Fiction Update

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009

I’ve never really blogged about my fiction writing before, specifically the submittal process, so I thought I’d take an opportunity to do that right now. I’ve been submitting stories on and off since around November of 2007, but this has hardly been consistent. I did so pretty regularly up until about June of ’08, then stopped. I burnt out, I guess. But now I’m back at it.

shapeimage_1I realized that my dreams of being a published author can only come true if I make them happen. Sounds simple enough, but often a difficult concept to grasp. To keep me motivated, I’ve decided to blog about the submission process. Here is what I’ve sent out or still have pending since the beginning of the year:

“On the Edge of Sleep” – Doorways Magazine – submitted on June 11, 2008
“Door-to-Door” – Weird Tales – submitted on Jan. 12, 2009
“Reanimated Bodies Don’t Make for Good Conversation” – Three-Lobed Burning Eye – submitted on Jan. 12, 2009
“The Wheelbarrow Man” – GUD Magazine – submitted on Jan. 12, 2009
“The Leak” – Necrotic Tissue – submitted on Jan. 12, 2009 rejected Jan. 26, 2009
“A Noise in the Dark” – Ideomancer – submitted on Jan. 12, 2009 rejected Jan. 30, 2009

As you can see, I sent everything that had been rejected in the past back out for consideration. I don’t intend on letting months go by before resubmitting work this year, however. So, I’ve re-sent a few pieces again:

“The Leak” – Ideomancer – submitted on Jan. 30, 2009 rejected Feb. 5, 2009
“A Noise in the Dark” – Coyote Wild – submitted on Feb. 5, 2009
“The Leak” – Clarkesworld Magazine – submitted on Feb. 5, 2009 rejected Feb. 6, 2009 (ouch!)
“The Leak” – Shock Totem – submitted on Feb. 6, 2009

Okay, so now that I’ve bored you to tears, let me say this. I am not having a whole lot of luck selling anything. Especially “The Leak.” Oh my goodness, the one-day rejection from Clarkesworld A. hurt and B. made me happy that they have such a quick response time. (I realize I’m crazy). I’ve yet to sell a single piece of fiction. But I’m not giving up! I’m excited to get two other stories I’m working on finished so they can be sent out into the world as well.

So that’s it, for now. But 2009 is officially the year Brenda needs to get published. You hear that, Fates? Yes, I’m talking to you!

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