A Week of Writing: 6/18/18 to 6/24/18

It’s Monday and time to come clean about all the writing, revisions, and submissions I finished last week.

Words to Write By

This quote perfectly sums up my week

Half my life is an act of revision.

– John Irving

I remember when I finished the first draft of Late Risers, my novel in progress. I was excited and happy, but guardedly so. That’s not because I didn’t feel like it was an accomplishment; I just knew how much work remained to be done. I knew I’d only finished the first half of the process as Mr. Irving so succinctly points out above.

The Novel

Last week I made my first real revisions. I’m not done with my initial read through, but I started working on an issue in the first part of the book. The book began a little too abruptly, so I’m adding a bit to smooth that out, fill in some details, and introduce the reader to a few characters much earlier than I originally had planned. This will necessitate a revision of the original first chapter, but I feel better about the direction of the first act now. I’d call that progress.

Short Stories

Revisions are ongoing on a number of stories, but I did polish up a new one and send it out last week. I’m managing about one new story or one new revision every week, and that’s kept me with a lot of submission material for the year.

Solid submission activity last week.

  • Submissions Sent: 4
  • Rejections: 3
  • Acceptances: 0
  • Publications: 0
  • Further Consideration: 1

Last week’s submissions put me at 68 total for the year, though I did send another just this morning.

The Blog

I attended a convention last week Friday and Saturday, so I only managed two blog posts for the week.

6/18/18: A Week of Writing: 6/11/10 to 6/17/18

The usual weekly writing update.

6/20/18: Submission Protocol: When to Withdraw Part II

In this post I covered two situations where sending a withdrawal letter is a lot more cut and dry: sim-subs and defunct publishers.


Gonna continue my read through and initial revisions for Late Risers, and, as always, keep sending those submissions out.

Submission Spotlight

As another new feature on these updates, I’m going to point out some submission opportunities you might have missed. This week, it’s a big one.

Tor.com Publishing Opening to Novella Submissions on July 30

Tor.com Publishing will soon be reopening to unsolicited novella submissions! Starting July 30, 2018, Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by authors to https://tor.moksha.io/publication/tornovellas. You can find full guidelines here, and we highly recommend you read the guidelines before submitting. We will be open for two weeks beginning on July 30 around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00) and ending on August 13 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00).

If you have a fantasy or sci-fi novella, click the link, and read the guidelines. I don’t need to tell you that getting your novella published by Tor is kind of a big deal.

That was my week. How was yours?

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