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Thanks, Lisa! That was very, very informative. Bet you can't wait for your book to finally hit traditional shelves, huh? Kudos to you!
And "blue aura?" It never hurts to give Samhain a nudge. Just a question--why didn't you send them your complete manuscript?
I've been in the freelance writing game for years and being patient is indeed a virtue. It's not unusual to write and submit and article and then not see it hit print until a year later. You just go on to the next assignment or project. Since I'm still freelancing, articles have taken my mind (somewhat) off my book. But I also have another book in draft form that I must get back to once this tweaking is completed.
I sent my manuscript and synopsis of tonight and got the autoreply. I'll update if and when I hear something!
I sent off my tweaked manuscript to Don earlier this afternoon. Now, I can go back to my second book!
For all those who are playing the waiting game, I can only say, "patience is indeed a virtue and no news is good news." That's essentially my philosophy, and it worked out well in this situation. Good luck to you!
Yes, that's exactly right--if you're not hearing anything, that means there's a big possibility you might be accepted. I went into this thing completely with an optimistic attitude. It was my first novel, and I was flying by the seat of my pants! For example, I'd never done a synopsis before and didn't know if it was too long, too short, or whatever. Secondly, I'd never let anyone but myself read the novel! And it was quite by accident that I heard of Samhain! I think I put in the Google search engine, "horror publishers," and their website popped up. I read through the submission guidelines and thought, "hmm. Should I try this? Oh, why not! I don't have anything to lose." And I submitted everything.
Later, I found this site and a specific thread for Samhain (I started about page 37)--and I gotta admit, it didn't look hopeful. There were people who had their stuff in for 30 weeks, only to receive a very impersonal rejection. But I was patient! I started counting the weeks until the magic 16 week mark. That's when I sent my first nude. Then, I sat back and waited even longer. It was week 24 (I think) when I decided to nudge again and struck gold!
So, yeah, if you're not hearing anything, keep the faith!
Bother. Thanks for that though, saved me a wasted sub
I sent my sub in March...around the 12 week mark got a notice that my files were corrupted and would I resend. I did then a few days later I got an R&R from Holly. They were all very good suggestions that I agreed with so I did them quickly and sent the revision back a week later. Two days after that I got an offer!
My release date isn't until June next year.
Just as a side note, with regards to wait time. I waited for over a year with one publisher (not Samhain) only to be rejected so I don't think there's necessarily a correlation between wait time and contracts.
Samhain has always been at the top of my list of publishers. I've tried with a few other ms and been rejected so I'm super excited to have a contract now!
I submitted on June 23rd and received a request for a full this morning. I've been on cloud 9 all day just knowing they want to read more, ("It's an honour just to be nominated!") offer or no offer.
I sent off an MS about 4 days ago and I'm already itching about it!
I had a polite personal rejection on a novella I sent them a while back - that took less than 16 weeks from memory. I love Samhain's covers, their informative website and the possibility of a print run.
Sent off my MS to them today. Got so nervous my stomach started to hurt before I even hit "send."
I would love to place something with Samhain, I think almost a third of my e-book collection comes from them.
I am currently working on a novel which I'm thinking of submitting to Samhain. It's a piece of science-fiction erotica and contains sections of explicit and non-consensual BDSM. As far as I can see, there's nothing in Samhain's guidelines which explicitly prohibits such subject matter, but most of the BDSM-themed erotica they've published seems to be both softcore and consensual. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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