My Archive

15 Feb

Writers who follow me on social media will see that I’ve been doing a lot of story submissions recently. And almost all of them have been unique titles, not currently out to other markets.

So how I am I able to have so many different things out to different places at once?

SIMPLE. I have an archive.

It’s all the stories I’ve written since 2014. All filed by year, and length.

When I’m approaching a new market, I look at what they want, and what length they want. I’ve then got folders for flash (1000 words or less) and longer material (anything over 1000 words) in each years folder for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Anything I’ve already written this year is currently just in one folder, but I’m generally not likely to submit things I wrote this year yet.

In total I have 394 completed stories that I can select from.

What I call my archive.

Obviously, these are backed up in several places to negate the risk of losing them for any reason.
But this is how I am so easily able to submit new work whenever I want.


What’s currently in submission in 2018 #2

13 Feb
As the last one was in January I thought I’d update you.
What’s currently out in submission?
Even Stevens (subbed to AE)
Junkie (subbed to Blind Spot)
A Head Of Steam (subbed to Edge Onlines Fantastic Trains)
Summerland (subbed to Occult Detective Quarterly)
I Want Candy [subbed to Gathering Storm]
Witch Hunt (subbed to Weirdbook) [at their request]
Even Stevens [Subbed to Outlook Springs]
My Kingdom [subbed to Spring Song Press]
Hell, Or Hemel Hempstead [subbed to Flash Fiction Magazine]
The Dragon Readers [subbed to The Arcanist]
Shots Of Repatriated Bastard [subbed to Spectacle]
Not According To Design [Subbed to Mythic]
Unlucky For Some [subbed to Asimov’s Science Fiction]
Man Overboard [subbed to James Gunn’s Ad Astra]
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) [subbed to Kaleidotrope]
Junkie [subbed to Paper Dog Books]
Where’s The Dog? [subbed to Spark]
Overground [subbed to Abyss & Apex]
Photo Sympathy [subbed to Electric Spec]
The Lanyards [subbed to GigaNotoSaurus]
Ballroom [subbed to The Future Fire]
Two Little Birds [subbed to Shimmer]
Cell 115 [subbed to Capricous]
Who’s Got The Button? [Subbed to Hypnos Magazine]
A Fine Body [subbed to Cohesion Press SNAFU anthology]
The Safety Of Checkpoints [subbed to Midnight Hour]
The Witch In The Fog [subbed to Midnight Hour]
The Concentration Camp [subbed to Strange Horizons]
Notepad And Pencil [subbed to Nature; Futures]
Mother Knows Best [subbed to Analog]
Method One [subbed to Escape Pod]
Acceptances: 1, The Doomsday Machine Retires [Third Flatiron, Monstrosities Anthology]
Rejections:- Too many to mention.
31 stories now out there.

2018 Award Eligibility

7 Feb

I’m going to start this post now (I know it’s only February!) so it’s easy to find things that were published this year.

Everything listed below will be Nebula & Hugo eligible:-

Feb:- “No Proper State Of Mind” from the Mind Candy Anthology:-

Continue reading


6 Feb
As a writer, it might surprise some of you to know that not only do I suffer from Imposter Syndrome, I also have horrible bouts of self doubt and crippling depression.
Then I’ll say stupid things on twitter.
They almost always aren’t true, it’s merely paranoia, self-doubt and the black dog whispering in my ear.
Then you have people who see you doing this, and try to set the world to rights.
The world has lovely people in it. They want to help you. Let them.
Depression is a liar. Don’t listen to it.

So this was January…

31 Jan

We’ve already reached the end of the first month of 2018. Doesn’t feel like five minutes ago that we were still in 2017, to be honest.

So what’s happened so far?

SALES:- I’ve made 2 sales so far, to Third Flatiron; “The Doomsday Machine Retires” for their Monstrosities anthology and to WolfSinger Publications; “Muse” for their Cat Tails anthology.

SUBMISSIONS:- I’ve already submitted 26 stories this year.

REJECTIONS:- I’ve had 25 rejections so far.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:- In the pipeline are the publications of “Uncle Ping’s Evening Farewell” from Insignia and “An Improper State Of Mind” from MindCandy. I haven’t got exact dates on either of those yet so I’ll try to update you when I know.

I recently did an author interview

22 Jan

And you can read it here.

Dealing with rejection as a writer

15 Jan

If you’re going to submit stories, you’re going to get rejected.
This is just a simple fact of probability & statistics.

So how do you deal with it?

  1. Don’t take it personally. Your story was one of hundreds being read, the odds were against you.
  2. Try to learn from the experience. If the rejection says why, take the advice on board.
  3. Get back on the horse. Try to get another submission out as soon as possible.
  4. Don’t dwell on it. Letting anything fester is a bad idea, it happened, move on.
  5. Find another market. Try to research more suitable places for the story, submit there.
  6. Accept it as part of the job. Success isn’t guarenteed. Even J.K. Rowling got shot down a ton of times before she sold Harry Potter. Now that little fecker’s everywhere you turn!

So just try to accept that there WILL be rejections. They aren’t aimed at you personally. So you didn’t float their particular boat, that’s fine. Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks.

My mindset is this:- When I submit, I EXPECT to fail. If I fail, it’s not a shock, it doesn’t upset me, I was prepared for it. If, on the other hand I get an acceptance, it’s a nice surprise.

Try to set your own coping mechanisms in place for rejection. New writers rarely sell well at the start.

Submit to markets that buy your genre, give yourself a fighting chance.
Read what they buy, try not to send exactly the same thing but your next best attempt.
If a market has a particular vibe, try to write within it.

Most of all, keep submitting. If you aren’t subbing, you can’t get acceptances.