Okay, okay, I'll tell you. I hate having to guess, too.
It's the first Wednesday of March, which means it's time for another cathartic meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! And guess who's a co-host this month.
No worries, I don't really expect you to guess. It's me! Shout-out to my fellow co-hosts, Suzanne Sapseed and Chemist Ken. ~Waves~ And, of course, to our noble leader, the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, creator of IWSG.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG
Each month on IWSG day, I post some numbers to keep myself accountable. These numbers, which will be posted below, are my stats on submissions of short stories for the month. Last month when I posted them, Donna Weaver left a comment with a great suggestion. She suggested doing something fun to reward yourself for every ten rejections, mentioning that James Dashner (author of The Maze Runner) took his wife out to dinner every tenth rejection he received, and that she was doing this, as well.
Here's the thing. I already reward myself for pieces that get accepted. Say hello to my little friends:
I get a new Funko Pop villain for each piece I get published. Some day I'll have shelves of these!
But it's true that many of us have ways of rewarding ourselves when we get a pat on the back from someone else, so to speak. We're rewarding ourselves for the end result. Some people buy themselves a special t-shirt, some get a pedicure or massage, others take themselves out for a treat. Shouldn't we be rewarding ourselves for putting in the work, pounding the literary pavement, submitting?
I haven't decided what my Ten Reward will be, but there will be one. Thank you, Donna!
Now, my monthly stats, and then I'll jump into links. These are for short stories. I am not submitting a novel at this time; I'm having far too much fun with short stories.
In February, I:
-Received 4 rejections
-2 publications I'd submitted to went defunct; one of these emailed me directly last night, the other was reported by Duotrope
-Submitted 3 stories
-Received 1 email stating a first reader felt my story deserved a second look, and that it had been moved to the next level of consideration
-Have 8 projects currently on submission
-Have 3 pieces I need to edit to begin submitting
-Had 1 publication come out with one of my flash fiction pieces in it. (Of Mist and Magic)
This month I also got my official headshots (Monday's post was about headshot tips) and set up my Amazon Author Page. In addition, I got back to my novel and am two chapters away from writing The End (then editing).
While I wanted to do better this month, I think it was a good writing month, all told.
For those visiting my blog for the first time, I post links each Wednesday for places accepting submissions, writing contests, and things generally of interest to writers. I am not personally recommending any of these sites, just passing along markets I have come across.
Horrified Press and Thirteen O'Clock Press are open for submissions to various anthologies, including Idle Hands, seeking stories of horror born of boredom. Pays in royalties and exposure. 2000-4000 words. Deadline April 10. Also, Stories From the Graveyard, same deadline and pay, but can be up to 5000 words.
Splickety Prime is looking for Wild West stories. All genres. Up to 1000 words. Pays $.02/word, plus a print contributor copy. Deadline April 10.
Jamais Vu - Journal of Strange Among the Familiar is accepting short fiction, book and film reviews, poetry, and non-fiction. Short fiction should be between 2000 and 4000 words. Other types have different restrictions. Pays $.05/word. Current deadline April 15.
Lamplight Magazine is open for submissions of horror short stories. Flash fiction 1000 words or less, or short fiction 2000-7000 words. Pays $50 for flash, $150 for short. Current deadline April 15.
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly is looking for short stories and poetry for their anthology Love Sucks. They want "amusing tales of 'love gone wrong.'" Must have paranormal elements. 2000-10,000 words. Pay unknown. Deadline April 15.
Mulberry Fork Review is seeking fiction and non-fiction, any genre, any type, including short fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essay, and poetry. Short stories up to 6000 words. Check website for other categories. Pay unknown. Open submissions.
Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things is looking for poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for all ages, including 10-18 year olds. Short stories up to 12,000 words. Pays $.01/word or $20, whichever is more. Open submissions.
New Haven Review wants your essays, fiction, and non-fiction of whatever length. They don't have a specific genre, but are looking for strong writing. Pays $500 for prose and non-fiction, $25 per poem. Open submissions.
Jitter Press is open for horror fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Poetry up to 100 lines, short fiction up to 1500 words. Typically pays $1.50 token payment, but editor's choice gets $10. Open submissions.
Dark Futures Fiction accepts prose and poetry with a dark futuristic theme. 500-2000 words. Pays $2-$5, depending upon medium. Open submissions.
What are your insecurities? Do you reward yourself for various writing goals and achievements? How? Have you been submitting? Any publishing news? Any of these links helpful for you? Anything to share?
May you find your Muse.