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June - Productive? Hmm... not so much...

Posted by Rob Smales on July 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Happy Independence Day!

Don't worry folks, this should be much quicker than last month.

...wow, I can hear the sighs of relief from here...

Anyway, I have good news and bad news.

First, the good news: 

Do you remember that submission I made last month to the Post Mortem Press anthology called The Ghost IS The Machine? The one where I seem to have done everything wrong, that was practically an example of how not to submit a story for publication? I was just sitting here waiting to receive my rejection letter?

I got in.

I did an embarrassing happy-dance when I got the notice, but I got in, receiving a contract for royalties (as well as some proposed edits) instead.

Huzzah! Thanks again to my friend Paul out in California who acted as a reader for the story and helped me focus on which parts needed the most help in rewrites.

Good news part II... Scarlett River Press, a new publisher who's very first book I managed to place a story in, has become a paying market. They've put out calls for a couple more anthologies, and I have some lovely ideas for stories, one of which I'm working on right now. I still have to finish it up and get it submitted, and then accepted, but at least I have a slight working relationship with the publisher.

Good news part III - The creators of the Coffin Hop Blog Tour that I was involved in last Halloween, which is now becoming an annual event, are putting together an anthology called Death by Drive-In, the proceeds from which will be donated to charities to promote literacy. I submitted the story The Colossal Monster, have already received edit suggestions and resubmitted my rewrite. I haven't heard the final verdict yet, but I feel pretty good about it.

So, the focus of the good news seems to be that I'm moving upward through the ranks toward more professional markets. Yay me!


Now for the bad news:

Not a lot actually got written in June. I seem to work in cycles; I run from 'hey, this guy's really productive' all the way down to 'look at this clown, he can't seem to get out of his own way' . During June I cycled down to where by the end of the month I couldn't get out of my own way, and that's where I seem to be at the moment. I'm still struggling to finish editing Bedtime Story, so I can get it submitted to Scarlett River Press.

So, unless I somehow get on the stick I'll have even less to report next month.

...wow, I can hear even more sighs of relief from here...


Well, that's it for now. You should be able to find The Ghost IS The Machine available at Amazon and Barnes&Noble both in ebook and hard copy, by the end of this month. Even if my story turns out to be crap, you'll still have something to read from the award-winning author, Joe Hill, the big-name contributor to the book.

My thanks to the people at Post Mortem Press for giving my work a chance... and possibly paying me for it! (gleeful chortle!)


Talk to you later!

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