I’m nearing the end of my blitz, Halloween and the start of the cold season. I’m hoping I’ll get several stories finished over the next few months, preparing for my first annual January blitz. It was nice to relax standards a little and send things out to newer, smaller venues offering token payments and interesting contests with not much in the way of prize money. With more focus on my day job lately, my aspirations have changed somewhat. I may dedicate the next couple of months to mixture of writing and some serious editing. I think I’m due for a new round of novel submissions, but I’d like to give them a bit of a tune-up first.
My last couple of submissions have gone to a genre competition being held by a literary magazine (whaaat?) and one of a newer publisher’s start-up anthology. It’s theme works with the story’s content, which has generated a fair amount of interest but has yet to clinch a “yes”. I may throw it into the “rewrite” pile if it gets another rejection. I actually expected it to get in somewhere long before some of the stories that followed it (but they went first.
I’m off to figure out my costume for Monday, and maybe give my daughter a hand at sewing hers. I hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll post again soon.
I’m starting to scrape the barrel, sending out the flash fiction in my list and the stories that are hard to define when it comes to genre. I do have one regular-length SF story yet to submit, but it’s not a genre that inspires my best writing so I’m hesitant to submit it. The other full length story I have is sort of modern fantasy but it needs a very particular market. I did manage to find a possible venue for some weird fiction in the pile.
The hubby and I were chatting in the car and came up with a flash fiction idea I may write tomorrow. I have a venue in mind for it, so that one could go out in the next couple of days, once I have it done and tweaked.
Just a few more days to go. I have a couple of projects in the works for when this blitz is over and I finish up Dominion. I’m not sure which one I’ll start first.
I chose this female horror writer for my spotlight because I found her story “Hello Again” in the First Time Dead anthology both chilling and entertaining – a wonderful first-time contribution to the horror genre. Reviewers describe her characters as well drawn and believable and her atmosphere as superbly constructed. I hope to see more from her some day.
In addition to being a woman in horror, she is also a self confessed full-time flibbertigibbet, and a liberal/progressive conspirator who happens to like zombies and vampires.
Find out more about Megan here: https://twitter.com/megler3000
For Women in Horror month this year, I’ve decide to do my spotlights on women who shared pages with me in various anthologies, a woman from a different publication each day. For some anthologies my options will be limited. In fact, in one anthology only two female writers were contributors, me and another talented lady, so my choice is a given. I’m hoping the more women in the genre are promoted, the less we’ll see of that kind of imbalance.
So beginning tomorrow, in chronological order of the anthologies involved, I’ll begin posting my spotlights. They’ll be short, sweet and to the point, highlighting some wonderfully scary women.
I’ll be spending most of this month discussing current women horror writers mostly published through small presses (and/or self-published.) But most of my influences growing up were traditionally published with larger publishers, primarily because I was in a time and place where access to smaller press offerings was limited. Here’s a list of female horror writers who helped develop my interest in the genre:
Unfortunately, as you can see, this list was rather small. If you compared it to the number of male horror writers I read in my younger years, you’d see it is far shorter – not because I had any preferences gender-wise, but because the choice was lacking. I’m happy to say the number of female horror writers on my reading list has expanded in leaps and bounds, but it still isn’t where it should be. That’s why things like Women in Horror month and all female anthologies are important.
I’m looking forward to sharing my latest finds with you over the next four weeks. I hope it leads others to discover some of the amazing female genre writers out there.
Sent out one of my few urban fantasy tales today and received a rejection for an earlier submission this month. Most of the venues I submit to are horror or fantasy, so finding a fit for the odd urban fantasy tale can be difficult. Rather than using an open call page, I just googled until I found something struck my fancy. I’m willing to take a chance with these stories, since they aren’t my usual genre. We’ll see if anything comes from it.
I think I’ve worn out my desire to focus on pro-rate venues for the month and the last few stories don’t really demand it as they were experiments more than anything. Not that the stories aren’t worth publishing, they’re just not my normal fare. I’d just like to see if I can get a paying venue to pick them up, even if they only offer a token payment.
My little guy is sick so I don’t think I’ll be finishing up the editing on my WWW audio submission today – maybe this weekend.
I sent in a submission today for an anthology where the theme was a little ambiguous. From what I read, it sounded like my submission would be acceptable, although it didn’t match the ideal submission they were looking for. It did seem to fit the secondary themes they were willing to consider, as long as I haven’t misinterpreted what they were describing. I’m sure you can tell from this that I was a little confused. Before I hit send I was thinking the story I chose was a reasonable match for their “bigger picture” – but afterwards I was second guessing myself.
Story fit is a big issue when it comes to submissions. It also seems to be a point of interpretation where I fall short. About half my rejections say they don’t think the story is the right “fit” even though they enjoyed it or if it fits the venue and they want to accept, it doesn’t match up with the other stories they’ve decided to accept, so they’re going to pass on it. An author can write a fantastic story with a solid plot, good technical form and acceptable style, but if it happens to be something too distinct, you could end up having a terrible time getting it published, especially if it skirts more than one genre or lies somewhere between mainstream and speculative (I have one of those in my “available for submission” pile.)
So I’ll cross my fingers on that one – another story that got some “we really enjoyed it” slush pile love, but which has received multiple rejections nevertheless. It’s a divergent tale, both dark and hopeful, disturbing but inspiring.
Wish me luck!