Still going strong. The second month of my 100K year (the year in which I enlist the help of Beeminder to write at least a hundred thousand words) has yielded: a pro sale of one of my January stories; 8680 words of newly drafted, edited or revised short fiction; 1170 words of edited or outlined novel; two brand new…

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So far, so excellent. The first month of my 100K year (the year in which I enlist the help of Beeminder to write at least a hundred thousand words) has yielded: 13580 words of newly drafted fiction, edited or revised fiction, and critiques of other writers’ fiction (taking into account how I tally my productivity,…

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Today, please join me in celebrating the 1,000th day my horror story Engineering has spent in the shortlist over at Dark Discoveries Magazine. Even for the snail-like pace of the submission-and-rejection-process, this is extreme. There are references to Guantanamo Bay and Abu Graib in there that may actually no longer work for readers if the…

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This is something I’ve wanted to blog about for years. High time I got around to it. How do you know your story is ready to go out? Where do you find the publications that might buy it? What are all the things you need to think about before submitting? And many other details… The…

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After making the rounds for a while, collecting rejections, my story Engineering—kind of a torture porn* episode of The Twilight Zone—ended up with Dark Discoveries. Editor Paul Dudley rejected it, but in the subsequent correspondence gave some good thoughts on what the story needed to stand a better chance, even with DD. By that time,…

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In the words of Alfred Beesley, ‘Lucky’ James Dixon’s roommate in ‘Lucky Jim’: “A spot of good news to take home with me for the week-end.” ‘Prisoner of War’ has been lurking at the Dark Wisdom offices for almost four months, so I decided to send them a query email today. The unexpectedly quick reply…

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Aren’t there laws against this kind of thing? The previous message from Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show said ‘Queen of diamonds’ had been passed on to the editor; I would hear back in 30-45 days. Today, 9 days later, I get a message letting me know that the editor in question is in fact…

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While response time to actual manuscript submissions is similar in duration to the gestation of elephants, it seems that response time to queries is like the lifetime of the mayfly. An associate editor at Dark Wisdom wrote: Sounds interesting, please feel free to send it along and thanks for asking. So of course, the first…

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