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March 2016 Submission Statement

I was unable to follow up on February’s success in March, and all my stats are down. That said, my flagging production was for a good cause. I spent most of March finishing and revising my first novel for Privateer Press, due out this… Continue Reading “March 2016 Submission Statement”

Writing for Dollars: 4 Tiers of Freelance Payment

Getting published usually means getting paid for your work. Getting paid is a good thing, even if you’re “not doing it for the money.” At the very least, it’s some validation your writing is actually worth something. To further illustrate my feelings on the… Continue Reading “Writing for Dollars: 4 Tiers of Freelance Payment”

Dispensing Dubious Writerly Wisdom: An Interview

Fellow Seattleite, blogger, and aspiring writer Dawn Claflin recently interviewed me about writerly things for her blog. In the interview I give highly dubious advice about writing and rejection as well as recount a bit of my meandering path to fame and fortune (Hah!).… Continue Reading “Dispensing Dubious Writerly Wisdom: An Interview”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Multi-Reader Rejection

Often times, when you submit a story to a publisher, there isn’t a single editor reading your submission. Many markets have multiple editors/readers who provide feedback on a story before a decisions is made to accept or reject. Sometimes, you, the author, never know… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Multi-Reader Rejection”

Submission Protocol: Short Author Bio

As often as not, short fiction publishers may ask you to include a brief author bio along with your cover letter. It can be a tricky thing to get right, and there are a lot of opinions on what should be included. In this post, I’ll… Continue Reading “Submission Protocol: Short Author Bio”

The Unacceptance Letter by Michael Bracken

Hey, folks, we’ve got a very special guest author today, the talented and prolific Michael Bracken. Michael has graciously agreed to write a post about one of the more unusual types of rejection letters – the Unacceptance. Though it is always disappointing to receive… Continue Reading “The Unacceptance Letter by Michael Bracken”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The No-Response Rejection

There are many types of rejections, and I’ve covered a bunch of them on this blog, but in my opinion, the most frustrating is the no-response rejection. That’s when the publisher simply never responds to your submission, and the rejection is implied rather than stated outright. There… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The No-Response Rejection”

Form Letters: Not Just for Rejections

If you live in the land of rejectomancy like I do, then you’re pretty damn familiar with the form rejection letter. It comes in a variety of different flavors, but they all essentially say the same thing: No. Recently, I have ventured into the… Continue Reading “Form Letters: Not Just for Rejections”

January 2016 Submission Statement

These posts used to be called Rejection Roundup, but seeing that it’s a new year, and, shockingly, I occasionally receive something other than a rejection from publishers, I think a name change is in order. So, let’s try “Submission Statement” (damn, I love me some… Continue Reading “January 2016 Submission Statement”

Rejectomancer Resources: The Emotion Thesaurus

You’d think, being a human being, I would be passing familiar with human being body language. Yeah, not so much. When I’m writing and trying to convey emotion through character body language, I end up in this endless nod, head shake, smile, frown loop. Often… Continue Reading “Rejectomancer Resources: The Emotion Thesaurus”

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