Lately I’ve been paying attention to calls for submissions on short fiction. Especially anthologies. I only pay attention to the unique or fun anthology topics like sci-fi erotica or paranormal horror. For fun, I’ve been using these anthology guidelines as writing prompts. Once my little stories are finished I submit them. I don’t expect them to make it. The competition in the short fiction market is stiff. There are A LOT of good writers out there and you can bet just about every one of them is submitting something. If they don’t make the anthology, I simply publish them as stand alone eBook shorts. Either way they’re slated for publication.
I don’t do a lot of them. Just one or two a year. However, I find the change of pace rather enjoyable. It’s fun to break out of my comfort zone and write something completely off key. Domme X was one of those stories. I mean, come on, FemDom and androids — who’d of thought?
The next one I’m working on is a paranormal horror. I haven’t titled it yet. However it will be an Audrey Brice short. The story actually stems from a “remember when” scene in one of the novels I’m working on, Thirteen Covens. Hopefully turn around time (for rejection or acceptance) isn’t too long. While it would certainly be more fun to have a story as part of an anthology, I’m not opposed to the idea of writing this horror short for eBook release only.