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October, one of my favorite months. Autumn, Halloween, purple skies, and magical moons. And this one is particularly nifty in that it marks the resumption of employer-sponsored group health insurance for fosteronfilm and me. Whew.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my shout out about Apex Digest's financial crisis and subscribed and/or entered the raffle. Due to the huge outpouring of support, Apex LIVES! Y'all are great.


Writing Stuff

New Words:
- 800 on the Japanese fantasy. And a bit of editing to tighten up the beginning. I was worried that I was losing control of it and it was spiralling out of my target word count, but I managed to accomplish a lot more in the scene I just wrote than I thought I would. I'm thinking maybe two more scenes total--climax and denouement--and I'm done. Rah.

Still no title, though . . .
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,856 / 6,000

- 143-day personal no from Shawna McCarthy (RoF) with nice things to say and helpful comments.
- 1-day "isn't quite what I'm looking for" with invite to submit again from the new 'zine, Spacesuits and Sixguns.
- 21-day "enjoyed this . . . very well written . . . loved the characterization, but . . ." from Firefox News.
- 1-day "the writing is well done but . . ." from Trabuco Road.

I haven't had a sale in over a month now. I'm beginning to jones. Wah!

I'm feeling:
relieved relieved
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On October 2nd, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! As it turns out, less than an hour after I'd made this post I made a sale, and a second followed shortly thereafter. I don't know about me being exempt from excessive dry spells, but boy am I glad this one ended!
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On October 2nd, 2006 03:34 am (UTC), cyber_pagan commented:
I find it amazing how many rejections you get from people who apparently love your work, but not enough to publish it(!?) I always thought that once you were established sales wise, publications sought YOU out, and selling a story was not a problem. I guess the market today isn't what it was in years gone by. Hang in there :)
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On October 2nd, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
"I always thought that once you were established sales wise, publications sought YOU out, and selling a story was not a problem."

Wow, I wish! Alas, while I do get invited to submit stuff now, I still have a healthy rejection to sales ratio. These last couple sales mark my 94th and 95th, respectively. As fosteronfilm said yesterday, "You'd think after 95 sales you'd be able to make a living doing this." And we both had a rueful chuckle.

There's a lot of good writers out there, and competition is fierce. Unless you're Robert Silverberg, I'm afraid rejection's always going to be part of this writing gig. Sigh.
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On October 2nd, 2006 04:17 am (UTC), cloudscudding commented:
Thanks for listing the markets you submit to...I've found a number of new ones through you. I'm curious about where you find all your markets, though!
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On October 2nd, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
My primary resource is Ralan.com, but I also check Duotrope fairly regularly, especially when I have a particular story that I'm looking for a market for. And I keep an eye on Speculations.

There's a list of online markets and links at my website.
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On October 2nd, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC), cloudscudding replied:
Ah, thanks. I use Ralan, too--and Duotrope a little bit--but Speculations is new to me.
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