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First Short Story Published in Kzine Issue 17!

Well, the day has arrived – my first official published story was released on January 28th 2017!

… albeit in Kindle-reader format ūüėČ ¬† ¬†(but hey – published is published!!!)

The 17th issue of KZINE – a British sci-fi / horror / fantasy / crime magazine created specifically for the mobile reader – features seven short stories, including my tale Flesh.

Flesh follows the story of an octogenarian in his final few days of life, trying in vain to leave his¬†past behind him. ¬†Of course, there’s a nasty villain, a space station, a gun fight & a high-speed chase, and — just for good measure — a StarWars-esque fall down a bottomless shaft.

Anyways – I’m very excited, and seeing my name in (electronic) print has been a great boost to my recently lagged productivity at the keyboard. ¬†Nothing like some tangible success to get the muse tapping¬†at the window again!

Please check out¬†KZINE, and consider purchasing a copy of the current issue here or here. ¬†You won’t be disappointed!

 

Picking the Right Market for Your Fiction

There’s this new feeling to writing that I get nowadays. ¬†I haven’t done anything different, but different things are happening.

No. ¬†Agents aren’t breaking down my door to represent me (yet). ¬†Nor are all of my short story ideas suddenly Nebula or Hugo Award-worthy (…yet?). ¬†But I do feel more confident with my writing – I¬†know¬†it’s of a higher calibre than it was a year, or even six months ago. ¬†Plus, more people are taking notice of my work. ¬†I’m getting more personalized feedback (to go along with my rejections!), and in some cases, I’m being given specific suggestions from editors, followed by requests to re-submit with changes made.

I’m trying to be more selective of where I submit my work too. ¬†Many of my short stories are hybrid-genres. ¬†They aren’t just science fiction, or fantasy. ¬†I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve spent all this time submitting to ‘traditional’ markets, when I should have been looking for some of those magazines or journals who feature alternative writing. ¬†I believe that’s why I was successful with “Flesh” last month (having it accepted for publication in Kzine). ¬†And so, I’m trying that again with my story “Solace for the Soul-less”…

Sci Phi Journal

I came across Sci Phi Journal¬†the other day,¬†an online science fiction and philosophy magazine. ¬†In it, they publish “stories that explore questions of life, the universe and everything and articles that delve into the deep philosophical waters of science fiction universes” (from their About page). ¬†“Solace” is set in the future, but isn’t about robots or space battles. ¬†Rather, it raises questions about identity and immortality. ¬†Hey! ¬†That’s exactly what Sci Phi Journal is looking for! ¬†So I’ve actually withdrawn “Solace” from consideration at another magazine, in order to try my chances with a venue that might generate not only some interest in my writing, but some dialogue about it too.

Next on my list of things to do:¬†another batch of agent queries! ¬†On this note, here’s a good bit of advice written by Kathryn Craft, of ‘Writers in the Storm’, a writing blog that I follow.

Becoming an Author: Getting Started

Well, that title is a misnomer actually. ¬†I started this whole process years ago. ¬†It’s only recently that I’ve taken writing seriously, and it’s only¬†tonight that I’ve taken the step to put myself ‘out there’, as it were, via social media.

Here’s a summary of what’s happened¬†with respect to my desire to be a published author, to date:

Sept 2013:

Taking writing seriously; goal: finish the novel ‘Tale of Two Eorldoms’ (working title);

Attended my first Writer’s Fest, in Kingston Ontario (Margaret Atwood in attendance!);

Nov 2014:

Finished 1st draft of my novel, edited by my trooper of a husband, Trevor;

Feb 2015:

Finished 2nd draft of my novel, and edited by a friend (he’s¬†still a friend, btw!);

May 2015:

Began compiling a list of potential agents to approach; and

Sept 2015:

Wrote the synopsis of my novel, and accompanying query letter.

 

And two years later, I’m just about ready to start my agent search. ¬†I have my list, in order of preference, and the requisite ‘bits’ (which just need refining for each specific literary agency). ¬†Over the next week or so, I’ll send out the first 3-5 queries, and then…¬†wait!

(Patiently, of course.)

Of course, it’s hard to express in writing the excitement Trevor and I feel for this step. ¬†Even as I write this, my heart is beating faster than normal. ¬†It’s not every day that I get to¬†send out my¬†first query of my¬†first novel, to the¬†first literary agent in my list…

Final note for this inaugural post: I would not be doing this today if it were not for the support of my husband.  Trevor had supported and motivated me from before day one, and any success I eventually achieve from this is due in very large part to him.  I love you, Trev!!  <3

 

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