The IWSG is open to anyone who would like to participate. It's a place to air your insecurities, and a way to hop around and lend your support to others. Click on Alex's name above to go sign up.
This month's co-hosts are Chris D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte,Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey! Be sure to stop by and say thanks for their hard work.
This month's optional question is Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?
The years I participated in the A-to-Z, I wasn't yet published, so no, I didn't use it for any sort of marketing.
For those of you participating in the A-to-Z right now, I hope you're having a great time! I actually might be able to do it next year, so I'm already considering what I might like to do.
As far as my insecurities, I've been low the last few months, suffering quite a bit of self-doubt, and judging my writing harshly. As a result, I didn't finish anything new for a good part of that time, but I recently broke through it and started enjoying the process again. I'm also being flooded with ideas. Sometimes you just have to soldier through the downs until you can reclaim your love of the writing again.
The first Wednesday of each month is also when I go over my stats for the month, so here are March's stats:
6 rejections (1 personal)
I currently have 9 pieces on submission.
I've gotten a lot of editing done this month, so that's good!
Now for some links. Bear in mind that I'm not endorsing, merely passing along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.
Strange Horizons is accepting speculative fiction short stories. Up to 10,000 words. Pays $.08/word.
Red Sun Magazine is accepting speculative fiction short stories up through novella or serialized. They prefer 3000 to 5000 words. Pays $100 for short stories. Other pay varies.
The Flash Fiction Press is always accepting flash fiction. All genres. 250 to 1200 words. Pays $3.
Occult Detective Quarterly is accepting fiction, non-fiction, and artwork. They want stories about those who investigate the odd and supernatural. 3000 to 5500 words. Pays $.01/word.
Phantaxis is accepting short stories, flash fiction, and artwork in science fiction and fantasy. 1000 to 15,000 words. Pays $.01/word.
Daily Science Fiction is accepting speculative flash fiction. Up to 1500 words. Pays $.08/word.
The Guardian put out an article entitled Rise of Female Monsters Shows Horror Movies Are Not Afraid of Big, Bad Women.
What are your insecurities? How do you pull yourself out of a slump? Have you submitted any stories this month? Are any of these links of interest?
May you find your Muse.