Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Some kind of record

Since I've spent the first four months of the year writing my novel, I thought it was about time to get back to writing short fiction. I banged out my first new story of 2015 yesterday.

And I've already sold it - 1,800 words to a respectable semi-pro magazine that pays five cents a word.
The most amazing part is the elapsed time from when I started writing to acceptance:

Four hours.

Now a few points:

1. I do write fast. That's a virtue I acquired from being a journalist. The actual writing took an hour and a half.

2. I am a pantser, and I tend to write in bursts of inspiration.

3. 1,800 words is not very long, and easy enough to proof and check quickly.

4. I had a particular market in mind as soon as I sat down to write.

5. Electronic submissions DO speed up the process.

Still, I even impressed myself.


The subscription saga continues

The new printer was delivered to the Clarksville Times office today, and we got it up and running. We were able to print mailing labels - th...