Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IWSG - Goals, The Horror Fiction Review, #IWSGPit, and Links

It's the first...wait, Tuesday? Yep, we're posting today for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, because tomorrow's the 4th of July. Typically, we post on the first Wednesday of the month, but we make an exception for the Fourth! IWSG is the brain child of Alex J. Cavanaugh, created to seek and gain support from fellow insecure writers. You can sign up by clicking on Alex's name and adding your blog to the list.

Quick note before we begin. If you didn't receive your IWSG newsletter this month, go HERE to sign up again. You may have been purged if you missed the GDPR message asking you to opt in. If you try to sign up and it says you're already signed up, shoot me an email so I can look into it. And if you've never signed up? Now's a great time! Click on "HERE" above and sign up. It only takes a few seconds!

Another note: #IWSGPit is July 19! Get your Twitter pitches ready. Over 1000 agents and publishers have been invited to watch the feed that day, and several authors found homes for their books in the January #IWSGPit!

The co-hosts this month are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

The optional question is What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

I don't know if I have an ultimate writing goal. I have a series of smaller goals, like getting a story in a Best Horror of the Year collection and getting a novel traditionally published. Looking at big future goals both excites me and scares the crap out of me. I want to be a recognized author, but I also know I lose some of my freedom then. Plus, I have this perpetual fear of having too much attention.

Speaking of getting attention, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations was reviewed on The Horror Fiction Review. Check it out!

Each month I review my submission stats for the previous month to keep myself accountable. Here are June's stats:

Short Stories
0 rejections
0 acceptances
3 submissions
1 invitation to submit
Currently on submission: 12, with 2 short listed

1 rejection
1 request for 50 pages
Currently out to: 2 agents

Now for some links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

Body Parts Magazine is seeking horror in the theme of Aliens, Apocalypse, and Armageddon for their fall/winter edition. Up to 8000 words. Pays up to $20 for fiction. Deadline August 1.

The First Line is seeking flash fiction beginning with the following sentence: The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air. Up to 5000 words. Pays up to $50 for fiction. Deadline August 1.

Jolly Horror Press is seeking humorous horror stories for Don't Cry to Mama. It needs to be about something your mama may have told you not to do. Up to 6000 words. Pays $25. Deadline August 1.

Cemetery Dance Publications is seeking short horror and dark fiction for their magazine. Up to 5000 words. Pays $.05/word. Deadline July 5.

Flapperhouse is seeking surreal works. Up to 5000 words. Pays $.01/word. 

The Baffler is seeking humorous pieces. Pays a token amount.

What's your insecurity? Do you have long term goals you're willing to share? What are your submission stats for the month of June? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.


  1. I hear you about fearing too much attention. I don't like being the center of attention at all.

    Good luck with all the subs!

  2. Hi,
    that's a price we pay once we have become well-known and I think you will handle it very well.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  3. I'm with you - I don't want to be that famous.

  4. I hear you about the freedom thing. Until you get out there, the world is full of possibilities. Once you start making tracks, the path narrows. We just have to be sure the path we're taking is one we can enjoy and embrace.

  5. Your comment about losing some of your freedom resonates with me. I'm in a cushy time of my life, no worries, and the energy it takes to self-publish and then work social media, and all the other endeavours that go along with it seems daunting to me.

  6. Congrats on that review! Awesome. I'm with you on the attention too. I am allergic to it LOL.

  7. I totally get what you mean about a fear of too much attention. I've got that same one :-)

  8. I've always liked reading your goals and accomplishments. It shows such clear thinking about the business of submission.

    I'll have to check and see if I was purged. I don't think I got my issue of the newsletter this month. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Don't let the big goal scare you. Just focus on the next little goal in front of you.

  10. I'm reminded of the continual conversation between Pinky and The Brain...

  11. Thanks for sharing the publishing opportunities. I like your idea of a monthly report on goals and accomplishments. I may adopt that. Wishing you happy writing in July.

  12. Oooh! My fingers are crossed that you will get something into the Best Horror of the Year collection. I adore the horror genre. Cut my literary teeth on it, so to speak, and though I say I write primarily fantasy & science fiction YA, horror themes always weave into my narratives. Also, thank you for the submission links! I'm going to check those out. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. :)

  13. I completely get you about your fear of attention.

  14. Great submission links. I have that fear of attention too and fear of expectations from others. Happy IWSG!

  15. The series of smaller goals strikes me as healthier. I know people love the big picture, and we'd all like to wind up with enormous success, but we get there with individual steps.

  16. Like you, I fear too much attention.
    My main goal is too keep on enjoying the writing life.
    It must remain fun, even when the going is not so good...
    Happy 4th of July to you.

  17. I have a body of work that wants to be written, so I have veered towards self publishing to get that done. Would be good to have traditional editing support but the loss of control would bother me. Attention I can cope with, it's unlikely to be superstar level, though the expectations people put on you can be crushing!

  18. Glad to know I'm not the only author that fears getting too much attention. I'm with you - that's a scary thought! But at least you and I don't let the fear hold us back from out goals.

  19. As always, thanks for the list of publications. We run a fine line between wanting to stay anonymous and being successful in publishing. Wishing you the best.

  20. I think as long as those smaller goals keep coming, there's no need to set the ultimate goal - you'll still get there.

  21. Too much attention? That is hard to imagine, but not something I have to worry about now, sadly.

  22. I submitted my first short story and got my first rejection. It was expected, but I'm still glad I tried.