Let's talk about Standard Manuscript Format! (Wait, no! Come baaaaaack...) OK, so it's not the most exciting topic. But I was on Reddit's r/Writing when I read a post where more than one person said it took them hours to format their manuscripts. And oh good golly, no! This might not take you five minutes, … Continue reading Putting a Story into Standard Manuscript Format in Five Minutes
When I published my first short story, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. What happens after you get your acceptance email? How long will it take? What if the editor is really slow to respond--should I go into hysterics and assume they decided not to publish me? Or, um. Maybe not? I've published … Continue reading What Happens When Your Short Story is Accepted
I've only got a short update this week, but hey! This made me laugh. In this piece, editor Nathaniel Tower talks about the cliches that he's utterly sick of seeing in short fiction: things I’m tired of seeing in lit mag submissions | freeze frame fiction It's a little vitriolic, but the last paragraph is … Continue reading things I’m tired of seeing in lit mag submissions | freeze frame fiction
Woo! I sold my third short story to Triptych Tales last month. (They're also super-duper fast, so it's already available online! It's been up since Sunday, actually. I've just been too sick to celebrate.) I generally write YA fantasy and/or Victoriana, so, it's slightly unusual that this is a contemporary urban fantasy set in Oregon. … Continue reading Esoteric Wildlife – Now Available on Triptych Tales!
I only learned this last night! I sold my second short story "A Long-Forgotten Memory," a little while ago. I just learned that it was published last week in Parsec Ink's Triangulation: Parch anthology. The anthology's available on Amazon. It gets better! Parsec Ink runs both a contest and a magazine, and authors were allowed … Continue reading A Long-Forgotten Memory: Now appearing in Parsec Ink’s “Triangulation: Parch” anthology
OK, so here's my confession: I was going to write about baking this week. I've been trying to make a reliable, homemade version of Trader Joe's "Journey to the Center of the Cookie," and I needed ideas on what to use for the filling. "But this is a writing blog!" you might think. To which … Continue reading Three Posts I’ve Written on Writing and Publication
Moving is awful. I just moved from one side of America to the other, and it's dreadful. I don't even have my furniture yet. It is, needless to say, extremely hard to write (or focus, or work, or do much of anything), so the blog updates are going to be sparse until I have, for … Continue reading Second short story sold!
The wait is killing me. I desperately, desperately want to talk about the short story I sold, but I also really want to get the finished, signed contract in hand before I go crazy and announce it all over the internet. And while it's probably OK for me to talk about it now, I don't … Continue reading (Kind of a) Book Review: The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft
For years, I refused to do anything with short stories. My goal was to publish novels, and that was all I wanted to do. Short fiction was a distraction. A time sink. A different skill, with different requirements. I didn't want to bother. But oh, how my friends nagged. And nagged! Every one of them … Continue reading What I’ve Learned About Submitting Short Fiction
Duotrope is an amazing site that lists short fiction markets. It costs $5 a month, but comes with a free week trial. After using it for a month, I'm absolutely convinced that it's worth it. Ten years ago, when I was a journalism student at university, we talked about querying magazines. No distinction was made … Continue reading The Wonders of Duotrope’s Theme & Deadline Calendar