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 have been diligent about submitting this month, and I’ve managed to dig up some untried venues with themes suited to my work, including a YA podcast, an online magazine with strange topics and a new pro-rate venue, where I sent my latest completed tale.
I would have posted my progress yesterday but I was distracted by some truly “squee-worthy” good news, that I unfortunately can’t share until later in the week. I’ll just say I managed to achieve one of my writerly goals and it involves working with someone I highly respect.
So I’m feeling grateful for this and for the lovely weather that allowed me to enjoy some jugger today. I have to go hunting for more new venues tomorrow, so I might not be posting again for a couple of days. I can guarantee I’ll definitely have a post up on Wednesday.
Have a great week 🙂
I’m about half-way through “It Was Askin’ for a Whackin’,” so I found an online magazine to submit “Implements” to (gotta love flash fiction.) I expect I’ll run out of short fiction to submit by this weekend. I’m building up the nerve to start shopping out the novels I have ready. If I’m going to do that, I’m going to go big, with a few larger publishers who accept unagented, unsolicited manuscripts in mind. Almost a guaranteed rejection, but so what? I won’t be any worse off for it than I am now, and I can add it to my list of experiences.
I think I had forgotten somewhat that that’s all I was really looking for with my attempts to get published: a chance to see where my writing could go and to try new things. If my efforts pan out, fine – if not, well, it’s about the journey, not the destination. We’re all headed towards the same end. It’s a matter of doing what we can to enjoy the trip. Making yourself miserable with hours spent on ineffective promotion, or fretting over a lack of support from folks who are supposed to be adding their efforts to your own or who are failing to follow through on promises, sort of defeats the purpose. I’ll be a little burnt out from this submission push at the end of the month, but I still think this was a very useful project.
I’m actually looking forward to doing some editing next month, if only for a breather, then picking up where I left off on my latest novel. I can hear the threatening clack of cosmic scissors if I don’t get back to it. I’m not allowed to leave it unfinished and I’m motivated now to get it done.
More tomorrow J
To my slight disappointment, when I went to submit “Relief” today, I noticed they aren’t accepting submissions for that particular anthology until May 1. Argh!
I’m in the same boat with another story; I’m saving “The Elephant’s Graveyard” for a horror anthology that doesn’t open for submissions until May 1. If I don’t get back anymore rejections this month (I’m still waiting), I’ll be scrambling before day 30, and I may fold and submit “Relief” elsewhere. As is, I’m, probably going to have to submit the three novels I have ready that aren’t part of my existing series…I have a fourth, but I was planning on publishing that one myself. The others I’ve finished are still in need of more editing.
So I sent “Territory” out to a magazine for today’s submission. It has come back a couple of times before now. We’ll see if this venue will bite. I have a reprint to try to shop, a Christmas story that’s hard to place and one story I was waiting on sending once one of my other stories comes back, but I’m starting to scrape bottom. I may try to finish two stories I left incomplete.
I have to work on my next couple of flash pieces – I’m aiming for two by end of day tomorrow. Wish me luck!
I wrote “Flash!” in one sitting (1,369 words,) did a quick read through and sent it out the door – well, shipped it off via e-mail actually. The anthology I had been eying is only looking for pieces 500 words or less, so I had to find another venue for submitting “Flash!”, and came up with a quarterly magazine that looks for stories between 1,000 and 4,000 words. Keeping my stories under 1,500 or 2,000 words is a huge challenge for me, and while I have produced the occasional piece of drabble (100 words or less), I find it extremely difficult to limit myself like that. I doubt “The Maw,” which I will take a stab at tomorrow, will end up under 500 words. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
I had a lot of fun writing this, even though it wasn’t my story idea. The hubby comes up with some good ones, but he says he just can’t manage to turn them into a great story, so he passes them along to me. I always give them my own flavour – I set this one in a basement based in part on my own grand-mother’s basement. This is the third story idea he’s given me that I’ve turned into a short story (one of them, a zombie story, has been published and another I’ll be submitting to a contest.) He also often helps me to flush out my story ideas when I run into problems and I can always count on him to catch plot inconsistencies, anachronisms or inaccuracies. I’ve come to depend on his niggling.
I’m still hoping someone will send a challenge my way or I’m once again going to be forced to pick something at random when I’m done “The Maw”. Any takers?