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Self-Publishing 101: The Types of Editing

| January 22, 2018

While at Rustycon recently, Jeremy and I were on a panel about self-publishing. We also met with an author who is considering self-publishing his book. One of the topics that came up in both instances was the types of editing, the order they happen in, and the importance of each. The first step, prior to […]

Rustycon Appearance!

| January 4, 2018

Rustycon is a small local convention now in its thirty-fifth year. It’s the weekend of January 12-14, but they’ll be shifting to October dates later this year. But for this one, I’ll be speaking on a number of panels about gaming, writing, and editing! Here’s my schedule of panels: Fri Jan 12 5:00:pm – GMing […]

2018 Planning

| January 2, 2018

Yesterday, I talked about what I accomplished in 2017. I managed to get a lot of writing, reviewing, and editing done. 2018 will be similarly ambitious! This year, I’m writing a bit more detail about what I plan to work on, so that I can track it better at the end of the year! In […]

The Relief of Sending a Book to Editors

| November 2, 2017

I finished off the first draft of Brass and Glass Book 2 at the beginning of September, and turned around a second draft by mid-October. Then it went off to a handful of beta readers, so that I could frantically incorporate some of their changes and send it off to my editors at Razorgirl Press. […]

October 2017 recap

| October 31, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 25 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 21 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 23 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 27 October has been a very productive month. On top of doing a lot of work on Brass and Glass Book 2, I’ve […]

September 2017 recap

| October 3, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 22 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 11 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 13 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 25 Another slow month, it looks like, with only 11 rejections coming back. I’ve got a few stories that are well past […]

Utter Fabrication is now available!

| September 19, 2017

Mad Scientist Journal’s fourth anthology, Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures, is available today. I’m one of the two editors of this anthology, which is filled with stories about haunted houses and other weird and creepy places. It includes 22 such stories, ranging from the cute and delightful to the downright haunting, so […]

Self-Editing

| August 28, 2017

A couple of weeks ago at Spocon, I was on a panel on self-editing with Kat Richardson, Alex Fedyr, Grivante, and Elizabeth R. Alix. Here’s a distillation of some of the wisdom we dispensed. First, finish what you’re writing, whether that is a novel or a story. There’s a lot of temptation to tweak as you […]

November 2014 recap

| December 2, 2014

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 8 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 9 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 5 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 4 So first off, NaNoWriMo. Yeah, that happened. Here’s what I posted to Facebook last night: “So I didn’t finish my […]

August 2014 recap

| September 5, 2014

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 6 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 5 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 3 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 4 So first off, the recap is a bit late. That’s because I spent the whole holiday weekend vegging out, and […]