30th Sale Plus Slush, Slush, Slush!

Posted by Nicky Drayden on May 28, 2011 in Announcements, Writer's Life |

I am pleased to announce that the story I wrote at Viable Paradise has found a home. “Of In-laws and Close Encounters” will be appearing in Issue 5 of Untied Shoelaces of the Mind! After several days of struggling with a “serious story” that was clearly not going to work, this whimsical tale popped into my head the morning the assignment was due. I wrote in a fury to finish it and was quite pleased with the result. This marks my 30th sale, which kind of sounds like a lot. It’s nice to know that 30 people think that my writing is worth paying for, and hopefully there are many more out there that feel the same!

And in other news, I will be reading slush for a well-respected semi-pro SFF magazine, and I’m really looking forward to shoveling through my first batch of slush. We’ll see how excited I am when I’m drowning in it a month or two from now, but I’ve heard that it’s good to work in the trenches to get some perspective on one’s own writing. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Not much news to report on the writing front, but that will change soon. This weekend I’m dedicating to submitting all of my stories to market, and getting my short collections up on Amazon. I’ve even got in my mind to send out a couple snail mail submissions, though we’ll see if that actually happens.


May 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Congratulations! That’s a nice round number. πŸ˜€

I think I’m right on your tail with about 28, but many of mine are years old, and many of your markets are tougher, too. Great work–keep it up!

Samuel Mae
May 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

‘Gratz, Nicole! 30 is a very good number indeed.

And have fun slushing. Or at least try to have fun. πŸ™‚

S.C. Wade
May 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Congrats on your 30th sale! That is quite an accomplishment, so kudos! I want to submit to Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, but I don’t have anything that fits their guidelines yet. :-/ lol

Reading slush, huh? That should be fun. Congrats on that too!

Nicky Drayden
May 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thanks, y’all! You read slush, right, S.C.? Tips welcome!

Patrice Sarath
Jun 3, 2011 at 8:03 am

Congratulations on 30 sales! That is very impressive!

S.C. Wade
Jun 4, 2011 at 4:13 am

I used to read slush, Nicole, before Flash Me Magazine went on hiatus. But tips? Basically, one thing I learned was that if you read a piece and by the end of it, you don’t understand it, consider rereading it. Granted, first impressions are a lot. I mean, if it didn’t resonate with you, why should you expect readers to be different? But sometimes “not getting it” is a consequence of trying to speed read. My mind changed on several stories that way.

So, don’t read a submission in a hurry. The authors spent their time writing it and sending it to the market. The absolute least we can do is give it the time and attention it deserves. πŸ™‚

Nicky Drayden
Jun 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Cool, thanks, S.C. I just got my first batch of slush, so we’ll see how it goes!



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