Not always ready for primetime (writing update)

Got my edits back and I could publish as-is, but it would be best long-term to go ahead and do rewrites.  What I wanted to publish suffered from staring at it too long myself and starting to not-see basic continuity issues.  There is a slice of life short story I will send out to magazines in the New Year, but I also have a lot more work to do to set up the pen name so it’s easy to use.  This is why self-editing is not the best approach for the vast majority of writers.  You can figure out basic spelling errors yourself, but since it’s your story, sometimes you just stop being able to step outside of it and approach the plot, form, structure and characters cold-eyed.  Pro edits aren’t expensive, even for novel-length and they’re worth it regardless of whether you pull it back or push it out.  Many self-published writers I personally buy the books of do 2 or even 3 editing passes before publishing.

Honestly, if it was a novel-length manuscript, I’d perhaps take my chances in the marketplace, because people are more forgiving with novel-length work being corrected here and there on the fly, but it was a novella and those are higher-risk and low-medium reward.

Working on arranging our household so we can all do more physical activity is going to be the main project this year.  Sounds unrelated, but having more energy and muscle mass helps with cognitively demanding tasks like writing and with the organizational aspects of finding the time in a household where a bunch of other cognitively demanding things are going on.

So the revised plan is to find time for rewrites and some other work and to submit the other story to Asimov’s (might as well start at the top!) January or Feb, unless they don’t have open submissions then in which case I’ll submit to some other “top” market with open submissions.

So I think updating every couple months is probably the best way to keep me on track.  So another update in February!



Goal setting, publishing edition

Life is full of moving parts these days and little/no opportunities to write much fiction or get it publish-ready,  but this is being posted to set expectations for the year after this calendar one ends.

The plan for what’s left of the year is to submit one short story to conventional magazines, publish a novelette (40-60 pages) by December and the “reach goal” is to also publish a short story collection of 3 or 4 stories in their own shared world by December.  I have received good contact information for cover artists, proofreading/editing and formatting for ebook and print.

Contingent on getting scheduled, the publishing has a good chance of happening by December.

I’ll post further progress in October, unless I get the joy of being able to update sooner.