Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Another Update On My Submissions

This is just another brief update on my writing, as much for me as anyone. I'll update my on-line spreadsheets when I get the time.

Image "Feathered Quill And Ink Pot" courtesy of Simon Howden at www.freedigitalphotos.net

The Fisherman and His Wife: (Short story - humor/fairy tale) Still supposed to be out some time later this year in Grimm & Grimmer IV. I'm waiting for something back from Fringeworks about a more concrete schedule.

Skarett's Treasure: (Short story - humor/horror/pirates) I got an e-mail from the new editor (Mellissa Black) a few days ago:
Good Morning!

I would like to offer your short story Skarrett's Treasure a spot in the Dead Men's Tales anthology. If your story is still available and you would like it included, please let me know immediately.

My first thought for a response was:
Yes, it is still available. Although thousands of requests from major publishing houses have poured in for the tale offering huge wads of cash (as humorous pirate stories are all the rage right now), I wanted you to have it.
Then, I thought, no, that sounds slightly embellished.

So anyway... after noting the nanosecond hand on the clock had nearly reached the next mark, I did reply that the story was, indeed, still available (who the heck else would want it?) and I'd be happy (somewhat of an understatement there) to have it included. This is to be through Knightwatch Press, an imprint taken over by Fringeworks. Hope to hear from you soon, Ms. Black!

Neersville: (Short story - horror/ghost) As reported previously, this was rejected. I may try to do some rewriting of this in the future, partly to eliminate some of the awkward areas required to get it within the size limit requested (it was way over before I cut it back). After that, I'll see if I can find a suitable market for it.

The Ballad of Drunken Jack: (Poetry - horror) This was accepted for inclusion in Gothic Blue Book III, and I am now waiting for additional instructions.

Miscellaneous items: The flash fiction steampunk/dieselpunk story, Tinker's Damn, was submitted to The Weretraveler's The Little Magazine of Magnificent Monsters issue. I'm waiting for a reply. I ran out of time for finishing the submission to James Ward Kirk Fiction for their anthology, The Cellar Door and for the short story, Final Judgment for the Horrified Press anthology, Tales of the Undead – Suffer Eternal Volume III. I'll finish them eventually and submit them where appropriate.

Now, after all of this, I must say that having my stories accepted is great, but I'd really like to see some of them in print, either paper or electronic. It seems that every step in getting something published takes a long time, or there is some delay. At this rate, most of my stories will be published posthumously (or else I'm going to have to live for a very long time...).

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