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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Submitting Short Stories


It's funny in that I already have the air conditioning on and it's only nine in the morning. The weather actually influences my writing a lot of times, and in the case of summer and 106 degree heat, usually negatively, despite the fact that I usually remain indoors for the most part. I'll admit that my most prolific writing times are in the dead of winter.

Anyhoo, writing this quick before I go into the crazy-busy Day Job on a non-day jobby weekend day for a chunk of overtime, and a loss of my mental health.

I've taken a break from re-writing the last third of the steampunky novel, which I'm now calling Blood and Brass rather than The Fragile Spiral. I seriously need to re-re-write the outline before I mix and match together bits from the first draft and the semi-re write. It's times like these that I hate that I'm such a damn pantser.

The Pantser's way of writing:

First draft: WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Nothing can stop me now! Flying by the seat of my PANTS! MWA HA HA! WHEEEEE!
Edits: NOOOOOO. What the hell is this mess? And where are my pants?

I've been working on submitting short stories. Considering that I've only done this once before, and with only one story, I think it's a big leap in my writing career. I will admit to the fact that doing submissions homework is something I find both fascinating, and tedious. Mostly tedious.

Which magazines/webzines are open to submissions? Do they like Times New Roman or are they those old school typewriter-era heathens who prefer Courier? Is there a deadline? Do I have to send it via ancient snail mail, or are they hip with the jive and accept email subs? What's the pay rate? Are they well known or just starting out? Have I read this mag rag before and do I think this story will fit?

I have a decked out Excel spreadsheet with all this info. Also, have written down the inordinate amount of time between each sub. I'd forgotten that I often have to wait 2-3 months between each sub, before sending it on to the next place.

What I have out:

1. Horror story: I got a very encouraging rejection letter for my story about music and transit lines. I have about 10 planned places to send this. Likely, this story will be floating about in the submission ether for over a year.

2. Alien hive story: Out to an Anthology that's bug themed.

3. The epistolary WWII story: Snail mailed to a fancy, top-o'-the-line mag. It's been a while since I had to add a SASE to anything I've written.

4. Steampunk romance, based on characters from Blood and Brass: I don't read much romance, and while there are usually romance subplots in what I write, I couldn't help but take the challenge. Here's hoping that the story of a protective, sexy, Greek-god like automaton who's also a pilot of an airship and his adventures with a most unseemly lady who's also a fiery inventor...makes the cut.

5. Eventually I'll write a dark fic story based loosely on a Grimm's Fairy Tale for an anthology asking for just that. I have until the end of July...

Any suggestions on your favorite Grimm's Tale?


Now I'm off to the harsh realities of the Day Job. 

2 Comments:

At June 29, 2013 at 4:39 PM , Blogger Morrow said...

You can do it!

 
At June 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM , Blogger B.C. Matthews said...

Thank you good sir. I actually just got a form rejection letter for the alien hive story. It was a bit of a long shot anyway, but I'm staying optimistic for the others.

 

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