The Big Announcement: A 20-Year Overnight Success

One night in the early 90s, I was driving around Lexington, KY, listening to this song:

Suddenly, a scene flashed into my head. I turned around, went home and wrote four pages. The questions then came: How did I get here? Where do I go? About a year and a half later, I had answered those questions, in the form of a sex, violence, and hair-metal roman noir called Broken Glass Waltzes. When I finished it, I showed it to a few friends and family members. My favorite responses were from one friend who said it was terrific, but he wouldn’t let his wife read it, and from my mom, who asked if I planned to publish it under my own name — it’s pretty lurid. “No, Mom,” I said. “Under yours.”

From time to time over the next couple of decades, I shopped it around from agent to agent, and to the occasional small press, but to no avail. I had a couple of close calls of the “I like it but isn’t quite what we want” variety, but the world is full of unpublished novels, and eventually, I figured I had simply increased the supply.

Then, a few weeks ago, I heard about a publisher who was interested in manuscripts for dark fiction, and I figured my story qualified, so one more shot, one more query (an advantage to e-mail is that failure is much quicker and less expensive.) One thing led to another, and…

I’m proud to announce that Snubnose Press — publishers of Spinetingler magazine — will be publishing Broken Glass Waltzes in 2013, and it will be available in e-book and POD paperback formats. I’m delighted to get to share it with you, and I’m grateful to Snubnose editor Brian Lindenmuth for seeing what I hoped someone would see a long time ago. I’ll tell you more as I know it, and in the meantime, you can get acquainted with Snubnose on the web, on Facebook, or via Twitter.

And at last, I feel like Pinocchio when he became a real boy. I hope you’ll enjoy the ride with me.

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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16 Responses to The Big Announcement: A 20-Year Overnight Success

  1. Heartiest congratulations, prof!

  2. Courtney says:

    Congratulations! That’s really awesome news!

  3. Kate P says:

    Cool! Congratulations!!!

  4. newandimprovedme says:

    Excited for you!

  5. Mary Frommeyer says:

    I am looking forward to reading it, (I happen to like “lurid”). I am only disappointed that the ebook won’t be autographed! Congratulations.

  6. Jeff says:

    Well done. Looking forward to reading it!

  7. Jerome says:

    After four years of playing the only open mic I do, I was finally asked (tonight in fact) to function as the stand in host. That’s my way of saying I have nothing going on which could compare. I will look for your final publication with great anticipation! Congrats, man!

  8. Congrats…though I doubt I’m the right audience for your creation. But do enjoy the ride very much.

  9. Kasey says:

    I’ve read a good bit of it. I knew it was only a matter of time! Congrats! I couldn’t be more excited for you! Bet this feels REALLY good with all the pain meds!

  10. Withywindle says:

    Congratulations! I’ll see if I can arrange a review in Speculum.

  11. Congratulations. We certainly hope you remember us little folks when you go all Truman Capote on us. Haven’t read the book, but am concerned you likely spent too much time on my character in it. I understand I can be the center of attention for several chapters, what with the swinging axes and punishment of surly Tatars and all, but recommend you put in some additional characters, comic relief scenes, and whatnot. Oh, and if it’s not too late, have me first appear walking in, in slow-motion, out of the fog, all backlit. Wow, that’d look cool.

  12. Congrats! And remember – Dee Snider saw what you hoped someone would see a long time ago, he just unfortunately was not a publisher! šŸ˜‰

  13. Jim Berry says:

    Cogratulations, Warren. Perhaps this work is the first of many of yours to be published.

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