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 to 10 stories out to market at once. This has done a lot to speed up those rejections. This is …

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Dead Friends, Living Friendships

Recently I went to the see the final Harry Potter movie. To anyone looking on, it appeared that I was alone, and physically I was. But really I wasn’t. My friend Wayne was sitting there next to me. We had gone and seen the first Harry Potter movie together in 2001, it seemed only fitting that we go see the last one in 2011 despite the fact that he died in 2004 (I mean, why …

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Welcome

Hi, My name is Robert J. McCarter and I am a writer (among other things). Very soon now, my first novel Shuffled Off: A Ghosts Memoir is coming out so it seems I need a site for readers. This is that site. Here I will be posting about my writing and releases. If you are interested in less focused ramblings (often about the writing processes), check out my other blog: notabug.net. In the mean time feel free to …

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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 the work. So, indie does not mean you have to do all the editing and proofing, create the cover art, …

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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 sponsor. “Tired of procrastination? Are your projects plagued with delays, more delays, and damn delays? Then you need ProDoIt, the …

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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 tries).  This one is for fun sci-fi adventure novelette called “Ghost Hacker, Zombie Maker”. Here is what is classy about …

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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 with doing what you couldn’t get done during the week. You would like to do something worth doing in the …

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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 do (besides watch it play out on the news). Well, writers write. Which makes sense, it is what writers do, …

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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 is a charity anthology of flash fiction, that is, short stories of under 1000 words, in aid of the survivors …

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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 would read the kind of book you wrote. Set them up with your manuscript (printed with red pen, or electronic …

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