I just got my very first invitation to submit a short story to a vampire anthology edited by none other than Charlaine Harris. I don't have any of the details yet, except that the tentative title is BLOODY RETURNS and the theme is vampires and birthdays.
The coolest part of this is that when I got the email from Charlaine she said that the reason she thought of me is because of a nice thank-you note I'd sent after she ran a rewiew of TALL, DARK & DEAD as part of her Book Blog.
I guess my Mom was right. Being polite really does get you ahead in this world.
Honestly? I would never have believed her, except this is the second time in my life a thank-you note has played a key role in getting a gig.