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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. 😉

Author Interview: Steven R. Southard

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Today’s blog post is an interview with my fellow Hides the Dark Tower author and Avast Ye, Airships contributor Steven R. Southard.

I asked Steven to tell us a little about himself, and his work in Hides the Dark Tower:

How long have you been writing? About a quarter century. Sadly, over half of that was spent toying with a novel that will now never escape from its desk drawer…fortunately. I choose to file those years under ‘learning my craft,’ rather than ‘wasting my time.’

 

What was your reaction when you made your first sale?  Do you mean before or after somersaulting, climbing on the roof and belting out a primal scream of joy? After that initial reaction, I calmly and professionally e-mailed the editor my thanks. Then, in a dignified manner, I informed my wife how positively giddy and ecstatic I was, and then obtained at least one beer from the fridge.

 

Where you do get your inspiration? The most believable answer is that a tiny, hovering muse (who is visible only to me, and takes the form of a Greek goddess), whispers ideas in my ear. The less believable answer involves the supernatural, and such crazy notions as letting my mind wander while mowing the lawn, taking a shower, or waiting behind the wheel for the light to change.

 

Have you found it difficult to market your work? Any tips for things that worked? Let me put it this way—I’ve gotten top grades in high school, graduated from an elite service academy with a degree in engineering, wooed and married a very desirable woman, served in the submarine force, and raised three children to adulthood.  All were child’s play compared to marketing my fiction.  I have no tips, but am anxious to learn.

 

Do you enjoy interacting with fans, or are you an introvert? Do you get much fan mail? I’ve had fun at writing conferences, speaking on panels and doing readings and book signings. I’m not especially introverted, so I find that sort of thing enjoyable. However, to call the folks who listened to me ‘fans’ might be presumptuous. Let’s call them ‘people who got lost while looking for a well-known author and stumbled on me instead.’ I do get plenty of spam mail—gigabytes of it. Oh, you said fan mail. Um, not really so much.

 

What has been your most challenging project to date? Every story is a challenge, but I’d have to say “Ripper’s Ring” was the most challenging, especially in terms of research. I had to learn about both Jack the Ripper and Plato’s Ring of Gyges, and crank out an entertaining tale from what I’d learned.

 

What are your other hobbies and interests? As if I have time, after writing! In truth, I enjoy reading. And there’s the day job, which holds my interest until I can get back to writing fiction.

 

How did you come to write “Ancient Spin” for Hides the Dark Tower? I wrote it for a contest that asked for five hundred words inspired by a picture of the Tower of Babel. Didn’t win the contest, but when I saw the call from Pole to Pole Publishing for submissions of tower stories, I refined and lengthened “Ancient Spin” a bit. It’s my alternate take on the biblical Babel story.

 

What does the future hold for you? A rocketing rise to celebrity-level fame, and Midas-like wealth, all as a result of my fiction. Actually, those probably are fiction. I’m still writing alternate history stories for my series What Man Hath Wrought for Gypsy Shadow Publishing. I’ll write for anthologies that interest me from time to time. I have some other short story series in mind, and will write novels at some point.

 

What advice do you have for new writers…or just those of us not as accomplished as you are? 😉  (1) write stuff, (2) learn and hone your craft any way you can (reading, participating in a critique group, etc.), (3) submit your best stuff, (4) keep submitting your stuff until you get published, (5) do some marketing on your website, social media, and conferences, and (6) repeat all above steps with better and better stuff.

 

Where can readers find you?  I’d rather they find my books, which are available on Amazon, at Gypsy Shadow Publishing, and are linked to at my website and Goodreads. If readers want to find out more about me (for some reason), they can catch me on Twitter or Facebook

 

Thanks for joining us, Steven!

It’s a Challenge!

One of the hardest parts of this job I am so fond of is establishing yourself as a “brand.”

I know, some people say a writer shouldn’t BE a brand. But having a marketing platform is extremely important.

What exactly is a marketing platform?  Chris Bass gives a great definition of what it is and why you need one here.

Well, the folks at Writer’s Digest are holding a challenge this month to help you get it done. And it’s not too late to start. Catching up to today will be fairly quick and easy, and we can go forward together. 🙂

Just pop over to the There Are No Rules blog and join us!

This is my job for today–to start blogging on a regular editorial/blogging calendar. I have chosen Fridays as the day I will make weekly posts. Hopefully, you will find them of interest.

Today’s entry is a call to arms. Will you accept?

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.

Newly Resolved…

I was reading Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered today, and one of the things that fellow Austinite Austin Kleon emphasizes is that you should keep the audience engaged with the work and show your process as you create.

I’m very bad about doing this, so I am resolving to put this blog to better use in the coming months. And tonight, I was presented with the perfect opportunity.

I was about to toss an envelope sitting on my desk, when I happened to turn it over. This was what I found:

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In case you can’t read my writing in places:

I dreamt of flowers
in the rain
the day they told me
you wouldn’t be coming
home again.

The knock at the door
almost went unanswered
because I didn’t
want Jehovah’s Witnesses
or two candy bars
for a dollar.

If I had left it alone,
pretended to be out,
would they simply
have left a note?

Or might you still
be alive somewhere?

 

As you can see–if you read closely–as I transcribed it from the envelope, I made changes to the punctuation, capitalization and spacing. This is my process. 🙂

And I almost tossed what I think is a pretty cool poem.

Unfortunately, that is also part of my process. I leave stuff everywhere. So, keep an eye on Here’s The Clean, too, and see if I get both sides of my house in order next year!

The Overwhelming Freedom of Rejection

Until I figure out how to make a “Blog” page, separate from the Front page, this will have to do. I am not going to jump in to revising the site until I decide what I want. But I have something important to share with you today.

I have been regaling the readers over at Here’s The Clean with my writing exploits all year, but I decided, if I am going to try and make my “main” website a more viable face for my writing, I need to do the talking about writing over here. So, I am taking all that away from them (though hopefully, they will follow it to this site) and giving it to you! Continue reading The Overwhelming Freedom of Rejection