The Sanctuary anthology is currently a FREE download–23 science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories on the theme of “Sanctuary”!

The Kindle eBook for Sanctuary: an experimental anthology of speculative fiction is currently a free download from Amazon! For Canadians, you can download it free here. For Americans, you can get it from here. (For everyone else, you can still download it for free, but you’ll have to find the title in your country’s local Amazon.)

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I hope everyone downloads a free copy! Thanks for your support!

 

Free SFF book! Strange Economics eBook is FREE this week!

“Strange Economics: Economic Speculative Fiction”, 23 SFF stories on the theme of economics, is free this week!

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From the Amazon description:

What if souls were a form of currency? What if our potential could be bought and sold? What is the value of a memory?

These economic questions and more are explored through twenty-three science fiction and fantasy stories, appearing for the first time in this collection.

This anthology also includes economics discussion questions accompanying each of the stories, written by professional economist Elisabeth Perlman, and an afterword/essay exploring the relationship between speculative fiction and economics, written by guest editor Jo Lindsay Walton.

Link for USA: https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Economics-Economic-Speculative-Fiction-ebook/dp/B07GZ89QH2

Link for Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07GZ89QH2

Please download a copy and share on social media–I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

FREE: My story “Ars Poetica” is free for next 3 days on Kindle–currently ranked #4 in 45-min SFF reads!

My science fiction story “Ars Poetica” is currently ranked #4 in Amazon’s 45-minute Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads! It’s a free download for the next three days. If you get a chance, please download a free copy and leave a review. I would really appreciate it! It would be awesome if the story hit #1! Thanks!

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“Nourishment” one-shot anthology now available!

Our one-shot anthology “Nourishment” is now available from Amazon! You can find it here.

The beautiful cover art is from Ukrainian artist Schastlivaya Alexandra. You can find more of her work here.

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Nourishment is the third of the “one-shot anthology” series. The completed collection has 25 stories and over 70,000 total words on the theme of “Nourishment”, all of them written and edited in their entirety within a rigidly constrained 24-hour period. This anthology is more than a collection of imaginative and entertaining stories—it is also a feat in creative writing.

Why Rejections Shouldn’t Bother You

If you want to get your work published, you are going to face a lot of rejection. This can be hard for some people. But it shouldn’t be. Here are some reasons why:

  • Some stories aren’t ready for publication and they need work; rejections give you an opportunity to do that
  • Writing skill develops over time; you should expect to get a ton of rejections early on
  • Even good stories by skilled writers will be rejected
  • Rejection is the norm; some markets reject 99.9% of submissions
  • Everyone has their own opinions
  • People reject things for reasons unrelated to the quality of your work (e.g. they already accepted a similar story; they are full for that issue)
  • Getting rejections can be fun; I am usually amused to learn the reasons why someone didn’t like a story
  • Experimental and/or heavily stylized pieces are commendable, but these are likely to be controversial and receive mixed feedback; often doing something interesting is risky; if your stories are rejected for being experimental, stylized, risky, or creative, that is something to be proud of
  • Your motivation to write should be based on expressing yourself and/or telling your story, not whether particular editors like the story enough to buy it