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Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Decadent Journey Hop #DecadentJourney #DecadentAuthors

Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting me during the My Decadent Journey hop! And thank you to JoAnne Kenrick for organizing this event!

Just a quick introduction for those who don't know me. I write contemporary and science fiction romance. My first story was published in July 2011 with Decadent Publishing, and I have twelve stories published with them so far, with two more coming soon.

My Decadent journey started at the beginning of 2011. I was busy writing my first novel, and sharing excerpts every Sunday on my blog. One of my author friends, Rebecca Royce, whom I'd met through participating in Six Sentence Sunday, suggested I add my sci-fi romance style to a brand-new line at Decadent Publishing, called 1Night Stand.

I had not read any stories from this new line, so she suggested I read Erotic Healing by Becca Dale. After that, I was hooked on the series, and wanted to try to write one.

So, I penned a story about an alien who came to Earth to experience love based on the 1Night Stand line guidelines. Rebecca helped me to polish my story for submission. But, I didn't think it was quite ready. I had never submitted anything at this point, and was scared send my work into the world.

I was also celebrating my one-year blogoversary in April of 2011, and wanted to wait until that had finished before sending the story to Decadent Publishing. Little did I know, Rebecca had contacted one of the acquisitions editors for the 1Night Stand line, and told her about my story. And I was asked to submit.

Holy sh**! I never expected something like that to happen. And on the morning of April 30, 2011, I submitted my first story, Celestial Seduction.

I felt ill all day, my stomach twisted in knots. I didn't know how long I'd have to wait to hear back, either, the waiting times that I'd heard about from other authors ranging from four to six weeks. Sometimes longer.

Lucky for me, I didn't have to wait long. I received an email that night with the offer of a contract.

Now, wait times have since changed, and I become an inbox stalker when I have a story on submission. But Celestial Seduction was my foot in the door, my first published story.

I've since written five more 1Night Stand stories, plus stories for The Edge, Elatia, and The Challenge series lines, amongst others. I've met so many wonderful people through Decadent, and I have to say, Decadent Publishing is one of the most supportive publishers I know. Though, it's still a lot of hard work, never mind the colorful edits that arrive in my inbox. Celestial Seduction was a technicolor rainbow.

And I've learned so much in my journey with them, taking new chances and trying new things all the time.

Be sure to visit the Daily Dose of Decadence blog to read the journeys from other Decadent Authors


Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at and on twitter @jsubject.


JoAnne Kenrick said...

Wow, I didn't know Rebecca was the reason for you writing your first 1NS book, Jessica! How cool - and yeay on instant submission reply. I remember those days fondly. Submission waits are the worst! But I guess that's a small price to pay for Decadent's growth :D

Back in 2010, i submitted my first novel to Decadent - I send in a typical submission package with sample chapters. before the weekend was through, the full was requested and a big fat yes and a contract was offered. YEAY. I've not looked back. <3 Decadent.

Now it takes a lot longer to hear back on submissions. A LOT longer! hehe My nails can attest to that.

Fierce Dolan said...

They bring such a great experience and expertise to an otherwise stressful and cumbersome process. The community of authors that they build is as valuable as being in print with them.

Go you!

D L Jackson said...

Rebecca talked me into writing one too, Cinderella Wore Combat Boots. :)

Rebecca Royce said...

I am so glad that you took my advice! I love your writing and I love everything you've done! Great story!

Jessica E. Subject said...

JoAnne - Yes, she was the kick in the butt I needed. LOL And those waits were such a dream. No more, but so great that Decadent continues to grow. :)

Fierce - So true! I learn more and more with every story, not only in edits, but involving the whole publishing industry. :)

DL - I'm SO glad. I LOVE Cinderella! :)

Rebecca - Thank you so much! I needed that boost to get from aspiring to published. Your support means the world to me. :)

S.J. Maylee said...

Aw, Jessice, what a sweet journey. Thank you for sharing it. :)

Unknown said...

Great story! It's wonderful when things fall into place like that. :)

Cate Masters said...

1 Night Stands are addicting! I love how you've expanded your stories and experimented with new genres. Keep those stories coming!

Hales said...

So cool that Rebecca got you started :P I love your books!

Anonymous said...

So awesome to see Rebecca here too. Glad she made an honest woman of you! :) My first love is scifi so you're automatically on my buy list!

Unknown said...

So glad you got that kick in the butt, Jessica. Love your out-of-this-world stories!

Jessica E. Subject said...

SJ - Thank you! :)

C Moss - Yes, I couldn't have asked for better timing. :)

Cate - That they are. I like to try new things with my stories, and yet they all have the same universal theme. :)

Hales - Rebecca is fabulous! Can't say enough about how wonderful she is as an author and a person. :)

writery (Ava) - Sometimes I need that kick in the butt. LOL Thank you! :)

Sara - Thanks so much! :)