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August 2017 recap

By the numbers:

Stories out at the beginning of the month: 27
Acceptances received: 1
Rejections received: 20
Stories withdrawn: 1
Resubmissions: 16
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 22

Things have slowed down on the rejections front, I suspect because it’s summertime in the northern hemisphere, and many people are off to conventions and vacations. I can certainly see on Duotrope that several of my stories are out for longer than the average response time, but on looking at the markets in question, they’re behind on responses too. I had one acceptance (still waiting for official word to announce that), I withdrew one story from a market that didn’t seem to be responding in a timely fashion (and it’s one I want to self-publish), had another story that didn’t have any good markets to send it to, and another story that came back and I’m holding it for self-publishing.I also got a late in the month rejection that I’m holding for a market that opens up tomorrow. I finished clones, which wound up being a poem, so we’ll see how that goes!

I’ve been chugging through Write Like You’re Alive, which I finished yesterday, a day early. I closed out the month with almost 22,000 words on just that project, in a mix of prose chapters and poetry “interludes.” It’s going to need some rewriting and expanding, but I suspect it’ll clock in firmly in the novella category. I’ve got a few places I might send it to see if they’re interested in a weird magical realism novella, but I’ll likely self-publish it early next year instead.

I’m VERY close to the end of B&G2. Like a chapter and change to write. My plan was to finish it this month, and then to finish it on Labor Day. Now I’m going to PAX, so I’ll finish it by the end of next week. It’s taken about 7 1/2 months, start to finish. I’m hoping to write book 3 a lot faster. But I haven’t started outlining it yet.

I finished clones, monsters, and mall tour, and I’ve submitted the first and started editing the second. I haven’t quite gotten started on the fourth story I was going to work on in August, twins, but I should get a chance to work on that tonight.

For September, my plan is to:

  • Finish B&G2, outline B&G3, and start writing B&G3.
  • Revise monsters and mall tour and get both submitted.
  • Write twins.
  • Start arcology (or really continue, since I’ve got a bit of it written).
  • Review another book.
  • Work on Austenworld.

Another ambitious month, but I can do it!


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