On Submitting to Dark Faith II

Well, my secret is out. I submitted a story to the Dark Faith II anthology. Normally, I don’t like to say what stories I submit where. Every editor is different and there’s so much competition out there it’s more likely a tale will be rejected than accepted. In this case, there are hundreds of stories for Dark Faith II Maurice and Jerry have to plow through. I received an invite for this particular story but took more time with it and submitted it during the open call period.

Anthologies are tough because you have a certain number of slots to fill and the editor needs to have a good representation so every tale doesn’t sound the same. Often, really great stories get rejected because they weren’t a good fit for the collection. So, forgive me if I don’t want to say any more on my tale just yet. Now you know… I submitted and if you don’t hear an announcement, I got a big ‘ole stamp of REJECTED on this one. C’est la vie!

If you’ve been following Maurice’s updates on this anthology, a number of writers thought the submission guidelines were “optional.” This astounds me. The biggest reason why writers get rejected? NOT FOLLOWING THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. I knew some of the troubles both Maurice and Jerry were having, so I submitted a follow-up cover letter after I sent in my story with the real one. Yes, I have a sense of humor and no, this is not always a good thing.

If you want to read the cover letter and the trials and tribulations of being an anthology editor, visit Slush Pile Warrior Part Deux.

    Mood: Grasshopper is focused.
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: A half. I will soon go for another.
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: Short walk.
    Yesterday’s Projects: Game, Short Story
    In My Ears: New Age-Y crap.
    Game Last Played: Grepolis
    Movie Last Viewed: Ironclad
    Book Last Read: Harper’s Encyclopedia of the Paranormal
    Latest Artistic Project: Crystal cluster bracelet in silver
    Latest Release: Strange, Dead Love for Vampire: the Requiem

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

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