It's the first day of Kindergarten, and as a little getting-to-know-you game, your teacher has the students, one after another, say their name and what they want to be when they grow up. It's a common exercise, and no doubt that teacher is going to have a lot of future firemen and police officers. But … Continue reading So You Want to be a Publisher…
If you're submitting a short story to a magazine, they're probably going to want a cover letter. But what exactly are you supposed to put? This is going to be the editor's first impression of you, and, like any first impression, you want it to be positive. When I first started submitting, I was clueless … Continue reading How to Write a Cover Letter
The literary magazine, Belmont Story Review, where I work, is currently accepting submissions for our second issue. The magazine is edited by the former head of the Missouri review, Richard Sowienski. We pay honorariums to all our authors. If you have a story to tell, we'd love to hear from you. Read our first issue and … Continue reading Belmont Story Review
Work on my latest novel is coming along slowly but surely. I have also completed my latest short story, The Prisoner, and hope to have a publisher pick it up soon.
My story, "The Pass by the Crag," just got accepted by The Land of Dust and Bones anthology. At 7,300 words, it will be my longest published work
A thank you note to the many magazines that have rejected my short stories over the years: Thank you Andromeda Spaceways for reminding me that being excited to submit a story is no excuse for lazy editing. Thank you Bards and Sages Quarterly for helping me to understand that there's nothing wrong with taking suggestions from … Continue reading Rejections
My short story, "Pros and Cons," just got accepted by Farther Stars Than These, a science fiction magazine edited by author E. S. Wynn. "Pros and Cons" follows the decision making process of a husband worried about the ramifications of downloading his consciousness into a robot to escape his terminally illness.
I've always been told that the key to selling a product is to tell people the benefit they will receive. In this case, I am selling myself, my words, my thoughts, in the form of the writing on this blog. So, why is that worth your time? Why read my blog when there are so … Continue reading A Little Background…