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So this was July 2020

1 Aug

I’ve made 215 new submissions. 189 rejections. 10 acceptances. 2 withdrawn, 0 not received.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

36 Hours In The Space Force sold to B Cubed Press, Jan 20th 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) sold to Trouble Among the Stars, Jan 20th 2020.
Fillers accepted by Again, Hazardous Imaginings, Feb 20th, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar sold to Aphotic Realm, Feb 21st, 2020.
The Shaming sold to Tell-Tale Press; Nebu Carnvale, 28th Feb, 2020.
For The Duty sold to Space Force; Building A Legacy, 22nd Mar, 2020.
The Scars Of War sold to Chrome Baby, 13th Apr, 2020.
The Dionesian Wave (reprint) sold to Tell-Tale Press, 24th Apr, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft sold to Satyr Central, 21st July, 2020.
Electric Feet, Manual Street sold to Kasma SF, 26th July, 2020.

There are currently 33 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. Jan 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. Jan 12th, 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5). Trouble Among The Stars issue 5. February 5th, 2020.
Super Fake. Future Syndicate II. February 6th, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar. Aphotic Realm Magazine #9, Interstellar. March 26th, 2020
(REPRINT) The Dionesian Wave. Tell-Tale Press. May 4th, 2020.
For The Duty. Space Force: Building The Legacy. May 19th, 2020.
The Shaming. The Starship Logs Vol 3: Nabu Carnevale. Tell-Tale Press. 1st June, 2020.
The Scars Of War. Chrome Baby (Bairn 93). 30th June, 2020.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Bastard Space will be released in Wordland 8 2020 (DTBC).
Summer At Camp Long Drop will be released in Ghostlight, 2020. (estimated before August 15th 2020, DTBC)
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) will be released in On Time, 2020. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2020. (DTBC)
The Passing Of Witchcraft will be released at Satyr Central. (DTBC)
Electric Feet, Manual Street will be released at Kasma SF in Oct 2020. (DTBC)

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

All the dates I had for publication have now passed. Due to the pandemic, people have other priorities. Ghostlight are hoping they will go to print in the next 2 weeks.

The release date for On Time has also passed, we were set for June 27th but that’s been and gone. Having recently checked with them, sadly they were delayed but I’m told we’re close to go time.

I’ve been paid by the good folks from Wordland 8, which hopefully means they too are not far off their release date. I know I was asked for my address, so my contributor copy should be on its way soon.

Kasma SF have given me a provisional date of October for my publication there. I’m looking forward to working with Alex.

The last 2 stories out from the January Submission Challenge were withdrawn. There are also still 2 stories outstanding from the original September Challenge! One of those is going to be on hold a while longer, thanks to COVID issues.

Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going, at this point, I expect death before publication.

Fillers won’t be appearing in Again, Hazardous Imaginings. I was asked to do a full rewrite which I wasn’t prepared to do, especially after being told “yours is the best thus far and the most fitting for the anthology’s theme.

I Took My Drama Somewhere Else. You May Live To Regret It.

2 Sep

Oh my lovely followers.

Prepare for a story of rudeness. And rage.

To provide full context, I have to start at the beginning.

4 April 2011 –  I submit my 1st story to Kasma Magazine. They look good, they pay money. I’m a noob to getting paid at this point. I assume it was rejected, I’ve deleted emails from that time so I have no actual record but I know it was a no sale.

20 September 2015 –  I submit my 2nd story to Kasma Magazine.
16 December 2015 – I receive an email telling me my story arrived.
31 October 2016 – I shitlist Kasma Magazine for the first time. Over the last few months I had sent them my story a total of 5 times. Eventually I got an email telling me they’d never received it, despite telling me they had. THIS IS YOUR FIRST ALARM.
2 YEARS PASS.
15 February 2018 – I submit another story to Kasma Magazine.
6 July 2018 – I query the story via twitter. THIS IS YOUR SECOND ALARM.
2 August 2018 – I email a query to Kasma. At this point I have been nothing if patient & professional.
22 August 2018 – I tweet the following:-

2nd Sept 2018 – Kasma send me the following tweet:-


How rude, right? Not very professional at all. I decide to maintain the high ground, and send this tweet:-

I then think, this is the end of the matter. I’ve been professional, broken off contact. Later I get this back:-

That’s my response at the end.

So I was asked to take my drama elsewhere. Oh look, I did.

These are tweets from an SF site who’ve been operating for over 10 years. Over those ten years I assume they’ve had submissions from all kinds of idiots, dickheads, cunts, wankers, twats, tossers and shitheads.

And then I submitted to them. And this is how they treated me.

Now. I could have gotten angry. Could have sworn at them. I’ve checked the submission and query emails I sent them. All very professional too. I’ll happily upload those too, to demonstrate how I’ve been nothing but patient & professional with Kasma Magazine.

I am a veteran. I served through 2 wars. I wasn’t even treated this badly during hostilities! I mean, there was that time where I was made to do shredding for 14 hrs of a 15 hr shift without any breaks but that was nothing.

If you think I’ve been treated badly, I ask only this of you.

Boycott Kasma Magazine, advise everyone you know not to read it either. Don’t visit their site, don’t buy their books.

Please don’t send them hate mail, or hate tweets. I am NOT about hate. Hate is not my thing.
I do not hate Kasma Magazine. If anything, I’m disappointed at them.

If you wish to show your support, just don’t use the Kasma Magazine site.

I’ve been called a nuisance. Fine, I’ll to accept that role. This post is how much a nuisance I can be.
I’ll be honest. I haven’t even got out of first gear yet.

I was asked to take my drama elsewhere. I’ve done that.