Haven’t written one of these in a while. It makes sense to only talk about the author work when I have something interesting to share; who wants to hear ‘cranking on this’ or ‘tweeting about that’ every single week? Here’s what’s happening right now:
Getting some semi-positive responses on my query letters for Mesh. One email read ‘really liked your pacing and tension in this opening scene as well as the world you are hinting at and I wouldn’t mind reading a bit more to see if it holds up. Would you mind sending me a complete 1-2 page synopsis and the first 50 pages when you have a chance?’
For an unknown author, messages like this are manna from heaven. I sent off my synopsis and the first fifty pages – can’t wait to see what happens next.
Analong passed on The Battle of Victoria Crater and I just submitted it to Clarkesworld. One thing I like about Clarkesworld is that, even though they haven’t purchased anything I’ve submitted, I can expect a response in days, instead of weeks or months like other magazines. Plus, if you get rejected, your note comes in an email from Neil Clarke himself. Can’t help but respect their professionalism and respect for unknowns like me.
Part of the job is about building my audience. As I’ve said before, it’s a process that takes time and care. So with that in mind, here’s what has been going on for me:
- I posted stuff to Instagram
- I talked to people on Twitter
- I talked to people on Reddit
- I said a bunch of stuff people liked on Imgur
That’s it for right now. I’m still grinding away at my dream. Tell me about yours! 🙂