Last night I appeared on Dead Time Radio with Scotty Tepperman of Ghost Hunters International and some of the guys from ALPHA. Had a great conversation with a lot of curious questions posed throughout the evening, one of which was directed in by a fan who wanted to know about my goals and whether any new short stories will be posted. It made me take a step back. Though most of my plans are all bouncing about my head, and I give out regular clues, it’s all a bit disjointed. So I thought I’d clarify.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m an aspiring novelist. I write horror stories, supernatural stories, and in essence, whatever genre it is that blends the energetic world of the supernatural and inter-dimensional creatures with the intensity of our own emotions. (The same thing I address in my lectures, about when it comes to justification of empaths and psychics and terms of the vertical).
For those who aren’t writers, breaking into the market is a difficult process. I want a career of it, and so I’m trying to find an agent. It’s very hard to get your work reviewed by an editor at a major publishing house without an agent pushing it already, though of course sometimes this works.
To get an agent, one must send out query letters. The agent wants to know two things; if your book is interesting and if you can write well. So, like any job, one wants to build a resume of work to pitch themselves.
This is where the short story comes in. For the beginning novelist, it helps to have your work published in a few larger magazines to tip off agents and publishers that other people like your work enough to publish you, and might suggest some worth to them.
This is where it gets difficult. Two years ago I wrote the short story Dreamland Crocotta, and after getting a few rejection slips, decided to publish it online to cut out the middle man and go straight to my fans to build a readership base. This was last summer. The problem with this is that agents and editors don’t really look to internet success on the query letter. And it doesn’t pay well. Despite my constant harassment, it only actually made me a couple bucks. Which is fine, to start with. I’d rather have readers.
However, in all my time off, I’ve been working on novels and not shorts. But these last few months I embraced the short story for a workshop and turned out a few pieces I’m very proud of. It’s now come about time to release another short story online and keep those few lovely readers I’ve scraped together interested. But I’m still trying to build a resume for my novels, which will go through much the same slow process. (If they are turned down enough that my list is exhausted, I’ll publish them online for a price. I’ve read enough success stories of authors frustrated with the industry finding success with eBooks and die hard fans. And, of course, writing that people want to read, which is the real catch).
And so right now, these short stories are waiting at magazine editors hands for rejection (or the rare publication), and when they’ve exhausted the market will they end up directly in your, the reader’s, hands. But this process takes a long time. (Especially in the horror/supernatural market, which is very very dry and very very selective. It’s dying.)
Around the new year, over Christmas break, I decided to write a short story directly for my online readers, to satisfy them while the others made their rounds. But due to a few projects and job opportunities that came up, I again lost the time. I could probably have just turned a piece out, but almost more important than the editors, I want to impress you guys, and I don’t want to give you anything less than my best. And so it did not happen.
So what does all this mean for you?
Well in summary, it’s essentially this. You will be seeing writing from me in the next month, but in a different form than you expect. Details will come shortly. Do hold your breath.
Also, you WILL be seeing my short fiction, but it won’t be as soon as you like, unfortunately, much as I’d rather have it all out for you now. But I’m trying to build a career. It’s not all talk, it’s just that the wheels turn slow.
And most importantly, I haven’t forgotten you guys and I’m not just teasing. I’m as serious about this as you are, and you humble me by even giving the work a chance, lest of all demanding more.
Without you, I am not an artist.
Most of all, I want to again thank you for your readership and enthusiasm. With all luck, we’ll be seeing some of the fiction in the near future in a very professional format. Fingers crossed 😉