I’ve decided to go ahead and do the February recap a few days early, and include the last few days of February on the March recap.
By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 18
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 10
Stories withdrawn: 0
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 18
Another month, another acceptance! “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue” (which has been published twice before) will get an audio version on Gallery of Curiosities. I’ll post again when that becomes available. I’m extremely excited about this, because I started reading this story to my six-year-old niece on one of my trips to Kansas City. But we never got to finish the story, because it’s a bit on the long side for a bedtime story. But now that it will be available on this podcast, I can have my sister play it for my niece in smaller chunks, as time permits.
I finished up slaughter in early February and got that one out in circulation. However, I also got some really good and useful feedback with one of the rejections it received, so I’m holding that story until I have time to make some revisions on it. I also got a revision request from one of the markets I had submitted a story to, so I got that all tidied up for them!
I finished one story (laundry) this month, and I’m nearly done with a second (deathsight). The former is out to readers right now (one of whom has already given me some very useful feedback), and I’m hoping to finish the latter tonight. Laundry should be ready to start making the rounds before the end of March.
I’ve also got BOTH of my novel manuscripts out at potential publishers right now. The middle-reader novel went to one press that was looking for un-agented submissions, and pirates went to another small press. We’ll see what happens with those! And because I can never really stop with the novels (despite me loving writing short fiction), I’ve got another one in the works (code name: briar), which I’ve been working on outlining. I plan to write this one in April/May.
Other projects for the coming month involve writing something while I’m travelling (I haven’t decided exactly I’ll be writing, but I’m assuming that the scenery will be zipping by too fast to look at on the high-speed trains we’ll be crisscrossing Europe on, so I’ll have to do something to pass the time), and then starting in on a new story (code name: humid) after our return. I’ll also plan on polishing up slaughter and starting to polish whatever I write in Europe. (Who knows. It could be poetry. Haven’t done that in a long time!)
One other exciting thing for February: I decided that I wanted a print version of my mini-compilation, Sparx and Arrows, so we made that happen. It is SO exciting to hold a book in your hands with your name as THE author, not just an author or an editor!