My Mailing List

I’ve got around to making a mailing list, which can be found on the right sidebar of this site (click the big blue envelope). If you would like to follow along with my publications I will be using this list to send out emails on the publication days of my new works only. I don’t like spam and I’m sure you don’t either so I promise to use this list only for the announcement of publications on publication day and that’s it. With my current rate of getting into magazines and indie pubbing short stories, I expect there to be only one email or less per month. A typical email would be “Hey, this is in this magazine today if you’d like to give it a read” or some such thing. Feel free to join up and thank you for your support.

-ESF

Valuable Tool for Selling Professional Short Fiction

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I picked up Playing the Short Game by Douglas Smith and I’ve already read it twice. Despite the fact that there’s a vast number of books on writing, I’ve not really found many on selling short fiction in modern markets. What this book offers is a valuable resource on the methods of publishing short fiction at the professional level in modern markets as well as information on licensing and relicensing your works, cover letter creation, and how to leverage your short fiction career into a novel career. Douglas Smith has an encouraging and conversational tone that I enjoyed and as one of the more prolific modern short fiction authors out there, his experience is invaluable.

One of the most important things this book taught me was to not sell myself short. Many times I’ll polish up a short story and be rather proud of it and sell it to a semi-pro magazine. Now there’s nothing wrong with semi-pro magazines and I have sold things to these venues before, but I never really try to give the ‘big dogs’ of the industry a chance. I often feel like I shouldn’t even try because who gets into those magazines anyway, right? Well, this book really has shown me how writing short fiction in today’s world is a numbers game more than anything else, that is, writing quality stories and getting as many out in front of editors as possible. It sounds like obvious advice, yet I really hadn’t been following it too well. Often times I would send something out and wait for it instead of immediately beginning work on another piece. My mindset has shifted quite a bit and now I am aiming high from here on out. By the end of the year, I want to place a story in a professionally paying science fiction or fantasy magazine. It’s worth a shot.

Check out Douglas Smith’s Playing the Short Game if you have an interest in writing and selling short fiction at the professional level. This is a book that I’ll have close to my writing desk for a long time.

New Magazine Publication

I woke up this morning with a nice acceptance email from the people over at Empyreome Magazine. I’m excited to appear again in their Weekly Flash series sometime in mid-May. This is an exciting sale for me because this will be my first fantasy story I’ve placed in a magazine. It’s a pretty dark story called ‘Sins of the Blood’ that’s just over 1,000 words and I’m excited to share it with you when it is published. Thanks for following along!

Update – March 2017

Happy Monday,

I’ve just changed up the look of the site. I’m looking for a more simplistic and streamlined look with easy access to my titles on the ‘Home’ page. I hope you’ll give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

I just got an acceptance yesterday. My flash fiction story Breakfast Alone will be reprinted in a future Digital Fiction Pub Quickfic anthology. I’ve got another story, ‘Starlight’, set to appear in a future anthology with them as well and I’m excited to see all the flash fiction that is collected for these. I’ll keep you posted when they publish, presumably later this year.

You may or may not have heard, but Storm Witch, the second title in my short story series The Exiled Crown is now available. I hope you will consider checking it out.

So far this year I’ve written 7/20 of my short story goal. I’ve got 5 stories out to pro markets presently and I’m working on the 3rd story in The Exiled Crown as well as a themed short story collection of all new stories…details to come.

Thanks for following along,

-ESF

Storm Witch – Out Today

IIIf you’re looking for a short Grimdark read on your lunch break, commute to work, or even if the grim darkness helps you sleep at night, Storm Witch is out today. It’s the second tale in my ongoing series The Exiled Crown. It can be read independently from Forsaken, but some of the elements from the second story are present in that first tale. Storm Witch is about Ayla and her companion Brim taking a contract to kill a witch who has cursed a city with winter in the midst of summer and rescue a princess to get paid some much-needed gold. It’s double the length of Forsaken, around 4,000 words. I hope you’ll check it out and, as always, if you’d like a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review on Goodreads, feel free to contact me. Have a grim and dark day!

-ESF

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Storm Witch:

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Forsaken:

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