by John E. Jay
Copyright 2011, John E. Jay, all rights reserved
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It was about a week—maybe ten days, I’m not really sure—after I sent the manuscript off to the editor of Erotica in Print—actually I’d just attached a ‘.doc’ file to an email to her—when the woman called. She asked some questions, it was quickly obvious that she was trying to make sure she had reached the Alan Bradford who had recently submitted a manuscript for publication. I don’t understand why she was so careful since she had obviously called the number I’d included in my contact information when I sent her the story. I guess you can never be too careful.
Finally she said she was calling about the story I had submitted. I’d figured that out as soon as she said, “This is Marcie Ansen calling. Is this Mr. Alan Bradford?” I knew she was Editor in ChiefCthat’s what her title was, but actually she was the publisher for practical purposes so far as I could see—at the small publishing house, Erotica in Print, where I’d sent my story. I was surprised to get a call about the story so soon. It usually took at least a month to hear from a publisher after I sent something to them for publication. I hoped that calling me so soon meant she was really interested in the story, but I didn’t want to get carried away.