I would like to thank Hunter Frost for taking the time to talk to us about being published and What Can Brown Do For You?. Check out my review. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Crossing the Line to Published
When Torquere Press accepted my short story, “What Can Brown Do For You?,” for the Men In Uniform anthology back in March, not only would it be my first foray into the publishing world, it would also consume my writing life for the next few months. Being completely new to how this strange and wonderful process worked, I relied on the veterans in my writing group to help me navigate the unfamiliar terrain. With their help, many Google searches, and emails to both author friends and my editor, I managed to make it to release day without losing my mind and without souring on such an important milestone in my writing career.
Writing the story and getting it polished enough to submit was one thing, but I’d never taken the next steps. I was scared and overwhelmed. I didn’t want to ruin the chance of having a publisher read my story because of my own failings in the proper way to get it into their hands. Just reading about how to write and submit a query letter made me second guess my ability to see this process through. With a dozen or more different ways to write the perfect query, I agonized over that magical conglomeration of all of them into one mega-query of epic proportions. Ha! I burnt out on that tactic quickly enough and instead decided to follow an example of a query that worked. So, I kept it simple, following the directions in the call from the publisher. I also followed the advice of writing instructors and other authors who were kind enough to help.
Once I hit send on my query and manuscript, then came the wait. Most publishers post on their websites how long it will take them to get back to you. Yet, it didn’t matter to me, I still thought about it on a daily basis. And I had plenty of other things to keep me busy. But it was my first, and I was nervous. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to get a reply weeks later with wonderful news. They wanted my story. I signed the contract and had an extremely professional and understanding editor assigned to me. Revisions were a breeze, and soon I was proofing the final PDF.
There are still many parts of the process on which I’m not entirely clear and I’m sure with every story I submit minor bouts of anxiety will ensue. But I’m confident I will get through it. Yes, publishing can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, however, the good far outweighs the bad. My first experience is a testament to that. Now don’t get me started on marketing…
From the Publisher:
IT geek Sean Barlow lusts after the dreamy UPS guy who charms the ladies in his office with his roguish smile and sinful brown shorts. He couldn’t be more out of Sean’s league, even if by some miracle he was gay. But when a freak power outage finds Sean trapped in the elevator with his uniformed hunk, he learns first-hand that you can’t judge a UPS guy by the size of his package.
I made my way over to the break room, carrying a binder in front of me (I’ve learned my lesson) and an empty coffee cup to make it look like I had a reason to be there. Mr. Brown leaned over the front desk, chatting up nearly ten women at once. I propped myself against the door frame, staring at the curve of his tight ass in those shorts only he could look good in. Damn, he had a perfect, round rump, stretching the fabric in all the right places. The material came down nearly to his knee, exposing a tease of muscled thigh. His calves were lean and tan, and lightly dusted with dark hair that matched the midnight locks on his head. He held his cap in hand as he stood, giving me a generous view of his broad shoulders and slim hips, accented by the black belt around his tapered waist. The uniform accentuated the movements of his taut muscles, and I was mesmerized.
The women near him laughed and primped, trying to hold in their guts and push out their boobs all at once. He laughed, talking with them about whatever cheap floozies talk about. Jealous much? I sighed. I couldn’t judge them. I was exactly like them. Well, without the tits, or even the balls to enter Mr. Brown’s line of sight. He probably thrived on the girly attention and had any number of hot chicks to choose from every night. Smokin’ hot men like him, gay or straight, knew it, and used it to their advantage. Mr. Brown was no different. He could be as shallow and self-absorbed as he wanted to be. No one would care. I mean, look at him! Who would say no to that?
I poured myself some coffee and returned to my spot in the doorway. I blew into the cup before the steam could fog up my glasses. When I glanced up, Mr. Brown’s gaze had landed on me.
About the Author
Hunter lost a bet at a blackjack table and begrudgingly traded temperate Southern California for the sweltering heat of Las Vegas. There she resides with an extremely tolerant boyfriend and a fat little cat named after her favorite espresso, Latte. When she’s not dreaming of returning to coastal living, Hunter works on her MA thesis in British history and at her government day job. In order to appease her muse, she writes the kind of fiction that keeps her sane. She adores romance in all forms, but prefers her stories with two heroes that find their happily-ever-after with each other.
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