Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ebook Publication at Screaming Dreams

Medea's Children
This long short story, my longest to date, is scheduled to appear as an eBook at Screaming Dreams Press in the very near future. I'm very excited about this. Screaming Dreams is growing in reputation as a serious small press outlet, publishing paperback books, ebooks and, of course, its quarterly ezine Estronomicon. Editor/Publisher Steve Upham is also publishing my story Killing Gloria in the next issue of the zine, which I am very pleased about.

Whilst my short novel The Hotel Galileo is having a final read-through with friends/relatives, I've been concentrating on writing my next book. The work so far is incredibly exciting, and I'm literally bursting to talk about it to anyone who might listen; but long ago I made it a golden rule never to talk about a project whilst it was 'in progress'. I found early on that this can be the kiss of death for any project. You can never describe to someone in a few words what you are imagining in the minutest detail inside your head. You can try, but it's usually best to wait until at least the completion of the first draft. Then, any criticisms or openly negative comments you may receive can act as fuel for the second draft. But maybe that's just me.

I'm also hoping to receive a few responses from magazine editors in the next week or two. I've got eight still on submission, most of them having been under consideration for two or three months. Fingers crossed for some more good news.

Friday, March 14, 2008

A Year of Anthologies

Antho, antho, antho...
Up until now my stories have only ever appeared in magazines. I've submitted to a few anthologies over the past few years but without success, but then, if I'm honest, I haven't really pursued that avenue with any great verve. No particular reason. When looking to sub a new story I always weigh up the pros and cons no matter what the potential market, be it zine or antho: response time, pay rate, level of potential exposure, print vs. electronic, being the main considerations. Most of the time, magazines win out.

This year, however, it seems to be all about anthologies.
Of the eight stories I have on submission at the moment three of them are with anthologies. Also, 'Wizard's Gambit' is due to appear in the Arcane Whispers anthology from Sorcerous Signals editor Carol Hightshoe in May. Two of my stories, Guardian and The View from the Bridge, will appear in Tales From the Asylum's fourth annual collection later this year.
And Niteblade editor Rhonda Parrish has just announced that the fifth issue of her fab ezine will be a print anthology featuring the best of the first four issues as well as some new material based on a piece of artwork. There's no guarantee the two stories I've had published in Niteblade will make it, but wouldn't it be nice if one of them did?

A Note on Prolificacy
Following on from the anthology thing, Lawrence Dagstine, on the Whispers of Wickedness forum, is testing the water with an antho idea based around the work of prolific writers - that is, writers with publishing credits in the hundreds. Knowing I was nowhere near my first hundred stories, and just out of interest, I went back and totted up my total short story output over the past four years. The result? Including flash fiction, I've just finished my 40th short. Hmm. Forty stories in four years. Is that good, bad, or mediocre? Dunno, really. But considering all the other things constantly demanding my time these days, I think it's a ruddy miracle I hit the big 4-0!