100 Rejections and Counting

Back in March I blogged about hitting 50 rejections for short fictions after close to two years of submitting. Well, now, about seven months later I have hit the big 100. The first 50 rejections took 2 years, the second took 7 months. What’s changed? Well I have a full enough pipeline to have 8 [...]

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Indie Adventures – Part 5 – Bringing in the Pros

New to this series? Start with: Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line This series is titled “Indie Adventures,” and I am going the indie route with the publishing of my novel, but that does not mean that I am doing it all myself. Indie is about control, it is not about who does [...]

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Indie Adventures – Part 4 – Beta Round 2 (or One More Time for Good Measure)

If you missed it, See Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line,  Indie Adventures – Part 2 – Beta Readers or “How the Hell Do I Know If This Book is Any Good!?”, and Indie Adventures – Part 3 – Evaluating the Beta Read Before we get into Beta Round 2, first a word from our [...]

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The Writers of the Future Contest – A Class Act

The Writers of the Future Contest (WOTF) is a class act. If you write speculative fiction (sci-fi or fantasy) and aren’t a pro, then do yourself a favor and submit. I have been sitting on this for a while, since it wasn’t public, but I recently got my second honorable mention  (2 honorable mentions in 3 [...]

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Too Much To Do? Get Over It

So you got too much to do? Yeah me too. Sucks doesn’t it? The day is just never long enough, you can just never get to it all. It is frustrating and maddening. Right? You work all day, and having nothing left for yourself or your family when you get home. Your weekends are filled [...]

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New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan

This all started with 100 Stories for Haiti, and has moved on from Haiti to Pakistan to Queensland and now Japan. On March 11, 20011 a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. We all saw the news, saw the devastation, witnessed the drama at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. When disaster strikes, what do you [...]

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100 Stories for Queensland is Here!

100 Stories for Queensland is here! So, you can read some great stories (include “Soggy Shoes” by yours truly) and help with the recovery from recent devistating flooding in Queensland, Australia. There is a good FAQ up on the official site. Here are some excerpts: What is 100 Stories for Queensland? 100 Stories for Queensland [...]

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Indie Adventures – Part 3 – Evaluating the Beta Read

If you missed it, See Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line and Indie Adventures – Part 2 – Beta Readers or “How the Hell Do I Know If This Book is Any Good!?” So you did your homework and setup up your beta readers (see part 2). This includes, in brief: Picked good, enthusiastic readers that [...]

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The Psychology of Writing, Part 2: The Shock Box

If you missed it see: The Psychology of Writing, Part 1. Writer L.M May just did a fantastic blog post titled: Fiction Writers and Learned Helplessness. In it she  talks about some of the psychology behind what is happening in the writing world today with the indie vs. traditional publishing camps. The whole post is great, and [...]

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Coming soon: 100 Stories for Queensland

100 Stories for Queensland now has a release date: Tuesday, May 3rd. This charity anthology has my story “Soggy Shoes” in it, and this one is for flood relief in Australia. All proceeds go to Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief appeal. I’ve seen the galleys and it looks fantastic. So all you charitable minded readers (or just readers who like [...]

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