Just Jot It January: Day four…

04 Jan


Day four of Just Jot It January and I have an update on my first foray into publishing.

As I’m sure most of you are already aware, last year I was fortunate enough to be chosen to have one of the short stories I wrote for Stream of Consciousness Saturday included in an anthology of “new fiction by new writers”, via one of my connections on the business networking site, LinkedIn.

I was of course extremely flattered that one of my stories was picked for the collection, especially since I’d only recently begun experimenting in fiction, mainly inspired by Linda G Hill’s writing prompts, (so thank you Linda, you’re officially an inspiration) all of which were written in one take, so to speak.

I had initially submitted a story called “Famous Last Words” to go in the book, (the second story I’d written and even now, one of my favourites) only to be told that it was slightly over the word count required by the publisher and would therefore not qualify for inclusion.
Somewhat disappointed, I nevertheless sent in a list of alternatives, from which I was told one had been chosen as a replacement, so I just sat back waited to see my work in print for the first time.


Fast forward a couple of weeks and I receive an e-mail telling me that, due to a shortfall in appropriate submissions from other writers, I had been randomly selected to have a second story included and could now have my first choice in the book after all.


So imagine my frustration when, having finally taken delivery of my very first printed work of fiction, I discover that although I did indeed have two stories included in the anthology, (as well as being allowed to write the book’s dedication) neither of them were my original choice!

At this point I decided that I’d done all I could to fight my creative corner, I should just think myself lucky I’d made it into print after all and put the whole thing down to experience.

That is, until just after new year, when I received yet another e-mail, this one telling me that although the paperback edition of Stories In Green Ink is a done deal and will not be altered, the Kindle edition contained a small error that hadn’t previously been detected. Apparently, while they were correcting it they decided they would now also like to add “Famous Last Words”, giving me a total of three entries in the electronic version of the collection.


It would seem that good things do indeed come to those who wait and you can find the Kindle edition of “Stories In Green Ink” right here.

{Thanks again to Catherine Broughton at Turquoise Moon blog for all her help}


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7 responses to “Just Jot It January: Day four…

  1. Lori Carlson

    January 4, 2016 at 21:18

    What awesome news! Congrats on the 3 stories. I clicked the link and saw that it was the Amazon UK site, but was able to find it sold on the Amazon US site too. Will make a point to purchase this later this month when funds are available ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to reading your stories!

    • dalecooper57

      January 4, 2016 at 21:21

      Thank you. I have posted links many times and others have said the same thing. I don’t know why an internet company cannot have universal worldwide links, it’s ridiculous.

      • Lori Carlson

        January 4, 2016 at 21:30

        It really is weird… As big as Amazon is, they really should just have one universal link. Ah well… those who really want works from the UK will dig to find them ๐Ÿ˜€ at least, I always try. Cheers!

    • dalecooper57

      January 4, 2016 at 21:23

      I believe it will be the end of the week before the third (or the first, depending on your point of view) story is added to the Kindle edition.

      • Lori Carlson

        January 4, 2016 at 21:31

        That’s okay… it will be mid-month before my funds come through.. so hopefully it will be there… Good thing about Kindle is they do update editions ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Capt Jill

    January 5, 2016 at 02:54

    congratulations, that’s an awesome achievement! It’s such a thrill to see anything published, it’s like finally being ‘validated’. Hope your hard work keeps on bringing you luck.

  3. LindaGHill

    January 5, 2016 at 19:33

    Excellent! And you’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m officially something! ๐Ÿ˜€


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