Category: Publication


“You can’t edit a blank page.”
Nora Roberts

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Well, it’s been a while since I’d gotten a short story acceptance letter in my e-mail (the last ones being when “For Zanna” and “Acts” were accepted into The Glass Parachute anthology, and that was early 2012) but I received one today! It was quite a surprise, because I’m expecting to receive e-mails from new freelance clients and I get an e-mail of a story acceptance instead… Works for me!

The market is Red Fez. It’s not a paying market, but it’s a publication and I’m stoked. The story that was accepted is “What Are Friends For,” which is a story I wrote a while ago (at least 2 years ago)… I reread it today and there are several things I would like to alter and/or add, lol, but I think it’s because I’ve grown since I wrote it (and last read it too, apparently, or else I would’ve changed some things 😛 ). But I don’t think any writer can write something, have time pass, and then see perfection in their previous work. At some point you have to stop editing anyway in order to get it out into the world.

But this story was a fun story, which is basically everything I say I don’t write, lol. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s fluff. There is no deep character development, no real point to the story. It really serves absolutely no purpose, but I drew from my life to write it, and it amused me. I had fun writing it. Even rereading it today I found myself still chuckling at the words on the page. And I don’t write humor, so hopefully I’m not the only one who’s chuckling… lol.

With that said, the story is already published online! It is Red Fez’s 56th issue. A direct link to the story is here.

And in The Glass Parachute news, Fanboy Comics has reviewed the anthology! It is The Glass Parachute‘s first review, so I know we are all excited about it! Even more excited that it is a good review! You can check out the review here. And if you’ve purchased the anthology, feel free to write your own review on Amazon.com.

“Writing a book is an adventure.”
-Winston Churchill

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday is…a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres. I am just one author in the midst of awesome authors. To read other snippets, or learn how to join us, visit scififansat.blogspot.com!

tgpThis Saturday starts a brand new string of snippets! I appreciate all of the comments on my previous snippets; you all know how to encourage a guy! For the next several weeks (up until April 13) I’ll be sharing a snippet from a different short story — Acts. It is actually published in Villipede Publications‘ sci-fi anthology, The Glass Parachute. This first snippet is how the story begins.

Tammi stood on the second floor of the ballroom and peered down at the sea of assorted colors before her. Per standard formal attire, the damsels at the meetings wore gowns that matched their natural-born hair color – some shade of violet, orange, or green. Formal attire for gentlemen who lived on Nobile never bred variety, because each one was required to wear a two-piece silver suit.

“This turnout is repulsive,” she whispered just loud enough for the communicator in her ear to transmit.

She looked to her right and saw two damsels in conversation. Tammi glanced at their forearms and saw that each of them had a red band embedded beneath their wrist.

“The new Nobility Act is more repulsive,” her consort, Westin, responded through the communicator. “Limiting the amount of times a year you can take a space tour of the neighboring planets?”

“I swear, if we don’t relocate soon….” Tammi let her statement trail off and she walked toward the stairs.

I hope you enjoyed this snippet! And be sure to check out other snippets by the other authors at scififansat.blogspot.com.

“When I’m writing, sometimes it gets to that place where I feel like the piece is writing itself and I’m trying not to get in the way.”
John Zorn

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moodyandsaundra4_6I am new to the whole “pricing” thing that self-publishers must do when publishing their own work. But when I originally published Moody & Saundra as a digital download, I figured $2.99 would be the highest I’d go. And I’d rather start off higher and have to lower it than starting out lower and raising it. ‘Cause I just didn’t think the latter was fair.

So, after it being on the market for almost two months, I decided to lower the price by a dollar. I feel good about it. And doing some searching around of other publications, $2.99 was rather pricy considering the length of this short story (meaning, it’s not a full-length book). I did receive a few sales, and I appreciate those. They got in on the ground floor! Now those who bought it in its first two months can say, “Remember when it was $2.99 and we bought it? Yeeeaaaaah.”

Ha! But, yes, I think lowering it to $1.99 is a good call, and I am actually considering publishing another short story of mine (about the same length of 8,000 words) also as a digital download. I’ve actually already picked out a potential stock photo to use as the cover. It doesn’t hold the original idea I had in mind (as I couldn’t find a photo that adequately portrayed what I was envisioning) but I think the photo describes the story in a weightier manner… which is good.

NOTE: The price has currently only been lowered on Amazon and Smashwords. It’ll take a little while for the cost to translate to the other retail markets.

DOUBLE NOTE: I’ve enrolled this ebook in Smashwords’ Read an Ebook Week promotion they have from March 3-9. So, if you want to get a copy of Moody & Saundra this week, grab it from Smashwords for FREE (make sure you enter the coupon code “RW100“)!!!

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
-Mark Twain

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As my previous post mentioned a new publication coming soon, this post announces that it is now available!!! It was actually available several days after I made that previous post in January. I’ve just been tending to things in life, such as moving into a new apartment. I’m settling in nicely; I was even given some things for the new apartment, including a dinette set, so it’s suuh-weet!

But not to digress. I’ll share the cover for the ebook again:

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It is currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, Sony, and Smashwords. A couple other places are due to receive it as well, but I think those are a pretty good start! Now I just need to start marketing and just getting my name out there. Make more of a presence in the literary world and get a bit of a following. Get known. I really should have been doing that all along, but I can’t cry over what I didn’t do. I’ll just move forward with wiser decisions from here on out.

Someone did review it on Amazon and gave it a 4 Star Review though! R.J. Murano wrote: “This short story by S.C.Wade is a well written character study of two young people at a crossroads in their relationship. I look forward with interest to see what’s next from this promising author.”

I hope you all purchase yourselves a copy in whatever format you prefer!