October Submission Blitz – Scary Scarecrows

October 30, 2013 at 2:03 am (horror, writing) (, , , , , , )

Three more days, three more submissions (and two more rejection letters – but it is what it is.) I hadn’t been planning on submitting novels as part of this blitz, but I got a rejection back from Baen for Elements of Genocide and then found out Angry Robot had an open submission window. I really want to find EoG a home – I don’t like having it sit and gather dust on my shelf so I decided to try it out on Angry Robot. That meant writing a two page synopsis, my least favourite submission task. I find tackling the synopsis more difficult that writing and editing the 100,000+ word novel the synopsis covers. But I hunkered down and got it done. Even if I don’t get it published soon, I feel rewarded each time I get someone to read it, whether it ends up rejected or not.

The second novel submission was actually a query in response to a publisher soliciting a novel. This is only the second time I’ve had this happen, so I jumped on it and suggested “Sleep Escapes Us” for review. We’ll see if there’s interest there. I have my fingers crossed.

My third submission was the third resubmission for one of my shorts. Maybe the third time will be the charm.

My horror trope today is scary scarecrows. This trope seems to crop up everywhere. From the classic Pumpkinhead to a myriad of Halloween-themed tales in anthologies and podcasts the scary scarecrow shows its spooky face all over the place. Considering they are designed to frightened, it’s no surprise that they are inherently creepy.

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Submission Blitz – Day 27

April 28, 2013 at 12:42 am (fantasy, writing) (, , , , , , , , )

I found courage in a glass of wine and sent out my submission query to a bigger publisher for “Sleep Escapes Us”, which included a 10 page partial, per the publisher’s specs. I really hope I find a good home for it someday. I described the story in brief as “an alternate history, zombie dark fantasy tale with a foundation in ancient Thracian mythology. The story is one of courage, self-sacrifice and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds.” And for a lead in to my brief synopsis: “When a simple hunter, Zelmis, is chosen by lottery to be a sacrifice to Zalmoxis, the Thracian god of death, he chooses to instead slay the living god with the help of Cerzula, a witch of Hecate. The horrific results, the dead turning and rising as undead, dooms their realm to many years under the tyrannical rule of necromantic generals, a situation that only Zelmis’s daughter, Alina, can rectify.” I then went on to outline the four sections of the book, also in brief.

I certainly enjoyed doing the detailed research for the novel into the mythology, the history, customs and cultural aspects of ancient Thrace and things like flora, fauna and herbalism. It has an epic feel to it but it is a very basic story as far as the heart of the tale is concerned. It definitely isn’t your typical zombie story, to say the least.

I’m expecting a “no”. I’m a no-name writer with no agent and my work doesn’t fit into the cookie-cutter world of big publishing. I’m lucky to have (and to have had) a few people in my life who have a lot of faith in my work. That’s honestly what keeps me trying. Maybe I’ll find someone out there with the ability to bring me some significant exposure who feels the same way.

Only time will tell.

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