Tag: writing tips

Fightin’ Fiction: 5 Melee Myths

One of my many hobbies is HEMA, or historical European martial arts, wherein folks study various fighting manuals from the medieval and renaissance periods and attempt to recreate these martial disciplines as accurately as possible. Once you swing a sword the way it’s meant… Continue Reading “Fightin’ Fiction: 5 Melee Myths”

Acceptance Letter Archive: The Acceptance + Edits Letter

So, uh, I haven’t received any rejection letters lately. Note, this is not because I’m such a better writer now; I’ve just failed to send any submissions. Since I’m short on rejections to talk about, I thought I’d add another entry into my much smaller… Continue Reading “Acceptance Letter Archive: The Acceptance + Edits Letter”

June 2016 Submission Statement

June was a decent month despite the lack of acceptances, largely because the promotion of my novel Flashpoint began and kept me busy. Again, I didn’t send as many submission as I would have liked or completed as many short stories as I would… Continue Reading “June 2016 Submission Statement”

Ranks of the Rejected: Mark Allan Gunnells

Time for another Ranks of the Rejected. This time, I’ve convinced fellow horror and fantasy author Mark Allan Gunnells to reveal the dark, squishy truths about writing and rejection. I first met Mark over on the Shock Totem forums where he was a regular in… Continue Reading “Ranks of the Rejected: Mark Allan Gunnells”

New Flashpoint Cover & Lock & Load Book Signing

I’ll be saying this a lot over the next couple of weeks and months, but I wrote a book, and it’ll be available in your favorite reading format (including dead tree) on July 15th. The book is called Flashpoint, and it’s set in Privateer Press’ steam-powered fantasy… Continue Reading “New Flashpoint Cover & Lock & Load Book Signing”

Poll: How Many Rejections Before You Retire/Revise?

Recently, I had a story accepted after sixteen rejections. I know; that’s a lot, right? I felt pretty confident about the story despite the mounting number of NOs, so I kept sending it out. I found an editor that liked it as much as… Continue Reading “Poll: How Many Rejections Before You Retire/Revise?”

6 Rejection Records & Other Dubious Achievements

When you’ve submitted your work long enough, you start to notice certain “firsts” and “bests” in the meandering pattern of rejections and acceptances that define the freelance writer’s career. I certainly don’t have as many data points as some, but I’ve got enough to… Continue Reading “6 Rejection Records & Other Dubious Achievements”

New Kids on the Block: Evaluating Fledgling Genre Markets

In my search for genre markets, I often come across brand-spanking new magazines and webzines eagerly accepting submissions for their inaugural issue or issues. Duotrope has a handy way of identifying such markets, noting them as fledgling, which means, “This project is new and… Continue Reading “New Kids on the Block: Evaluating Fledgling Genre Markets”

Proofing Hit List Part Two: Over-Filtration

Since I’ve been in the middle of a big fat novel revision, I thought it might be time to talk about more items on my proofing hit list. These are the little (and biggish) things I try to fix and/or eliminate from my drafts before… Continue Reading “Proofing Hit List Part Two: Over-Filtration”

My Meandering Path to Writerly “Fame and Fortune”

One of things people ask me on a fairly regular basis, more so lately, is how did you get started with writing and editing, and how did it end up being your “job?” Well, my career trajectory has been kind of all over the… Continue Reading “My Meandering Path to Writerly “Fame and Fortune””

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