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Project X: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

With my days off from work falling on Wednesday and Thursday, my ‘weekend’ is always a little off-kilter. The advantage though is that I’m the only adult who’s home and that provides good writing time as long as I’m able to manage my time properly. This past ‘weekend’ I was able to complete my work on Project X. Then I took a step into unknown territory… I submitted it.

I feel like throwing a party or doing a dance but honestly my nerves were all wrapped up in the worries that I was following the guidelines correctly. If there’s one thing I’ve had hammered into my head in the past few years it’s this: “Follow submission instructions to the letter!” There’s likely nothing worse than spending copious amounts of time working on a WIP to then torpedo it by not following instructions.

Composing the email was a task that took me almost an hour as I read, re-read, and triple-re-read the submission guidelines. Did I include my real name? What about my phone number? Did I remember to attach the damn file?!?! Universe-ending questions such as these ran through my head with each pass of my unsent draft. Actually worrying was a good thing as I did miss the ‘Real Name’ field and quickly inserted that into the list of information required for submission.

In the end, I was satisfied that my email was 100% correct, the file was attached and then I hit send. A momentous occasion to say the least but the lingering ‘nothingness’ afterwards was a stark reminder that there’s more words to write, more story to edit and tons more work to do. I’ve set my first story free and now I wait impatiently for an answer that likely won’t come for many months.

Aside: I loved the movie Project X as a kid and just thought it was fun to pay homage to this cool movie from the 80’s in my writing.

You Gotta Start Somewhere

Printing press

Back in this post in April I talked about the idea of freelancing. Honestly, I forgot all about it and have been just working on Spirit Hackers these past few months. Last night I was searching around the Absolute Write forums and found an entire freelancing section. An interesting thread popped up that talked about Suite101 and freelancing for them. This jogged my memory.

I went back to the site and saw that I had signed up but didn’t fill out an application. Now, of course I’m not really expecting to make anything significant from the site, but I think it would give me writing experience to place on my writing resume and get my name out there a little. I also believe this could be a possible first step into a transition of a writing career. The idea in my mind is that if I want to change careers towards the direction of writing, I cannot just sit in front of my computer typing stories. I need to have other things to work on that will also get my name out there and possibly generate some income.

I don’t know where all this will take me. Of course I have the grandiose dream of completing S.H., querying agents and getting it sold. Realistically I know that takes a lot of time and there is anything far from a guarantee. I think branching out into another project that doesn’t take up huge amounts of time may be a good way to get my feet wet.

Calling for Submissions!

Last week I was graced with a comment by Stephanie, a fellow writer who is working on starting a new e-zine for writers. This publication is online-only and looking for people to submit their work if they’re looking to get published. I thought this new publication, The Oddville Press, sounded interesting and I wanted to give you all the opportunity to ‘hear’ Stephanie talk about it.

I encourage everyone to submit if they’re able to. Now I turn it over to Stephanie:

The Oddville Press is a non-profit e-zine put together by writers in order to bring high quality fiction, poetry, and artwork to the forefront. It all started when Mike Coombes posted a thread on a writing forum entitled, “Looking for Talented Writers, Editors & Geeks.”

As you can imagine, a number of people—primarily writing geeks looking for a quick fix—jumped on board and quickly set the pedals in motion. In my opinion, one of the coolest aspects to our e-zine is the fact that we have members from, literally, all over the world—England, Ireland, America, Norway, Australia, Japan, and probably others as well. As far as I’m aware, none of us know each other outside of our meetings in cyberspace.

We accept work from any writer, whether unpublished and living in his grandmother’s basement or an international best-seller willing to throw us a bone. Simply put, we love to read—so much in fact that we’re willing to spend evenings and weekends staring at a glowing computer screen to find good writing.

We accept work from most genres barring slash, fan fiction, erotica, Tolkienesque fantasy, ‘angst’ poetry, and any work containing quotes not written by the author. We also don’t accept previously published work, which includes work posted on a blog. (We’re just getting started and could really do without a lawsuit!)

We’re still accepting submissions for our first issue, and so far, it’s looking to be fantastic. If you’d like to be in on it, by all means send us your work! Our submissions guidelines can be found here.

Thanks very much and I look forward to reading your work! (And a hearty thank you to Aaron as well for letting me hijack his blog temporarily.)

Stephanie Kraner

Public Relations Representative and General Caterer of Nonsensical Rhetoric

The Oddville Press

Could I Freelance?

I don’t work in a writing environment. I’ve even blogged about how to make the transition into making money from my writing. Along with my Robert book and Mars, I’m thinking there has to be a way to submit short stories or articles to publications in order to generate some cash. I would hope that by getting published in these areas, they can be the basis for writing credentials I don’t have (except my college diploma).

I found two interesting sites called ehow and Suite101. Both of these will allow submission of article and publish them. Additionally, they do pay something. Of course I’m not thinking this would be any amount of money past $5 or $10 but it’s at least a start. I’ve thought about looking at what publications are ‘out there’ and working on some material to send them.

Additionally, my alma mater publishes a great literary magazine called Inkwell. I’ve gotten forms in the mail in the past years asking if I wanted to submit work and this time around I think I might just take them up on the offer. The reading period is from August first to November 30th, so I have plenty of time to get something for there.

Does anyone have a website or search that shows publications looking for submissions?

Formatting

Printing pressI was browsing the Absolute Write FAQ on formatting manuscripts for submission. This FAQ is really interesting, as it goes through all the nitty-gritty questions that many people (including myself) have.

Here’s one of the top tips I found there:

Chapter Start Point
Definition: When beginning a new chapter, the point on the page where the first word of text should begin is often a question.

Use in industry: There is much debate on where on the page to begin typing text upon starting a new book chapter. The two primary methods are: 1) Quad space (two double spaces) from the top margin, after which the words Chapter XX are center justified (and may be bolded, italicized, typed in ALL CAPITALS, or underscored), then drop down two more double spaces and begin to type; or 2) Double space until approximately 1/3 of the way down the page, center justify the words Chapter XX (and may be bolded, italicized, typed in ALL CAPITALS, or underscored, drop down two more double spaces and begin to type. It is recommended that authors seek guidelines from publishers as to how they prefer chapter start points.

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