Thank God there’s a precedent for this, be it a twenty year old precedent. In 1986, at age sixteen, in the middle of the night, I wrote a creepy science fiction story entitled ‘Illusion’ (this was so long ago I wrote it in longhand and typed it out the next day on an old-fashioned IBM)….

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With ‘Diamond Sharks’ on its slow way across the globe to Gordon Van Gelder’s desk, there are now an unprecedented total of three stories in various stages of submission around the world: ‘Queen of Diamonds’ has been lurking at the Intergalactic Medicine Show (Orson Scott Card’s online mag) for almost four months now; almost time…

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The deed is done. And now to find a market… Diamond Sharks SF short. My Writers of the Future 2005 workshop story. Rewritten and ready for submission! (Actually, I know I’m going to send it to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction first, if only because Gordon Van Gelder is so incredibly quick to…

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Alternative titles for this post were ‘Long live the Internet’ or ‘How stupid can you get’. As a Dutch author writing for the American (and English, Australian and other English-language) market, I’m SASEically challenged. Most markets, especially the professional ones, only accept hardcopy manuscript submission, and require that a self-adressed stamped envelope (SASE) is included…

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On a roll here! Okay, it’s 15 months overdue, but I was so psyched by yesterday’s submission that I grabbed my notes on the 2005 WotF workshop story ‘Into the deep’ and started revisions. The Writers of the Future workshop includes a brilliant writing exercise. Each participant (Writers of the Future contest winner) is given…

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Though I never even reported on Stuart’s response to my September query, I’ve now finished the story in question, titled it ‘Oenocide’ and submitted it to Stuart’s ‘Gastronomicon II‘ speculative fiction cookbook, a collection of real recipes accompanied by science fiction and fantasy stories. And although I had a whopping two months to write a…

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