Back in August, I wrote a post about cuckolding (here). I'd been doing a lot of research on it because I'd seen Rose Caraway send out a request for submissions to this anthology she was planning. It intrigued me. She'd earlier had a submission process for her Sexy Librarian book but I hadn't got a story written in time. I was determined to make it for this one. The trouble was that I was caught in the historical sense of cuckolding and I needed to update the terms!
A few years ago I was in a Rachel Kramer Bussel anthology - Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex - and Rose Caraway was responsible for bringing this anthology to the ears of readers. She produces audio books. I downloaded it at audible and her voice brought Pain Surfer to life. I thought I'd written a blog post about that but I can't find it if I did. I'm an Aussie and Rose is American, so immediately the accent threw me but once I got over that, she was good. Sexy. Sultry. She sold the story with her intonation, pauses, and melodious tone.
Over the last few years, Rachel has said how well her anthologies have sold as audiobooks because of the narration by Rose. It's that kind of 'publicity' that's priceless. As an Aussie introvert, promo is difficult. Promo into the USA is almost impossible. To be included in an anthology like this is amazing and gives me hope that I might reach a new audience.
More than that, though, being accepted for publication is a thrill. It's someone choosing your words, your character, your story. It's validation. It means you've connected with someone. Connecting with readers is what we all aim to do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
I'm so thrilled that this story connected with Rose. I can't wait to hear my story read in her sexy voice :) (It will be an ebook also - but the novelty of audio excites me still!)