Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2016 Year in Review & Links

Last year, I did my first Year in Review post, and I enjoyed doing so, so I'm doing it again this year.

February 15

Eat Your Heart Out: Romance in Horror

Romance isn't necessary in horror, but that doesn't mean we always leave it out.

February 22

Do What You Want, Do What You Wanna

About HuffPo and giving your work away for free.

March 7

Publication Resources

A post all about how to track down open submissions for publications.

clker.com, OCAL
March 14 

Your Other Inner Artist

Exploring other forms of artistry. If you write, what about painting? Photography? Singing? Performing theater?

May 16, 23, and 30, June 6

Writer's Conference Basics

This was a multi-part series on everything you need to know about attending, volunteering/staffing, and speaking at writer's conferences.

Part I - Overview
Part II - Attendees
Part III - Staff & Volunteers
Part IV - Faculty

Boxing Bears, OCAL, clker.com

June 13

The Factions of Writing

Cliques exist everywhere, even in the writing world.

July 11

Let's Talk Money - Taxes, Licenses, & Square

In which I discussed things authors need to know about selling books at events, checking on sales tax licenses needed, and using/setting up Square.

August 15

Setting Up a Book Signing Table

I used a lot of my learning experiences this past year, primarily as a speaker, to put together posts to help other people hopefully get through them more easily. This was another of those. How to set up a book signing table, with various tips.

October 31

Let's Talk Horror: A Top Thirteen

This was a fun one to do. I like the fun ones. Instead of just listing favorite horror movies, I thought I'd break out various elements and list my favorite of those. For instance, favorite scene in a horror film, favorite final girl, etc.

November 21

Native American Writers, Artists, Actors, and Musicians

In case anyone was seeking out Native art during Native American Heritage Month, I listed some resources and links.

November 28

Is Post-Apocalyptic the New Western?

It struck me that westerns have been replaced by post-apocalyptic books and films, showing some of the same elements. Here, I broke them down.

Hm, it looks like I only did two of the fun posts. I'll have to remedy that this year!


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

Accepting Submissions:

The Lorelei Signal is open for submissions. Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Any female characters must have a reason for being there. Up to 10,000 words. Pays between $2 and $7.50, depending upon submission type. Deadline February 15.

Nasty is open for submissions. Any genre, but must include a fetish. Up to 1500 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline February 15.

For Books Sake is open for submissions of short stories written by women with the theme of "ghosts." Up to 7000 words. Token payment. Deadline February 22.

Opossum Lit is open for submissions of short stories, poems, and essays. They'd like a subtle link to music. Pays $100 to $250, dependent upon type of submission.

Asimov's is open for submissions of science fiction short stories. Up to 20,000 words. Pays $.08 to $.10/word up to 7500, then $.08 above 7500.

The Cedar Canyon Chronicles is accepting short fiction. Must be set in the fictional Cedar Canyon (Western Oklahoma) and involve a monster of some sort. 500 to 2000 words. Pays $5 for the first 20 accepted stories.

Bards and Sages Publishing is open for speculative fiction, mystery/thriller, and adventure short stories. 5000 to 20,000 words. Pays $25.

Reader's Digest is open for super short stories about you. True story about you. Up to 100 words. Pays $100.

Occult Detective Quarterly is open for short stories about those investigating the strange and unusual. 3000 to 5000 words. Pays $.01/word.

Deep Magic is open for submissions of clean science fiction and fantasy. No violence, sex, graphic language. Pay varies by word count, beginning at $.08/word for the first 5000 words, and going down to $.06/word above that.

Were any of these your favorite? What was the favorite post you put on your own blog this year? Feel free to link to it in the comments. Or, if you did a post like this one, link to that. Any of these publication links of interest to you? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.


  1. The writer's conference series was a good one.

  2. I agree with Alex, I read that one before going to a conference.

    1. I love to hear that! I hope the conference went well.

  3. What a nice review! I too enjoyed the conference series a lot.

  4. I've enjoyed all your posts, but probably the horror and spec fic the most.

    Thanks for the links :) Don't forget to do more fun stuff.

    1. I'm still working on the fun stuff. But getting there. I'm glad you liked the horror and spec fic ones!

  5. I forgot about Deep Magic! Still figuring out what that market wants, but the pay is nice.

    1. Once you figure the market out, you'll be good to go! That's often the hard part. Feeling it out until you've got it down.

  6. What a wonderful year in review, lots of great information! Thank you for sharing. http://emilyanngirdner.com/blog/

  7. I enjoy a little romance in horror. I find that it ups the stakes...so to speak:)

    1. True. It gives you another reason to be concerned about the character, and something to draw empathy.

  8. That Bards and Sages link might work for some of my stories. Thanks for the information!

  9. I like the idea of a round-up post. :-)

    1. It was fun. I think I'll try to do it each year.