoard) will ever be reprinted. What I do know is NineStar Press appears to be a good fit for my work and I'm looking forward to working with them.
December 28, 2020
A Little Fairy Dust
January 4, 2021
Mell Eight is an author writing with NSP. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.