Some exciting news to pass along! First, I received an Honorable Mention in the 2nd Quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest. I’m excited, of course, but still hoping to disqualify myself from the competition all together by pro-ing out as soon as possible!
I also was informed that my first published fantasy story, “Ink,” which originally appeared in Liquid Imagination Issue 21, has won a Write Well Award 2015, which is sponsored by the Silver Pen Writers Association. The anthology of award winners is available in both e-book and print through Amazon.
Now that the contract has been signed, I’m pleased to announce my short story, “Ink,” will be published in Issue 21 of Liquid Imagination, which is due to be released at the end of this month. It’s my first story sale in the fantasy genre.
I am beyond thrilled right now. Not only am I being published, but I happen to have a particular soft spot in my heart for this story (though I suppose writers aren’t supposed to have favorites), which involves subtle magic and Japanese kanji tattoos. I had a lot of fun writing it .
I’ll admit, I have a bit of a love-hate thing with the Submission Grinder. I love how easy it’s made it to keep track of my story submissions, and the market search, while not always perfect, has provided me with interesting new places to send my work.
The one problem I have is with their “Response Turnaround Chart.” Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great tool, and on occasion it’s helped me get a fairly good handle on when a response from a certain market is due. But when it looks like this:
Response Turnaround Chart w/ Market Name Blacked Out for Privacy
That’s where the “hate” part comes in. I start to worry. See that little dot? That’s my story. The red lines are rejections. The green are acceptances. I’m not confident enough to assume that I’ll become one of the acceptances. But being beyond the range of their “normal” rejection times inspires a new paranoia. OMG! I’ll be the oldest rejection recorded for these guys. Ever!
Granted, this particular market doesn’t have a large number of responses recorded on the Grinder at this time, so the sample size is too small to really be jumping to such drastic conclusions. I shouldn’t be worrying, but I can’t seem to help it. I refuse to think about what that says about me.
Ironically, as I was typing up the last couple of paragraphs of this post, the response from this market arrived in my e-mail. A rejection. Please excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall a few dozen times. Ugh!
A New Year’s Resolution post is probably one of the oldest cliche’s in the blogging world, but I’m going to write one anyway. Even if no one sees it, having my goals out “in print,” so to speak, makes me feel like I need to be a little more accountable for what I do.
2013 was my first full year of writing and submitting short stories on a regular basis. Because of this, I had no set goals, just a vague idea that I wanted to write 12 new short stories in the year, and to submit them as often as I could. In the end, I finished 9 new stories, and did a total of 46 submissions. For 2014, I want to double my output: 18 new short stories, plus whatever novellas, etc., that pop into my head. I want to make a grand total of 100 short story submissions. No goals as far as responses, good or bad. That’s the part I can’t control. I also have my novel length work that needs to be sent on submission. I’ve been procrastinating on that, big time.
My other goals for 2014: to keep up with both this blog and my Twitter account on a more regular basis. Especially Twitter. I missed out on quite a few themed submission calls last year because I wasn’t paying attention to what was being tweeted by other writers. It really bugs me to be missing out on the Lightspeed special issue: Women Destroy Science Fiction. It sounds like a really fun idea, but I doubt I’ll be able to participate. I have only one science fiction short that is ready for sub. It was sent it out two days before I heard about the call, to a market that most likely won’t reply until after the deadline. And since I write more fantasy than science fiction, I’m not counting on coming up with something in time. 😦
For the blog, I’m going to try for one new post a week, on Mondays. We’ll see how that goes…
What goals/resolutions are you making in the new year?