Assessing 2019 – My Year In Review

by | December 28, 2019 | General | 2 comments

As 2019 closes, I’ve assessed my year to date. I’d say “as the decade closes” but it doesn’t officially do that until 2021. How did I do in 2019? Better than I had originally thought.

It’s easy for me to lose track of my acceptances throughout the year. Sometimes the rejections seem overwhelming, especially when they arrive a dozen at a time. It’s either feast or famine when it comes to fiction acceptances. I keep a word file of all my submissions and their statuses throughout the year. I include all acceptances in a different colored font at the top of the list.

As my readers know, I write in several genres – romance, erotica, dark fiction and horror. I published a lot of horror this year. I also saw one paranormal romance accepted and the novel will be published in 2020. Here’s what went on in 2019 for me:

“We’re All Mad Here” – short horror story reprint for Sirens Call Magazine. This is my crazy cat lady story.

“The Beautiful Move In Curves” – short erotic story for Dangerous Curves Ahead anthology. This book is full of stories of plus-sized women enjoying their sexuality.

“Can You See It?” – short horror story for The Horror Zine magazine summer issue.

“The Storm” – The Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories. Coming out in 2020 as far as I know. I’ll update as I get news and permission to update.

Interviews with the following horror authors for The Horror Zine – Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, Ray Garton, and Paul Tremblay. I have another interview (surprise guest) coming in 2020. Tremblay’s interview should go live in February if my calendar is correct.

Article about writer’s groups for The Horror Zine. I’m in a writer’s group that meets on Wednesdays, and it’s been a Godsend to me. I’ve made some close friends in addition to gained some valuable insight into my writing.

“Full Moon Fever” – a paranormal romance accepted by eXtasy Books. Coming out in 2020. My two main characters are gay werewolves named Sam Hightower and Grant Newsome. They work lighting (gaffers) with a traveling theater show that has just landed in Portland, Oregon. Sam and Grant like to take a third partner for each tour, and they’ve selected a hot dancer named Luke Pearce. Luke is more than amenable to the idea, but he has a secret of his own. Add the shifter’s friendship with scenic artists Charlotte and Lina and you have a light-hearted and sexy book.

I’m proud of my accomplishments. Now to have a successful 2020. What about you? How have you assessed 2019? Tell me about your acceptances this year and what is in store for you in 2020.


Elizabeth Black writes in a wide variety of genres including erotica, erotic romance, horror, and dark fiction. She lives on the Massachusetts coast with her husband, son, and her three cats. Her story “The Beautiful Move in Curves” appears in “Dangerous Curves Ahead”, an anthology of sexy stories about plus-sized women. Look for it at Amazon. Her new paranormal erotic shifter romance novel “Full Moon Fever” will be for sale in 2020.

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Elizabeth Black

Elizabeth Black's erotic fiction has been published by Cleis Press, Xcite Books, Scarlet Magazine, Circlet Press, and others. She also writes dark fiction and horror as E. A. Black. She lives in Massachusetts next to the ocean with her husband, son, and three cats. The beach calls to her and she listens.


  1. Lisabet Sarai

    Congratulations on your acceptances and publications, Elizabeth. I hope that 2020 is equally productive – but in any case, what matters is how you feel about your writing and yourself.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Elizabeth Black

    Thanks, Lisabet! I also wish you a Happy New Year and much writing success in 2020.

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