Words on the Page: Another Update

I know it might not look like it, but I am working on stuff behind the scenes of the website. Due to some finicky design with this current template, I'm in the process of converting the site over to a new look and feel. Most of it is trying to clean up the leftovers before I take it live, so I'm doing my best to keep posts going while I'm working on this on the side.

While I'm still plugging away at The Magician, I've had a bit of movement on The Faithful. I have got back two out of three requests. One was a flat out rejection, which is fine because I had realized at one point that the agent had rejected me when she was the assistant for another agent. Wild Rose publishing rejected it, but it was a Revise & Resubmit. This essentially means that it piqued their interest, but they had some reservations about it. But, hey, fix a few things and we'll look it over again. That still leaves ones full request with an agent.

However, a friend of mine introduced me to #SFFPit. It came and went this past Wednesday. While there was a lot of great companionship, I only got one request from Panda Moon Publishing. Now, with the way that they do things, you send in your completed manuscript as part of the submission process but I was then notified that the Submissions Editor had read my first chapter and was intrigued. So that means I'm back up to two full requests.

Now if this stuff doesn't work out, then I'll be back to hard edit The Faithful. I was in the middle of it all when I got the requests. Thankfully, I'm happy with the first third of the novel, but the last two thirds could use some tweaking. No huge revisions, just some hearty cleaning. At the end of that, I'd resubmit to Wild Rose, but if they pass, then I'm leaning toward self-publishing like I've spoken about before.

So, all in all, I'm hoping to get this website updated in the next day or two, then it'll be back to business as usual.

Art by Craig Mullins

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.