Month: August 2018

Submission Protocol: Summary Execution

In my opinion, one of the toughest things for writers to do is summarize their work into a few sentences. I mean get it down to pitch length, still make it interesting, and avoid giving away the entire plot. Authors aren’t called on to do…

A Week of Writing: 8/20/18 to 8/26/18

It’s Monday, and here’s my literary ledger sheet for the week. Words to Write By Still reading a bunch of Elmore Leonard, and since he’s such a great source for quotes, here’s another one. “When you are developing your style, you avoid weaknesses. I…

Accepting the Unacceptance

I’ve had a good year for acceptances, and I’m up to an even dozen so far. But, as they say, in every life a little rain must fall, and one of those acceptances is, well, not an acceptance anymore. Let me explain. Earlier this…

A Week of Writing: 8/13/18 to 8/19/18

Finally managed to squeak one of these things out on a Monday. Here’s my writing week that was. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from one of my favorite speculative authors, C. J. Cherryh. It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long…

The Rejection Reversal with Michael Bracken

The accomplished and prolific Michael Bracken reached out to me recently to share a type of publisher response he’d never received before. If Michael Bracken, award-winning author of over 1,200 short stories and several novels, has never seen it, it’s probably pretty unique, right?…

A Week of Writing: 8/6/18 to 8/12/18

Another week of writing in the books. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By I’ve been reading a fair amount of Elmore Leonard, a writer whose style I really enjoy. Today’s quote is another of his pearls of wisdom. “Never use a verb…

Good Stories Get Rejected Too

Rejections are tough, and getting bummed out is a perfectly reasonable reaction to being told your story isn’t going to be published, but it’s important to have a little perspective on rejections. This is the very core of rejectomancy, understanding that a rejection probably…

A Week of Writing: 7/30/18 to 8/5/18

Hey, all, it’s Monday, or, uh, Tuesday. Anyway, here’s the week that was. Words to Write By Another quote from Mr. King. This one comes from his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. “I believe the road to hell is paved with…

“Do Me A Favor” & Other Free Flash Fiction

It’s great when you find a publisher who’s willing to publish your work. It’s even better when you find a publisher who’s willing to publish your work more than once. Today marks my fourth story with The Arcanist, an excellent publisher of speculative flash fiction….

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