More good news!

I got another acceptance. Seriously, I’ve been hoping for so long that this story would be published it was making me sick. I wasn’t ready to give up, and I’m glad I didn’t.

Again, it was sent with a minimum of information in the cover letter. I keep wondering, did that have anything to do with it? Or was it simply that the editor liked it enough to publish?

I really shouldn’t split hairs, and I shouldn’t worry about such things. Another story has been accepted for publication! Myke Edwards is a happy man, and the world gets to read another great piece of fiction.

Sorry for the self-aggrandizing, but how can I not be excited right now? Things are looking up for me, and my hard work is paying off. Sometimes it’s good to vent about frustration, and sometimes it’s good to vent excitement.

Naturally, I’ll let everyone know the instant the story is available. There’s several others I’m waiting on, and they’ll be mentioned as well, of course.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, I’m not naming the name of the story or publication just yet due to clerical reasons. Once everything is finalized, I’ll be sure to let you all know what and where, not to mention when.

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Good news, everyone!

March 1, 2016

Well, something went right.

The other day, I received an excellent email from Janet, the editor of Crimson Streets. CS is a new-ish publication that is dedicated to pulp-style fiction of the early 20th century. Everything I’ve read on their website I’ve loved, and it’s getting some positive feedback in the community.

The first story I sent, a sword & sorcery meets futuristic sci-fi piece, was rejected, and rightfully so. Janet was awesome with the rejection. She basically told me with fantasy, the main question they ask is, “Would Conan do this?” Without question, this was hands down the best insight into what they are looking for from authors, better than any other publication has ever managed.

Yeah, I went there.

Anyway, I sent another story, “Tyree’s Diadem.” This is a story I’ve been very happy with, and very proud of. Unfortunately, it’s been getting rejected left and right. It’s the first story to feature Clay and Styg (whom I’ve talked about plenty), and it’s a damn fun pirate/thief/adventure/heist story.

Naturally, I’m happy and excited to have someone pick it up. Best of all, the snarky/condescending comments from some certain people regarding this story were completely unfounded!

My recent blogs have been about the difficulties of not getting published. Well, I started doing things a little different. Did that make the difference? Or was it simply the merit and enjoyability of the story itself that worked for me.

I sent a story with no identifying info about myself, and it got accepted.

I can live with that.

So with that in mind, go check out Crimson Streets! It’s a great publication, and there’s a lot of wonderful stuff coming up with them. They might even do print anthologies of stories from their online pubs, so be sure to support them and make this come true!

As always, thanks to you all for believing in me. If I could tell you how many times I was thinking of quitting writing for good…

No need for that now. Thanks a lot, Crimson Streets.

Patience, Padawan…

January 25, 2016

Sometimes, you just gotta be patient.

One of the oldest ideas in the book, huh? Remember Obi-Wan telling Anakin, “Patience, Padawan?” Or how about Master Splinter in the old TMNT cartoon, “Patience is a virtue?”

As many of you know, I’m impatient and get really antsy when I have to wait long periods of time. It does pay off, however, as good things come to those who wait.

In December of 2014 (over a year ago!), a story of mine entitled “The Man Without a Planet” was accepted by Black Denim Lit for publication. It was originally supposed to be in the July 2015 issue. September came and went, and I sent an email asking about it. It was pushed back to October, and then pretty much until funding became available. I get that, but the communication was on the low end.

I understand. I’m not mad, nor was I ever. Just frustrated and antsy.

Well, they’re publishing it very soon! Of course you’ll know when they do, why wouldn’t I tell anyone? This is a great chance to spread the word about Myke Edwards. An entertaining science fiction piece in a great online (free!) publication? How could you not want to tell all of your friends?

Whenever good things like this happen, I get very introspective. I’ve been thankful for so much, and for so many, and I just know I couldn’t keep doing this without any of you.

See, I’ve been sending out queries for my novel lately. While I haven’t had much in the way of positive responses (come on, guys…really?), it’s getting out there. People are aware of it, and most importantly, I’m doing the legwork. This is the part that people really don’t like to do, and wonder why nothing’s happening. Sorry, Charlie, but you can’t published if you don’t get the work in the hands of the right people.

While I’m waiting for the right person to get it, I’m working on other stuff. But the point I’m making is, I wouldn’t be doing it if not for anyone else. I love writing and everything that comes with it, and I’ll never quit doing it. I know, however, with so many people in my corner, that this isn’t a futile fight. That never-ending quest to get published, to be noticed, is so much more worthwhile with friends to back me up.

Hey, I’ve got two stories (at the least! Hopefully many more…) getting published this year. I hope I get the chance to tell you about more stories, and a book, and everything else I can imagine. If not, I know you’ll be happy to hear about it when it finally does come true, because a big part of it belongs to you.

Accepted!/Unacceptable

December 13, 2015

First, the good news.

I’m getting a story published! Yay!

This is good, because things were not looking up for me. A story I’d been sending out for quite some time is finally getting published next July. Bards & Sages Quarterly will be doing the honors, so send your accolades/undying love to them. They are smart enough to see the light of day!

There are a lot of other publications I haven’t heard back from, though. The silence has a habit of killing me from time to time. I can’t expect to hear back right away, but obviously, you ask a question, you want an answer, right?

Sometimes, I’m grateful for the silence. On the one hand, not hearing from a publication/editor means that they might very well be giving my story some serious deliberations. On the other hand, it might mean they are way too busy/overloaded/disinterested to get back with me. When the estimated time for them to get back with me comes up, I have to wonder what’s up.

So last week, I had this new blog all ready to go. It was a very angry, namedropping rant that called out one publication in particular. I won’t say the name, but it’s uncanny how irritating this situation was.

I waited forever, gave them an extra week, and still hadn’t heard back. I wrote an email, very polite, and questioned them. The next day, I received this response:

Dear Michael,

Thank you for submitting “Valley of Iricia” to [Title redacted]: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy for consideration. Unfortunately, it does not meet our needs at this time.

Sincerely,
[Name redacted]
Submissions Editor, [Title redacted]: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy

So…you made me wait all that time for this? No apology? No, please pardon our long wait, we appreciate your understanding in this matter?

Sheesh.

Still, they win. They’re the ones giving out the money, and one voice (mine, unheeded apparently) isn’t going to do anything. I mean, there’s the slim glimmer of hope that somehow this gets back to them (and many, many other publications), which will in turn let them realize that maybe they need to be a little more compassionate. After all, us writers jump through so many hoops, make sure that not only is our story perfectly presented, but our cover email, the subject line, our name address and phone number and astrological sign are included, all that good stuff.

And then they send a “fuck you, jokes on you for wasting your time” email.

Hrmmmm…

I know I’m overreacting to this. It’s just irritating, and I shouldn’t ever expect anything. There’s that small part of you that just thinks it would be nice.

Hopefully, the future holds some better outcomes. Stay positive, and be happy for what there is.

Happiness…

August 2, 2015

…is getting an acceptance email. Thank you, Beyond Science Fiction, my new favorite publication!

My story “Escape” will appear in their upcoming September issue. How’s that for good things finally happening?

It’s an interesting story behind the story, actually.

I wrote it back in early 2010, for a contest. I put a lot of effort into it, had a lot of people look it over, and still got it rejected. That didn’t stop me, though. I worked harder, fixed it up even more, and sent it off to a few more places. A few months later, in May or June of 2010, it was accepted!

But the publication went belly up literally that week. They never even sent me an email!

After six months of waiting to hear back, I put 2 & 2 together and realized, I’d never hear from them again. Damn!

A few years passed, I started submitting again, and kept getting rejected. Guess how many publications I sent it to before it finally got accepted. Give up?

70.

Yep, seventy. I figured it was fine, just not what they were looking for.

Recently, I thought about rewriting the story…maybe I could fix it up. But nope, Beyond Science Fiction is awesome and saw it for its merits and loves it and wants to publish it.

Folks, sometimes you just need to have a little bit of patience. I’m glad I did.

Double header?

December 7, 2013

I hate to be cryptic.

I really when people say something like “I have great news!  But I’m not allowed to talk about it!”  So I won’t do that.  Instead, I’ll just tell you what’s up.

Earlier today, I got an email from a publisher.  My story is now on the short list.  That’s good!  They liked it enough to scrutinize over it for a while, supposedly 2-3 weeks.  If they still like it, it goes into round 3.  Then I have to wait 2-3 MONTHS for it.

But no big deal.  It’s a possibility of $30, and really good exposure.  Plus, it looks great on my list of publishing credits!  It just sucks waiting, but hey, that’s the name of the game.

A few hours later (just a little bit ago), I got another email.  Short and to the point, it said that another story would be accepted.

Well, that’s just great.  Sure, it’s only $10, but who cares?  Again, I’m not in this short story game for the money (that’s what novels are for!), and it’s more exposure.

So happy!

More info as it comes in, but for now, why should I be upset?  Things are looking good.