Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Publisher's Interview

And now, here's the interview from my publisher. He's done two of my short stories, and I like to think we'll continue doing business together, so long as the worms keep digging and he keeps being able to pay his rent.

Purchase the book here, with my first-ever short story Apple Tree:
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OHP: Do you have any advice for aspiring publishers {writers} out there?

D.C.: Keep to your deadlines. Nothing else matters above your word and keeping to your deadlines.

Is your life in shambles, can’t pay the rent, need a new car… tough shit, keep to your deadlines.

The world is doomed, the wrong political candidate won the election, there is a race of mutant rats overthrowing your city… ah well, stick to your deadlines.

An author needs an extension on their piece, an artist is having issues, your printer is going away on holiday, who cares… Keep your deadlines.

Remember those words, my fellow wannabes and gonnabes and are-nows and has-beens and ceaseless lifelong dreamers.

It's all about the deadline.

Go figger.

- Eric


Stephanie Lorée said...

Eric: The ebook arrived yesterday, and I'm snuggling up with my computer over lunch today to read. From my brief glances, it looks like a wonderful collection.

I'll be doing a review on my blog when I finish.

Congratulations again!

Scribbler to Scribe

Eric W. Trant said...

Mes: Probably my favorite in there, aside from my own of course, is Situational Dyslexia. It can be read backward, forward, or start in the middle to end and back to the beginning and the middle again.

Thank you thank you for grabbing a copy.

- Eric

Stephanie Lorée said...

Eric: Read your story, loved it! Situational Dyslexia was also really good. There is so much voice and style in this collection. I'm about half way through and hope to finish and post a full review within a week.

But I wanted to let you know now, I thought The Apple Tree was wonderful. The description was my favorite part with its island leaves and... well I won't spoil it for others, but I could almost touch it!

Eric W. Trant said...

M: You're too kind! Thank you.

- Eric

Jai Joshi said...

Damn right.

Your word and deadlines.

Damn right.


Jai Joshi said...

By the way, congrats on getting your short story published! That's great news!


Unknown said...

Great advice, and that's wonderful about your short stories getting published.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying the book Mesmerix, I look forward to reading your review.

Every year Open Heart Publishing produces an new volume to its yearly anthology collection "An Honest Lie", and the most popular author from each volume wins a book deal with Open heart Publishing. This years race is almost done (only another 2 months to go) and a new volume/ voting process will be underway very soon.

Are you an author, or an aspiring writer and would like to throw your hat into the ring? Visit the submission guidelines webpage for further details at, our submission window will be begining again soon so stay tuned.

Debrin Case

Publisher: Open Heart Publishing

Jemi Fraser said...

Keep your word and stick to deadlines is PERFECT advice! They really do matter :)

VR Barkowski said...

"Keep to your deadlines" is indeed great advice. I've never understood why deadlines are so hard for people. I actually beat myself up when I don't meet deadlines, so it's not worth it.

Kierah Jane Reilly said...

Congrats! And great advice for life in general, not just for writing/publishing. No one likes a flake.

Erin MacPherson said...

Hi Eric-- I saw your profile summary "good writing is..." and I just HAD to stop by. AND, huge congrats on your short story in that book... that's great!! It's intresting that your publisher said that the #1 piece of advice is keep your deadlines. Good to know, right?

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

How'd you sneak this one by me? I must've been away on vacay. :D

Deadlines. Hmm. Shit.

Just saying. :D

~ that rebel, Olivia

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

BTW, Debrin, thanks for that link. I'm checking it out!

~ that rebel, Olivia

Dayana Stockdale said...

But I hate the deadlines! I work slower with deadlines! Really I do...ughhh... everyone talks about the deadlines. still in denial :(
I'll come out of it soon.