A while back I posted that a story of mine was going to be in Dead Souls from Morrigan Books. My story was first accepted back in 2007. The editor wanted me to make some changes to the story (I thought for the worse). I made them. Then the editor I was working with was off the project and another came in. I think I might have made some more changes. Frankly I don’t remember. Anyhow: Lots of e-mails, “Let’s get excited! “Woo Woo”.
Frankly, I was not that excited: I have lots of stuff published, and this for me was just another story.
Then a few weeks ago there was the final TOC. This is two years after my story was accepted.
The publisher said the book would be out in a week or two or some such thing.
I wasn’t holding my breath.
Then, a week later, I get news that my story and a few others the copy editor thought needed complete re-writes and the publisher agreed. Maybe I could rewrite it and maybe it could be in another book.
Or maybe not.
You just dont hold someone’s stuff for that long and then decide it needs major editing or a rewrite. You tell them that before you accept it.
The reason I am writing this is not out of anger. Frankly I don’t care that much. But I have seen a few folks searching my name in connection with this book, and I already publicly mentioned my story would be in the book, and it is best to let it be known about the way certain publishers operate.
As an ironic afternote, about a week ago I got a spam on my Facebook account urging me to buy the book.