I’m about to spend six months on the road and I thought I’d try an experiment to use up the backlog of short stories I’ve accumulated and see what works better: traditional publishing or this model. Stories include urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, near and far SF, secondary-world fantasy, the occasional piece of lit fic, and who knows what else. They will be at least 2,000 words in length and may range into the novelette range on occasion.
I’ll be releasing a short story every two weeks, with an option for subscribers to supply prompts and Tuckerizations. In addition, you’re welcome to discuss the stories on my page — while my net access will be spotty, I will check in every few days to answer questions.
I’ve got a backlog of about ten to twelve stories (depending what comes back in the next round of acceptances/rejections), but I am also a fairly prolific writer. Last year I had nineteen short stories published in markets that included Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, and anthologies The Other Half of the Sky and Glitter & Mayhem; this year I’m on track so far to surpass this, with upcoming work appearing in Shattered Shields (edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt), Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unidentified Funny Object 3 (edited by Alex Shvartsman), and Genius Loci (edited by Jaym Gates). In fact, I plan to use this project to spur even more productivity by writing from prompts supplied by patrons — one of my milestone goals, $250, will add a bonus flash story each month.
At the end of the six month period, I’ll gather up the stories (plus whatever bonus pieces might have accrued) and put them out in electronic and print form. I’ve included two patron levels who will automatically get those.
But most importantly, if you were a Fantasy Magazine fan: I’m taking advantage of the Patreon milestone as well to set a challenge for all the people who keep telling me they want to see me at the helm of a magazine again. Help me hit the $2500 mark and I’ll be able to afford to start buying fiction from other people to mix in with mine. If you’re one of the people who come up to me at conventions and wistfully express how much they loved my rejection slips, well then… it’s within your power to make it happen, by donating and/or spreading the word.
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