Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 29)

Making your first professional sale does not improve your probability of making your next one. Now and throughout your writing career (assuming you intend to have a writing career), you will always face the same challenge: to write the best stories you can and to keep them in front of professional markets until they sell.

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 28)

Cool Stuff That Might Happen (or Not): Awards, Best of Anthologies, Movies Welcome back! This week I’ll be looking at some of the cool things that just might happen to you after you’ve published a story or—more likely—a lot of stories. And while I have your attention and since we’re discussing awards this week, for […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 27)

Bonjour / Hola / Ciao: Selling foreign language rights (conclusion) In parts 25 and 26, I began another mini-series on your options for re-selling your stories after they’ve been published for the first time. If you haven’t already, you really, really need to go back and do your homework by rereading these earlier posts: Part […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 26)

Bonjour / Hola / Ciao: Selling foreign language rights Last week, I began another mini-series, this one on your options for re-selling your stories after they’ve been published for the first time. If you haven’t already, you really, really need to go back and do your homework by rereading the following earlier posts: Part 4 […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 25)

A Writer’s Magic Bakery: Selling your stories again (and again, and again…) Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short fiction. Last week, I wrapped up a mini-series on everything that happens after you finally sell a story, including handling short fiction contracts, working with an editor, understanding what your first sale really […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 24)

Let the Band Ring Out and the Banners Fly: To promote or not to promote Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short fiction. I’ve written these posts in a very specific sequence, with each entry building on previous ones. You can read my earlier posts here. This week, I’m wrapping up a […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 23)

They Said WHAT?!?: Dealing with reviews Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short fiction. I’ve written these posts in a very specific sequence, with each entry building on previous ones. You can read my earlier posts here. In part 17, I started a mini-series on what happens when you finally sell a […]

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD – A Novel by Douglas Smith (excerpt)

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD An urban fantasy novel by Douglas Smith (Estimated release date: Summer 2013) Set in modern day Northern Canada, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD is an urban fantasy incorporating First Nations mythology. With an introduction by World Fantasy Award winner, Charles de Lint, the book […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 11 in series)

Dear Editor…: How to submit short fiction (conclusion) Welcome back to my on-going and generally weekly series on how to market and sell short fiction. These posts are written in a very specific sequence, with each entry building on earlier ones. If you haven’t already, you can read my earlier posts here. Last week in […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 6)

But How Do I Know It’s Ready?: Dealing with submission fear and arrogance Welcome back. This is the sixth in my weekly series of posts on how to market and sell short fiction. You can check out my earlier posts here. This week, within the broader overall series, I start a mini-series on the actual […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 5)

Why You Never “Sell” a Story: Understanding rights and licensing (conclusion) Welcome back. This is the fifth in my weekly series of posts on how to market and sell short fiction. You can check out my earlier posts here. Last week, I began an overview of one of the most important topics in this series: […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 4)

Why You Never “Sell” a Story: Understanding rights and licensing Welcome back. This is the fourth in my weekly series of posts on how to market and sell short fiction. You can check out my earlier posts here. This week I’ll be dealing with one of the most important topics in the series: understanding the […]