Tag: writing tips

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””

April 2016 Submission Statement

April has come and gone, and it was a pretty decent month as far as the ol’ writing gig goes. I wasn’t as productive as I would have liked, and I sent out only five submissions, but since I was working on some big writing… Continue Reading “April 2016 Submission Statement”

Good Hookers are Hard to Find

There’s some click bait for you, huh? Did I get you? Well, unfortunately, like most click bait, this post is not what you think it is. Let me explain. A while back, a friend gave me a great book by Stephen King called Secret Windows,… Continue Reading “Good Hookers are Hard to Find”

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