Tuesday, 8 June 2010

First Sale!

A hectic weekend and my son's 15th birthday has meant that I'm already behind on the 30 pieces in 30 days target, but have a couple almost ready to go.

The good news today though is that I've had my first sale for this project. My piece 'The Unicorn' has been accepted to appear at Short-Story.me with a payment of $10 on publication. I'll post the link here as soon as it goes live. The fear had always been that I could write 30 pieces only to find that none of them sold, but this has given me a little more confidence in the idea.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

And on the Third Day

Today's piece of fiction is called 'The Empty palace' anothr piece setting in the slowly evolving city of Hranda. This story has gone off to Golden Visions Magazine www.goldenvisionsmagazine.biz

Between the stories I'm doing on this project and some other stuff on the go I'm now almost at the point where I have more work under consideration than I have in 25 years. Of course back then we had no email and so everything took forever

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Day Two

Here we are on day two and the second piece of fiction has been written and sent to Short Story Me - their website address is www.short-story.me

I've had a very prompt acknowledgement for yesterday's submission along with confirmation that it will not be read until next month. It's that kind of information that helps to manage an authors expectations.

I've got a couple of ideas for the next two stories and am starting to learn more about the world I'm creating.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

And so it begins

Today is the first day of the project and I have written the first piece - Crimson Glass - and submitted it to Silver Blade. I hope that if anyone does follow this blog they will check out the 'zines I submit to. Their website can be found at http://silverblade.net

I've already got my idea for tomorrow's tale but have not looked into where to send it yet. More tomorrow

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Starting soon

This is an experiment. It might work, it might not, but I'm going to give it a bash. For the month of June I intend to write and submit a short short story every single day, hence 30 in 30 days. There are a number of reasons for trying this, the first being to prove that I can - I now earn a part of my living form writing and want to know if it possible to create a small income stream from this in addition to the longer work I have on the go. I also realise that after years of writing almost exclusively with Paul Lewis, I need to get my name out there a little more. For a long time I have also wanted to write a sequence of short stories/vignettes in the style of Lord Dunsany which would provide entertainments in their own right, but together will hopefully create a world which would interest a small publisher sufficiently to want to publish them together.

I'll be using this blog to keep a record of my progress on the writing front along with acceptances rejections and a running total of what I earn from the stories, though I have no intention of posting the fiction here. I have no intention of going out in search of readers for this blog, but if anyone calls by then welcome.

I'm not setting my sights very high for this as far as earnings are concerned, but am looking to earn at last $300 in total and will only submit to paying markets. The blog will continue until the end of July purely to track the pregress of the stories but will not cover any fiction written after the 30 days are up.