Write Every Day

And lo, there is another writer on a fairly well-trafficked site who has chosen to pull down their trousers and show the internet their ass in an effort to give new writers a complex about if they’re doing it “right.” Because if you don’t write every day, you’re not a real writer, apparently. Well, as ...

Submitting short stories: the waiting period 1

The excellent John D asked on a previous writing nuts and bolts post: On a related note, how soon is too soon to submit another story to a magazine after a rejection. One of them just rejected a story of mine (but included a nice note, which I do appreciate) and I have another story that ...

Have you cold bullshit cake and eat it too. 20

Recently, my buddy Paul mentioned the science fiction short story I love to hate, The Cold Equations. The Cold Equations, and your reaction to it are a keystone to how and what you think about science fiction. Read it, and see into yourself. — Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) December 15, 2016 To be honest, if you want ...

Here, let me write your cover letter for you 1

You are trying to be charming/funny in your cover letter, but don’t. Say “hey this is my story, X words, thanks,” and be done. — E Catherine Octobler (@ECthetwit) October 1, 2015 I would like to make Elise’s job, and that of all editors less painful. I’ve mentioned this before, but the cover letter was ...

[Ask the Dapper Sir] Is it okay to share my stories online? 2

Say I have a couple of short stories ready. Is it best not to share it on a personal writing blog until it’s published, if ever, or does it not matter? It actually matters a lot. There are basically two categories of submissions for magazines: originals and reprints. An original is a story that has never been published anywhere ...

I’m in London! And current rejection stats. 3

The two are not related. Just I’ve been talking to a few writers who are even newer to this than me and I wanted to give some perspective on the short story submission thing. I’ve now had 20 sales, not counting reprints. Out of 20 short story sales: Average number of rejections per sale: 6.85 ...

How much are you worth? 3

The question is more literally “How much is your writing worth?” but since art is in effect a piece of you that you have offered for the consumption of others, I think it’s a fair question. In the last day, there’s been a minor blow-up about Random House’s new Hydra imprint. Simply put, the contract ...

NaNo-advice

By which I mean advice for NaNoWriMo, not advice x 10^-9. I’ve done NaNo five times, personally, and “won” it all five times, which is to say I’ve managed to produce 50k words in a month. Of those five times, twice I’ve gotten completed novels. Of those two novels, I’ve deemed one good enough that ...

[Worldcon] How to Get Your Work Rejected

Sunday (September 2) at 1630: How to Get Your Work RejectedPanelists listed in program: John Berlyne, Lee Harris, John Helfers, Susan MacDonald Disclaimer: These are my notes from the panel and my own, later thoughts. I often was unable to attend the entire panel, and also chronically missed panelist introductions. When possible I try to note who said ...

[Worldcon] Page and Stage (Writing SF/F Scripts)

Sunday (September 2) at 1500: Page and Stage: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Scripts and Why You ShouldPanelists listed in program: Laura E. Goodin, David Brin, Grant Carrington, James Patrick Kelly, Edward Willett Disclaimer: These are my notes from the panel and my own, later thoughts. I often was unable to attend the entire panel, and ...