Revealed!

I’m happy to finally reveal the cover and details for my upcoming short story “Blood Magic.” You don’t need to have read my novel Love Lies Bleeding to enjoy “Blood Magic,” but for those of you who have (thanks!) it’s set within Love Lies Bleeding, and features a side adventure for Mara.

The Big Reveal:

BLOOD MAGIC by Aspasia S. Bissas

No one said magic was pretty. It tricks and it transforms. It tests you. Sometimes it punishes the wicked and sometimes it devours the innocent. And it is never boring.”

“Blood Magic” a new FREE short story by Aspasía S. Bissas. Available mid-April 2018.

What do you think? For those of you keeping track, the image was taken at the Louvre in Paris.

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Revealing: Take a Hint

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Did you know the cover image for my novel, Love Lies Bleeding, is of the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) in Paris? What image is going to be on the cover of my new short story? (Hint: the photo was also taken in Paris.) Find out on Monday when I reveal the cover, along with other details. Stop by and let me know what you think 🙂

When Publishers Pass You By

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When I was much younger and just beginning to realize that I wanted a future as a writer, I had starry-eyed notions of a major publisher recognizing my talent and jumping to offer me a contract (with a generous advance, of course). Yeah, not so much. Instead I have a pile of rejection letters, mostly of the form variety, some with encouraging words about how my writing is good (just not quite right for them). I had to learn the hard way that being a good writer isn’t enough to get published. In fact, sometimes you don’t even have to be able to write at all as long as you have a big enough name to guarantee sales. Depressing doesn’t even begin to cover it.

A recent article in the Washington Post shares how Madeleine L’Engle and other well-known writers have suffered rejection over their careers. So how to deal with it when it happens to you?

Like L’Engle, stick to your vision. Don’t compromise your work to suit the industry’s sometimes narrow definitions of salable. Your readers are out there, even if your book is genre defying and a little odd (something readers are a lot more open to than publishers).

Like J.K. Rowling, keep persisting. Just because 12 publishers reject your book doesn’t mean 13 won’t be your lucky number.

Like Beatrix Potter, do it yourself. Self publishing has been around a long time and is only getting bigger. When traditional publishers have let you down (or you don’t even want to bother with them in the first place), don’t be afraid to go the indie route (which is what I did with my dark fantasy novel, Love Lies Bleeding).

Whatever you do, don’t let rejections get to you. They are common, they are inevitable, and they don’t reflect the quality of your work or you as a person. Just remember: a good story will find a way.

How do you deal with professional rejection? Share in the comments.

In the Underground

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My novel, Love Lies Bleeding, has caught the attention of indie book site Underground Book Reviews. Click here to take a look, and maybe while you’re there you could vote for Love Lies Bleeding to help it get more exposure (you have to log in to vote but it’s quick and easy, and this indie author would be most appreciative). See you in the underground…