Making Money Mondays – Short Fiction & A Cover Reveal

“There’s no money in short stories.”

“Nobody buys novellas.”

“All the short story markets are dead or dying.”

I hear these things a lot. And if you built a career in the 70s and 80s selling stories to major magazines for $.05/word, and could count on selling 2-3 stories a month, then selling stories to anthologies that again paid $.04-.06/word, and sold one of those each month, then yeah, that business model is dead. There a far fewer print magazines today than there were even ten years ago, and the ones out there there that still pay real money are harder to find than a place to pee in North Carolina. I promise, that will be my only reference to bathroom legislation in this post and I will keep this space apolitical after that.

But if you’ve been paying attention to trends, and watching some of the things that people […]

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Then and Now — Breaking In

Okay, I have an idea. I’m going to write a series of posts here, focusing on “then and now” — how things were done *then*, back in 1998 when I sold my first novel and *now*, fifteen years later and seventeen-or-twenty-depending-on-how-you-count books later.

And the first topic I’m going to discuss is breaking in — launching a career in speculative fiction.

THEN: Conventional wisdom was in the process of changing, but the most common “how to get published” advice I received was: Write Short Fiction. “Professional” short fiction markets paid three to five cents a word (as they had since around 1950), and they published in print (as, ahem, they had since around 1950) in digest format (small “paperback book” type publications, with the footprint of Reader’s Digest) or in a traditional magazine format (larger publications, sometimes glossy, like Time or Newsweek.) Magazines were sent to subscribers, and they […]

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