July 13, 2019

Followup #3: Short Story Marathon, Two Years Later

Two Years On

Two years. Wow, I really can’t believe it. A lot has happened to these stories since this crazy experiment was finished:

  • 4 stories have sold (over 13%) and I have a few more sales pending (check the links out below, one is available to read for free online). If all goes as planned that will hit 20%. Amazing. These stories are my first professional sales. See by blog post about The Disappearing Neighborhood.
  • 3 of these stories I have released as part of Woody and June versus the Apocalypse. Another 10%
  • 3 stories are still waiting for me to get back to them. Really not the way to do it, but I’ve had other priories.

So doing a little math, if I end up selling 6 stories and publish 3 myself (there will be more at some point) that means 9 out of 30 stories made it out into the world.

To put that in perspective, I’ve had plenty of years when I didn’t even finish 9 stories, much less sold or published them, and I certainly didn’t do the bulk of the work in 34 days.

This has been a total game changer. Two years on, I am writing more, publishing more, and selling a lot more stories.

Volume means practice, and like any art form, practice is crucially important (you know, it’s how you get better).

What’s Next?

  • More of these stories will be coming out. Keep any eye on my blog here, on my facebook page or twitter.
  • Woody and June versus the Apocalypse: Three of these stories were written during the challenge. In total there are seven and make a nice novel-length arc that will take a couple more months before it’s all released. I think the pressure of the process had a big part in this actually happening–I didn’t have time to overthink it. These are fast reads and so much fun. I’m giving away the first two episodes, if you are interested.
  • When I write more in the series, both the “Death by” and “In Time” stories will get their own collections adding to the count of these that end up getting out there.

Story Summary

# Story Total Words Done? To Market
1 Woody and June vs. the Fungus-Head Zombies 5101 Yes Released
2 Daisy’s Heart 5800 Yes Sold, coming soon in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine
3 The Disappearing Neighborhood 2773 Yes Sold and available in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine
4 Woody and June vs. the Grand Canyon 6070 Yes Released
5 Home in Time 4483 Yes Yes
6 Wink, Plum, and the Bones that March 5972 Yes Yes
7 The Stars in Hoshi’s Eyes 2532 Yes Sold, read it now for free
8 Android Eve and Adam 3512 Yes
9 A Long, Hard Fall 8475 Yes Yes
10 Fitz’s Second Chance 2800 Yes
11 Fake Jake 1565 Yes Yes
12 With Light Years Between Us 4670 Yes Sold, coming soon
13 Life and a Starling 2278 Yes Yes
14 Dancing Kite 1524 Yes Yes
15 Jump in Time 8768 Yes Yes
16 Death by Vodka 2100 Yes Yes
17 Death by Cookie 4094 Yes Yes
18 Ela and the Naiad 3655 Yes Yes
19 Is Anyone Receiving This? 1717 Yes Yes
20 Breathing in the Stars 2400 Yes Yes
21 Woody and June vs. the Ex 10232 Yes Released
22 Article Seventeen 2918 Yes Yes
23 One Last Trick 4312 Yes Yes
24 Death by Apathy 3373 Yes Yes
25 A Changeable Face 5241 Yes Yes
26 Last Days with Mary 2818 Yes Yes
27 Let Go the Stars 861 Yes Yes
28 Goodbye Mrs. Hopkins 1329 Yes Yes
29 Death by a Kiss 3912 Yes Yes
30 Through Other Eyes 3372 Yes

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Robert J. McCarter

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