“Announcement, Part 1” or “The Wait is Half-Over”

Alright, I’ve teased you long enough. My gag has been removed. You want to know what big news has got me so excited?

Short answer: I’m going to be published!!!

Longer answer: …In a YA anthology by J. Taylor Publishing!!!

Even longer answer: I think I’ll let the official press release handle this one…

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J. Taylor Publishing Signs Seven Authors To One More Day, A YA Anthology To Release December 2, 2013

Six authors to be featured with L.S. Murphy in Young Adult Anthology, One More Day, from J. Taylor Publishing.

Apex, NC – March 27, 2013 – On December 2, 2013, J. Taylor Publishing will release

One More Day, an anthology of seven short stories written for young adults, with a world’s end theme.

The anthology’s theme, centered around what would happen if ‘tomorrow’ didn’t happen, produced dozens of entries with seven stories selected. “We asked authors to think on a prompt, particularly what happens as characters feel the stop, feel the shift, as they realize, only they know how to make everything go back to normal,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

With a singular theme, one might expect all stories to be “the same”, but in One More Day, the challenge to create something completely unique was met by all authors. From contemporary to paranormal, fantasy to comedy and mixes of multiple genres, each of the seven stories represents the author’s interpretation and method of ensuring the world doesn’t end—somehow, someway.

The anthology will open with Anna Simpson’s Time PIece, a contemporary romance centering on a girl’s first kiss. Transitioning to a darker sci-fi, paranormal will be Marissa Halvorson’s Dark Rose. The anthology will then move into a more whimsical, twist-filled story, Dragon Flight by J. Keller Ford, perfect for those on the roller coaster ride of love. Anchoring the center is L.S. Murphy’s The 13th Month, a ready-made fight to the end. Following comes a different take on an old fairy tale with Kimberly Kay’s Sleepless Beauty, and afterward, Erika Beebe’s Stage Fright, which is exactly how it sounds. Rounding out the anthology is Danielle E. Shipley’s A Morrow More, concluding with a bit of humor intertwined with fantasy.

“In choosing the stories, we looked for diversity, unique, intriguing stories and solid writing. In our six additional authors, we found a wonderful collection to add to L.S. Murphy, who’s debut Young Adult novel Reaper, released in January 2013,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

[And then they go on to more fully introduce all the authors, including…]

About Danielle E. Shipley
Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.

The cover for One More day, and short summaries for each story, will release on May 13, 2013.

About the Publisher

J. Taylor Publishing is an Independent Publisher who, thanks to the Internet, has a worldwide reach. Our debut authors are in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The company produces print and electronic books. For more information about J. Taylor Publishing, please visit www.jtaylorpublishing.com.

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So, yeah! That! This is the biggest “yes” I’ve gotten from the publishing industry since I started submissions, and I am absolutely dizzy with delight!

If you happen to feel like going over and above in your extension of congratulations, I’ve got a brand new author page on Facebook in want of “likes”. https://www.facebook.com/Danielle.E.Shipley.Author


…Which I will share with you on Monday, after we’ve all had a bit of time to digest today’s excitement.

Yes. I’ve known about this for weeks, and I’m still digesting. Happiness is a heavy meal, y’all. 😀

Author Pic, Danielle E. Shipley
Behold the author photo I had taken just for this. Thanks for the shot, my lovely photographer/sister!
Yay! Yay! I get to work with these people!
Yay! Yay! I get to work with these people!


32 thoughts on ““Announcement, Part 1” or “The Wait is Half-Over”

  1. Danielle: As your favorite uncle and all around wonderful person, I wanted you to know how truly proud I am of your accomplishment. Your grandfather (Granddad-Ship) once told me that when he was waiting to be published finally (the first time) after all the rejections, it was validation to him that he wasn’t crazy in
    trying to write what he believed was important in his genre. There were many nay-sayers and sometimes he doubted himself, but with the acceptance letter he felt vindicated. To have other professionals validate your work as “professional” is a feeling few get to experience and even fewer understand. Enjoy your success and let it give you confidence and a sense of pride.
    Uncle Douglas

  2. Whoop whoop! Congratulations to you on your awesome news of newsness. Even as your nemesis, I’m impressed. Also, your author photo is very authorial 😀

    I think you of all people will appreciate a ‘Huzzah!’ in reaction to this news, so: huzzah!

  3. Congratulations! I had an inkling it was something along these lines. When a writer who keeps a writing-themed blog says they have big news… at least half the time it’s something about something getting published.

  4. Ahhhh, congratulations!!!!! 😀 It’s so awesome that you’re “rounding out” the anthology with a bit of humor…but I cannot say I am surprised.

    So happy for you. 🙂 🙂 Also, the photo is beautiful.

    • Lol, when you’re raised by Looney Tunes, humor becomes something of a trademark. X)
      Thanks for the happiness, congrats, and kind photo-related words. They make my heart disco. …which is a good thing, I swear.

  5. Congratulations! So happy for you. There will be much merriment and toasting in your honor ’round the campfire in Sherwood tonight. 🙂 I look forward to reading your story, and wish you many, many more happy days like this.


    Seriously, I’m so happy for you!! All of your hard work, paying off. 🙂 Your new author photo is beautiful, and I will be on the lookout for ONE MORE DAY!

  7. Congratulations Danielle! It’s so exciting to be personally acquainted with a PUBLISHED writer. I’m sure this short story is only the begining for you,my dear. Do I get an autographed copy?
    Love, Aunt Carolyn

  8. OH MY GOSH!!!

    I happened to see this on my blog feed when I happened to check WordPress.com looking for an April 1st joke. Which, thankfully, this appears not to be. Con-grad-u-lations!!! So happy for you, what a huge step…I will try not to be jealous…

    My regards to Allyn-and-the-rest.

    • Thank you!!!
      Certain members of Allyn-and-the-rest are trying not to be jealous, too. The characters in “A Morrow More” aren’t exactly part of my fictional friends’ “in crowd”, so… yeah. High school-type drama. But everyone’s mostly over it. X)

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