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Been Awhile…

…with no real excuse, but I have been busy.

Since SoonerCon, I have attended three shows,  released two books, and signed several contracts.

Book Two of The Conn-Mann Chronicles is now available. The Nearly Notorious Nun is on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.

I also have a new poetry chapbook, Overheard in Hell, which is also available on Amazon.

October will be a busy month too. I have two major releases the week of the 23rd. Killing It Softly, available now for pre-order, and my second Steampunk anthology for Mocha Memoirs, Ghosts, Gears, and Grimoires will also debut that week. This was fun to put together. It is horror with a Steampunk twist.

Coming up, more Conn-Mann is with the beta-readers, and I will be writing Book Four for NaNoWriMo, as the first three have been. What it will be, is still in question…I thought I knew…but I have been rethinking what I was planning.

I am also working on several other projects, but who knows when they will be finished. 😉

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

So many things spinning in my head. Books to edit, books to write, short stories to finish…I really don’t need anything more on my plate. But there are these pesky bills to pay…and I have been kicking around ideas on how to add an income stream or two.

I’ve been working on this for the last few days: The Conn-Mann Curiosity Shop — and I’ve even made a sale!

I’ve had a few nice writing sales this year as well.

But…my income goal for the year is still not being met. I need to up my game.

So, I want to test the waters on something else…

There are lots of editors out there. I know it is a crowded field, but I am throwing my hat into the ring too.

I have been editing for small presses for several years now, as well as for friends and family. I do things a little differently than some editors I know. I basically do content, polish, and proofing all in one pass. Then I send it back and continue to work with the author until we are both satisfied.

I charge a penny a word based on the word count of the final finished version, no matter how many times we have to go through it.

I try to turn things around in a reasonable time-frame.  I will always be frank about how much time I expect to need for a job. I have a lot of commitments that I can’t neglect because of a freelance commission–but I also hate housework and will put any edit in front of that…

It’s taken me a bit to come to the decision to offer my editing services. Hopefully, it will be worth it. 🙂

If you have something you would like me to work on, drop me an email at riewriter@gmail.com and I will be happy to discuss your project with you.

Ending and Beginning: The State of the Resolution Address

Those of you who read this blog regularly (Thank you!) have been following my saga of submittals for the past year. Some days, we weren’t any of us sure that I could meet my goal–but I did. Over 400 submissions for 2015. At least one a day. Those submissions ranged from haikus to a novel. Some were submitted multiple times before they found a home–I never said it would be a new submission every day–but most of them did eventually find their niche.

Total Stats:

Month Rejected Accepted Subs
Jan 11 7 33
Feb 9 3 29
Mar 20 23 39
Apr 13 11 32
May 17 15 38
Jun 20 13 31
Jul 16 18 38
Aug 20 19 37
Sep 17 9 30
Oct 13 19 34
Nov 11 16 30
Dec 14 3 32
Total 181 156 403

 

It took some searching to find numbers I had missed posting to the proper columns, but this now works out correctly, with 66 subs still out and not finalized carried over to the 2016 page for follow-ups in the coming week.

I don’t know if you are impressed, but I am…lol.

 

It was exhausting. And, though i saw an uptick in the income page, not particularly profitable. My greatest income by far came from CD royalties and editing.

This year, my husband has provided me with a new goal–$5,000 income. Steep, but I am now of the opinion that if I try hard enough, i can do anything. 🙂

I will be cutting my submission goal to one a week, so I can concentrate on writing more polished pieces of greater length for markets that stretch me as a writer. (I won’t neglect my favorites, but that is the official goal.)

I will consider taking on more freelance work, and doing more paid editing.

Plus, I am in the process of re-releasing my Conn-Mann Chronicles books, and finalizing guidelines for a new Steampunk anthology with Mocha Memoirs.

The year ahead should be exciting, and busy, but not as terrifying as trying to come up with that sub for the day. 😉

Productivity Feels Good, No?

I am currently revising one published novel and one WIP. I have another published/out-of-print novel waiting in the wings for revision. The Bruce and Roxanne collection–with new stories as well as the old–is in formatting stages. The Nearly Notorious Nun (Book Two in The Conn-Mann Chronicles) is due out at the end of the month.  Speculative Poets of Texas Volume I: S. P. O. T. –where I share the T.O.C.  with Juan Perez and Joe Lansdale, among others–is out… And that is only the book-length stuff I am working on.

Having the goal to push myself to do more has given me a tremendous boost in productivity.

I have had 9 poems, 6 short stories, and 2 flash pieces published so far this year, with many more accepted and in process. That would have been a good number of submissions for me before I started the challenges in 2013. Now, it is about two weeks worth of work.

I like being a productive writer. It’s fun. You should try it. 😉

 

State of the Challenge Update

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I told myself that I would update the blog more often…so, of course I haven’t. But I have been busy. 🙂

As some of you may remember, I have an ongoing challenge this year to submit at least one piece a day. Some days, I fear it will not happen, but I have managed to pull it out of the fire so far.

Since we are now halfway through the year, here is a formal update.

203 submissions as of this morning.

87 rejections this year so far. Many of those to markets I would never have dreamed of approaching if I hadn’t needed to look so hard for markets. 😉

72 acceptances through today. Again, many of those were places I might not have approached. I’ve formed relationships with markets I love working with. I’ve found second homes for several reprints. I’ve had photographs accepted for publication. It’s been amazing.

It’s kept me extremely busy, and I really will be happy to slow down a bit next year, but it has taught me so much. To write crisp and tight. To write short and fast. To self-edit quickly. To tweak until a piece is perfect.

I highly recommend challenging yourself to a similar goal. It really helps you push to be better!

Blogging 101 — In Which I Learn What I Am Doing

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Hello, world!

One of my goals for this year, is to learn to be a more effective blogger. Those of you who have been around awhile know I am hit and miss at best. So, in hopes of becoming more effective, I have signed up for Blogging 101 from WordPress.

Today’s assignment is to introduce myself — so here goes. (If you’ve heard it all before, you might still learn something. 😉 )

Let’s start at the beginning. My name is Adrienne Rose. I was born in Austin, Texas over 50 years ago…boy, I’m getting old! I am the oldest of four sisters, and from the time I was a child, I have wanted to write. Now, I do, using the pen name Rie Sheridan Rose.

As a writer, connecting with people is essential. A good blog is one of the best tools for connecting that there is, and I hope to build one that is interesting and amusing to read, at least. What will you find in it? Amusing anecdotes about life, writing samples, photographs (I love to take photographs), and a potpourri of whatever else I can think of. 🙂

The goal is to publish more posts of better quality than I have too date. I am proud of what I have done, but I don’t like the irregularity of it.

I want to provide better content for more people. This is my purpose in taking this class, and I hope to reach that goal. One of the questions to answer is “If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?” I hope to increase readership; build interest in my writing; and network with other writers and bloggers in general to create a support system.

I am never good about knowing how much to share and what content–this is one of the things I need to get better at–but I will happily answer any questions you might have in the comments.

2 Down, 363 to go…

I know that I probably WON’T get a submission everyday this year, but I figured it is a good goal to have. Yesterday, I wrote a new poem for a call, and today I sent one of the orphans back out to try and find a home. It ALMOST made up for the laptop being a beast. Not quite, but almost. Thank goodness that email is cloud-based so that I can get attachments from emails I already sent, because I am not reaching the files themselves until I can figure out how to crack Windows 8.1.

Sometimes life just throws a challenge like that in your face, doesn’t it? Making it really hard to move forward. But where there’s a will, there’s usually a way.

Now, to go and write a letter from Alistair to Jo for a special guest blog post. THAT should be fun. 😉

Let It Go……

I am a terribly disorganized person. Ask anyone who knows me. But sometimes, I come up with an idea that really helps save my sanity. Not a new idea, by any means, but an idea that works.

In 2013, when I was proposed my insane 300 rejection challenge, I created a spreadsheet in Excel that helped me keep track of submissions:

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If anyone thinks that will help them too, feel free to do so. Continue reading Let It Go……

Looking Back…Looking Forward

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This has been an interesting year. I’ve had pieces in numerous anthologies–prose, poetry, flash…a little of everything. I’ve published a few experimental pieces on Amazon–both as Rie and as Tysche. I’ve been in magazines online and in print. Dabbled in everything from noir to absurdism.

Still extremely short of my goal, but 70 rejections and 21 acceptances (one came in this morning.)

I’ve tried my hand at various editing positions that I hadn’t pursued before…some worked for me, some didn’t, but I learned from them all. Editing my first anthology has been quite a ride, but I think we will all be pleased with the results. Continue reading Looking Back…Looking Forward

Putting Things in Perspective

It had been awhile since I updated the “My Work” pages. (I still don’t have a page for the individual poems or update on poetry period.)

Looking over the list of anthologies I have stories in — now up to 17 if I haven’t forgotten something, and not counting stories that have not yet been published; and the websites/magazines I have appeared in — another 15 to date…I have been pretty busy the last two years.

Next year, I should have a novel, an anthology, and a short story collection (possibly two) coming out as well. No wonder I feel tired!

I had been feeling like I was slacking. I feel much better about things now. I’m starting to believe I can call myself a writer.  😉