.Alban Lake have just released the latest issue of Frostfire Worlds May 2018 and I have two stories in it. (They must be short of contributors) Chicken Feed is about a town pestered by Harpies. Captain Hastings and the Flying Saucer is about a free trader falling foul of aliens when he goes mining in … Continue reading Two stories in one magazine
As a follow up to yesterday's positive post on The Submission Grinder I had, while Grinding, some negative thoughts about response times. Now I know that small press magazines are often run by part-timers, that they receive zillions of stories and have many other tasks to do apart from reading. No doubt it's difficult. But … Continue reading The Submissions Black Hole
I'm grinding again today. Those of us who write short stories generally follow Heinlein's fifth rule of writing: send it out and keep sending it out until it sells. For lesser talents than Heinlein, that can take a while but never give up. I sold a story ten years after I wrote it. One editor's meat … Continue reading The Submission Grinder
I regularly read and review On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic and also follow them online. It's a great magazine. Today I received an interesting communication about why stories get rejected with a link to this article by editor Barb Galler-Smith. Why Stories Get Rejected (Even Good Ones) The email which conveyed this … Continue reading Why stories get rejected
Woe! I received an email today from Phataxis saying that they are on hiatus and will be ceasing publication for a while. In the hard world of struggling SF magazines that might be quite a while. I hope not. It's a great little magazine with real quality stories. (They didn't buy any of mine, a … Continue reading Phantaxis no more?
We are often told that with so many stars in the galaxy - not to mention the universe - and so many Earth style planets being discovered it is impossible that there is no life on other worlds. The counter-argument to this is simple: where are they? Why haven't they been in touch? I recently … Continue reading Where are the aliens?
It’s a funny old game, writing, especially short stories. The gap between writing, acceptance and publication can be as much as a year. There are often months on end when you have nothing coming out and wonder if it’s all a waste of time. This month I have two stories published and one little book. … Continue reading A rush of stories in print