First Wednesday of the month! What do you say? Time for some insecurities?
The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. All are welcome to join. Just sign up and jump in! Tell us about your insecurities or offer uplifting support.
I've mostly posted about short story writing and submitting for IWSG lately, because that's where my focus has been, but now that I'm making progress with editing on my novel, all those old insecurities are popping back up. I've noticed that I'm excited to jump back in now that I've figured out what to do with the plot, yet I keep hesitating. So what's holding me back? Am I scared to do the changes? No, because I've saved a copy as it currently exists, and will edit separate from that. Until I can figure out why I'm feeling this way, I'm not sure how much progress I'm going to make. Time to sit down and do some self-analysis.
As part of IWSG, I always go over my short story submissions process for the previous month in order to keep myself accountable.
I have 12 short pieces on submission.
I submitted 5 pieces in June.
I received 4 rejections this month (and 1 magazine I'd submitted to sent out a notice that it was shutting down).
I completed 1 new short story and sent it to my critique group.
I finished the post-outline and notes for my first revision of WIP #2.
Not too shabby. I still have several short stories I need to finish editing and get submitted.
Now for some links. Please note that I am not endorsing any of these publications, just passing them along.
Crossed Genres July theme is Anticipation. Sci-fi, fantasy, or a combination of both. 1000-6000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline for this theme is July 30.
Collidor is a science fiction app-zine (they publish for tablets and smartphones.) 2000-18,000 words. Pay begins at $.25/word for the first 5000 words and tapers down per 5000 words.
Earth Island Journal is looking for articles on environmental concerns. Short dispatches are 1200-1500 words. Investigative features are 2500-3000 words. Pays $.25/word. Online reports pay $50-100.
Onyx Neon is looking for shorts. They send out one per month. Many different genres, so check the web page. 5000-20,000 words. Pays 50% of the royalties brought in on your story.
Saddlebag Dispatches wants short stories, serial novels, poetry, and non-fiction articles about the west. They don't specify pay, but it is likely royalties.
Odd Tree Press is seeking speculative fiction flash fiction, short stories, artwork, and essays. Flash up to 500. Short stories 500-5000 words. Essays up to 5000 words. Pays between $10-25, depending upon submission type.
Terraform is looking for future fiction, but make it the near future. 2000 words or fewer. Pays $.20/word.
The Sockdolager is looking for adventure stories. 1000-5000 words. Pays $.02/word.
Tales From the Miskatonic Library is looking for, well, tales from the Miskatonic Library, that's what. I imagine it either means something to you or it doesn't. Pays $.03/word with a maximum of $100. Deadline August 8.
Black Mirror Press seeks stories about endless winter, whatever the cause. 3000-7000 words. Pays $25. Deadline August 8.
Do you ever find you're hesitant to write or edit, even though you're simultaneously excited about it? What are your insecurities? Have you done any submitting this month? Any rejections or acceptances? Any of these links of interest to you? Anything to share?
May you find your Muse.