Saturday, September 25, 2010

Check it out!

Information (and cover art!) for the anthology Six Guns Straight From Hell, which bills itself as "New tales of terror from the weird weird West" and features a zombie/steampunk romp from yours truly. Release date set for mid-October.

More here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Snake Oil" sale!

Update on my last post: After spending a day rewriting "Snake Oil," I sent it off on resubmission and commenced with the nail-biting. Thankfully for my nails, I did not have to wait long. I had an acceptance by the next morning (well, actually within an hour of sending off my submission, but I didn't see it until morning).

This is quite exciting for me. Not only is it my third sale, but it's also my first to an anthology. There will be a presentation and signing for "Six Guns Straight From Hell" on Oct. 17 at the Broadway Book Mall here in Denver, which I plan to attend.

Now, back to revising my Writers of the Future entry. Two weeks to the deadline.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tick-tock

This is a new and interesting (and exciting and stressful) experience for me:

I wrote a story. I had one ending in mind from the beginning but then couldn't figure out how to pull it off and so dropped Ending No. 1 in favor of Ending No. 2. I polished the story and sent it off on submission.

Jump forward 12 hours. The editor (or first reader, not sure) e-mailed to say she is frustrated because she likes the story but not the ending and wouldn't this work better? And behold! Her suggested ending is Ending No. 1. It's uncanny!

Cue the theme from "Mission: Impossible." I have 48 hours (which is the deadline for this market) to rewrite the story with Ending No. 1 and resubmit. For some, this might be panic time, but I thrive on deadlines. I'm a journalist, for God's sake. I can rewrite this story in two days. The question is whether I write a good story that wows the editor into buying it.

The clock is ticking.