Last night was my first launch party. I had wondered how a launch would go for an anthology, but now I’m wondering how it works for a novel. I loved sharing the night with the other authors of the anthology. We all read excerpts from our stories, and met and mingled with their friends and family. It was great.
Honestly, I was blown away with the quality of this anthology. It is perfectly professional, from the cover to the formatting. The stories are amazing, too. They’re well told and well written. (And I’m not saying that just because my story is in there.)
I am looking forward to the next launch party, whether it’s celebrating another short story, or my novel.
Cool cover, right? Of course, the most exciting part for me is that my name is on it. Lab Rats won third place in the 2015 UAA short story contest, flash fiction category. It went through a series of edits afterward and on April 28, 2016, it will be officially published.
I’ve had a chance to read the other stories and I have to say I’m impressed. They’re all pretty awesome. The Patent Man, by Michelle Stoddard, is one of my favorite short stories. It drew me in from the first scene and held fast until long after I’d finished reading.
The anthology’s cover is inspired by Michael Darling’s The Mark, which is also a great read. It offers an enticing glimpse into the world of his novel, Got Luck. Hayley Hess-Beaumont’s Treacherous is a super fun Sci-Fi Western. I could go on about the others such as Murdering a Dead Man by Laura Henriksen, and The Extremities of Love by Jerry Timothy.
The whole experience from writing the flash fic, to winning third, to publication has been a rush. For the first time, I had editors and it was amazing. It’s got me chomping at the bits to submit Siphors. I have to remind myself it’s not ready yet, but soon it will be. Meanwhile, I will continue submitting short stories and hopefully repeat this experience.
Utah Valley Writers is the local chapter of the United Authors Association. Before I found them, I had a small writing group. We did the best we could in helping each other, but we floundered in some ways. The group disintegrated eventually, and I knew I needed a new writing family.
Since joining UVW, my writing has improved immensely. I’ve made new friends, learned from experienced authors, and served the community. I really can’t say enough about Utah Valley Writers.
Last year, a few talented members of UVW started a new organization that sought to expand the pattern and goals of UVW to outside of the valley. This organization is called the United Authors Association (the UAA). As membership in UVW increases, more chapters of UAA will naturally evolve. I’m excited to see more writers join us in developing their writing/publishing skills and then give back.