Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the purpose of the IWSG is to air your insecurities while supporting others doing the same thing. Anyone can sign up by clicking HERE. Be sure to bop around and visit others, too.
This month's co-hosts are:
This month's optional question is:
How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?
I don't usually celebrate a goal/finishing a short story, but I do celebrate when I finish a novel by having a milkshake. And when I place a short story, I get a Funko Pop villain/monster. I've just recently added Carrie, Jack from The Shining, and Norman Bates, all there on the top next to Pennywise and Cthulhu.
My husband added the third shelf while I was away a couple weeks ago, because the other two were getting too cluttered. What happens when I fill that shelf? I can't wait to find out!
As far as my insecurities this month...well, I've got my first solo horror short story collection coming out. Sure, I've been published in magazines and anthologies, but it was never just me. I feel like I'm about to walk in front of a room full of people naked, and it's mildly terrifying. What else? I'm having a public book release celebration and signing (if you're local, there's information on my appearances tab about it, but the quick version is I'll be at 3.14 Sweet and Savory in Colorado Springs from 5-9 PM on March 22), and I'd hate to sit there all alone and pathetic with my box of books, which is why I'm having a book release celebration instead of signing at a bookstore (for now, at least.) I desperately did not want to sit there all formal behind a table, staring at the door, wondering when someone would show up. Instead, I'll be somewhere familiar, with wine and food and pie, so I can drown myself in calories if no one comes.
By the way, my book release will be March 15, and each blogger posting it has an excerpt from a different short story. Some of you asked about quick tweets. I'll put some of those together and get those out, too. It's available for pre-order in e-book right now, with paperback and e-book release on the 15th.
I guest posted at Pete Aldin's blog with book release information. You can check it out HERE. I talk about four ways horror can be beneficial, and you can get a sneak peek at the first excerpt from my collection.
Moving on, here are my stats for last month. I post each month to keep myself accountable.
In February, I:
Submitted 10 short stories
Got 2 short stories short listed
Got 2 acceptances
Got 8 rejections
Got 1 invite to submit 1 of those rejected stories to a different anthology by the editor
I currently have 12 short stories on submission
A pretty good month! Believe me, it doesn't always look like this, so don't get discouraged if you're submitting and getting rejections. I went through a major dry spell for several months with tons of rejections and no sales. So please get out there and submit! And relish every rejection you get. And feel free to post your stats in the comments so we can celebrate short stories together.
Finally, let's get to the links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along, so always do your own due diligence before submitting.
West Branch is seeking poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. No more than 30 pages. Pays $.05/word. Deadline April 1.
Paper Dog Books is seeking speculative short fiction the Robots Live Now anthology. 1500 to 5000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline April 1.
Bikes in Space is seeking stories with the theme Dragons. 500 to 8000 words. Will pay a minimum of $30, with how much more depending upon the Kickstarter. Deadline April 1.
Radiant Crown Publishing is seeking adult and erotic romance with a strong speculative element for Mystique Masquerade, an anthology. Novelettes and novellas, so 7500 to 40,000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline April 1.
Syntax & Salt Magazine is seeking short literary speculative fiction. Up to 3500 words. Pays $10.
Flash Fiction Magazine is seeking flash fiction. 300 to 1000 words. Pays $40 for stories chosen to be published in the anthologies (pays nothing if published on website).
What do you celebrate, and how? What are your current insecurities? Any submission stats to share? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share?
May you find your Muse.