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Swing over to sniplits.com this week and pick up “One Night at Ollie’s Stump”, free of charge.
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December 11, 2008 in General Topics
Fantasy and I don’t get along well. I’ve had some success with science fiction, particularly the dark stuff, to the point that you could almost say I’m two-timing behind science fiction’s back with horror. Horror’s been good to me, too.
But Fantasy, she’s used that “I have to wash my hair” excuse more times than I can count.
What I refer to is the uphill struggle to garner any of my fantasy pieces a place in a like-minded publication. Sure, the feedback in those rejections is sometimes great — I’ve got one tale in particular that has been given pretty solid feedback just about everywhere it’s gone — but it always seems like my fantasy pieces are just shy of making it into some genre mag’s pages. I swear I’ve heard just about everything imaginable to explain why a fantasy piece of mine an editor otherwise apparently loved (based on what they’re telling me) didn’t make the cut. I’ve even one in the trunk right now that was shortlisted before being turned down.
In all these years being a serious genre fiction writer, I’ve exactly one fantasy work published, “One Night at Ollie’s Stump”, still waiting for you to listen over at Sniplits.com.
Well, the drought is over. I have planted seed in the bitter soil of the fantasy magazine markets and I’ll be damned if I’m not looking at a green sprout coming up. I can’t tell you yet what’s coming — it’s a surprise — but I’ll give you a hint: never in a billion years would you have guessed the combination of characters you’ll see in this piece.
April 24, 2008 in General Topics
This post will be a double announcement, since I lost some material in a site crash/restore I went through yesterday. I apologize to any of you that came here and found a dead site over the last day or two — I was none the wiser until I logged in last night (ironically to make this same announcement).
So, I emerge from the dead with some good news. Sniplits.com, a start-up a la carte audio publication, has published “One Night at Ollie’s Stump”, a fantasy humor piece. This particular morsel, exclusive only to Sniplits.com, takes place almost entirely within a pub in the middle of a sleepy little town. Well, until a wizard screws things up. How’s that for a 180 to what I normally do? I humbly encourage those of you who have found my modest fiction enjoyable over the past year to consider purchasing this bang-up tale weighing at 28 minutes, 52 seconds for the bargain-basement price of $.88. Please note, you can listen to a sample of the piece. It’s professionally produced and narrated.
Anne Stussey, editor of Sniplits.com, has as a novel approach to audio fiction, offering stories of a few up to over forty-five minutes in length, neatly laid-out, and organized in an easy-to-use, pseudo-iTunes interface. I’m digging it. I’m also digging the fact that I’ll nail some royalty money if enough people buy my work, and will continue receiving said royalties over time as this and other work goes live. If you enjoy my fiction and want to bite off a tasty chunk, consider tossing some change my way. I think you’ll be pleased with your purchase, and I would deeply appreciate it, both in terms of helping me out and helping a new market get off the ground.
That’s not to say you can look forward to a drought of freebies any time soon. Since the crash killed it, let me re-post my announcement that “Tex’s Last Run” went live on Variant Frequencies earlier this month. I’ve received some really great feedback from this, and as always Rick Stringer did an excellent job producing and narrating it.Couple that with some excellent readings by fellow writers Anne Stringer and P.G. Holyfield, and I think you’ll enjoy it, if you haven’t already. As always, drop me feedback either way, or–even better–let Rick know what you think by leaving some comments on the story over on the VF site itself. It is dully appreciated.
Once again, let me thank all of you out there that have taken the time over this past year to give my fiction a chance. Whether you enjoyed it or not, it has been my sincere pleasure to bring it to you, and make so many good friends in the community.
January 15, 2008 in General Topics
So there’s my first sale of the year. Sniplits, an upcoming audio e-magazine, has contracted “One Night at Ollie’s Stump” for publication once their site goes live. As I understand it, production is slated to hammer out the work in audio format in the next week or two. I’ve also earned more off this tale than I have any other thus far — good pay for a small-press site, in case you’re wondering.
I’m excited about Sniplits. I’ve read-up on the concept and I think the market will take it. Anne Stussey, editor-extraordinare, really is a pleasure to work with, being all those things you want editors to be: approachable, friendly, and excellent at communicating. I’m sure this venture of hers is going to take off.
The story itself is a comedy piece. That’s right, a comedy. It’s all about a backwater town in a fantasy kingdom. It’s all about notoriety suddenly visiting a place known only for its single bar, “Ollie’s Stump”. It’s all about a group of misfits, the tough woman working the counter who’d likely knock your head off if you called her a maiden, and a local mage with all the ambition and half the preparation that makes for an accident waiting to happen.
I’m not one of these writers you’ll really be able to nail down as falling into one genre or another. I think limited range can be a trap, can doom a writer to one kind of reader. I put on whatever hat feels right when I sit down behind the keyboard. For this tale, the jester’s cap fit perfectly.
I’ll let you know when it’s live. Stay tuned.