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What’s currently in submission in 2018 #6

1 Jul

As the last one was in early June I thought I’d update you.

I’d like to take a moment to apologise for being unable to offer updates over the last few months. I made a sale in mid April, then out of respect to my publisher I waited until I was given official permission to announce the sale before I carried on with the out in submission list. As I announce every submission and rejection, it would have been the job of mere moments to work out which story had sold.

What’s currently out in submission?

_out in submission

Acceptances: 0.
Rejections:- Again, too many to count.
Publications:- Nothing new this month.
Withdrawals:- None this month

37 stories now out there.

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So This Was June…

1 Jul

We’ve already reached the end of the sixth month of 2018.

So what’s happened so far?

SALES:- I’ve made 3 sales so far, to Third Flatiron; “The Doomsday Machine Retires” for their Monstrosities anthology, to WolfSinger Publications; “Muse” for their Cat Tails anthology and finally to Mythic Magazine; “Not According To Design”.

I’m sorry it’s taken so long to be able to announce that, I had to respect my publisher and wait until he said it was okay.

SUBMISSIONS:- I’ve already submitted 156 stories this year.

REJECTIONS:- I’ve had 137 rejections so far.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:- I’ve had word back about “Uncle Ping’s Evening Farewell” from Insignia. The publisher has sent out proofs, I’ve already sent mine back. She’s hoping to gear up to publication any day soon. Insignia Volume 5 will be sold through Smashwords.

“Not According To Design” will appear in issue #7 of Mythic Magazine, there’s no official date on that yet. I’ll update you as soon as I hear anything.

My two latest credits will go up onto ISFDB once the titles are released. Both publishers have previous entries so I’ll be able to add those on.

My total of new stories written this year so far is now 41.

I’m hoping to get as many subs out as possible this month and I’m hoping to get a few more answers back before the end of the month too. Fingers crossed for more sales.

What’s currently in submission in 2018 #5

15 Jun

As the last one was in April I thought I’d update you.

I’d like to take a moment to apologise for being unable to offer updates over the last few months. I made a sale in mid April, then out of respect to my publisher I waited until I was given official permission to announce the sale before I carried on with the out in submission list. As I announce every submission and rejection, it would have been the job of mere moments to work out which story had sold.

What’s currently out in submission?

submission spreadsheet

As you can see, the old text list has been officially replaced by the new & improved Submissions Spreadsheet. This is making my life SO much easier, and faster to add or remove things when I submit a story or receive a rejection/acceptance. Automating this process was the best decision I ever made.

It’s clear, it’s clean, it’s easy to read.

Acceptances: 1. Not According To Design was sold to Mythic Magazine.
Rejections:- Again, too many to count.
Publications:- Nothing new this month.
Withdrawals:- None this month

30 stories now out there.

So This Was May…

1 Jun

We’ve already reached the end of the fifth month of 2018.

So what’s happened so far?

SALES:- I’ve made 3 sales so far, to Third Flatiron; “The Doomsday Machine Retires” for their Monstrosities anthology and to WolfSinger Publications; “Muse” for their Cat Tails anthology.

I still haven’t been given permission to announce the third sale yet, I’ll tell you who it was to and the story when I am allowed. I have signed a contract, I’ve got a rough date of when it will be published too, based on their previous releases last year. I haven’t been able to do what’s out in submission this month because of this contractual binding.

SUBMISSIONS:- I’ve already submitted 124 stories this year.

REJECTIONS:- I’ve had 114 rejections so far.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:- In the pipeline is the publications of “Uncle Ping’s Evening Farewell” from Insignia. Still no official date on this. I’m sorry I’ve not got more news on this. I’m just as anxious to see it come out as you are.

Credits for Cat Tails – War Zone and Monstrosities are now listed on my ISFDB entry. I’m trying my best to keep that as up to date as I possibly can.

I’ve finished 4 new stories since the end of Camp NaNoWriMo bringing my total of new stories written this year so far to 35.

I’m hoping to get as many subs out as possible this month and I’m hoping to get a few more answers back before the end of the month too. Fingers crossed for more sales.

So this was April…

1 May

We’ve already reached the end of the fourth month of 2018.

So what’s happened so far?

SALES:- I’ve made 3 sales so far, to Third Flatiron; “The Doomsday Machine Retires” for their Monstrosities anthology and to WolfSinger Publications; “Muse” for their Cat Tails anthology. I haven’t been given permission to announce the third sale yet, I’ll tell you who it was to and the story when I am allowed.

SUBMISSIONS:- I’ve already submitted 103 stories this year.

REJECTIONS:- I’ve had 91 rejections so far.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:- In the pipeline is the publications of “Uncle Ping’s Evening Farewell” from Insignia. Still no official date on this. I’m sorry I’ve not got more news on this. I’m just as anxious to see it come out as you are.

Third Flatiron released the “Monstrosities” anthology featuring “The Doomsday Machine Retires”:- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079Q9N7Q1?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660)

Cat Tails – War Zone from Wolfsinger (featuring my story “Muse”) is available to buy at Smashwords:- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/802052

I had a fairly successful Camp NaNoWriMo this month, I wrote over 40,000 words, 18 new stories, especially as I’d set my target at 30,000.

There are a few places opening to subs this month and I’m hoping to get a few more answers back before the end of the month too. Fingers crossed for more sales.

What’s currently in submission in 2018 #4

16 Apr

As the last one was in March 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)
I Want Candy [subbed to Tin House]
Not According To Design [Subbed to Mythic]
Man Overboard [subbed to James Gunn’s Ad Astra]
Junkie [subbed to Paper Dog Books]
Where’s The Dog? [subbed to Spark]
Photo Sympathy [subbed to Electric Spec]
The Lanyards [subbed to GigaNotoSaurus]
The Safety Of Checkpoints [subbed to Midnight Hour]
The Witch In The Fog [subbed to Midnight Hour]
Notepad And Pencil [subbed to Nature; Futures]
Mother Knows Best [subbed to Analog]
Playing The System [subbed to Kasma]
Welcome To Your New Home [subbed to Visions]
The Princess And The Sandwich [subbed to The Hamthology]
Put On A Happy Face [Subbed to Parsec Ink; Flawed Reflections]
Fluid State [subbed to Writers of the Future]
A Sense Of Duty [subbed to Flash Fiction Magazine]
Left Ajar [subbed to Alternative Theology]
Diary Of An Evil Henchman [subbed to Startling Stories]
Wedded Bliss [subbed to Solution Loans short story competition]
The Parting [subbed to Deciduous Tales]
Mushnik’s Guitar [subbed to Stupefying Stories]
Border Guards [subbed to Galaxy’s Edge]
Timeshare [subbed to Galli Books]
Moon walker [subbed to The Overcast]
Something Good To Eat [Subbed to Cast Of Wonders Halloween call]
The Victorian Gentlewoman’s Club [subbed to Iridium Magazine]

Acceptances: 0. No pick-ups in the last month.
Rejections:- Again, too many to count.
Publications:- Nothing new this month.
Withdrawals:- None this month

31 stories now out there.

State Of My Mind Address

17 Mar

State Of My Mind Address:-

Know this, I have subbed more these past few months than ever before. I have learnt that I am more resilient than I thought. I’ve also learnt that I now know when I’m punching above my weight limit.

To quote The Art Of Noise, “So What Happens Now?

I currently have 35 pieces out in submission. i will be waiting to hear what happens with each of those pieces. But as of now, I probably won’t be submitting to any more of the big magazines.

This does NOT mean I won’t submitting anything else this year, far from it. From this point on, I’ll be picking my markets far more carefully. The “throw it at the wall & see what sticks” method simply hasn’t worked.

I do need to read more from the bigger markets. I’ve tried a few times to learn what they like, I don’t think it’s an impossible task, just an extremely difficult one that will take time.

As of now, you’ll be seeing a lot less submissions from me. You’ll still see the ones I can’t resist, or that I think I’ve got a chance in. When one model fails, you have to try something different. It’s insanity to carry on the same way when all you see is rejections.

So this is the state of my mind as it stands. Battered & bruised, but unbroken by the submission market.

All of the successes this year so far were submitted last year. Just so you know.

This is Ray, Peace Out.