All-Purpose Writing Thread!


#1201

Everyone I know who has used split royalties payment model for a narrator has come to regret it. I think the conventional wisdom is to pony up and find someone at the start of their voice audio career.


#1202

Unless you are already an experienced podcaster or some kind of pro, doing your own recording of a novel is a recipe for horror. It’s bad enough trying to record a 1,000 word flash story without the right kind of experience.


#1203

Thanks guys! He has read the whole book aloud and recorded it, and I think he did well, but I wonder how a pro would do it. I’ll pass along your words.


#1204

Story published in Nature Magazine today! They gave me a bit of a teaser, too:

The published story:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07850-8

A blog entry about the story:

http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2019/01/02/the-story-behind-the-story-cold-memories


#1205

Dude, that’s impressive. Didn’t recall they even published fiction. One of the most prestigious scientific journals there is,


#1206

Thanks! The funny thing is it’s probably a hundred times easier to sell them a story than it is to publish a scholarly article with them. There are probably thousands of postdocs and associate professors who’d sell their souls for a Nature article publication, and yet their acceptance rate for fiction is a (relatively) gigantic 20%!


#1207

That’s a huge acceptance rate. Surprising for a publication of that substance. I used to submit poetry to litmags many moons ago and the acceptance rate was usually 1% or lower.


#1208

Yes. I’m surprised, too. Most pro-scale genre magazines accept less than 1% of submissions. But the rate reported by the Submission Grinder is indeed over 18% (now that I trouble to look it up). I’d expect the rate to be way lower because they pay something like $0.13-$0.15 a word (double what F&SF pays, for example) and because it’s a fun place to see your story published even if you aren’t a scientist. Possibly the strict wordcount limit (750-950 words) reduces volume, but even so I’d expect to see more submissions.


#1209

Hey, congrats on this publication and all the other ones over the last year or two. Not that I know much about it, but it seems like you are on the right track. You’re building up a publishing history for short pieces that is going to open bigger doors for you.


#1210

I sure hope so, thanks!


#1211

Really nicely done, @Miramon.
It takes real skill to condense such a sense of place and such emotion into so few words. I felt like I was right there.


#1212

Thanks – I appreciate the kind words!


#1213

Last week my SO found out that she is not going to be paid in February due to the government shut down. What does that translate to for me? I wrote most of this over the weekend, and my editor stayed up late finishing edits last night. It’s live now, and already #1 in political humor on Amazon, but I don’t expect that to last.

I love being an indie author. I can come up with a goofy idea like this, write 12K words in a few days, and have it on Amazon almost immediately.


#1214

Wow, congrats!


#1215

#1! Nice work, @Crusis!


#1216

I just sold an urban fantasy novella to a small press! I can’t give details publicly until the official announcement which will probably be in a few months. I’m very happy even though it will probably only sell a dozen copies because it will be my first me-only publication.


#1217

Thanks. I have 3 sequels to write and deliver in the next few months, so I needed something to sort of cleanse the palette. My political satire doesn’t sell on Amazon, but it does well at conventions.

Congrats on the sale! There is still a huge market for Urban Fantasy.


#1218

First novel accepted at a small press, a WWI-era aviation portal fantasy. This has been bouncing around for four years now and has a ludicrous number of query and direct submission rejections. More details after contract signing and official announcement. Oddly enough, it looks like it will come out before the novella I sold a couple of months ago.


#1219

Congrats!!


#1220

Thanks! And while I’m at it, flash story out today: https://zooscape-zine.com/new-hire-at-the-final-library/