Update: beating the blues, short story contracts etc

I posted a few weeks ago about how I was struggling with anxiety/confidence and it was really getting me down. I had a few weeks of feeling pretty horrible, so I’m happy to report that I’ve been on the up since Christmas.

Feeling happyTaking a proper break from writing (that wasn’t going well) and focusing on family/friends/myself has helped a lot. Since the start of January I’ve been more productive again and am feeling much happier.

So, I’m thrilled to be able to check in with some good news. This week I’ve signed two contracts for two short stories that will be published in anthologies at Dreamspinner Press.


The first one is a short, erotic piece for the Juicy Bits anthology which will be out on April 28th. It features a hot Scottish boss, office sex and spanking 😉

The second is a slightly longer story for the Not Quite Shakespeare anthology–a collection of stories set in the UK. This will be out on June 2nd. I was thrilled that this one was accepted because I really loved writing it. It’s set at a folk festival and has a sexy morris dancer in it. Tall, broad, long dark hair, beard, knows his way around a stick… you get the gist.

Finally, last week I returned my galley edits for Not Just Friends and am excited about that being out soon. Less than four weeks to go now!


About Jay Northcote

Author of LGBT romance. Trans (he/him), Parent, cat herder, professional procrastinator.
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6 Responses to Update: beating the blues, short story contracts etc

  1. Sam says:

    Congrats Jay!
    I too also signed a contract for the UK Anthology x

    • that’s great news, congrats – are you Sam with a different surname on twitter? I’m assuming so!

      • Sam says:

        I’m going to change my name over now to Evans. I just need a clear out. It’s easier to change my original one over. Everyone on my twitter is pretty much either an author or a friend made via that so I’m just changing it over. I think that’s the easiest thing to do. I hope.

  2. sounds like a plan, as long as you don’t have anyone you want to keep your author identity secret from. That’s brilliant about your short, well done! I bet you’re glad you took the plunge now 🙂

  3. Elin Gregory says:

    Congratulations. I’ll look forward to reading your stories.

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