Archive | September, 2021

So This Was August 2021

1 Sep

I’ve made 325 new submissions. 287 rejections. 14 acceptances.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company sold to Utopia Science Fiction, Jan 14th 2021.
Rescue Me sold to Hireath Publishing, Jan 31st, 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It sold to The Angry Noodle, Feb 23rd 2021. (1st non-fiction sale!)
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green sold to The Lorelei Signal, Mar 7th 2021.
Overground sold to COLP, Apr 5th 2021.
The Message sold to Stupefying Stories, Apr 28th 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams sold to Stupefying Stories, May 23rd 2021.
For Sale; Used Time Machine. No Refunds! sold to Stupefying Stories, Jun 1st 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme sold to Flash In A Flash, Jun 20th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently sold to Sanitarium Magazine, Jul 2nd 2021.
Too Hot To Handle sold to Stupefying Stories. Jul 12th 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low sold to Silver Blade, Jul 15th 2021.
A Life Of Mystery sold to 34 Orchard, Jul 18th 2021.
1 SALE TBA, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 26th 2021.
1 SALE TBA, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 26th 2021. (Not the same sale)
The Office Girl sold to Executive Dread, Aug 22nd 2021.

CAVEAT:-Be aware, I am now adding stubs for titles which have sold, but I’ve not yet received official permission to announce as sold yet. These are just an aide memoire for me, and my increasingly terrible short-term memory.

There are currently 49 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science Fiction, Jan 27th 2021.
Grandmothers Shoes was released at Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue, Mar 30th 2021.
Overground was released in COLP:Underground, May 23rd 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams was released at Stupefying Stories, May 28th, 2021.
The Message was released at Stupefying Stories, June 4th, 2021.
For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds! was released at Stupefying Stories, June 7th, 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme was released at Flash In A Flash newsletter,June 25th, 2021.
Letters From the Phased Photonic Travel Company was released at Utopia Science Fiction, Vol 2, Issue 6, June 30th, 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low was released at Silver Blade Magazine, Issue 50 – Summer 2021, July 15th, 2021.
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green was released at The Lorelei Signal, July 4th, 2021.
Too Hot To Handle was released at Stupefying Stories, Jul 29th 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It was released at The Angry Noodle, July 30th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently was released at Sanitarium Issue #4, August 13th, 2021.

LESSONS LEARNED:-

(This is a new segment, I’ll be adding tips for myself for future blogs.)
Add sales as stubs as soon as those are received. Temp entries until officially announced then replace with official info.
Add releases as soon as info is received to Shape Of Things To Come. This means I don’t forget over the month.
Add stubs to Shape Of Things To Come for unannounced sales.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 31st 2021.
Rescue Me will be released in Shelter of Daylight, October 2021. (DTBC)
A Life Of Mystery (now renamed All Clued Out) will be released at 34 Orchard, 11th November 2021.
The Office Girl will be released in Executive Dread. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)
1st SALE TBA/PUBLISHING DTBC.
2nd SALE TBA/PUBLISHING DTBC. (different sale)

There’s some other stuff coming, I can’t officially talk about it yet. Just know it IS coming.

When I get more solid dates on the date to be confirmeds, I’ll announce them.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I wrote 7 new stories this month, a total of 10,073 words. Writing has been fairly enjoyable over the last month, despite a brief period of existential dread when it seemed like I wasn’t going to sell anything. I’ve had to keep reminding myself that I can only sub my best work, it’s up to the markets if they decide to buy it.

I’m writing this just after midnight, early September 1st 2021 and there’s been no sign that Automobilia was released. Obviously I am in a way different timezone, so it’s possible that may happen while I am sleeping. Hopefully it will finally get moved into the published section of the round-up.

September is the Submission Challenge, I’m looking forward to getting lots of stories out to paying markets and hope to make at least a few sales.