Nearly Done! by Threetails

"The Linen Butterfly" is one step from complete.

I'm going to take some time to read it aloud to my husband next. This will help me iron out any last remaining bits of awkward prose and bad pacing.

Once that's done, I'm going to make any final changes, then I'm going to submit my final draft to DAW books to see if they want it.

I'm making a bold move by submitting my work to a non-furry publisher. I've gone through it again and again trying to make it as polished as possible.

Realistically, I don't expect this to get past the submissions editor at DAW, Peter Stampfel. He's an industry gatekeeper with finicky tastes. That being said, I've done a bit of research on what he wants and I definitely have something that will stand out as a 1 in 1000 submission. The question is, will it be the "one in a few thousand" Stampfel refers to as being worth passing on to the next tier of editors?

Realistically, I have serious doubts. But the praise and support my work has received gives me hope. I'll submit it more or less exactly as I would to my usual publisher and make my cover letter honest but not self-deprecating.

I've developed a habit as a writer of shooting for the moon. I haven't made it yet, but every time I fall short I get a little more stardust on me.

Nearly Done!


28 September 2017 at 10:15:57 MDT

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    DAW is a good choice. They have a tendency to take on projects that other publishers would not, and make a go at it.

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      Have you dealt with them? What do you know about them and what they're looking for?

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        No, just a long time reader. DAW was the imprint for many new SF writers and for novels that were out of the main stream at time. John Brunner comes to mind.

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          If this was less than 30 years ago, then they had the same submissions editor.

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      Obviously I'm trying to figure out as much as I can about them.