Tag: Submissions

A Week of Writing: 10/12/20 to 10/18/20

Another week of writerly doings. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes, once more, from Elmore Leonard. “My characters have to talk, or they’re out. They audition in early scenes. If they can’t talk, they’re given less to do,… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 10/12/20 to 10/18/20”

Tropes That Suck or How to Sell a Vampire Story

I have a problem, a writerly weakness if you will. I can’t stop writing vampire stories. Of the thirteen stories I’ve sold in 2020, five of them feature the befanged bloodsuckers. Why do I bring this up? Well, because vampires are tough to sell.… Continue Reading “Tropes That Suck or How to Sell a Vampire Story”

Weeks of Writing: 9/14/20 to 10/11/20

I’m a month behind, so this’ll be four weeks of writing. 🙂 Words to Write By Here’s one from author Richard Bach. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” —Richard Bach I really like this quote for the bit about not quitting.… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 9/14/20 to 10/11/20”

The First 500 Submissions

Recently, I sent my 500th submission since I’ve been tracking them through Duotrope. It took me roughly eight years to amass this many, though the bulk of them have come in the last four years or so. Anyway, it’s a big milestone, so I… Continue Reading “The First 500 Submissions”

A Bad Request? 400 Rejections

Today I received my 400th rejection since I started tracking my submissions through Duotrope. Yeah, I received a few pre-Duotrope, in what amounts to my literary Dark Ages, but those rejections are lost to the sands of time and ancient Hotmail accounts, so we’ll… Continue Reading “A Bad Request? 400 Rejections”

Submission Statement: September 2020

September is in the books, and here’s how I did. September 2020 Report Card Submissions Sent: 8 Rejections: 6 Acceptances: 1 Publications: 0 Further Consideration: 1 A solid month, and almost identical to August’s tally. The 8 submissions in September give me 67 for… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: September 2020”

Form Letters: More Than Just No?

I’ve covered the topic of form letters a fair bit on this blog, generally focusing on form rejections, which are by far the most common. But form letters come in all shapes and sizes and can communicate a lot more than “we’re not publishing… Continue Reading “Form Letters: More Than Just No?”

A Week of Writing: 9/7/20 to 9/13/20

One more week of writerly doings. Words to Write By This week’s quote once again comes from Stephen King. “Writers are often the worst judges of what they have written. —Stephen King I know, I know. I use Stephen King a lot. In my… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/7/20 to 9/13/20”

Submission Protocol: Mistakes Happen

There may be no worse feeling for an author than realizing you’ve made some boneheaded error in the submission process after you’ve sent the submission. Panic sets in, and you begin to catastrophize about the end of your career and how the editor and… Continue Reading “Submission Protocol: Mistakes Happen”

A Week of Writing: 8/31/20 to 9/6/20

Another week, another writerly update. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Harper Lee. “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” —Harper Lee, WD To… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 8/31/20 to 9/6/20”

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