Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Considering e-publishing...

I've got about three short stories I'm going through, trying to decide which I'm going to submit to an online subsidiary of a print publisher that we like. This is going to kind of be a "do it and forget about it for a while" thing--they take six or more months to wade through the submissions they get.

I'm also considering offering the short story anthology I have finished through Amazon's Kindle publishing. The stories in that one are non-genre, and mostly about abuse situations, and the survivors of such (wrote most of these when I was dealing with the aftermath of what I went through). It'll probably be a while before that one is on offer, though--I'm working on a different anthology of admittedly genre work (the ancient Greek gods retired, and are living in the USA, instead of disappearing--and they're not the only ones), and I want to finish the stories I have in my head for that one before I do any editing/additions to the survivors anthology.

(Unless I hear back from you guys that you want to read the anthology I already have mostly finished, that is...)

Other ideas I have in the works are:

  • a novel about a young woman that's been through hell in the child welfare system and gets plunged sideways into a different type of hell (this one is modern fantasy--the character is half elf, and the elves aren't the Disney kind)
  • a speculative novel set in modern times but rooted in the Camelot era (King Arthur, not JFK--also modern fantasy, considering that one of the main characters is a shape-shifting dragon and another character is Merlin), and
  • a third, kind of experimental novel about a different kind of CPA. The link goes to the first post in the character's blog (haven't done any work on that one in a while. The world is more complicated than I first suspected).

So, yeah--I've got a few years' worth of work lined up, considering that I have a full-time, unpaid job as a mom, a part-time paid job as a composition teacher, and a part-time, paid job as a teacher's assistant.

Let me know if any of it sounds interesting to you guys.

Update: first story flung into the aether. Wish me luck. I should hear back from the publisher in six or eight months.

5 comments:

  1. Publish it all. Heck, I'll read them.

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  2. I'm gonna try...thanks for the encouragement.

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  3. Have you checked out self publishing?

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  4. Rob, you're talking about "VANITY PRESS".....my sister published her first book of poetry, and paid all of the costs.

    Once upon a time I came very close to Alfred Hitchcock buying a shorty story of mine.

    I made a few changes per their suggestions and re sent it, they returned it again with more changes---I gave up!

    "a novel about a young woman that's been through hell in the child welfare system" --sounds good!

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  5. Rob: thought about it...then rejected the idea out of hand--vanity publishing almost never does the writer any good. However, the Amazon self-publishing does Kindle and Print-on-demand--which is what I was planning to do.

    OCM: I've just sent my first story off to an online sci-fi magazine. I should hear back in about 6-8 months. I don't plan to give up.

    I've written a version of that novel before, but a long time ago, and I couldn't write as well then as I do now. So, I'm rewriting it. It really shouldn't take very long.

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