You’ll find that a lot of it’s the same as on here…but it’s a step toward getting my own real .com home on the Web.
Strange Worlds of Lunacy: The Galaxy’s Silliest Anthology goes on sale soon. I’ve got two pieces in this one, a flash fantasy called “A Royal Pain” and a micro fantasy called “Getting Lucky.” They’ll start taking orders soon, and it’s expected to ship next month.
Here’s the cover:
Got an acceptance this morning from In Bad Dreams Volume Two: Where Death Stalks for “…Hitman.” I wasn’t expecting a decision for a few more weeks, so they must have liked it. Yay! 🙂
Here’s what the editor had to say:
Of course we want Hitman, how could we not? It gives us a great villain, a great supernatural tome and ups the action a tad after we’ve got all dark and bleak.
It’s taken some time for this one to see the light of day. I originally wrote it for Machine of Death. After that rejection, I rewrote it for Bound for Evil. I liked the evil book idea so much I kept it when I shopped it around elsewhere. Had Dreams rejected, I was thinking about going back to the original and subbing it to Apex Digest.
Return of the Sword is put out by the fine folks at Flashing Swords, and I’m a little miffed it was an invite-only anthology (not that anything I could have written would have made it in, of course, but it would have been nice to try 🙂 ). It’s also got one of the coolest covers I’ve ever seen, small or large press. It starts shipping March 15, so be sure to order yours today!
Return of the Sword
An Anthology of Heroic Adventure
$16.50 plus shipping
Return of the Sword is a brand new anthology of blood-pounding, spine-tingling stories by some of fantasy’s most critically acclaimed Sword and Sorcery authors.
Stacey Berg, Bill Ward, Phil Emery, Jeff Draper, Nicholas Ian Hawkins, David Pitchford, Ty Johnston, Jeff Stewart, Angeline Hawkes, Robert Rhodes, E.E. Knight, James Enge, Michael Ehart, Thomas M. MacKay, Christopher Heath, Nathan Meyer, S.C. Bryce, Allen B. Lloyd, William Clunie, Steve Goble, Bruce Durham, and Harold Lamb present you with enough fast paced adventure to keep you reading for hours.
A hand painted, wrap around cover by fantasy artist Johnney Perkins ensures that Return of the Sword will not only be enjoyable to read, but also look good on your coffee table or bookshelf.
Too long have the halls of fantasy been dominated by packs of weak-kneed elves hunting goblins and doughty dwarves mining for gold. Return now to the days of true adventure. Unsheath your sword and enter if you dare!
Just got word from In Bad Dreams Volume Two: Where Death Stalks that my submission has made it through the first round of submissions and is being considered for inclusion.
Not an acceptance, but hey, at least it’s not a rejection. 😀
After my last post about rejections, I just got an acceptance! “Thinking Small” is scheduled to appear in Flashing Swords next February. Fairies can be a hard sell in fantasy, but I’m rather proud of this one.
Since I posted anything, or had an acceptance. In fact, my last nine responses have been rejections. That doesn’t sting so much any more, but a few were ones that I was kind of getting my hopes up for, such as Permuted Press’ Giant Creatures anthology, Horror Library III and The Beast Within.
Now I’ve just got a bunch of others I’m waiting to hear back on.
“That Ain’t a Mosey” has been included in Episode #41, a podcast from Library of the Living Dead. It’s a long cast (more than two hours); my story’s at 23:34. The link is below, since WordPress won’t let me embed the player for some reason.
Or so they tell me. This nifty little illustration came down from the team putting together a silly fantasy and sci-fi anthology, which will feature my flash piece “A Royal Pain” and a micro called “Getting Lucky.” There’s still time to submit, and I encourage anyone interested to do so. Details may be found here…
Today I received my 100th rejection, this time from Clockwork Phoenix.
This was just about the last thing I’ve got to send their way, and I was hoping to make it in to the anthology, but most of the sting is gone. You just pack it up and send it elsewhere. It’s been a difficult lesson, to be sure, but one I’m rather proud to have made. After all, you can’t get published if you don’t send it out. And if you send things out, you’re going to get rejected. This just shows I’m doing it…I be a writer!