(It finally did cool down to get below the triple digits yesterday and today. We spent the day in the seventies, which isn’t bad. Not quite fall-crisp or anything, but not broiling as it has been.)
I’m waiting to hear back from two critiques I “won” in eBay auctions, four agents to whom I sent requested partials, and two agents who have requested fulls (entire manuscripts). It’s really nerve-wracking. It takes forever. I’m working on the second chick lit and the standalone paranormal while I wait.
I need to get out the Hallowe’en decorations. It’s finally time to put everything Fall up.
Orange is my favorite color. It’s so neat that they have orange-only mini lights now and you actually get to put ’em out in October! Black cats are another favorite theme, in honor of the ones I’ve had through the years.
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Market/publication alert! and are two of the headliners on the first web issue of Lone Star Stories, a publication that seems to be SF/F oriented. Here are the guidelines off their website.
Lone Star Stories is a bimonthly webzine that publishes speculative fiction and poetry. Perusing the current issue will give prospective authors some idea of the sort of work that is likely to sell here. Stories and poems of any length are welcome.
Lone Star Stories pays $20 (U.S.) per story and $5 (U.S.) per poem within a few days of acceptance for exclusive electronic rights for a two month period. Works are archived for a year once an issue ends, after which the author may request that the work be removed from the site.
Send submissions in standard manuscript format as .rtf attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Poems may be included in the body of the e-mail.) Include your name, physical address, and word/line count in your e-mail.
Cool. Congratulations to the writers who helped kick off the first issue!
**EDIT**: Turns out this zine has been around since 2003! Why did I not get the memo? *eyeing Eudora junk folder suspiciously* At any rate, I thought it was interesting enough that two of my LJ friends were in the last issue–and now I find a third had a poem in the previous issue! That is really cool.
Do I dare send ’em the story that I wrote for the Marion Zimmer Bradley “Sword and Sorceress” anthologies that didn’t get picked up? *I* like the durn thing, but who knows.
**EDIT**: Nope, he didn’t like it enough to publish it. It’s also a pretty long story, nearly 10K words, almost a novella. The response time was incredibly short, though–two days! I might send something else that’s a lot shorter and completely different, just for fun.