Here's what the blurb says about my contribution:
"Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre by Huskyteer brings two same-sex, mixed-species couples together for the purpose of procreation. Friendships are tested and traffic rules are violated, but in the end a new life is created and the characters' own lives must adapt."
My submission wasn't accepted outright; one of Sofawolf's editors emailed to say that the story wasn't quite strong enough, but they liked the setup, the characters and the writing in general. If I was willing to work with his colleague to lick the plot into shape, it would be accepted (provided the plot-wrangling succeeded, of course).
I admit that I was a little miffed when my story didn't come up to scratch initially, because I AR AWSUM RITR INNIT. What followed was a valuable learning experience, though, and I'm very grateful for it because:
- I got to work with an experienced editor.
- I proved to said ed that I can work to direction and to deadline.
- I got a stronger story at the end of it.
- Which got in to the anthology.
At >14,000 words, this is the longest story I've ever had published, and has earned me the most I've been paid for a piece of fiction to date. Another milestone!