Monthly check-ins are easy to do, but year-end wrap-ups are hard. I write and publish a lot in various markets, so it's not as though I don't have links to share. It's just that when I look back over my year, the amount of stories I've sold and how much I've published is only a small part of my writing career. More happens behind the scenes than I think I will ever fully share.
Curious about where you can find my writing and editing work from October 2022? Check the links below for my work from Fantasy Magazine, Strange Horizons, and more.
The path I took to become a full-time writer, I don't think, is all that unique. But one of the biggest things that helped me was reading posts like this from authors who were where I wanted to be. I've mentioned it before in tons of my craft articles, but I used other authors' careers as a guide map.
Stories, stories, stories, and bread! But mostly story news about my novella, novelette, and short stories.
I write and edit ... a lot. It's my all-time everyday oxygen-blood. It is what fuels me. Yes, it's also my work, but writing is the thing I would do even if my career was in some other industry. Creating stories and thinking about them ARE the things I do instead of most other things. But it's also something that doesn't just happen.
So, I thought I ended July with a bang, but August ended up being my best month for short story sales in 2022 so far. In total, I made 3 story sales to top magazines and anthologies in the month. I'm more daring and wild in these newer stories. And I love it.
Ending July with a bang and kicking off August with two more short story sales, novel query and submission news, and starting my August short story challenge.
I feel like I've been heavy in this cavern of learning and consuming over the past month. I don't think I've made any big sales, though I did hear back about a story being held for further review. Bittersweet news. I hope the story gets accepted, but if it doesn't, it getting held means the story is doing something right.
Help me pick a new blog post topic! With my workload and interest, I feel like the whole 'What I'm Consuming' blog post doesn't really align with the work I want to spend my time on. I've been kicking around the idea of what to use this week for and have come up with nothing.
All about what I've been working on over the past month, including my recent sales to the Washington Post, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and so much more.