Take it away Tara!
First off, I’d like to thank Landra for inviting me over to shamelessly promote my new novelette, Delicious Delay, which was released today by Decadent Publishing. You can find the blurb at the end of this post, and I’ll be updating my website with the most current buy links as they go live. Now that the plug’s done with, I’ll move on to my actual post.
So what do I mean when I talk about the dreaded slush pile? In essence, I’m referring to the not too pleasant predicament of submitting my manuscript(s) to an editor or publishing house to whom I have no connection. When this happens, even addressing the email becomes a chore. Do I start with “Dear Sir/Madam” or the even more impersonal “To Whom It May Concern?” This conundrum often leads to significant cyber-stalking, during which I comb the publisher’s website and various forums to figure out the name of the person in charge of acquisitions. If there is more than one, then the Internet research cycle begins anew.
Submitting to the slush pile isn’t pleasant. Even as I hit send, a voice in the back my mind reminds me the likelihood of getting an acceptance letter is slim to none. I’m an unknown quantity—someone they’ve never heard of before. Why would they even bother opening up the file?
Yet I continue to submit to the slush pile, not because I’m a glutton for punishment, but because I think my work deserves a chance. I do it because I know that I need the help of an editor to make my work shine.
Delicious Delay is a manuscript that managed to climb out of the slush pile. I submitted it to Decadent Publishing after much research, but without having ever been in direct contact with someone who worked there. I don’t quite know how it happened, but I do know someone there thinks it’s worth a read. I’m crossing my fingers readers do to.
Thanks Tara. I plan on purchasing my copy immediately because this book sounds delicious. Here's the blurb:
Stranded in a Middle Eastern airport, Michelle Day finds herself the object of interest for an abrasive, but all-too-sexy stranger—a stranger who tempts her with the forbidden in a land where indecency could get her killed. But how does one say no to such a deliciously, relentless pursuit?
Khalid Al Dehri takes one look at the red-headed spitfire in the business class lounge and knew he’d either been transported to heaven—or hell. Her tart response to his surliness intrigues him beyond all propriety and the longer he spends in her company, the more he can’t deny his forbidden attraction. But will she explore the sensuality between them or will society’s rules keep them apart?
How do you get a copy? Visit this page for buy links
Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com or find her at these social media and website outlets: