Getting Back On Track

The end of the month is fast approaching, and it’s time for me to make a decision. I listed my options on 12th May. They were:

1) Work on my Sam novel. This is a young adult fantasy novel.

2) Continue with the collaborative novel. Chapter 20 has been completed, which is a stones throw from the climax.

3) Plot out Book 2 in the trilogy. I know what the story will be about and several chapters have been written but it needs a thorough overhaul.

4) Write some more short stories until the edited verson of Book 1 comes back.

However, I have another option to add to this list.

5) Continue on with a romance manuscript that I started a few years ago.

Here are my thoughts on the above. It’s always encouraging to have options, it means I won’t be drying up (running out of things to do) any time soon. However, there are only so many hours in a day and since I work full time and do have a family, my time is limited. I want to use my time wisely.

Options 1, 4 and 5 can wait. Besides, with number 4 I might find time at work to write a short story.

Option 2 is so close to being finished that I feel I should take this option but the climax of this story is a huge battle scene that I’m actually fearful of writing (my collaborative partner was going to write this scene but has since decided to give up writing). I should tackle it but I know I will procrastinate in a big way with this one.

Option 3 is my preference but I really would prefer to wait for the comments from the editor on book 1 before I move on to the second installment.

So…this shows clearly which option I should take. Am I able to write that battle scene? That’s the big question!

Writing Update

It’s been a while since I mentioned anything to do with my own writing and I guess you’re wondering what’s going on.

As I reported a week or so ago, I’ve finished the rewrite of Book 1 in my triology and that has been sent off to the editor for a work over. I don’t expect to get anything back for a few weeks, at least, perhaps even longer. I know he’s extremely busy at the moment.

There are other projects I could go on with but May is a busy month where the 2005 anthology is concerned. The first workshop is in progress and I have four stories to read and crit by the end of the month. This doesn’t sound difficult but I’m a very slow reader and I want to give a detailed crit, so it does take many hours to do each crit each week.

What will I do when I’ve done them?

There are several options:

1) Work on my Sam novel. This is a young adult fantasy novel.

2) Continue with the collaborative novel. Chapter 20 has been completed, which is a stones throw from the climax.

3) Plot out Book 2 in the trilogy. I know what the story will be about and several chapters have been written but it needs a thorough overhaul.

4) Write some more short stories until the edited verson of Book 1 comes back.

Hmmm…I’m not sure what I’ll do. I need to give it more thought.

Flash Fiction Submission

Yoohoo! At lunchtime I posted my first flash fiction submission. It’s on it’s way to That’s Life! Fast Fiction Magazine – a magazine filled with short snippets showing different views on life. It’s an established magazine in this country and the rates are good–extremely good, in fact.

I think I need to put a submission chart together. If this story comes back to me then I want to be able to send it back out within 48 hours. 🙂

Update: Flash Fiction

A few days ago I mentioned that I’m trying my hand at flash fiction and that I had three stories outlined. One of those outlines is now a proper flash piece.

I needed a bit of encouragement with the piece though, as it’s not generally what I write, so I sent the story through to the AFWD Crit Group to see what the reaction would be.

The reaction was pleasing. Actually, it was inspiring. The women of the group said it touched them and that the words were powerful. The men had a problem with pacing, but could not deny the emotional side of the story. I agree with the pacing issue and will work on that.

The comments and suggestions given to me by these wonderful people will help me improve the story before I send it out. This one is definitely a “womens piece” so I will focus on women’s magazines to start with.

Flash Fiction

Having finished the rewrite of my novel, I’ve decided to spend a few weeks writing something different.

Flash fiction is ideal for submitting to magazines but I’ve decided that I won’t even try to write fantasy or SF flash; I’m going to write human interest flash stories. This will be like a holiday to me. 😀

Finding a market for these stories will no doubt be just as difficult as any other story, but I intend to approach woman’s magazine with these ones. So that gives you an idea of what type of story I’ll be trying.

I have three stories plotted (roughly) and two underway. I started writing the first one, but the second one was stronger in my mind. It comes largely from my own experience but major details are completely different. However, the emotions are not.

I’m hoping the stories will touch people’s hearts and “speak” to them.

2004 Anthology Update

As you know I’ve been trying to find a publisher for the 10 successful anthology stories from 2004. As a group, we’ve received a few dozen rejections but these were from query letters only.

However, just after the Easter long weekend I had an American publisher ask me to send the stories to him. The publisher is called Images SI, Inc and they print traditional books and organise audio books. The rate of pay is low but at least we will be paid (if we are successful) and for many of us it will be our first payment, which will take us from the unpublished side of the fence to the published. 🙂

The submission left on Friday. It was extremely expensive. I think the woman at the post office thought I was going to go into cardiac arrest when she said the cost, but I quickly recovered and now the parcel is on it’s way.

I really do hope and pray that this is going to be the first step to publication for us, but I also hope and pray that everything will be above board too. You know…payment of royalties, proper advertising, and continuing success for all the authors involved.

I’ll let you know what happens.

Anthology 2004 Update

During 2004 I organised a project for the members of my message board and we wrote fantasy and science fiction stories with the intent on trying to get them published.

There were 24 participants to start with, but by the end of the project we had 11 people still struggling to produce the best story they could. The ten finalists came in with fabulous stories and, before Christmas, I posted them to a publisher in Canberra – Ginninderra Press.

Today, I received a reply. It wasn’t a rejection but it wasn’t the acceptance we had planned either. The publisher wants to publish the stories but he’ll only do so if we pay for the printing costs. He insists this is NOT vanity printing, and ensures us that the authors will receive 12.5% royalties and will also be paid extra until the publishing costs are reimbursed.

Decision time. What are we going to do?

My original plan was to get as many writers as possible publishered – by this I mean they are paid for their story and have it in print – and this doesn’t quite fit that scenario. However, could this be the beginning of something great for us? This might be the opportunity to get our name out there? But will it be? Who will be doing the marketing?

I don’t know. My instinct is that if I have to pay money out, then I’m not really being published. Yet, there are successful authors out there who started with vanity press (which this is not – or, so I’m told). Oh, it’s confusing. I wish I could look into a crystal ball and know what to expect in the future.

There are ten authors, so hopefully someone will say something that will ring true with me and help me make the decision and feel comfortable with it, but at the moment, I’m swaying towards “no”.