Monthly Archives: December 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas to everyone who happens upon this blog. May the coming year bring you nothing but joy (and publishing deals :P)

All the best,
Rebecca Hart

Six Sentence Sunday: The Pirate and the Selkie #sixsunday

I’ve managed to get myself back on the wagon with the Six Sentence Sunday postings after a few weeks off due to my preparations and participation in Miss Snark’s Agent Auction. In keeping with the theme I had previously established of posting snipits from my first novel length story, The Pirate and the Selkie.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

“See?” Daniel watched her [Ellie’s] stiff form through a fringe of lashes. Is she jealous? Heat fluttered through his belly.

Nelson waved a dismissive hand. “You get used to her after a time.”

Be sure to click the banner at the top and visit with the other participants. Your comments are always welcome 🙂 Happy Sunday!

Daily Frights: 366 Days of Dark Flash Fiction Now Available

Daily Frights 2012

Cover Price $24.99
 by Daily Flash Publications, an Imprint of Pill Hill Press
DAILY FRIGHTS 2012: 366 DAYS OF DARK FLASH FICTION (LEAP YEAR EDITION) is 2012  flash fiction calendar anthology, with a 500 word or less short story featured  for every day of the calendar year. Filled with 366 short stories, this is a fun  and practical anthology designed for busy readers.
The anthology can be purchased from the Pill Hill Press Bookstore or at Amazon. Soon to be available at Barnes and Noble and other locations. There should also soon be eBook versions available for those of you who prefer that to a paper copy of the anthology.
My Story, Jason’s Obsession is featured on June 24th. The anthology also features shorts by a number of other writers in one of my favorite critique circles.
Make sure to look for fantastic stories by Amaleen Ison, Mark Stone, Ruth Lauren Steven, R.C. Kinkead, RJ MacGregor, and Kristine Goodfellow.

Baker’s Dozen Auction Results and Other Nonsense

Everything happens for a reason. Now, more than ever, I truly believe that to be the case.

As many of you know, I was selected as a finalist in this year’s Miss Snark’s Baker’s Dozen Agent Auction for my novel The Call of the Sea (currently querying).

I was over the moon excited about making the final 25 for the adult fiction category and couldn’t wait to see how the whole thing worked. (Well, I know how it was supposed to work – agents read your logline and first 250 words and decide if they want to read more).

As the day of the auction approached, I started to think about what the whole thing could potentially mean to my budding writing career. I could land an agent. This is serious stuff. The more I considered that, the more bothered I became.  The agent I had spent a solid year stalking on twitter and Facebook, the one I had decided before I even sent out my first short for possible publication would be the perfect agent for me, wasn’t participating in the auction. I began wondering how I could go forward with this auction and not even query the one agent I really wanted to rep me. An agent that reps all the types of writing I do – fantasy, romance, some erotica, and even YA (in case Call of the Sea would make a stronger YA story than adult romance). Too perfect — how do I just ignore that?

Well, I’m not one for patience or for snubbing my nose at potential destiny,  so I decided not to sit back and wait, but rather query this “perfect” agent prior to the auction and at least give her the option of first refusal. If she said no, I still had the auction.

That query earned me a request for a partial (the first 30 pages of my manuscript) from said dream agent. The high I hit when I read that request — I can’t even describe it.

The morning after I got that amazing email, the auction took place. The result of that?

Nobody wanted to read more. My entry sat on the blog for 24 hours and not a single bid. At the time, I was quite devastated and even a bit embarrassed. To think my work, writing I thought was quite good, didn’t even get a nibble is quite a blow to a writer’s already rather fragile ego (at leat this ones). What did my dream agent see that these 16 agents didn’t?

This is where the old monster, self-doubt, creeps in. I began to second guess myself and my story. Had my dram agent only asked for the partial because I had stalked her for a year — like a sympathy request? Did the minor tweaks I made to the logline and query blurb between the auction submissions and the time I queries the agent made that much of a difference?

It took me a bit of time, but I did manage to convince myself that any agent worth a salt wouldn’t waste their time requesting something they didn’t have a genuine interest in. That despite stalking and flattery, they still have a career at stake, and who would risk their reputation by repping  something that sucked.  I could be wrong, I guess.

Either way, I got a partial request from my first choice agent on my first ever query letter — that is something I will never forget! I don’t care how or why it happened, but I believe it all does for a good reason.  Sometimes it’s better to not to look to deep into the whys behind some life’s events.

It will be a while before I hear back from the requesting agent, most likely a month or so. I am hoping for the best, but no matter which way things go, I am sure it will be because that is what was meant to happen.

That isnt going to stop me from dreaming big, though.


Daily Flash 2012: 366 Days of Flash Fiction Now Available

That’s right. After what feels like a long wait, Pill Hill Press has announced the release of Daily Flash 2012: 366 Days of Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition). The book is currently available in print format, with ebook versions to release in the coming weeks.

I managed to grab an awesome pic of the cover.

The collection features my short story, Parades (on June 23rd). Pick up your copy at the Pill Hill Press Bookshop or at Amazon now.

If you do grab a copy, please stop back and tell me what you think.