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23 January 2017

Yikes, How Did This Happen? | Hero Lost Cover Reveal

Well, this is scary. Somehow the short story I entered into the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) anthology contest got picked by the judges. Yikes!

That means that my story is going to be published in early May by Dancing Lemur Press. And not published like the kind of books I used to "publish" as a child which were made out of construction paper and crayons and held together with ribbon, but like real publishing. You know, the kind of book you can buy on Amazon.

I have to say that I'm freaking out a little bit. After all, it's the very first story that I've ever written.

Sure, I write random nonsense on this blog all the time and I've been working on a cozy murder mystery for ages, but I've never typed "THE END" at the bottom of a page and submitted it to be judged, let alone have it be published for all of the world to read. Yes, I know the whole world isn't going to read it, but a few people might. {Gulp}

Many, many thanks to everyone who supported and encouraged me including members of the IWSG community, my family and my wonderful beta readers - Liesbet of Roaming About and fellow IWSG member, Melissa from Little Cunning Plan and Lucy from The Larks of Independence. And many, many thanks to all of you who read this blog. It's due to your kind comments and feedback that I've had the courage to take a stab at writing real stuff and not just silly blog posts.

My co-authors are amazingly talented people and I'm honored to have been selected alongside of them. I'll introduce them to you over the next few months.

In the meantime, this is what the cover is going to look like - pretty cool, huh?



Hero Lost
Mysteries of  Death and Life

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Can a lost hero find redemption? 

What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!
 
Release date: May 2, 2017

Fantasy (FIC009000) Freedom Fox Press
Print ISBN 9781939844361 eBook ISBN 9781939844378

Check out these other cover reveal blog posts by my co-authors and others:

Roland Yeomans | Don't You Hate Cover Reveals? IWSG Anthology Cover Reveal
Sarah Foster | Hero Lost Cover Reveal!! 
Jen Chandler | Drum Roll Please
Renee Cheung | The IWSG Anthology Cover Reveal
Yvonne Ventresca | Cover Reveal for Hero Lost 
Erika Beebe | Reflection on a Query Letter Workshop 
L. Diane Wolfe | Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life & The Remnant Book Tour 
Alex J Cavanaugh | Hero Lost Anthology & More

Have you ever tried something new and put yourself out there to be judged by others? Have you ever had anything published?

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46 comments:

  1. Congratulations on having your first piece accepted. CassaStar was the first thing I ever wrote. It can happen.

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    1. Thanks so much to you for organizing the contest :-)

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  2. I didn't know this was your first submission! That's wonderful!

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  3. This is so awesome, I'm so excited for you! I really love the cover too, the artist did a great job.

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  4. It didn't read like your first submission. You need to keep writing.

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    1. Thanks Diane - coming from you that's really high praise :-)

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  5. Congratulations! I didn't know this was your maiden voyage into story writing and publishing either! Can't wait to read your story :-)

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  6. Your first story? And it won a place in an anthology! I am so proud of you. Like Diane wrote: if it won a slot in HERO LOST, you need to write more. :-)

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    1. I think the judges may have been drunk when they read my story and that's how it got in :-)

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    1. Only if I'm looking for a new career that requires a lot of hours, lots of angst and pays next to nothing :-)

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  8. Many, many congratulations. The cover looks cool, and the theme of the anthology definitely sounds interesting. May the book sell well and launch you into writing more stories. Have a great day.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth - I'm really intrigued by the theme and looking forward to seeing my co-authors' take on it.

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  9. OMG! That's great news. Congratulations, Ellen!

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

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  10. Oh wow. I can see why you're freaking out a bit. Go for it. Enjoy every moment. You write so very well.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  11. I am so excited for you!!! Congratulations. Let this be the encouragement to keep writing and submitting.
    After years of writing and submitting I recently sold two manuscripts - an easy reader and a picture book!

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    1. Congrats on selling to manuscripts - that's great news!

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  12. That's awesome your very first story was accepted for publication! Love that cover for Hero Lost!

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    1. Thanks Cherie! I really like the cover too.

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  13. That's terrific!! I assume you will let us know the moment it is available for purchase.

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  14. Congratulations, Ellen, well deserved as your blogging reads great so why not your fiction.

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  15. Congratulations on making it into the anthology!!!

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  16. Just awesome, Ellen. And, you are very welcome. :-) Just like everyone else, I think you should totally pursue a writing "career"; it is a perfect hobby/occupation when cruising the world. The cover looks amazing as well. Can't wait to get my hands on the final anthology.

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    1. I'm hoping I have more time to write once we're in the Bahamas. It's been so crazy busy here that I've neglected it lately.

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  17. Congrats on the win and the first submission! I'm in the same boat in that it is the first time I've submitted a story and it feels odd and wonderful...and odd...doesn't it? Nonetheless, I can't wait to read your story!

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    1. That's neat to know it's your first too! It feels very odd :-)

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  18. Wow, congratulations!
    I have never published anything apart from blog posts. Still, it felt like a big step to write "publicly" in a language that is not my own. I have some children's book ideas for the distant future when I'm not sitting in an office all day...

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    1. I'm impressed with anyone who can write in another language, let alone share it publicly. I think writing children's books would be a lot of fun.

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  19. Fantastic, Ellen ! You must be over the moon ! I had a magazine article accepted for publication by Literary Traveler magazine but then they never published it and never got back to me. Very bad experience. I did have a little piece published in Island Review magazine http://theislandreview.com/dumet/ but it wasn't a paying gig. Does that count? Anyway, I know how exciting it is ... enjoy !!!

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    1. That must have been so frustrating to be accepted and then have nothing happen with it. I'll check out your Island Review article - totally counts :-)

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  20. Hi Ellen! Congratulations! I can't wait to read your awesome story!!!

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    1. Thanks Erika and the same for me - can't wait to read yours!

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  21. Wow, that's amazing Ellen .. congratulations! I look forward to reading your story!

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