Kat-Sitting the blog will either be taken down or completely re-vamped as an experimental story site.
“But why?” you ask.
Kat-Sitting the blog just got a book contract with Lazy Day Publishing! Anticipated release date is March 2013, and the working title is The Way Home: Kat-Sitting, Volume 1. We shall see what the various editors have to say about it. As part of the publishing agreement, I agreed to remove the story content from public domain (i.e. a public blog). I will, however, put up snippets here and there each weekend as part of “Six Sentence Sunday“. I will greatly miss the interaction and instant gratification of hearing feedback from all of my wonderful readers after each installment, but I promise that instead you will get a lovely book ready for purchase in six months. I know that sounds like a long time, but *I* will still be here! So will my blog.
“How did this happen?” you ask.
About ten years ago I wrote a few quick pieces of what I thought would become a series called “Kat-Sitting”. Submitted it to a publisher. Was told, very nicely and firmly, that there was no readership for this kind of material. The direct reference to F/F was never there, but the meaning was clear. I never tried to publish anything again. A few months ago, however, I discovered the dusty pages of the Kat manuscript and started playing around with them.
Then Celeste said, “Hey, why don’t you try to publish this?” I thought aw shucks, they’re lovely stories but they’re F/F. Not going to go through that again. “Why not try?” she asked. “Ebooks have changed everything. It’s a writer’s market, and besides publishers you can always self-publish.” Okay, I thought. I’ll look into it.
Then I started talking with other ttwd authors. Renee Rose gave me wonderful advice. So did Cara Bristol and Sue Lyndon and Alta Hensley. And behind the scenes, of course my dear bratty little sister Jane and PK and Lillie cheering me on, and so many of you wonderful readers who were talking with me both publicly and privately about Kat and Natalie.
“Why Lazy Day?” you ask.
You know how every writer considers his or her manuscript a precious first-born child? I wanted a publisher that would take the time to listen to me, listen to my very real concerns about Kat’s marketability and the special treatment she will need in order to survive in the competitive world of M/F and erotica dominated kinky publishing, and reassure me that I would retain final control of my story. I wanted Kat to be given the best home possible in a place where she would be loved, understood, and championed.
I approached several publishers. Talked through various options. Talked to many, many different people for advice and input. Found some really wonderful options and thought long and hard about which place to start. Took a deep breath and submitted the manuscript to Lazy Day late Monday afternoon. Received a lovely letter promising to give the manuscript a look. Had no idea how long to wait. (For a point of reference, many publishers give 6-8 weeks as a typical response time for submissions from a new author.)
Got the contract offer today.
Screamed and cried and shouted from the house-tops.
Pinch me, please. Am I Cinderella? Is this all a dream? OMG! That has been my fancy graduate-school vocabulary ever since receiving the contract offer. OMG!
After ten years, F/F domestic discipline has been given a chance to try the publication market. Please help prove Lazy Day right in taking a chance with Kat. Please? F/F non-sexual DD fiction is not exactly the top-selling genre at the moment, and I would love for this to be the beginning of a new trend.
But for right now, I am reading and re-reading every single word of the letter sent to me by the publisher. Ever since I was about seven years old, I knew I would grow up to be a writer. I just never thought my first published book would be a spanky one. 😀
Thank you, thank you, thank you for caring about two women named Kat and Natalie. Thank you for visiting their blog and reading about their lives. Thank you for crying, laughing, and even worrying about them through their difficulties and good times. I’m sorry that their stories have to go offline for now, but they will come back better than ever in March. Now that you’ve all learned from Celeste how to use an e-reader to get kinky books, I hope that The Way Home will find its way to your preferred e-reader next year.
“What next?” you ask.
Well. After I stop shrieking and crying with joy long enough to settle in cloud eight or so (have been on cloud nine all day), I may think about getting some work done for my day job.
Or I may just shriek and celebrate some more.
Thank you to Lazy Day and all of the wonderful support network of friends who helped to make this happen.
“No one reads F/F,” the doubters said. “Spankings are always sexual,” they said.
“Vindication is mine,” saith Ana.