Tags: writing: sale!

if I were me

The story of a story

The Underworld (not the criminal one, the metaphysical one) figures prominently in my book. (I'm delighted that I can now say "which one?" when talking about my books, but at this point, I can also pretty much determine that The Book is the one I've sold. Oh, liminal states, you never fail to entertain me.)

All that Underworld research led to a short story by itself. I started writing it blithely under the title "Thirty Rules for Commuting to the Underworld" and then, about three rules into the writing, changed it to "Five Rules for Commuting to the Underworld." I'm always amused when that sort of thing happens. You'd think I'd stop titling things before I write them, especially when there are concrete numbers involved.

Anyway, then this happened:

today before I checked my email

Pending responses for last 12 months: 3
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 21.05 %
Congratulations! Your overall acceptance ratio is higher than the average for users who have submitted to the same markets.

today after I checked my email

Pending responses for last 12 months: 2
Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 25.00 %
Congratulations! Your overall acceptance ratio is higher than the average for users who have submitted to the same markets.

Yep, Duotrope and I are still locked in a battle of wills about what an acceptable acceptance rate is--they might not know they're locked, but they are. I've been watching my ratio creep slowly downward, feeling both depressed and triumphant. "See?" I would think. "Thirty percent was just a serious fluke. This is more how it is. Watch, they'll see me get like twenty rejections in a row--they'll see."

Then, I went and sold another story.

Duotrope, you and I aren't finished yet!

Also, my story will be out in August, at Strange Horizons, for they are the ones who purchased it. I find it quite likely that I will post a link when it comes out.
Happiness (Scrubs)


Got two doses of awesome news when the wonderful Anna Schwind accepted my story, "Sun's East, Moon's West" for Podcastle--the first is the obvious one (sale). The second is--Anna's an editor! At Podcastle! Anna was pretty much the first person I didn't know personally to write me about a story of mine and say she liked it.

That's so cool!

Then, I got another dose of news, this by way of tinaconnolly, who has been doing a much better job tracking the progress of the cute robot book, Unplugged [Amazon] than I have. First, there was the starred review in Publisher's Weekly, which I may have mentioned before (and Tina herself is name-checked)--but then there's the Booklist review, which I haven't seen all of, yet, but in which I am name-checked as having written a "genuinely delightful tale." (They're talking about "The Girl-Prince," which sartorias first bought like a year and a half ago for Coyote Wild.) We love being geuninely delightful!

And even more awesome, I got email from Neil Clarke saying that my copies of the Cute Robot Book should be here on Wednesday, which is really cool, except for that my ego-shelf really doesn't have room. (Woe.) But maybe I should stop using a magazine file and get a real shelf. Hm? Or keep the magazine file for magazines, and get a shelf for books. Something like that. (WOOOE!)

And, and, have I mentioned that sarah_prineas is totally the best? Because she is. If it wouldn't get reverted, I would go put it in her Wikipedia page right now. (It would get reverted because they would be all, "You have to cite your sources," and I would have to confess, "It's primary source material," and hang my head in shame.)

I think that's it for now. (Considers.) Yep.
if I were me

Having a moment...

On Thursday, I bounced around in my chair at the Brown Jug and explained to splash_the_cat how excited I am by the polarized reactions Reparations has been getting. People are angry! People are enthused! Accusations of white liberal guilt are being bandied about! And the questions of paradox--!

Being a writer, for me, is a bit like being a neglected child. ANY attention is GOOD attention.

Plus, I'm really good at paying attention to the comments that are complimentary, and ignoring the ones that aren't.

And then, my story went reallytruly live at Coyote Wild. Check out The Girl-Prince. (Or not. I mean, obviously, based on previous, even if you don't read and then come tell me you hate it, I'll like what you say.) sartorias and her crew did a fantastic job picking stories. Some rich financier needs to hire sartorias as editor of a YA spec fic magazine and then let me buy a subscription. Anyway, lots of nice comments from folks. It's as good as writing fic.

And then, Surreal Botany got reviewed at io9, and that was extremely cool. (Even cooler is when I realize patrons at my library are buying it, and they don't even know their local ILL circulation supervisor and shipping manager is involved.)

And then, Dunesteef Audio Fiction purchased (or rather, is in the process of purchasing, but I anticipate seeing the contract soon) "Rampion in the Belltower" for podcasting reprinty goodness. Which makes 3 podcast reprints this year. Fan-awesome-tastic!

Not a bad week.