All-Purpose Writing Thread!


Thanks! I wish it fully encapsulated the ridiculous plot.


First of all, congrats and good luck!

Second of all, when you bring copies to the con, how many is a good number? You don’t want to be caught short, but you don’t want to get stuck with boxes of copies. How many is right? 50?


That’s a good question because I regularly get the number of books wrong. I try to bring a dozen of my better sellers, then 5 to 8 of my other stuff just in case. If I have a new book in a series out, and I’m heading to somewhere like Dallas (where I seem to have a fan base. Weird) I know to bring about 20 copies of the latest.

I’ve done conventions where I sold out before the weekend was out. I’ve also done cons where I brought 75 books, and came home with 55 of those - yep, boxes of books! Plus the cost, ugh. I was a guest at a local comic con back in early November. I loaded up on my science fiction/superhero book and it sold really well. I wouldn’t bring that amount to a horror con.

This new convention I’m trying in a week, I have no idea what kind of traffic they get. But it’s a new con for me so I’m bringing about 100 books. Just never can tell.


Trump’s tiny hands - wonderful. Best of luck with it.

I’m catching up on this thread today - haven’t posted since middle of last year I think - and there’s a LOT of good news here.

As a relative stranger, will you suffer my adding to it briefly? This isn’t a bragging post so much as a description of the state of indie publishing in the UK (and beyond no doubt) and a call to keep going, and to keep going your way, to those who are lacking faith.

Any achievements I have scored are pretty tame in comparison to going full-time and making a career from your writing. I’m still a ways away from that.

However, it’s been a productive year for me, publications-wise. I’ve gone from practically zero credits to a scattering of pieces out there including a couple of paying gigs, hard copy journals and various online postings.

This is a result of:

  • Using social media to “find my tribe”. By this I mean, before I started using Twitter I thought there was no audience for my work at all, let alone any publishers who might take it on. Wrong - indie presses create an audience for you, an audience who are willing to accept more singular pieces from the presses who are small and agile enough to take more risks. The indie scene in the UK is pretty strong at the moment - it must only be stronger in the US. The internet makes this possible.

  • Not giving up on my style of writing, or tailoring my themes to a given market. I couldn’t write any other way, so why try?

  • Not giving up, full stop. The longer you go, the luckier you get.

End result: I’m now “out there”. People are reading my weird little pieces, and I’ve come out of 2016 with a nomination for the British Science Fiction Society Award (shorter work).

It’s complete surreal and I guess testament to the old phrase, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Peter Haynes


Oh and not forgetting @Crusis - congrats on the survival man! You’re not first person I’ve heard wrote a book while under the influence of medical opiates. You Are Writer!


That’s great. Congrats, Peter.

And @Crusis thanks for the guidance. Very helpful.


Grats on the achievements!


Over in ElGuapo/Guap’s “I’m Creating An Animation Studio” thread, his animation studio has evolved into a program that, he says, quickly generates animatics. He says he’s gotten it to the point that it can scrape and parse screenplay format, and was looking for sample work. I dusted off a screenplay for a short I wrote about ten years ago and posted it.

Back then, I was fascinated by those amateur lightsaber videos that made the internet a more interesting place. Most of them involved kids running around a forest near their housing development, and their stories went no deeper than “guy fights other guy”. I wanted to write something that would culminate in a lightsaber duel but provide an interesting context as to why guy A and guy B were fighting. I thought noir would be the perfect genre, with a flawed hero that isn’t as smart as he thinks he is, isn’t as suave as he thinks he is, and is acting in ways that will bring heaps of trouble on his head. While it wouldn’t explicitly be Star Wars fan fiction, and would try to avoid outright violations of intellectual property, there would be aliens and ray guns and laser swords and desperate people on the edges of civilized space.

I never got around to making it with my friends like we planned, and never finished writing a part two and three that would wind up bringing the protagonist’s story to feature length. But if you guys could take a look at The Two-Timer (it’s in Word) I’d really appreciate any feedback on plot structure, characterization…anything. I’ve been meaning to get back into writing screenplays.


Thanks! The great thing about threads like this, and connecting with writers on the internet in general, is not only I get to read a load of great new stories but I get to find out about new markets too.

I started using the Submission Grinder to find places, but the choice is almost too large (despite the advanced search) and when you’re not even sure yourself what “type” of thing you’re writing, it can be tough.


Very happy to announce another short story sale, my weird-west/vodoun fusion Thirteen Bullets, to Podcastle where it will be read professionally for podcast as well as published online. I’m especially pleased because I think this will let me upgrade my SFWA membership from associate to full.


Awesome, congrats!


Yes, congrats!


Excellent, Full Fellow.


I wrote a book in 15 days. 70K words. It’s on it’s second round of revisions before I ship it to my editor. Sometimes a story is so compelling, it’s all you want to work on. I spent upwards of 8 to 10 hours a day on this beast. Nanowrimo got nothing on me. ;)


Congratulations! I’ve had that happen with shorter work, like about 20k words. It’s a huge rush!

The book itself was actually pretty good, but then the guy who does my marketing (me, heheh) dropped the ball. It still sold fairly well despite that limitation. :)


Sure, blame it on the marketing guy.

@crusis that’s crazy…I can’t even fathom writing at that pace.


Yeah, excellent work, crusis!

My story Dragonfly Tea has been included in Event Horizon 2017, an anthology of short stories from Campbell-award-eligible authors. That isn’t a very significant thing, it just means first pro SF sale in 2015 or 2016. But it’s still kinda cool.

ETA: Yet another sale today, a MG fantasy story Shadow Stalker to British publisher Aquila Magazine for £90, which somehow feels very fancy due to the currency.


It is significant and more than kinda cool because it puts you into a very very small group of writers, and you deserve to be proud. Congrats.


Agreed. I know how hard being a writer is. Every achievement is worth celebrating, no matter how large or small.


Doing some freelance VO writing for ArcadeCloud, makers of goofy YouTube listicles. The first one I wrote went up recently.

Hey, it’s a gig!