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Two-part post.

First, I've dropped "Romeo, Unbound" into the mail. It's off to Asimov's. Hopefully, it will grab the editors enough for them to take it. Never thought of myself as an Asimov's writer, but since I read more than just horror fiction the muse comes up with ideas that cut across all the boundaries. I'll take a sale there if I can because I've got other stories set in the same milieu percolating.

Second, I still receive mail occasionally that's meant for Marsdust. This can range from flyers from psychics (the most recent item) to short stories. It bears repeating every once in a while:

I was the fiction editor for MarsDust when it accepted and paid for fiction. It doesn't accept or pay for fiction any longer (and if it does, I'm not the editor any longer). So snail mail goes unanswered for a number of reasons. Anything sent to me as a fiction submission for MarsDust was recycled.


Mar. 26th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh Marsdust. How is Jason doing?

I've no idea. He never replies to my emails and his partner (or former partner), who still works here at my company, doesn't hear from him either. Don't know why. :-/

Thanks for the good thoughts. Happened to field a call from my father-in-law this weekend when the family was out and he asked about my writing. It's hard to get across that the writing isn't necessarily the hardest part.
Mar. 26th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Hi SteveN

Just wanted to let you know, that no matter how much I cheer on your writing, I do get how hard getting a work published is. The search for publisher/agent is the grunt/grinder work.

I remember well looking for a publisher. It is hard work, hard in so many different ways.

All you can do is keep at it. Savor the good days, blow off the bad days and keep at it all days.

I don't know if I've mentioned this or not, but I am a writer (grins).
Mar. 26th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
:-) I figured that. Most of the people in my friends list got there because I met through through writer friends or I've liked what they've said in posts elsewhere. Since I've got blinders on it's general writers or editors. :-)

As for savoring the good days ... any day where I get to write is a good day. I think I've said somewhere before that I finally buckled down for the first time and finished something because I'd reached that midlife crisis point. I had to finish something/anything or I'd go crazy. Writing keeps me sane.

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