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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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 well worth reading, but I want to focus in on one aspect. But first, go read it now. I’ll wait… …

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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 good short stories) get ready. I’ll keep you posted as details come in. Read more about it in my previous …

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Indie Adventures – Part 2 – Beta Readers or “How the Hell Do I Know If This Book is Any Good!?”

If you missed it, See Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line. It is a serious question. How the hell do you know if your book is any good? Or movie, or game, or song. If you are on your own going indie, how the hell do you know? Ask your Mom, or your spouse, or your best friend? Not quite, you need to be a bit more objective than that. A common …

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Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line

The publishing world is changing. Fast. A brief look at some writers blogs out there (Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Joe Konrath) will orient you to the changes. I can sum it up briefly in one word: Indie. The indie movie industry and the indie music industry are well established. It is, simply, when an artists takes control of their art and brings it as directly as possible to the consumer. Less corporate-centric, more …

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50 Rejections and Counting

On 3/18/2009 I submitted a story called “As I Shall at Death” to Flash Fiction Online. It was rejected, and that rejection was psychologically hard. Now, nearly two years later, I am around 50 rejections and counting for a total of 15 stories. I am not completely sure of that number, I have a spreadsheet that I track stories and markets on and track rejections and acceptances. The numbers on the two pages of the spreadsheet don’t agree …

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Doing What You Love + Lending A Hand = AWESOME

Doing What You Love + Lending A Hand = AWESOME. My story, “Soggy Shoes,” was accepted for the 100 Stories for Queensland anthology, and I am personally thrilled to be able to contribute and to get into print again. It is my first non-scifi/fantasy story and is a sweet little romance (as in: boy loses girl, boy admits he’s and idiot; boy gets girl back). What is happening to Australia is reminding me a lot …

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100 Stories for Queensland

I am just putting the final touches on a submission for 100 Stories for Queensland. Like 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan before it this is a charity anthology to help those in need. In these case the flood victims in Australia. I just found out about it two days ago, and was confronted with the void of the blank page yesterday morning when I sat down to write something for it. …

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Somewhere Between Denial and Depression

I wrote the following last August the 12th as we struggled with our dear Emerson’s illness. We helped her on to the next life on about August 25th (I don’t remember exactly what day it was, and I don’t really want to.) I am posting this now because in looking back at it, there is something to what I was getting at, and mostly, because there is enough distance now that I actually can post …

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The Psychology of Writing, Part 1

Writing is hard… No, no, that’s not it. Writing is not hard; getting your writing read is hard. Hmm, that’s not exactly it either. Dealing with the rejection that goes with writing is hard. Actually dealing with success is hard too. It’s the psychological aspect of it you see. If you are trying to get traditionally published (and for short fiction, I definitely am) it is a strange, strange dance. You do your best writing …

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