No Shit, There I Was, thinking about successful stories

I made a little list yesterday, about some basic problems I noticed repeatedly in my slush pile. Things worth fixing that’ll help a story survive the savaging of the slush jackalopes, at least. But what about the stories we liked and loved? And I’m not talking here about just the ones I sent acceptances for. ...

Hey you. Yes you. I want you to write a story for my anthology. 4

What fresh hell is this? Only the freshest of hells, my darlings: No Shit, There I Was. And yes, that sure is my name as the editor. See, this one time at this one con, I was sitting in the bar with other writers, and we were doing what writers do, which is drink and ...

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 ...

Award Eligible Stories (Published in 2013)

Yes, it’s that time of year again, where I make googly eyes at you and hope you’ll keep me in mind for various awards. 2013 was a very good year for me–I have nine stories that are eligible! Note: I had my first pro sale in 2010. I am not Campbell eligible, just in case ...