Because I’m a newbie original fiction writer (been in fanfic for 5 years), I didn’t realize by publishing my short stories on the internet it’s much more difficult to get it published in a literary magazine. I spent the past two days combing the internet for literary magazines that would accept blog-published stories. I thought it would be easiest if I separate these journals by categories. Also, since I primarily made this list for myself, it focuses on literary fiction but I included some sci-fi/fantasy which I will denote with ^^^. Some of these also accept poetry, non-fiction, essays, genre fiction, etc. Some accept anything. Other want you to write stories with a specified theme. You just have to read the guidelines carefully.
I think I’ll be reblogging a few posts that provide advice and tips today. Here’s the second. This time, some tips from author Nick Stephenson on David Gaughran’s blog for building a great email list. This can be a great way to inform fans and readers of your updates and new books directly. I think I should start doing this, too.
The cool thing about his approach is that it’s something anyone can do. And, as you will see, it really, really works. Here’s Nick with more:
Building a Killer Email List
As an author, I try to read as much as possible. I tend to get excited over 8 or 9 different authors across a few different genres, and I always buy their new releases as soon as I hear about them. Whenever I find out there’s a new book on the shelves, I go…
This is a very thorough look at how Kindle Unlimited could help book sales, or even hurt them. Check out this post by Chris McMullen. I think it’s very useful and makes you think if you’re an indie author.
For $9.99 per month, customers can check out up to 10 Kindle e-books from an extensive library of 600,000 titles at Amazon. All books enrolled in KDP Select are participating (plus 100,000 others from mostly small presses). Authors will receive royalties in the form of KDP Select borrows. The July, 2014 KDP Global Fund has been increased to $2,000,000. You can read more about Kindle Unlimited by clicking here.
Authors need to decide whether to opt in or opt out of KDP Select. The big question to ask is whether or not participation in Kindle Unlimited will improve the book’s sales.
Obviously, some books will thrive in this program, others will not. The difficult question is predicting how your book will do. I will discuss the pros and cons of Kindle Unlimited by focusing on how it could improve sales, and then I will discuss the…
I had plans tonight to do some serious work on blogging and editing a video for my vlog. Well, it didn’t happen. But you know what? I’m fine with that. There’s a very good reason. Let me tell you a little story.
It was about 11:30 pm, and I was playing Papa Pear Saga on Facebook at the insistence of my daughter. She loves to watch me play the game. She thinks the buckets at the bottom of the screen are “kawaii.” That’s Japanese for “cute.” As I was playing, she became a bit distracted. She didn’t want to watch anymore. Instead, she started playing with me, being her cute self.
Things turned for the worse. She bit my hand, and I told her to apologise. She was defiant, and said, “No!” I told her again to apologise. Again, she said, “No! Yada!” Well, it was time for a time-out. I put her in her time-out area, where she started crying and called for me. I took her out of the time-out area and she said, “Sorry.”
We went back to the living room, and I sat down on the floor. I asked her for a hug, and she came over and gave me a really big hug. She then got up, and took my hand in hers and tried to pull me back to the sofa. The game was still open on my computer, and she wanted to watch again. So, I started playing once more.
However, she quickly tired of it and turned around and looked at me. Then she said, “Dakko.” That means “hug” or “hold me” in Japanese. So, I picked her up, and she gave me the biggest hug. She rested her chin on my shoulder and didn’t let go. We sat there for a minute like that, and then she lifted her head. She looked at me in the eyes and asked, “Mama?” I told her that she was sleeping.
She put her head back down on my shoulder and continued to hug me. After another minute, she lifted her head again and smiled at me. Then she kissed me on my nose. She smiled again. I said, “Love you.”
She put her head on my shoulder and said, “Uv you.”
After a couple minutes, she was still and breathing slowly and steadily. She’d fallen asleep. I carried her to her bed and laid her down.
I love moments like that. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t get anything done. Time with my daughter like that is well worth it.
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