Writer Wednesday


Slow start with the new project, hopefully I’ll catch up in the weeks to come. But I also wrapped up Nightly Bites Volume 2 and it’s now available for pre-order (goes live on Friday) as e-book and available in paperback as well! I am very excited about this volume 2, I think it’s actually better than volume 1!

Well, at least my story is. The one I wrote on the fly, inspired by the chosen cover. So the guy on the cover is Alain, Bran’s latest fledgling, and you’ll see more of him probably in the next novel that will come out in November as usual. Not the first time that I write inspired by an artwork (photo/painting/drawing/sculpture) whether I did it or someone else did it.

The other stories are also awesome and you should check it right now! It’s been already presented on Library of Erana and I will post more on Facebook in the coming weeks, and eventually on this blog, so stay tuned! 🙂

Now let’s go back to the Anthology Workshop for a moment. You can read another post about it here, about what it can do for you as a writer. I’ll make a short summary of what it did for me – one year later! 🙂

So, six stories in six weeks. I wrote all six, even the ones in unfamiliar genres: win. I knew they sucked, but not all of them – and the reactions were not as expected (the ones I thought were perfect were not and viceversa, but I’m getting ahead of myself).

Expectations: learning and seeing what it meant to run a traditional magazine – and meeting a couple of people in the process (of course I ended up in a room with 40-50 writers, but since we were all writers, well… some were nice to meet again, some were new, some I talked to, some I didn’t, and that was perfectly fine!). Of course I hoped to sell something, but that wasn’t my main goal.

Results: no sales, but great learning experience. What happened to those six stories? Well, here you go, one year later:

Story #1 and #5 are still in the drawer, dunno where to send them, will probably publish them in a collection of unpublished shorts some time later this year or at the beginning of the next. Story #3 might end up in an anthology, although I’ll probably publish first another story in the same genre. Story #4 might end up in a contemporary novel, if I ever get down to writing it.

Because Story #2 sold in a redraft after the workshop (still not out, I’ll let you know when it does) and Story #6 just proved to me that I better study more before I try to write in that specific genre, hence the attempts I’ve done through the months will stay in the drawer until I find a solid premise.

Of the 6 stories, only 2 were SFF (#2 and 3), the rest were contemporary. And I’m not very good with the real world. So for now I’ll stick to Silvery Earth and Star Minds and Vampires Through the Centuries and Future Earth stories and leave those in the drawer. After all, I’ve taken out of the drawer the historical novel, so I better put aside something else, right? 😉

Have a great week!

 

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  1. I saw the announcement for the bundle, so shared it (both from your blog and Alex’s blog).

    Even if you just look at the workshop as a learning experience, that’s a good thing. Learning is always good.

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    • Well, Nightly Bites is actually an anthology, a collection of short stories, in fact it has a paperback version! 😉 Anthologies are collaboration things that I will leave out there for the time being, since authors earn a percentage of the cover price.
      I try to do the bundles with novels (can’t speak for other curators, I know one who does mostly short stories, for example), for which you can’t have a printed version. It’s actually two different features on BundleRabbit…
      If I ever make an anthology where one of your shorter works might fit, I’ll let you know! 🙂 You’d have to register to sign the contract, but I’d take care of putting the antho together…
      Not tomorrow, maybe not even this year, though! 🙂
      And yes, you never stop learning! 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on Library of Erana and commented:
    Great article, and it’s always good to get feedback. Also knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses can really help.

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  3. I sit corrected. 😉 I just shared your posts anyhow, so all the details are what you and Alex put in your posts, with no extra comments from me, so it doesn’t matter that I got confused. 😉

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    • LOL! I didn’t want to sound like a teacher, but l thought l should telll you the difference in case we can work together in the future!
      Hugs!

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