Thursday, March 12th, 2009 • 6 Comments on Still More New Sales to Announce
I received two lovely pieces of writing news on Monday.
First, the incomparable Violet Blue requested the opportunity to reprint my fun, flirty phone sex story “Call Me” in the forthcoming Best of the Best Women’s Erotica from Cleis Press. The Best of the Best Women’s Erotica is a collection of the best stories from the previous five years of the Best Women’s Erotica series. “Call Me” originally appeared in Best Women’s Erotica 2007 and I’m delighted that Violet has chosen it as one of the best of the best!
I don’t know the rest of the lineup yet, but I have heard through the Twitter grapevine that Saskia Walker and Rachel Kramer Bussel will also have stories in this collection. (Does anyone else want to chime in?) I have to say, the only thing nicer than selling a story is having an editor request to reprint a story she likes. I’m thrilled.
My other good writing news is a little more personal. The charming and witty Megan McMorris (editor of Cat Women: Female Writers on Their Feline Friends and Woman’s Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives) has selected a piece of nonfiction I wrote to be included in her Seal Press anthology P.S.: What I Didn’t Say. The book will be a collection of 25 letters from women to their female friends. My letter is to Jay’s grandmother—my friend Julia—and it’s called “The Last Letter.”
When I first saw Megan’s call for submissions last fall, I didn’t have any intention of submitting anything. I don’t generally write nonfiction. I certainly don’t write memoir pieces. What inspired me was my self-challenge to expand my writing repertoire in 2009, which included the goal of writing one piece of nonfiction a month. So, on January 2, I sat down and wrote one last letter to a very dear friend of mine. It was not an easy task. I write fiction. I make up stories. To write a real letter to a woman who had come to mean so much to me—and to write it one year after her stroke and the last letter I received from her—was physically painful. Yesterday I had to do a few revisions and send it back to Megan and it was hard to reread that letter—maybe even harder than writing it in the first place—so soon after Julia’s death last month. But I’m so glad I wrote it and I’m honored to be included in this collection.
So, that’s my writing news for this week. It feels like I’m bragging a lot lately—when it rains, it pours, I suppose. But I’ll enjoy the rainbows while they last because I know there’s always a potential dry spell right around the corner…