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Stats! Goals!

First of all: Yay! I remembered how to construct a rudimentary html table. Some things we never forget: how to ride a bike, how to make a table on the Internet… YEAR Submitted Accepted Personal Rejections Form Rejections 2013 9 1 0 2 2014 19 1 5 13 2015 41 4 10 25 It’s nice to see evidence of the… Read more →

Grey Area: 13 Ghost Stories

What is it about ghost stories? They have been around forever and are popular all over the world. My indie publishing house, Third Person Press, decided to put together a ghost story anthology because we get more ghost story submissions than any other kind, too many for our other anthologies where we like to have a nice mix of genre… Read more →

Day 6 – 30 Nano Post-Mortem

The thing I’m most proud of after successfully finishing NaNoWriMo is that I made no foolish pledge to blog everyday during the month. The first five days I wanted to. It was a good feeling to complete my main course and then finish off with a little blogging dessert. But after day five, the novel filled me up. I got… Read more →

Hemingwaying and Hawing

Forty-seven endings. That’s the number published in this new edition of A Farewell to Arms (Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 2012) [I’d put a link to it, but there isn’t anything about this on their website. Really. Instead we have a book about sister wives and a Mick Jagger bio]. According to news stories, Hemingway said he re-wrote the ending of this… Read more →

Power to the People

Have you heard the one about the publishing industry? A writer, an editor and a reader walk into an Establishment Pub[lishing] House. The affronted publisher asks, “What’s the story here?” The writer: “I’d like people to read what I’ve written.” The editor: “I’d like to edit fresh, original stories by real people rather than celebrities.” The reader: “I’d like to… Read more →