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A Significant Milestone

One of my big goals this year was to make at least one sale to an Australian market. I have been very happy with my US sales, but there is nothing like selling something locally, especially in a scene as vibrant and healthy as the Aussie one. So, I am thrilled to announce my first Aussie sale! And, not only is it wonderful to look forward to seeing a story of mine published in Australia, the fact that it is with Fablecroft Publishing, who have done some great work over the past few years, makes it even more satisfying. Looking at the ToC, this will be an awesome anthology.

From the Fablecroft website:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the table of contents for Epilogue (the anthology formerly known as Apocalypse Hope). I had more than 200 submissions for this anthology, many of a very high quality, and it was difficult task to sift through them to pick out the finest gems. I present the final lineup, and look forward to bringing these stories to you in print.

“Time and tide” by Lyn Battersby

“Fireflies” by Steve Cameron

“Sleeping Beauty” by Thoraiya Dyer

“The Fletcher Test” by Dirk Flinthart

“Ghosts” by Stephanie Gunn

“Sleepers” by Kaia Landelius

“Solitary” by Dave Luckett

“Losses beyond the kill point” by Kathleen Martin

“Cold comfort” by David McDonald

“Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung

“The last good town” by Elizabeth Tan

Thank you to every author who sent in submissions, which came from all around the world – some rejections were very difficult to make, and I wish those authors the very best in finding their stories a home.

For those interested, the final contents include 11 stories, nine by Australians, one from the US, one from Sweden. There are six female authors, and five male. The stories are all original to the anthology.

I’m delighted with the line up for Epilogue, and can’t wait to show it to you all!

I have to give a big shout out and thanks to my good friend Steve Cameron (who is also on the ToC) who was a massive help. We spent a few frantic hours in the bar at Conflux proofing and critting “Cold Comfort” and his input there, and at many other times, has been invaluable.

This is the perfect way to cap off what has been a very satisfying year as a writer. Hopefully next year will be even bigger and better!

Self validation and valuation

An excellent post over at Jason Nahrung’s blog about putting a value on your work.

The thing is, who are those editors? What kind of benchmark are they setting? Is that anthology something I’m proud to have on my CV, or is it just a another centimetre of paper adding weight to the shelf?
 
It all comes down to what the writer wants. And how much they value their work.
 
I’m inclined to agree with Cat Sparks, who wrote earlier this year in WQ magazine that, for someone who wants to show they’re serious about their writing, one byline in one well-respected title is worth more than 20 in no-name nil-visibility publications.
 
Your CV — your bibliography — is an indicator of the kind of writer you are: quirky, top-shelf, developing, esoteric …

Personally, I think there is a tendency amongst writers just starting out (and I include myself in that category), to see any publication as a good thing, but I am not sure that is the case. There are a proliferation of small presses and ezines cropping up thanks to the accessibility of technology and low start up costs, and while there are many that are doing high quality work, there are some that are a little fly-by-night or churn out quantity over quality.

I look at some writers who I would consider at the same stage as me who have thirty or forty credits to their name, but in places that really have no footprint or audience and I wonder whether that actually means anything in the big picture. I want to be careful here, because I am genuinely happy to see others succeeding and I would never try and run down the achievements of others, so if that is their measure of success then more power to them. And, it could be that they have written that many stories of a high quality, and that their output is simply better than mine.

But, for me, I try and be very deliberate about where I submit my work. I have a list of markets, both Australian and foreign, that I want to crack because I think that they represent significant markers on the journey. I generally try not to submit to “4thelove” markets because I believe that a worker is worth his wages and that the work I put into a story deserves a reward, even if it is a contributor’s copy.

The times when i have submitted to “4theLove” or “token” markets have been when I believe that there is something about it that will develop my craft. For example, the “epocalypse at the end” anthology was not a high paying market, but the concept was so intriguing and the idea of collaborating so attractive, that I considered it well worth my time.

Of course, being more discerning about where you submit means more rejections, but that is fine. When you know that you were up against 200+ other submissions (or 1900 in one case!) it means that an acceptance carries a lot of weight when you sit back and evaluate how you are going.

At the end of the day, I am not writing to make money. But, I want every credit on my writing CV to be a another sign of progression in my writing career, and be something that I am genuinely proud of.

 

Submission Limbo

Well, after much revising I submitted a short story last night, after a rewrite request from the editor.

So, currently I am in that terrible state called submission limbo. You know, the state where you have worked hard on a story, polished it up and sent it off…and now you have to wait for that email, torn between excitement, because maybe they will accept it, and dread, because noone likes rejection!

With this particular anthology, I know that they are planning on finalising the TOC this weekend so that’s not that long to wait, but I am really not going to be much good to anyone until I hear back!

So, currently I have two stories in the wild, and three currently in progress, with specific markets in mind. I am also going to rewrite my most recent rejected piece, because I think it is a good story, it just needs work.

Hopefully, I will have some good news to post soon!