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

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

You Are Not George RR Martin: how to get published in the grimdark era of fantasy

A pretty good overview of the work it takes to get published in today’s market.

Ed McDonald

Before last year, I used to want to hear what authors had to say about how they managed to get published, and when I attended events or asked them online, they generally didn’t have much to tell me. To some authors, it seems that getting a publishing deal almost happens by chance – or at least that’s what they’d like you to think. The truth is much different.

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The Best Spec-Fic Anthology/Collection Purchases I’ve Made this Year (2016)

With limited time on my hands, I’ve started to read a lot more short fiction anthologies. In the work week, it’s so much easier to squeeze in a short story or flash piece here or there and I’ve found a lot of really strong stories that have resonated deeply with me. Reading short fiction has become more than just ‘research’ for developing my own short fiction craft. I’ve actually really grown fond of the things. These are the best anthologies I’ve read this year and in turn, the ones I recommend you check out for yourselves.

6. Rogues Edited by George R.R. Martin

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There’s an amazing lineup of Fantasy authors here. The stories are a bit of a mixed bunch based on taste, but all of them are well written and polished and based around the same theme of Roguish characters. I have found quite a few favorites in this one. Plus, writing short Fantasy can be incredibly difficult so it was a lot of fun to read it done well.

5. Road Brothers by Mark Lawrence

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Mark Lawrence has been writing short stories for various characters which appear in his Broken Empire series for some time now. Some of them have made appearances elsewhere in other venues while others he has been hinting about for some time. Finally, he has collected them all in one place and if you’ve read the Broken Empire trilogy this is a nice one stop shop for getting a little extra depth on Prince Jorg’s band of brothers.

4. Blackguards Edited by J.M. Martin

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Similarly to Rogues, Blackguards boasts an amazing cast of fantasy authors all coming together on the theme of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues. I found a lot more stories here that I enjoyed than Rogues and each story was well polished in a wonderful collection of fantasy literature that I’m sure I will come back to again and again.

3. Way of the Dead Edited by Marc Gascoigne and Christian Dunn

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I’ve not really been a Warhammer fan in any respect. However, after seeing a story in here by C.L. Werner I decided to give the anthology it hailed from a shot. These stories are dark and very violent. But the writing is on point and the stories very well polished. I’ve started to get a feel for Warhammer and I think I’ll probably give more of it a shot.

2. A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories by Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury is my favorite short fiction author. I’ve read a lot of his stuff online and his stories have been one of the major inspirations for my pursuit of writing short fiction. Bradbury has written so many stories in his life (more than 400) and I’ve not read the majority of them. I decided to start collecting his works and I’ve never been disappointed in a story here. If you’ve not read Bradbury and you like Science Fiction, then you’re doing yourself a disservice.

1. Nature Futures 2 Edited by Henry Gee and Colin Sullivan

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I love Nature’s Science fiction imprint. I would go so far to say that it is one of my favorite places to get my science fiction fix. When I learned there were two anthologies I both felt like and idiot for not knowing and quickly purchased. It is an anthology of stories that have appeared on the site, yet there are so many great stories under 1,000 words here that it would make anyone believe in the value of flash fiction.